• Celebrating Our Success and Charting our Next Steps: A Reproductive Health Circle Webinar

    Mon, 30 Nov 2015

    Please join the Reproductive Health Circle to celebrate our fundraising accomplishments and take a collective pulse for the coming year.  

    We are looking forward to connecting with you after the annual conference. We want to use this time to strategize and focus our work. We have an opportunity to be proactive and capitalize on the fact that the disruption of basic reproductive rights and reproductive health access has impacted the national conversation. 

    Our grantees, UltraViolet and the Groundswell Fund, are poised to both challenge and create openings for a broader discussion of what reproductive freedom looks like. Your voices, experiences, and ideas are important for how we can all move forward.

    All members are encouraged to attend, as reproductive justice is a thread connecting all our issues. 

  • Left Behind: The Hidden Crisis of Incarceration on Families

    Wed, 16 Dec 2015

    According to a 2009 report by The Pew Charitable Trusts, 54% of people who are incarcerated are parents with minor children (ages 0-17). Many of these parents have been incarcerated for non-violent crimes like drug possession, property crimes, or failure to obey an officer.

    This translates into almost 3 million children who have a parent behind bars. Disaggregating these numbers we find that 1 in 9 African American children, 1 in 28 Latino children, and 1 in 57 white children have an incarcerated parent. There is no definitive data for the incarceration rates for parents of Native American, Asian, or Pacific Islander children.

    These numbers only capture those children with a parent who is currently incarcerated. Coupled with the growing evidence of the long-term economic and emotional struggles of the 65 million Americans with a criminal record, we have a crisis of family and community.

    Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families, the groundbreaking report led by Forward Together, the Ella Baker Center, and partners, highlights how women of color overwhelmingly pay these costs. Who Pays? found that nearly half of families struggled to meet basic needs while their loved one was incarcerated. Seventy percent of those families were caring for children under 18; and women were primarily responsible for the costs of childcare and basic needs. Adding to this picture, women are increasingly incarcerated themselves. The number of women in prison increased by 646% between 1980 and 2010.

    These hidden impacts of incarceration on children and families are rarely discussed and desperately under-resourced. There is a lack of attention on the lived trauma of having a parent in prison.  There are not enough programs that can help children manage the realities of abandonment and how they navigate the cultural stigmas of having an incarcerated parent. There also is the challenge of high rates of poverty among affected families.

    Please join us for the second webinar in our series to explore the hidden costs for families impacted by mass incarceration. We are honored to feature Alicia Walters, Movement Building Director at Forward Together, Andrea James, founder of Families for Justice as Healing (FJAH), and Sharon Content, Founder and President of Children of Promise, NYC.

    Alicia will share more about the Who Pays? report and the movement-building conversations it is fueling. Andrea will speak about her work to organize formerly incarcerated women. With a focus on root causes of poverty, gender-based violence, and trauma, FJAH is doing innovative work with a critical intersectional analysis.  And Sharon will give us a deeper understanding of the comprehensive support systems needed for children who are directly connected to the criminal justice system, supports including mentorship, intensive therapy, and a loving community.

    This is a webinar not to be missed! If you want to learn more about how systemic injustice impacts the most vulnerable -- or want to be a better advocate for criminal justice issues that are intimately connected to reproductive justice, immigration reform, investment in private prisons, and economic security of our communities -- please register today! 

  • Holiday Bay Area Regional Meeting

    Thu, 17 Dec 2015

    Please join us for a holiday lunch and lots of time for connecting and reflecting.  The December Regional Meeting is becoming a tradition and we hope you will take part this year!

    Nan’s home does have some stairs (7) and no elevator, but there is a landing between the steps.  There is plenty of parking on Castaneda and the surrounding streets, and though Nan has pets, they will not be around for the festivities.  Still she recommends that those with allergies take their meds, if needed.