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After various conference calls, meetings and emails, our annual Week of Action took place from August 6-10 with the theme Soy Poderosa. Activists from all over the country took pictures of themselves with our poderosa signs filled with messages of strength, support and love. There were events held in various areas of the country to advocate for the reproductive health and justice of Latinas.

Activist says why she is a poderosa

Ms. New York says why she is a poderosa

We were able to reach thousands of poderosas through our blog, Facebook, twitter and email lists as well as through our Latina Advocacy Networks, who tabled and hosted several health fairs in different parts of their states. Latinas are fired up and willing to continue pressuring their governors until the Affordable Care Act is implemented in their states. Latinas will keep educating the community and providing support to Latinas all around the United States, like these activists in Texas who held over 5 health fairs in different areas.

Activists in Texas hold health fairs

Karen Guzman, our policy intern, at a briefing in DC

Actions like the ones that took place during this Week of Action are important in order to highlight the stories of those most affected by the lack of health resources. Many times, we drown in reproductive health statistics without realizing that these numbers are actual people, someone’s mother, daughter, sister or aunt. It is important to take back our stories and own our struggles. By telling sharing those struggles, we build a sense of community and unity with others who may not know you, but share your same values and ideas. It is important, not only to share our stories but to know our rights as well. Adahelia, one of our activists from New York, shares similar ideas, and has the following message for Latinas everywhere:

“Know your rights, all of them, from human, woman, immigrant, resident to citizen rights. Remember that being ignorant limits you and the decisions you make in regards to the different aspects of your entire life, not just your physical and emotional health. We must take responsibility over our own body and knowing our rights will have a huge impact on our lives. When we are educated and informed, it does not only affect us, but it also impacts the lives of our family, friends, partners and children.”

We want to thank all the poderosas who took part in our Week of Action by sending pictures, flyering on campus or simply writing a blog post, your courage and dedication is what keeps us motivated. Even though the Week of Action is over, the energy and need for relief is still present. We hope you can join us and be a part of the actions that are happening next. To stay up to date visit our website and sign up for updates.

In the struggle,

The NLIRH Community Mobilization Team

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It’s National Health Center Week, and it couldn’t be at a better time -  this year, it coincides with the 3rd annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice. This Week of Action we are focusing on showing Latina power in service of health care access, and community health centers have been a site of access for Latinas across the nation for years. (more…)

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by Ana Laura Rivera

Soy poderosa porque contando mi historia ayuda a luchar por los derechos de nuestra salud. I am powerful because sharing my story helps fight for women’s health. Because of this, I advocate for the need of sexual health education and resources in public schools. Attending a low-income public school in the Rio Grande Valley region in South Texas, sexual health education was not an available for me or my peers. Students were not allowed to ask questions about sex during our so-called health class. I did not know anything about sex, and I was afraid to go ask any adult about sex, whether a teacher or counselor, and especially my parents. (more…)

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Amanda holding a sign that says "Soy poderosa because I love and am loved by Latinas"

My name is Amanda Reyes. I am a second year Master’s student in the University of Alabama’s Women’s Studies program and an instructor of Introduction to Women’s Studies. Throughout my career as a feminist, women’s studies student, and university instructor, I have always been passionate about reproductive and sexual justice and eager to engage anyone on a discussion of these topics. Though their notion of “access” is generally limited by assumptions of affordability, legally documented immigration status, and personally-owned transportation, many individuals can understand the need for women to have access to basic preventive health services, sexually transmitted disease testing and counseling, annual well woman exams, and contraception. However, attitudes can quickly change when the topics of emergency contraception and abortion services are mentioned. (more…)

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As women’s health advocates, we danced for joy on August 1st as we celebrated better access to many critical reproductive health services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including well-woman visits, breastfeeding counseling & supplies, birth control and emergency contraception.  While this is an important first step in eliminating many of the health disparities faced by women of color, the new policies do not help to ensure the availability or affordability of abortion care. And this means some inequities in health care will persist, if not grow. (more…)

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Karina holds a sign that says "Soy poderosa porque tengo valor y lucho por mi gente!"

Soy Poderosa because I’ve struggled.

I grew up in a single parent household, the only girl, surrounded by loving but macho men. My mother passed away in a car accident when I was five years old and my father worked several jobs to take care of us. My mother’s family, while very supportive, lived far away. As a result, my brothers and I all but raised ourselves. (more…)

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