Join the fight for reproductive rights on a #DayWithoutUs
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If you’re enraged, saddened and frustrated by the recent Supreme Court ruling on Roe V. Wade, then #DayWithoutUs is for you. If you’re tired of how the government constantly devalues reproductive rights, climate change, police brutality, voters’ rights, and the fundamentals of a just, safe, and clean country, #DayWithoutUs is for you. And if you feel like taking action but don’t know how, this is definitely for you. And that’s only a few weeks away.
#DayWithOutUs is a movement organized by Angela Peoples, Miss Lang and Tiffany Flowers. It all started when the three were on a chat thread, discussing other democracy issues when the Roe V. Wade decision was leaked. Like millions, the women were outraged and deeply saddened. But as they say, “We are not dying. We organize.” And the wheels were set in motion for #DayWithoutUs
People’s connection to the cause was personal and urgent. She was in a hospital bed in Florida and at risk of miscarriage when she heard about the Supreme Court ruling. As time passed, she realized that her own life could be in danger if life-saving abortion became criminalized. And she reminds us that “the people who make these decisions [about women’s reproductive rights] I have no idea what it’s like to deal with these things in real time, while dealing with the emotional impact. She knew right away that she had to act.
Reproductive justice – a term coined by black women – is certainly the impetus for #DayWithoutUs, but it’s much more than that. As Ria Thompson-Washington explains, one of the goals of the day is “to connect all the fights for justice, freedom and security around the world.” So it’s also about education rights, climate change, voting rights, police brutality and many other systemic issues.
All of these issues are interconnected. However, it’s no secret that injustices in these areas consistently have the most impact on BIPOC individuals. One such policy, in particular, inspired the date of #DayWithoutUs.
September 30 will mark the 46th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal Medicaid from funding abortion services. “It’s a policy that will always penalize and penalize and penalize people because they’re poor…because they’re black…because they’re not able to overcome the many systems that work against them. every day up to and including losing her life for becoming pregnant,” says Flowers.
So what exactly is #DayWithoutUs? It’s a day when the world can see what it would be like if women retreated – their bodies, their radiance and their power – from almost every space. As policymakers continue to rule women’s bodies as if they were second-class citizens, #DayWithoutUs will show how essential women are to all sectors of society. But it’s not just about hiding all that is beautiful about women from society, it’s also about coming together to learn and grow. Throughout the day at DayWithoutUs.com you’ll find live content including workshops, speakers and entertainment. Experts from leading organizations dealing with suffrage, reproductive rights, police brutality and other pressing issues will speak and teach attendees how they can take action.
“It’s an invitation for every person who said, ‘I don’t know where to go…what to do…’ We give you lots of options,” says Flowers.
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