Introducing the UUSA Reproductive Justice Action Group!
Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade by SCOTUS, several UUSA members joined hundreds of Unitarian Universalists who took up the call to organize for reproductive justice. After participating in a Reproductive Justice Training Series for Congregational Teams, we formed the Reproductive Justice Action Group within the UUSA (RJAG).
This group supports the definition of Reproductive Justice offered by Sister Song on their website https://www.sistersong.net/reproductive-justice: Reproductive Justice is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.
We invite members of our congregation to be a part of this effort and get involved with RJAG. Please join us on Thursday, February 9th at 7 pm (via Zoom) to delve more deeply into how we can understand and support reproductive justice. This will be an opportunity to share our individual concerns about the issues, identify local groups focusing on the elements of reproductive justice, and review legislative initiatives.
Some initial actions RJAG has taken today include supporting the dedicated offering in November with the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts, attending a protest against a local pregancy crisis center (which falsely advertise reproductive support but are anti-abortion based). To learn more about these falsely advertised centers, check out: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/crisis-pregnancy-centers-cpcs . Currently RJAG is teaming up with FCCPR (Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution) on a project. We are co-sponsoring a benefit event on Sunday afternoon, March 26th (3 to 5 pm) for the Brigid Alliance. This event will take place in the Willie Eaton Social Hall at the UU. The Brigid Alliance is a referral-based service that provides travel, food, lodging, child care and other logistical support for people seeking abortions. https://brigidalliance.org/
Please contact RJAG member, Anne Louise White at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about RJAG, and to sign up for the Zoom event on Thursday, February 9th at 7 pm. We look forward to building community within the UUSA for reproductive justice work.