05 January 2009

Reproductive Justice Organizations Share Experience Defeating California Parental Notification Initiative

A coalition of reproductive rights organizations -- including five Ms. Foundation grantees -- has shared its experience in defeating California's Prop 4, the third "parental notification" ballot initiative to hit the state in four years. Produced by Ms. Foundation grantee Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, the report, Reproductive Justice at the Ballot Box [pdf] highlights the actions of reproductive justice organizations, including Ms. Foundation grantees ACCESS/Women's Health Rights, ACT for Women and Girls, Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ), California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, and the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

In introducing the report, Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice noted:
While no one wishes defensive ballot measure fights upon themselves, Prop 4 was a catalyst for increasing our efforts to engage communities of color in critical voter education strategies while simultaneously supporting new leaders and building new coalitions that will serve our communities over the long term. Our organizations emerged from the elections stronger and better equipped to move a proactive agenda for reproductive justice.

The report is part of the Momentum Series of EMERJ (Expanding the Movement for Empowerment and Reproductive Justice), a national movement-building initiative of Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice.

Read our December posting on Ms. Foundation grantee electoral wins.

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