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Beyond Choice: Organizing for Reproductive Justice
Apr12

Beyond Choice: Organizing for Reproductive Justice

At the end of March, Congress passed a bill allowing states to deny funding to family planning groups that offer abortion services – groups like Planned Parenthood. Now, Pennsylvania and Michigan have introduced legislation to join over a dozen states in doing just that. As we fight off right wing attacks on abortion rights, Loretta Ross asks us to consider what it would take to have real choices about our bodies. On this week’s Making Contact, Loretta Ross, co-founder of SisterSong breaks down the reproductive justice framework; and Tina Reynolds, co-founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory, shares how a group of formerly incarcerated women came together to fight for the right to give birth to and raise children in healthy and safe environments. Special thanks to Carly Forbes for Migrant Matters, a Rabble.ca podcast for original production and recording. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here to support our non-profit journalism and be sure to join our newsletter. Thanks! Featuring: Loretta Ross, Co-Founder of SisterSong Tina Reynolds, Co-Founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) Credits: Host: Marie Choi Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Claiming Our Bodies Through the Human Rights Framework Reproductive Justice and Criminalization of Black and Brown Women SisterSong Migrant Matters Women on the Rise Telling HerStory The Light Inside: Giving Birth Behind Bars Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars...

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Living Downstream-creating a world free of cancer causing toxics

Renowned biologist Sandra Steingraber has made fighting environmentally induced cancers her life’s work. We hear excerpts of the documentary film, Living Downstream, which chronicles her efforts to create a world free of cancer causing toxics.

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Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars

Pregnant women in America’s prisons are being shackled to their beds; others are being sterilized. Correctional institutions claim the policies are for safety’s sake, but thousands of incarcerated people are fighting for control of their own reproductive health.

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2013 Year in Review

Making Contact’s media mission is to give voice to those who don’t usually make it on to the airwaves. We look back on how we did in 2013 and bring you up to date on our most compelling and resonating stories of the year. From pregnant women in prison who’ve been mistreated; to the tomato fields of Florida, where the power of community radio helps workers take action. Then out west, to a national forest in California, where wildfires are raising questions about fire management techniques. We’ll also get updates on where those stories stand now. Producer/Host: Nancy López Producers: George Lavender, Andrew Stelzer Contributing Producers: Lisa Bartfai, Jen Chien How Far Have We Come? Justice for Female Inmates in 2013 Up until fairly recently, the public knew very little about what happens to a woman when she lands in jail and is pregnant. What prenatal services does she have access to? How well is she being treated? Where does she go to deliver her baby? Back in March, in our program Our Stories, Our Bodies: Reproductive Health Behind Bars, we explored these questions, and what we found was troubling – stories of pregnant women who were shackled to their beds and others who were sterilized without their informed consent. We’ll also get an update on where these stories stand now. Producers Lisa Bartfai and Jen Chien have more. Featuring Courtney Hooks, Justice Now! campaign and communications director Tina Reynolds, Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) co-founder and chair Samantha Rogers, California Coalition for Women Prisonersassistant Karen Shain, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children former policy director Victoria Law, “Resistance Behind Bars” author Kimberly,formerly incarcerated mother Joe Higgins, Rappahannock Regional Jail superintendent Carolyn Sulfrin, Ob/Gyn Dr. at the San Francisco Jail, and fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. More info   California Coalition for Women Prisoners Women on the Rise Telling HerStory Legal Services for Prisoners with Children Birthing Behind Bars SPARK Reproductive Justice Now Justice Now Nation Inside Critical Resistance Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice California Prison Moratorium Project All of Us or None National Advocate for Pregnant Women The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Strong Families ACLU of Northern California Center for Young Women’s Development The Movement to Stop Prisons From Shackling Women in Labor Builds The Women’ Foundation of California Women’s Policy Institute Diana Kasdan Discusses the ACLU’s Anti-Shackling Initiative http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights-reproductive-freedom-womens-rights/diana-kasdan-discusses-aclus-anti-shackling-init Testimonies   Communities Gain Access to Low Power Radio In August we brought you one of our most popular shows of the year: Low Power (Radio) to the People. In October, the Federal Communications Commission was scheduled to open a two week window in which people could apply to...

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Conquest: Sexual Violence and Native American Genocide

Native American women experience the highest rates of violence of any other group in the United States. One in three native women have been victims of sexual assault and the murder rate of indigenous women is consistently higher than the national average. On this edition, Andrea Smith, author of “Conquest: Sexual Violence and Native American Genocide” explains the connection between violence against women, and the colonization of native lands and bodies.

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Plan B and Beyond: Local Struggles for Reproductive Freedom

It’s not just about Roe v Wade and the Supreme Court. Local institutions can create restrictions that prevent women from exercising reproductive health choices, even with the law on their side. From Albuquerque to Portland to New York City, obstacles are surfacing in pharmacies, state legislatures, city councils and even medical schools.

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Living Downstream

Renowned biologist Sandra Steingraber has made fighting environmentally induced cancers her life’s work. We hear excerpts of the documentary film, Living Downstream, which chronicles her efforts to create a world free of cancer causing toxics.

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Women Rising 23: La Via Campesina

We profile women of La Via Campesina, the global peasant movement celebrating 20 years of grassroots activism, for sustainable farming, land rights and social justice.  Canadian Nettie Wiebe fights to keep seeds in the hands of small farmers.  From the US, Dina Hoff takes on climate change and trade agreements. Elizabeth Mpufo of Zimbabwe raises issues facing women.  And Japan’s Ayumi Kinezuka shares the effects of the Fukishima nuclear disaster on her organic farm.
This show was produced Women Rising Radio Project.

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Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars

Pregnant women in America’s prisons are being shackled to their beds; others are being sterilized. Correctional institutions claim the policies are for safety’s sake, but thousands of incarcerated people are fighting for control of their own reproductive health.

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Ten Years Later: Counting the Costs of War in Iraq

We look back at the 2003 invasion of Iraq, 10 years later. For Iraqis, for the US military, and for the anti-war movement: how have things changed, and what has the world learned?

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