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.
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.