What are “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”?

“Scared? Pregnant? We can Help.” If you have seen these billboards, then you have seen advertising for Crisis Pregnancy Centers aka Fake Women’s clinics. Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) have become a battleground between the pro-life and pro-choice movements. These centers falsely (yet legally) present as clinics in an attempt to lure in persons seeking an abortion and persuade them to carry their pregnancy to term …KEEP READING

Tha Haus Party!

SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! will be kicking off the first event this year for our Trans Leadership Initiative! Come out, have fun, kick-back and learn more about our amazing new program and the awesome things we have coming soon! Hope to see you there!

*This is a Trans and GNC centered space, all folx are welcome but please know this is a safe and inclusive space*

Food and drinks will be provided!
Bring a friend with you!

June 9, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

CLICK HERE for location details

SPARK Responds to Trump’s “Gag Rule”!

Atlanta, GA, Tuesday, May 21, 2018: SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! fervidly opposes any presidential action that unfairly targets a person’s right to access comprehensive care, including abortion services. This administration is continuing its trend of targeting reproductive health providers and services by affirming this unjust and unnecessary “gag rule”. This directive that will restrict federal funds from clinics that provide abortion or even refer patients to abortion providers is an attack on our right to make safe, informed decisions about our bodies and lives. Even if we ignore the absurdity of the federal government attempting to control and infringe upon private conversations between patients and their medical providers, we still must confront how on its surface, this directive is simply redundant. The Hyde Amendment of 1976 already precludes federal funds from being used for abortion. This gag rule is this administration’s way of further marginalizing already vulnerable patients seeking reproductive care and services. It’s a campaign to force providers to misinform their patients and force patients to avoid healthcare they are entitled to. If this administration is concerned about the rates of unintended pregnancies, then they should focus on helping patients retain access to birth control and comprehensive sex education. Evidence shows that when people have access to contraception and informative sex-ed programs, the rates of unintended pregnancies decreases. Clearly, the answer is not this exhaustive attack on reproductive health providers. It’s a waste of money and an affront to our human rights.

SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! stands in resistance and calls on everyone to speak out against this gag policy.

TWEET YOUR THOUGHTS! Participate in this conversation by using the hashtags #NoGagRule and #SPARKOFF.

Tag SPARK on FacebookTwitter or Instagram and we will repost your comments.

Interested in being involved with SPARK? Click HERE for more information.

For more information contact:

Dr. Krystal Redman
Executive Director
SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!
Info@sparkrj.org

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.

APPLY BELOW!
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!!

#JoinSPARK at our May events!

#JoinSPARK at one or ALL of our many events happening this April!

MAY 4 – 6: the g[R]ay Boi World Premiere
The B-Complex – 1272 Murphy Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
8:30 PM

May 9: Get Lit with SPARK! Hosted by Jas and Kelli!
(location and time TBA)

MAY 15: AMPLIFY GA Press Conference
25 Courtland St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

MAY 16: Get Lit with SPARK! Hosted by Jas & Kelli
Healium Center – 344 Candler Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

MAY 19: People’s Hearing: The Whole Women’s Health Act
Philip Rush Center – 1530 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

May 23: Get Lit with SPARK!
(location and time TBA)

May 30: Get Lit with SPARK! (location and time TBA)

For more information about individual events visit sparkrjnow on Facebook or email us at info@sparkrj.org!

SPARK OFF! Arts & Activism

This month’s SPARK Off! The Podcast was centered around Arts & Activism. We featured Cyd, of the TINY theater, and Okwae Miller, of Okwae A. Miller & Artists! Tune in and let us know what you think!

SPARK OFF! Arts & Activism

#JoinSPARK at our April events!

#JoinSPARK at one or ALL of our many events happening this April!

APRIL 2 : HIV/AIDS Education and Awareness Panel
Agnes Scott College – Leticia Pate Evans Hall E-Conference Room A & B
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

APRIL 4 : #WokeWednesday Celebration
Victory Sandwich Bar ~ 340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

APRIL 5 : Reproductive Justice 101 w/ Emory Reproductive Health Association
Emory University – GCR 721
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

APRIL 11 : SPARK Off! The Podcast

APRIL 13 : SPARK A Change! 
Elevator Factory ~ 437 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

APRIL 16 : AMPLIFY GA Launch
Georgia State University – Woodruff Park
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

APRIL 24 : Queering RJ Seminar w/ Emory Reproductive Health Association
Emory University – Rollins School of Public Health ~ 1518 Clifton Road

For more information about individual events visit SPARK on Facebook or email us at info@sparkrj.org

Join us for our “Queering Reproductive Justice Symposium”!

To conclude Trans Week 2018 @ GSU, we are hosting a Queering Reproductive Justice Seminar
Friday March 30th, 2018 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
in Langdale Hall, Room 1081!

Schedule:
10:30 a.m.: Doors Open/Registration
11:00 a.m.: Welcome
11:15 a.m.: Queering Reproductive Justice Introduction & Timeline Activity with SPARK
12:30-1:15 p.m.: Lunch (will be provided)
1:20-2:20: Panel 1- Lived Experience in Legislation
Panelists: Rep. Park Cannon, Tracee McDaniel, Dean Steed, Tavianna Rouse
2:25-3:25: Panel 2-Arts in Activism
Panelists: Eshe Shukura, Koochie-Koochie Ku
3:25-3:30 Wrap-Up

Cosponsors:
Sociology Graduate Student Association, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!, Political Science Graduate Student Association

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Accessibility notes:
The event space is wheelchair accessible. For visitors who will be driving, T-deck (43 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303) is the closest parking garage and costs $7. The Five Points MARTA  station and the Georgia State MARTA Station and both .3 miles away. If lack of transportation is a barrier to your attendance, please let us know. For any accessibility concerns, please email sgsa.gsu@gmail.com.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TRANS WEEK @ GSU