Almost 40 years since Roe v. Wade, American women and their families continue to face a wide range of reproductive challenges. These challenges are intensified in communities of color, where economic inequalities, health disparities, and racial prejudice all play a role in compounding the pressures facing women seeking to maintain their health and the health of their families. Using a multi-issue “Reproductive Justice” approach, many organizations are working with a broader group of allies to win reproductive rights battles that previously were unwinnable.
In 2015, The Overbrook Foundation awarded grants to the following organizations in recognition of their important work to expand Reproductive Justice.
General Operating Support – $35,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)
URGE envisions a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships and the power, knowledge, and tools to exercise that agency. It builds this vision by engaging young people in creating and leading the way to sexual and reproductive justice for all by providing training, field mobilization, and national leadership for a youth-driven agenda. URGE mobilizes young people by building a base of activists through campus chapter networks (in CA, TX, OH, KS, GA, AL, and FL) and moving them to action through its campaigns and programs. URGE’s constituency is young people aged 15-30, and it specifically aims to serve college students, women of color, low-income women, and LGBTQ people. Chapters work on campaigns relevant to their states and campuses, as well as national initiatives, under the following four themes: abortion access, sex & culture, health & wellness, and parenting.