On June 29th, CLPP joined Reproductive Health Technologies Project and Black Women's Health Imperative at the National Organization for Women (NOW) National Conference in Baltimore. Together we facilitated a breakout session titled "Reproductive Justice: Messaging, Mobilizing and Building a Stronger Movement."
Last week I was lucky to represent CLPP as an attendee at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit. I felt like I was at summer camp for progressive artists, techies, and self-described “sci-fi geeks.” I met inspiring writers, teachers, web programmers, art therapists, grad students, and philosophers. I sketched a comic strip, deconstructed board games, and generally got refreshed for reproductive and social justice work.
In February of this year, the Obama administration affirmed its commitment to women's health care and issued a rule requiring birth control coverage without co-pays under the health care law. It makes sense: Birth control is basic, preventive health care. In fact, 99% of all women have used birth control in their lifetime. Despite a solution that upholds women's health AND guarantees that insurance companies — not religious colleges or institutions — foot the bill, some social conservatives still aren't happy. Their attacks on the President have increased steadily since February and are reaching a fever pitch in the weeks leading up to July 4th — which means it's time once again for all of us to raise our voices!