Overbrook’s grantee Forward Together defines Reproductive Justice as “when all people have the social, political and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about our gender, bodies, sexuality and families for ourselves and our communities." Developed by women of color and specifically founded by Black women, this holistic vision for assuring sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice for all people guides Overbrook’s grantmaking. It centers the leadership by and for women of color, low income women and LGBT people, as well as their families and communities, whose experiences with reproduction are very much shaped by economic inequalities, health disparities, racial discrimination and other systemic oppressions. 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. Special attention is paid to how each grantee is supporting movement building efforts to strengthen the rest of the reproductive justice field and to embed reproductive justice within a broader movement for human rights and social justice.
In 2015, The Overbrook Foundation awarded grants to the following organizations in recognition of their important work to expand Reproductive Justice.
Promoting the Reproductive Justice Perspective through Youth Mobilization and Engagement - $40,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)
Advocates for Youth believes that all young people have the right to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. To that end, it advocates for policies and champions programs that help meet young people’s rights to honest sexual health information, confidential and affordable sexual health services, and equitable opportunities to meet their full potential. The organization actively nurtures a pipeline of diverse and empowered young leaders, assisting them to take action and mobilize their peers in support of youth sexual health and rights. Advocates also supports the capacity of partner reproductive justice organizations to integrate communications, policy advocacy and youth mobilization/engagement into their work, especially at the state level.
General Operating Support - $40,000
Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights is a non-profit organization that promotes women’s equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. The Center is the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated exclusively to the advancement and protection of reproductive rights as fundamental human rights, and it is unmatched in its expertise on U.S. constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights law.
General Operating Support - $30,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)
Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) 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. CLPP 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, CLPP will provide training 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.
General Operating Support - $40,000 (second payment of a three-year grant)
CoreAlign is the first national effort to proactively bring together diverse people working on reproductive issues — advocates, activists, providers, researchers, funders and the not-yet-affiliated — from all levels — local, state and national. CoreAlign envisions a future where all people have the resources, rights and respect they need to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives. To realize this vision, CoreAlign’s mission is to build a network of leaders who work together innovatively toward winning the policies, and creating the culture and conditions that support all people’s sexual and reproductive lives.
General Operating Support & Future Forward - $55,000 (second 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.
General Operating Support - $75,000 (first payment of a three-year grant)
Groundswell Fund is a public foundation dedicated to cultivating a stronger, more effective U.S. movement for reproductive justice (RJ) by mobilizing new funding and capacity-building resources to grassroots organizing and policy change efforts led by low-income women, women of color and transgender people. Groundswell funds more RJ organizations than any other foundation in the U.S., houses the largest annual evaluation of the RJ movement, and has moved more than $22 million into this field over the past twelve years.
General Operating Support - $50,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) works to secure the civil and human rights, health, and welfare of all women. NAPW focuses on pregnant and parenting women, particularly those who are most vulnerable to state control and punishment — low-income women, women of color and drug-using women. Two principles guide all NAPW activities: 1) building bridges and aligning agendas across diverse public health and social justice movements, and 2) connecting grassroots organizing and activism with grasstops advocacy and policy work to maximize effectiveness.
General Operating Support - $30,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the nation’s only multi-issue, progressive organization dedicated to advancing the movement for social justice and human rights for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the US. Through base-building, community organizing, policy advocacy, research, and strategic alliances, NAPAWF envisions a world when AAPI women and girls are politically powerful, visible and recognized as critical to progressive social change movements.
General Operating Support - $40,000
Third Wave Fund is the only national fund that supports and strengthens youth-led gender justice activism— focusing on efforts that advance the political power, well-being, and self-determination of communities of color and low-income communities in the United States. Since 1996, Third Wave has awarded over $3.1 million in grants to emerging organizations that face barriers to accessing philanthropic resources. Third Wave Fund will strengthen feminist and gender justice activism led by young women of color, queer and transgender youth by providing rapid response grants, multi-year funding, and capacity building support to grassroots organizations.
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.
University of Oklahoma Women’s and Gender Studies Program’s Center for Social Justice
Take Root Conference - $10,000
The University of Oklahoma Center for Social Justice, an initiative of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, promotes gender justice, equality, tolerance, and human rights through local and global engagement. Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference provides a space for engagement on reproductive justice for students, academics, practitioners, advocates, and community members in Southern and Midwestern states. This region’s unique cultures and concerns shape activists’ focus on and approach toward achieving reproductive justice. This conference offers an opportunity to explore that perspective and engage with new possibilities. Take Root also works toward highlighting the relevance of the red state regional perspective in national reproductive justice discourse to bridge existing gaps.
General Operating Support - $40,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)
Western States Center’s mission is to build the power of community organizing groups to accomplish policy and culture change for racial, gender, and economic justice. The Center holds that through community organizing, these organizations can engage those most affected by discrimination, inequities, and marginalization to create solutions, campaigns, and alliances that shift our culture toward justice. The Center’s programs connect independent community organizing groups across the West to build their capacity, increase the number and strength of alliances, and create innovative models for change.