For ten years, If/When/How’s Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP) has fueled a growing and powerful group of new legal advocates who are part of a one-of-a-kind legal fellowship for law school graduates who want to change the face of RJ lawyering. To date, the RJFP has launched the careers of 74 lawyers who have a passion for reproductive rights and justice, placing them at both local and national nonprofits from coast to coast.
Today, If/When/How is proud to announce the RJFP’s tenth cohort, and to introduce the world to these powerful advocates who are lawyering for reproductive justice. If/When/How Fellows in the RJ Federal program spend a year with a window on Washington, D.C., and our RJ State and RJ-HIV program Fellows help build power for the movement at placement organizations in Tennessee, Georgia, and California that are working at the intersection of myriad issues to promote reproductive justice for all people.
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SPARK is so excited to announce our 2018/2019 Fellows!! Stay tuned in to our website and social media to learn about what these fellows are up to!
Ebony is a nonbinary queer GSU senior at Georgia State University. Ebony is the co founding member of Panthers For Black Feminism, a member of Equality for Flatbush, Brooklyn anti-gentrification network, and has volunteered with Spark Rj in the past. Ebony identifies with black feminist anarchism and is passionate about decolonial and intersectional social justice as well as centering a trans analytic in their politics. Ebony enjoys advocating or their community and abroad by organizing protests, programs, and educational events that discuss a myriad topics and Ebony loves their solitude.
My name is Tyeone Barner, I’m a Sophomore, Sociology major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and I attend Morehouse College. My pronouns are he/him/they/them. I am an organizer and an advocate for minority groups and disenfranchised people. In the past, I have organized behind black people as well as non-black poc, women, queer folk, trans folk, and people of low-income communities. My passions and sense of purposefulness are in the work that serves to liberate the oppressed and uplift the disadvantaged.
At the forefront of all the things that I value is community. For me, community is a safe space where the inhabitants are loving, trusting, and respectful of everyone in the space. Harmful language and/or behavior is never tolerated. Differences create room for growth and understanding. The community functions through the contributions and support of those from within. If a community is to be successful and progressive, it must serve all its people unequivocally.
The SPARK Fellowship is a leadership development, research, and organizing fellowship designed to introduce fellows to Reproductive Justice and the RJ Movement. SPARK will be providing fellows with all of the RJ trainings in our wheelhouse. Afterwards, SPARK Fellows will be working towards their own individual RJ projects or a bigger project they may decide to do together. The project(s) should fit SPARK’s mission. The project(s) will be required to have an advocacy/outreach component, an educational/facilitation component, and a program implementation component.
Duration: September 2018-May 2019
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