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At the Intersection of Faith and Reproductive Justice
Nov15

At the Intersection of Faith and Reproductive Justice

Faith and reproductive justice: we rarely hear these words in the same sentence. Instead, we associate faith with the belligerent protester outside an abortion clinic or sex ed curriculums that shame young women for their sexuality. But what if faith could fuel a movement that supports women and families in having real choices over their lives and their bodies? On this week’s Making Contact, we head to the crossroads of faith and the struggle for reproductive justice. We’ll hear from people like Dr. Willie Parker, Toni Bond Leonard, and Katie Zeh, who are making these visions a reality. Special thanks to Center for American Progress for allowing us to broadcast excerpts of the “At the Intersection of Faith and Reproductive Justice”, a panel that took place in Washington D.C. July 2017. Thanks also to the Mary Wohlford Foundation. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Willie Parker, OB-GYN, Author, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice Toni Bond Leonard, Consultant, and Founding Mother of Reproductive Justice Katey Zeh, Writer, Strategist, and Educator LaShawn Warren, Vice President, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, Center for American Progress Jocelyn Frye, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Credits: Host & Episode Producer: Vera Tykulsker Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin  More Information: VIDEO: At the Intersection of Faith and Reproductive Justice, panel by the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C. July 2017 Dr. Willie Parker ReWire articles by Toni Bond Leonard Katey Zeh American Progress Making Contact, Beyond Choice: Organizing for Reproductive Justice Making Contact, The Light Inside: Giving Birth Behind Bars Making Contact, Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind...

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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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Failing Our Youth: An Inadequate Foster Care System
Feb03

Failing Our Youth: An Inadequate Foster Care System

This show takes a look at issues within the foster care system in the U.S. from the high rate of teen pregnancy to the alarming use of psychiatric medications in California’s foster care system. Featuring: Nicole Rocke, former foster youth Kyle Lafferty, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Linda Bryant, Clinical Professor at New York University’s School of Social Work Benita Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Family Permanency Services at the Administration of Children’s Services Lorraine Jacobs, caseworker Yolanda Vasquez, former foster youth Adriane Fugh-Berman, Pharmacology Professor at Georgetown University’s Medical Center Bill Grimm, Attorney at National Center for Youth Law Susan Bullard David Arrendondo, Child psychiatrist Dr. Edmund Levin, at the Lincoln Child Center Nancy Forster, Therapist at the Lincoln Child Center April Rene Sanders, former foster youth and recipient of AB12 Kyle Sporleader, Statewide Legislative Coordinator for California Youth Connection (CYC) Credits: Host: Jasmin Lopez Contributing Producer: Leticia Miranda, Bay Area News Group Special thanks to the Bay Area News Group. Music: Quiet Orchestra, My Friend Jahzzar, Siesta Jahzzar, The Flowers Are Still Standing Poor Alexei, The Long Goodbye Cory Gray, Build a View Show Segments Teen Pregnancy and Foster Care Foster girls are 2.5 times more likely to become pregnant by the time they’re 19 than their peers outside of foster care. Some researchers estimate that about half the girls in foster care become pregnant in their teens. At the same time, foster care systems across the country do not have the proper resources and support systems for young women in care to learn about reproductive health and then birth and raise children. This is a story about Nicole Rocke who became pregnant at 16 in her first year living in a Brooklyn foster home. From Foster Care to College Typically turning 18 has also meant aging out of the system. So no more reimbursements to subsidize care. Studies show foster youth lacking financial support face higher rates of homelessness and incarceration; and fewer finish high school or go to college. To help ease the transition into adulthood, in 2008 the federal government allowed states to claim reimbursements for the cost of foster care to the age of 21. California’s version helped one young woman gain control of her life. Making Contact’s Laura Flynn has the story More Information Drugging Our Kids – Full documentary: http://webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/ California Youth Connection Chapin Hill at the University of Chicago: Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth Chapin Hill at the University of Chicago: Findings from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH) National Conference of State Legislatures: Extending Foster Care Beyond 18 California Fostering Connections to Success: Resource page...

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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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My Body My Message: women’s bodies as tools of self-empowerment

The female body as medium, and as message. How can a woman determine how she is perceived by the world, and even by herself? On this edition, we hear stories of women who are using their bodies for political protest, and as tools of self-empowerment…forcing everyone to reevaluate their perspectives on the female form. Featuring: Neda Topaloski & Xenia Chernyshova, Femen members Galia Ackerman, author of the book “Femen” Catherine King, Executive Producer, Global Fund for Women Yolando Y’Netta Harbin-Venson, Big Ol Pretty Girls owner Jenny “Diva” Davis, clothing designer Diva’s Exquisite Designs. Host: Jasmin Lopez Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, George Lavender Contributing Producers: Sujata Dey, Aqueila Lewis, Mark Valcour This show features a segment from Aqueila Lewis, our second Community Storytelling Fellow. Click here for more information on the fellowship. More information: Big Ol Pretty Girls FEMEN Global Fund for Women Imagining Equality Indignadas (Outraged Women) Rape, rape culture and the problem of patriarchy Kenya’s stripping videos cause...

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Failing Our Youth: An Inadequate Foster Care System

This show takes a look at issues within the foster care system in the U.S. from the high rate of teen pregnancy to the alarming use of psychiatric medications in California’s foster care system. Featuring: Nicole Rocke, former foster youth Kyle Lafferty, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Linda Bryant, Clinical Professor at New York University’s School of Social Work Benita Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Family Permanency Services at the Administration of Children’s Services Lorraine Jacobs, caseworker Yolanda Vasquez, former foster youth Adriane Fugh-Berman, Pharmacology Professor at Georgetown University’s Medical Center Bill Grimm, Attorney at National Center for Youth Law Susan Bullard David Arrendondo, Child psychiatrist Dr. Edmund Levin, at the Lincoln Child Center Nancy Forster, Therapist at the Lincoln Child Center April Rene Sanders, former foster youth and recipient of AB12 Kyle Sporleader, Statewide Legislative Coordinator for California Youth Connection (CYC) Credits: Host: Jasmin Lopez Contributing Producer: Leticia Miranda, Bay Area News Group Special thanks to the Bay Area News Group. Music: Quiet Orchestra, My Friend Jahzzar, Siesta Jahzzar, The Flowers Are Still Standing Poor Alexei, The Long Goodbye Cory Gray, Build a View Show Segments Teen Pregnancy and Foster Care Foster girls are 2.5 times more likely to become pregnant by the time they’re 19 than their peers outside of foster care. Some researchers estimate that about half the girls in foster care become pregnant in their teens. At the same time, foster care systems across the country do not have the proper resources and support systems for young women in care to learn about reproductive health and then birth and raise children. This is a story about Nicole Rocke who became pregnant at 16 in her first year living in a Brooklyn foster home. From Foster Care to College Typically turning 18 has also meant aging out of the system. So no more reimbursements to subsidize care. Studies show foster youth lacking financial support face higher rates of homelessness and incarceration; and fewer finish high school or go to college. To help ease the transition into adulthood, in 2008 the federal government allowed states to claim reimbursements for the cost of foster care to the age of 21. California’s version helped one young woman gain control of her life. Making Contact’s Laura Flynn has the story More Information Drugging Our Kids – Full documentary: http://webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/ California Youth Connection Chapin Hill at the University of Chicago: Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth Chapin Hill at the University of Chicago: Findings from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH) National Conference of State Legislatures: Extending Foster Care Beyond 18 California Fostering Connections to Success: Resource page...

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My Body My Message: women’s bodies as tools of self-empowerment

The female body as medium, and as message. How can a woman determine how she is perceived by the world, and even by herself? On this edition, we hear stories of women who are using their bodies for political protest, and as tools of self-empowerment…forcing everyone to reevaluate their perspectives on the female form. Featuring: Neda Topaloski & Xenia Chernyshova, Femen members Galia Ackerman, author of the book “Femen” Catherine King, Executive Producer, Global Fund for Women Yolando Y’Netta Harbin-Venson, Big Ol Pretty Girls owner Jenny “Diva” Davis, clothing designer Diva’s Exquisite Designs. Host: Jasmin Lopez Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, George Lavender Contributing Producers: Sujata Dey, Aqueila Lewis, Mark Valcour This show features a segment from Aqueila Lewis, our second Community Storytelling Fellow. Click here for more information on the fellowship. More information: Big Ol Pretty Girls FEMEN Global Fund for Women Imagining Equality Indignadas (Outraged Women) Rape, rape culture and the problem of patriarchy Kenya’s stripping videos cause...

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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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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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