Destigmatizing the A-Word: A Somos Sur & SPARK RJ NOW! Collab

Abortion is a controversial topic. Unfortunately, that controversy often translates to silence on the issue, especially within the Latino(x) community. Join SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW and Somos Sur Art Collective as we delve into this conversation head on this Thursday 10/19 from 7-9pm at Honey Bubble located at 798 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Image by Victoria Argañaraz, find more at borrachayamanecida.tumblr.com. We’ll be creating shirts with that stunning image, so be sure to attend and BRING YOUR OWN SHIRT.

Afterwards, you can wear your new shirt and catch SPARK tabling at MJQ with La Choloteca! Can’t wait to see you there!

RSVP on Facebook & share the event with your community!

SPARK A CHANGE!

We’re getting to that time of year again! There’s only a couple of months left until we throw down at our 3rd Annual fundraiser, SPARK A CHANGE!, taking place on Friday Dec 8th. We will also be celebrating our 10th Anniversary and invite you to join us in all of the merriment & jubilation that this joyous occasion brings. Stay tuned for more details and feel free to email Taylor, at Taylor@sparkrj.org, if you’d like to be one of the featured entertainers and artists this year!

Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Voices

SisterLove, Inc, in partnership with Spark Reproductive Justice Now!, presents Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Voices: A Policy Brief produced by In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda on The State of Black Women and Reproductive Justice.

This event will be held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, located at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 9:00AM – 11:00AM.

Breakfast will be served at 9:00am followed by a panel discussion at 10:00am.

RSVP is required for admission, please reserve your place here.

Are You Committed To Building A Stronger Trans Community?

SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! invites trans and non-binary people of color to join us in forming a Trans Leadership Initiative. This initiative will focus on creating community and social events specifically for and by trans PoC in the month of November, 2017. We encourage anyone interested to come – especially those looking to grow their organizing strengths and build a stronger trans community here in Atlanta.

ALL WHO ARE INTERESTED should fill out this form: bit.ly/SPARKTLI

The meeting will start at 3PM at Hodgepodge Coffee (720 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316) on Sunday, Sept 24th. Parking is available and MARTA Bus #4 runs directly in front of the building.

Any questions? Email Taylor at taylor@sparkrj.org.

Reproductive Justice Week Of Action

We are partnering with Reproductive Justice organizations across the country as part of the In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda movement along with SisterLove, Inc, Women with a Vision, Inc., Black Women For Wellness, Black Women’s Health Imperative, New Voices Pittsburgh, SisterReach and The Afiya Center for the first annual #RJWeekofAction to let our elected representatives know that restricting access to abortion care and comprehensive sex education makes Black women less safe.

In Atlanta, SPARK is collaborating with SisterLove, Inc to offer advocacy training webinar that will equip you with all the necessary skills you will need to meet with local, state, and federal policymakers to discuss the reproductive health and rights of Black women in your community. As a constituent, we want you to be able to talk with your representatives about your experiences and the issues that impact your day-to-day lives.

Register HERE for the webinar taking place TONIGHT, from 8-9pm, and add your voice to the national movement to build power in our communities!

Questions can be sent to Sequoia Ayala, Policy and Advocacy Program Manager, at sayala@sisterlove.org.

PrEP & PEP education for ALL!

Earlier this year, SPARK worked with GA Representative Park Cannon and the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) to introduce House Bill 454 – a measure that would require facilities that receive HIV prevention and treatment funding from the DPH to share information about PrEP and PEP with their clients even if they received an HIV-negative test result. Our goal was to increase awareness about PrEP and PEP, two proven and effective methods of preventing HIV infections. We are happy to announce that the bill has been ratified and is currently being implemented at facilities across the state!

Join us in celebrating this achievement and in thanking Rep. Cannon for her dedication and revolutionary service to our communities. We were incredibly encouraged by the bipartisan support the bill received and intend to follow this success with with an appropriation bill calling for more funding for HIV prevention and treatment related activities.

Meet our FYRE 2017 Dance Facilitator!

We’re hours away from FYRE 2017, “Rhythm Nation” and can’t wait to dance through the revolution with the effortlessly delightful Nicole Murphy. Nicole is a professional dancer that combines her love of  movement with her passion for helping humanity. When she is not preparing high schoolers to dance competitively, Ms. Murphy travels internationally and takes teens to create fine arts camps in Punta Gorda, Belize and Lilongwe, Malawi. Her love for dance is a physical and spiritual journey that she enjoys sharing with others.