Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice 2011

The 2nd Annual Latina Reproductive Justice Week of Action is here!

Looking for the 2010 Latina RJ Week of Action? Click here

This year, NLIRH, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) are excited to launch our 2nd Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice on August 1-5, 2011. 

This year’s theme is Caminamos: Justice for Immigrant Women. We're inviting everyone to join us in moving toward a brighter future for immigrant women and their families. Mean-spirited enforcement, workplace exploitation, and the criminalization of basic rights like education and health care are just a few of the challenges that have forced immigrant women into the shadows and ignored the crucial, positive role we play in our communities.

Along with individuals and ally organizations, NLIRH, CLRJ and COLOR will bring immigrant women and their families from the margins to the center of our dialogue and action. Whether you are an immigrant yourself or an ally, we invite you to move with us in fighting back against negative rhetoric and harmful programs.

Ways to get involved in this year's Week of Action:

1. Take Action: Urge Secretary Napolitano to protect and serve immigrant women!

Walk with us. Demand that the Department of Homeland Security halt the 287(g) and Secure Communities programs until the DHS Inspector General completes a comprehensive review of the programs and how they affect our families. In their place, let’s create family-friendly immigration policies that take into account the fact that immigrants and our families are the backbone of our communities.

Go here to take action!

2. Join us at our virtual cafecito, or in person at events in DC and NYC

We'll be busy during the week of action! We invite you to join us at any of these events:

Monday August 1
Thursday August 4
Friday August 5

Bilingual Virtual Cafecito

Join the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights to discuss the increasing pressures immigrant women face. This will be a virtual cafecito, so grab your coffee and RSVP here for call-in information. Para obtener información sobre este cafecito en español, por favor haga clic aqui.

DC Film Screening

Join us in DC for a documentary film screening of “Made in LA,” which depicts the lives of three Latina immigrants working in the Los Angeles garment sweatshop factories. A discussion and Q&A session will follow the documentary screening. RSVP here.

NYC Happy Hour & Silent Auction

Come meet other reproductive justice advocates and learn about NLIRH's work. There will also be a silent fine art auction. RSVP here.

Go here to see events hosted by our activist networks and partners.

3. What's the real problem?

We're hosting a blog carnival in response to this question--what's the real problem behind the targeting of immigrant women? Add your perspective, read those posted on our blog and join us in bringing the focus back to the real problems in our communities, rather than the scapegoating of immigrant women.

Go here to learn more about our blog carnival.

4. Join us on Facebook and Twitter

During the week of action we'll be pushing the dialogue about immigrant women on facebook and twitter. Join us there to spread the message that immigrant women's lives and experiences matter!

Facebook: Follow the conversation at our page, and change your profile picture in honor of the week of action.

Twitter: Follow us, change your twitter avatar in honor of the week of action and use the hashtag #latinaRJwk to follow the conversation.

5. Become an organizational partner!

If your organization wants to sign on to the week of action, go here.

Add your organization to the current list of 2011 partners:

ACCESS Women's Health Justice

Advocates for Youth

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Alliance for Early Care & Education, Inc.

Black Women for Wellness

Black Women's Health Imperative

Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center

Center for Reproductive Rights

Center for Women Policy Studies

Chicago Abortion Fund

Choice USA

Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP)

Dominicanos en NY por el 4% para la Educacion En RD

Emma Goldman Clinic

Futures Without Violence, Formerly Family Planning Violence Prevention Fund

Graton Day Labor Center

Justice Now

The Healthy Colorado Youth Alliance

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Planned Parenthood of New York City

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Planned Parenthood of WI, Inc.

Pro-Choice Resources

Reproductive Health Technologies Project


LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Media Literacy Project

Midwest Health Center for Women

Migrant Health Network


Mujeres Unidas y Activas

Mujeres Unidas de Idaho

NARAL Pro-Choice America

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

National Association of Human Rights Workers

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Health Law Program

National Institute for Reproductive Health

National Latina Health Network

National Network of Abortion Funds

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)

The Opportunity Agenda

Population & Development Program (PopDev)

Power U Center for Social Change

Sexual Health Empowerment (SHE) Clinic

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)

SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Tamika & Friends, Inc.

Trust Women

UT Teen Health

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Western Washington University's Women's Center

WIN (Women's Information Network)

Women's Health Centers

Women of Reform Judaism