Reproductive Justice

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 2014 The Overbrook Foundation awarded grants to the following organizations in recognition of their important work to expand Reproductive Justice.

Choice USA
General Operating Support – $25,000 

Founded in 1992, Choice USA mobilizes and provides ongoing support to the diverse, upcoming generation of leaders who promote and protect reproductive choice. Choice USA envisions a world where all people have agency over their bodies and relationships, and have the power, tools, and knowledge to exercise that agency. It is an advocacy and leadership development organization, with a 21-year track record of success running national, state, and local campaigns with young people. Additionally, it has been responsible for much of the initial issue training and skills development of many of the social justice movement’s current young leaders. Choice USA goals over the next year are to build a strong base of young reproductive justice advocates by training young people to engage in reproductive justice advocacy and organizing; engaging young people in reproductive justice advocacy at the local, state and national levels; and framing dialogues and influencing policy and/or culture change work around reproductive justice issues.

Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program
General Operating Support – $30,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)

Civil Liberties and Public Policy is a national organization that educates, mentors and inspires new generations of activists and leaders through campus-based education, real-world advocacy practice, and skills development to build a stronger, more diverse movement for reproductive freedom and social change. Civil Liberties and Public Policy uses reproductive justice as the lens to examine a broad range of social justice issues. Consequently, it is an expanding political agenda, one that enables reproductive justice activists to connect with new allies, incorporate compelling new issues, and effectively work towards a vision in which reproductive rights and justice are recognized as universally accepted human rights. Through inter-related leadership development projects, Civil Liberties and Public Policy will provide trainings for new activists, explore new campaigns, strategies and analysis at its annual conference, provide critical summer support to organizations through its internship program, and create a network of young leaders who can collaborate and support one another.

Forward Together
General Operating Support – $35,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)

Forward Together is a multi-racial organization that works with community leaders and organizations to transform culture and policy to catalyze social change. Its mission is to ensure that women, youth and families have the power and resources they need to reach their full potential. By developing strong leaders, building networks across communities, and implementing innovative campaigns, Forward Together is making its mission a reality. At the local level, Forward Together builds the power and leadership of low-income Asian youth in Oakland, CA, to bring change to their communities. Nationally, Forward Together builds the collective organizing capacity of grassroots groups through Strong Families, a movement building initiative to secure respect, resources and recognition for all families, especially those with the least resources who are most attacked by conservative policies. They include families of color, low-income families, single parent families, LGBTQ families, immigrant families, and young families.

Grantees By Year:  2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011