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Join the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health as we commemorate the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a happy hour featuring delicious Latin American wine and hors d’oeuvres. As we honor this milestone in the fight for women’s lives and health, we are also aware of how far we are from the promise of Roe. This event will be an opportunity for reproductive justice and rights advocates to gather and reflect on the struggle to ensure a world in which every woman is able to make her own decision free of danger, fear, and stigma.  Legalizing abortion was an important step forward. Join us in solidarity against the setbacks within the health care reform debate!

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Financial District, New York, New York 10004 (exact location of the event will be emailed to you separately)

Click Here to RSVP
by Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Contact Krystal Chan: intern7@latinainstitute.org or 212.422.2553


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It was 5:53 in the morning. The rain was pouring down, and the No. 6 train uptown was now ten minutes late. None of that mattered though, I was excited. I knew that in just a few hours I would be in a different city, completely, being an advocate for what I believe in. I was going to participate in a rally that would voice concerns over the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to Health Care. While representing NLIRH as an intern, and with other advocacy groups like Planned Parenthood, the Feminist Majority Foundation, NARAL, Advocates for Youth, NOW, the Hispanic Federation, Voces Latinas, the Pro-Choice Education Project, and countless others, I was going to stand up for women’s and reproductive rights.

The Stupak Amendment does not affect only women and people of color. As a man, I understand that my voice against human rights violations is just as important. My intersections of identity man, Latino, gay, Catholic — are all important in fighting for equality. Some people think that just because you’re a man, you can’t be a feminist. The truth is, I am a man AND I am a feminist. I have no place in taking away the human rights of a woman. That said, I will continue to fight these rights. The bus we took to D.C. We were all united for women’s rights, regardless of gender, race or age. (more…)

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I wouldn’t exactly call myself a morning person – but I was awake and ready to go, yesterday at 6:30 in the morning with a bus full of activists and a handful of coffee and snacks. We were on our way to Washington DC to lobby against the harmful and dangerous language in the Stupak Amendment to the House Health Care Bill. The bus was packed and the energy was good. On the bus – we did a quick Lobbying 101. We talked about our messaging; no one should be left behind in health care reform, not women, not immigrants, not Latinas, and not anyone else. We got to the capital ready to tell our senators and representatives that Stupak outrageously extends Hyde and it will hurt women, families and communities. (more…)

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Women and Immigrants are being left on the sidelines of health care reform, join us to protect the health and rights of Latinas and their families!

Are you in the Tri-State area?

Join the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), along with other groups, in DC on Wednesday, December 2nd. We’ll participate in a rally/press conference and lobby Congress to pass a health care reform bill that protects the health and rights of women and immigrants.

The trip is FREE OF CHARGE and we will provide snacks and drinks on the bus. The bus will leave as early as 6:00 am from NYC and we will return that night.

RSVP to Stephanie Alvarado, Stephanie@latinainstitute.org or 212-422-2553 by Wednesday, November 25th and make sure to include your cell phone number. We will then confirm your spot on the bus and provide you with further details. Don’t miss this opportunity to join thousands of people in support of real health care reform!

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Two weeks ago I attended the Sister Song Conference in Washington DC. The conference brought together organizations working on reproductive justice. While the common thread amongst them was reproductive justice, groups were represented who work to promote HIV awareness, advocate for reproductive rights, and the connections between environmental justice and its role in reproductive health.

Saturday’s events were kicked off by an amazing performance. Then SisterSong’s national staff introduced themselves and warmly welcomed the members. Several sessions followed, including an update on Obama’s year in office and an activity on self-help. Reminders of the support that existed in that were room were mentioned, reinforcing that the organizations were there to inspire and empower each other.

Several things caught my eye that weekend. The all-gender bathrooms were one of them. It was a great way to set the standard of tolerance and remove any potential judgment. This created an environment that allowed us to embrace the diversity that existed among us. During the conference, free HIV testing was also offered. I appreciated this opportunity because it was a perfect example of people taking action to provide themselves with necessary resources that are not always available to many.

Because of the timing of the conference, which happened to fall on the day that health care reform was being debated in the House of Representatives, a last minute advocacy plan was put together. Everyone on the SisterSong staff organized the most effective way to speak with our representatives on Capitol Hill.  350 women of color and allies in attendance headed over to the Hill to talk to key offices. It was a powerful site. At the end of the night we were not able to beat the Stupak Amendment, but we showed a strong presence on the Hill that evening.

Overall, I learned a lot in those two days. I was reminded that despite living in the same country, everyone does not receive the same rights that they are entitled to. Several people shared their stories of personal reproductive injustice. One man summarized the numerous injustices that occurred against women in his town. This conference in general was a continuous reminder or the importance of education. By educating both men and women we can protect our current obtained reproductive rights and gain many more that we deserve. Knowledge is power and without it no one can progress.

By Elizabeth Rivera, Research Intern

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Women and Immigrants should not be worse off as a result of health care reform!

We cannot afford to not take action! Take this opportunity to educate yourself and your community around the recent events surrounding Health Care Reform.

What: A virtual cafecito (informal discussion over coffee) to discuss the latest on Health Care Reform and how you can immediately get involved hosted by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Why: While health care reform passed a hurdle in the House of Representatives, women and immigrants were left on the sidelines. Congress included an amendment that singled out and banned most abortions from all public and private health plans in the insurance exchange. They also continue to have a 5 year ban for legal permanent residents to participate in public health programs.  In order to ensure adequate access and coverage for all we must educate and organize our communities to take action to ensure that our needs remain front and center as health care reform advances.

When: Wednesday November 18, 2009 at 5:30pm EST

Where: It’s virtual (on the phone)! So bring your cafecito (coffee), and we will provide the call-in information.

Please reply to Stephanie@latinainstitute.org if you are interested in participating ASAP, and we will respond with the call information and materials.

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Last week, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health celebrated its Quinceañera at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. As an intern for NLIRH as well as a west coast native, I was very excited to attend this momentous occasion in our nation’s capital. The night began with the VIP reception featuring fancy hors d’oeuvres, plenty of white sangria, and live music provided by Mariachi Los Amigos. After plenty of mingling and picture posing, we finally moved to the main room where I encouraged many of the guests to participate in our silent auction while trying to make my way towards the food. The chefs at Café Atlantico and Oyamel gave everyone’s taste buds a little piece of heaven with all of their delicious creations. My favorite was the ceviche martinis, which not only looked and sounded delicious, but were jam packed with flavor!  The night had officially begun with an opening slide show and speech from our Director, Silvia Henriquez. We soon met our mistress of ceremonies, Maria Hinojosa, who was entertaining, enthusiastic, and had the entire room laughing in two seconds.

However, the highlight of my night was the award ceremony. Gloria Moreno, Maria Luisa Sanchez Fuentes, and Maria-Teresa Kumar (representing VotoLatino) delivered powerful speeches after receiving their awards for SALUD, DIGNIDAD, and JUSTICIA respectfully. Their words left me in tears, but also motivated me to get back to the office and continue contributing in the reproductive justice movement.  The night continued with the presentation of the silent auction winners followed by café con leche and some delicious pastries! Although the night was winding down, I could not help but wish it would never end. But alas it did, and I ended my night and my first trip to our nation’s capital with a moonlit stroll down the front of the White House back to my hotel. As I recapped all the events of the night, I could not help but feel very privileged and thankful to have the opportunity not only to attend this wonderful event, but also to be working for such an amazing organization run by powerful, intelligent, and beautiful women! Here’s to 15 years and many more prosperous ones to come!

By Krystal Chan, Development and Communications Intern

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