Atlanta, GA, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Policy affects our everyday lives, whether it be legislation written to help uplift our bodies and experiences or policies put into place to discriminate against our bodies. This week, The Trump Administration has been considering redefining gender as a biological, undisputable condition defined by assigned gender at birth and genitalia. As a Trans Woman, I was not shocked by the actions of this administration especially being a person living in a society that erases my experiences; I do believe that it still hurts to be reminded how hateful and problematic this administration can be.
Spark Reproductive Justice NOW!, Inc (SPARK) vehemently opposes and will do all in our power to dismantle the everyday oppressions and policies, like this one, that attempt to erase and harm Trans, GNC, and Intersex folx. Trans, GNC and Intersex people deserve to live their lives autonomously, free from fear, and free from the shackles of everyday oppression.
Spark Reproductive Justice NOW!, Inc is a grassroots organization that builds community and fights for the liberation of all bodies. We urge you to stand with Trans, GNC, and Intersex communities by attending SPARK’s monthly Trans Leadership Initiative (TLI) meetings, as well as our upcoming week of events around Trans Day of Remembrance.
Trans Leadership Coordinator
SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!
SPARK’s Trans Day of Remembrance Sunday Brunch- https://bit.ly/2D7UgA8
Southern Fried Queer Pride TRANS PWR Fest 2018- https://bit.ly/2O78IJT
For more information about SPARK and our Trans Leadership Initiative visit www.sparkrj.org
SOI introduced you to legislative advocacy; now it’s time to apply what you’ve learned at Legislate THIS!, our annual statewide day of advocacy and action. Come chat with your legislators about important public policy issues. Hear from Rep. Park Cannon, who has been a tireless advocate for Reproductive Justice. This is your chance to make your voice heard!
SPARK’s 2018 Organizing Intensive is Saturday, February 3. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about organizing for Reproductive Justice, talking to your legislators, gentrification in Atlanta, and policies to be on the lookout for this legislative session.
This is an excellent opportunity to heavily engage with pressing issues that affect our communities. As we experience this drastic shift in our political environment, it is increasingly important to focus on building our power and our voices as a community. This will also be an important lead up training in preparation of SPARK’s LegislateTHIS! annual advocacy day at the GA State Capitol. You’re not going to want to miss it!
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We are joining HERS – Health Education Resource Solutions at the #GearUpforHIVAwareness Charity Ride & Health Rally this SATURDAY APRIL 8th, and invite you to support their work with a donation or by participating in the rally!
Follow @HEducationRS on twitter for event updates and to join the conversation online.
Join us this afternoon, for a Health & Human Services Committee hearing on HB454, a bill originated by SPARK to curb harmful HIV laws TODAY, Tuesday, FEB. 28, at 2:00PM at the State Capitol in room 606 of Paul Coverdell Legislative Office Building.
The bill will be introduced by House Representative Park Cannon and follows a prior hearing SPARK hosted in conjunction with the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus earlier this month.
The 2nd Annual Spark A Change is only 9 days away! Get your tickets at www.sparkrj.org/change and read on to learn more about one of our Vanguard Award recipients, Solutions Not Punishment Coalition (SNaP Co)!
SNaP Co is a Black, Trans led, broad-based coalition comprised of hundreds of organizations and individuals working to build the power of people most likely to be victims of violence and most likely to be arrested and harassed by police, particularly trans and gender non-conforming people of color, current and former sex workers, and formerly incarcerated people. The coalition envisions a vibrant, inclusive Atlanta that ensures the safety and holistically meets the needs of all the city’s stakeholders and residents and organizes to end the criminalization of our communities and transform the culture and institutions that affect our lives.
Cortez Wright is a Black Queer Femme feminist digital organizer and writer.
For over five yeas, they have devoted themselves to non-profit communications and development, working at the intersection of queer & trans liberation and reproductive justice in the South. They’ve worked on and assisted in crafting fundraising and communications strategies around a variety of issues, including, but not limited to, anti-shackling and the criminalization of Black mothers, abortion access and stigma, reproductive coercion, pop-culture and media representation of Queer & Trans youth of color.
Cortez previously worked as the Digital Communications & Development Coordinator of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, where they played an indispensable role in helping to establish the organizational infrastructure and developing the Fierce Youth Reclaiming & Empowering program. Currently, they are the Development Associate at the Southern Center for Human Rights, supporting all aspects of SCHR’s fundraising, social media strategy, and volunteer program.
Cortez is also a 2015 alum of the New Organizing Institute’s (Wellstone Camp) Digital BootCamp and a Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellow through The OpEd Project.