Call for Submissions!

Calling all creatives!!
SPARK is creating a ZINE!

Are you a writer? artist? or a photographer?

We would love for you to submit to our first ZINE!

Please send submissions to info@sparkrj.org with the subject line “zine submission”!

**queer and trans folx will be prioritized, but all are welcome to submit!

SPARK’S 2019 FYRE Applications are open!

Calling all creatives! SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2019 FYRE Media Justice Camp! This year’s FYRE Camp, Read to Filth, seeks to hold an intentional space for Queer and Trans young people of color and cis Black women in the South. We intend to hold this space for movement building and elevating our voices through the creation of a ZINE!

A zine is a compilation of illustrations, poems, narratives, essays, and photos that typically follow a central theme! The theme for this zine is “Our Lives, Our Stories.”

So, if you’re a photographer, writer, poet, illustrator, or you’re interested in learning more about these creative outlets in relation to Reproductive Justice…this is the camp for you!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAMP AND HOW TO APPLY!

FYRE Media Justice Camp 2018 APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN!

Let’s SET THE STAGE for FYRE Media Justice Camp 2018!

SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2018 FYRE Media Justice Camp! This year’s FYRE Camp, SCENE and HEARD, seeks to hold an intentional space for Queer and Trans young people of color and cis Black women in the South. We intend to hold this space for movement building and elevating our voices through theater. We believe we can act out during this political climate by asserting our voices and playing out our stories to hold center stage within the revolution.

Through this camp, SPARK aims to build a base of leaders who will reimagine and create artistic narratives for our resilience, our lives, and our communities. Leaders who will amplify the voices of queer and trans youth of color, and cisgender Black women.

The FYRE Camp participants will be a part of the 2018 Health Advocacy Cohort. This cohort will focus on issues surrounding abortion culture, stigma, and access; sexual health, such as HIV prevention and treatment, PrEP and PEP; health care coverage and access; and organizing and base building.

This year’s FMJC is scheduled to take place JULY 12 to JULY 15 in Atlanta, GA. All travel and boarding expenses are covered.

The APPLICATION DEADLINE to be a FYRE camper or a peer leader is JUNE 28, 2018. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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FYRE CAMPER APPLICATION
FYRE PEER LEADER APPLICATION

Save the date for FYRE Media Justice Camp 2018!

SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW is pleased to announce that our annual FYRE Media Justice Camp is coming up this summer, and our theme is THEATER! This year’s FYRE Camp, “SCENE and HEARD”, seeks to hold an intentional space for Queer and Trans young people of color and cis Black women in the South. We intend to hold this space for movement building and elevating our voices through theater!

Applications open May 11th!!

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.

Application Deadline Extended

We are extending the application deadline for the 2017 FYRE Media Justice Camp to this Friday, July 14th. This year’s FYRE Camp, RHYTHM NATION, seeks to hold an intentional space for movement building for Queer and Trans young people of color and cishet Black women in the South to build trust through dance. We believe we can move through this political climate by asserting our bodily autonomy and embodying a positive body consciousness to find our own rhythm within the revolution.

Through this camp, SPARK aims to build a base of leaders who will re-imagine and create artistic narratives for our resilience, our lives, and our communities. The 2017 cohort will focus on issues surrounding abortion stigma, sexual health and health care access all with the goal of building a base of activists across multiple identities.

This year’s FMJC is scheduled to take place from July 20 to July 23rd in Atlanta, Georgia. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and all travel and boarding expenses are covered.

All those that are interested are invited to apply to attend as a camper or as a peer leader!

Kick It with SPARK! – Ice Cream Social Edition!

Ice-Cream-SocialAs the summer heat rises, come cool down with US at Kick It with SPARK! – Ice Cream Social Edition! We’ll provide yummy ice cream treats and board games, but feel free to bring some of your personal favorites.

When & Where
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 6PM
250 Georgia Hill Ave, Suite 207C, ATL, GA 30312

Refreshments will be provided!

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This event is a collaboration with Georgia Equality.

Kick It With SPARK! is a monthly program for LGBTQQ youth of color (16 – 25) to have a dedicated space to socialize, build community, and find resources. It will be held every fourth Thursday of each month.

Come Kick It With SPARK!

Kick It FlyerJoin SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW for our first Kick It With SPARK! as we host a screening of Out in the Night. Directed by blair dorosh-walther, this documentary chronicles the lives of a group of Black lesbians, dubbed by the media as a “gang of Killer Lesbians,” following their arrest after a man violently threatened them and they defended themselves. “The award-winning Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.”

When & Where
Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 6PM
250 Georgia Hill Ave, Suite 316, ATL, GA 30312

Refreshments will be provided!

RSVP on Facebook

This event is a collaboration with Georgia Equality and POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Visit their website at www.pbs.org/pov for more information on this film and more.

Kick It With SPARK! is a monthly program for LGBTQQ youth of color (16 – 25) to have a dedicated space to socialize, build community, and find resources. It will be held every fourth Thursday of each month.

Join the SPARK Organizing Intensive!

The SPARK Organizing Intensive (SOI) will be a fierce group of young folks (18-25) interested in being trained on or deepening their skills and understanding around organizing and movement building in Georgia and the South.

The SOI is geared towards supporting and empowering women of color (while centering the experiences of Black Women), young parents, and LGBTQ youth of color on issues that impact their lives and will provide an opportunity for new and experienced organizers and activists to dig deep on pressing issues that affect our communities across identities, gain concrete organizing skills, and directly organize and support community events and projects throughout 2015.

Time Commitment

The 6-week program will begin in late March 2015. SOI trainings will occur once a week on Saturdays from March 28th to May 2nd from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and will include political education and skill development.

What’s expected of me as an SOI Participant?

SOI members are expected to:

  • Bring an open, willing spirit and positive attitude that lends to community building and friendship.
  • Be curious, stretch, and have fun!
  • Be willing to fight for the dignity and safety for all families!

You can apply online here. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 13th, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than March 20, 2015. For more information, please contact Quita Tinsley at quita@sparkrj.org.

Join us in creating a Georgia that respects our bodies and our futures!

Women of color, LGBTQ, trans* and gender non-conforming people color, young parents, low-income people, people with disabilities, people living in the South and in rural communities, and those living outside of the metro Atlanta area are strongly encouraged to apply.

No phone calls, please.