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This week is about taking action and showing our PODER, and we are focusing in on our governors. As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be implemented, we must be diligent in our advocacy to make sure that its benefits get to as many people as possible. In the spirit of action, NLIRH is providing you with two very easy ways to take action. (more…)


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Angy holding a sign: "Soy poderosa because despite my immigration status I have found love in the darkest of places"

Angy Rivera

At the Latinas Organizing for Leadership and Advocacy training in North Carolina, I was handed a piece of paper. I flipped it over and the sign asked me why I am a poderosa. I stared at the blank paper for a few minutes, remembering my senior year of high school. (more…)

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Today marks the day in which health insurance policies begin to make the transition into no-copay preventive services, a mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Because birth control is a preventive service, this means that along with pap smears and other preventive services, women will begin to experience the full coverage of their birth control as the law requires more and more policies to cover this service with no additional cost to policy-holders. For Latinas, our families, and our communities, this is great news. (more…)

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Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need & the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Invite you to

Moving Forward for Health Justice

Thursday, July 12, 2012

2-3 PM ET (11-12 AM PT) English / 3-4 ET PM (12-1 PM PT) Spanish

Join us for a “cafecito”-style conference call (informal discussion over coffee) to discuss how women, communities of color, and other underserved populations can move forward for health justice after our tremendous victory – the Supreme Court upheld almost every aspect of the health care law! We will have a panel of national and state health advocates help us understand the decision and think through communications, advocacy, and mobilization strategies to advance health justice for our communities.

Please bring your thoughts and questions about how we will move forward as implementation of the law continues, including the implications of the court’s ruling on the Medicaid expansion.

Please click on this link to RSVP and receive call-in information.

For more information, please contact Kimberly Inez McGuire, Policy Analyst with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health at Kimberly@latinainstitute.org or Keely Monroe, Law Students for Reproductive Justice fellow with Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need at kmonroe@nwhn.org.


Levantando las Voces de las Mujeres (RVW) y el Instituto Nacional de Latinas para la Salud Reproductiva (NLIRH)

Las invitan a

Siguiendo adelante para la justica

en el cuidado de salud

Fecha: Jueves, el 12 de julio

Hora: 2-3 PM ET en inglés, 3-4 PM ET en español

Acompáñanos para un cafecito virtual para discutir como las mujeres, comunidades de color, y comunidades marginalizadas podemos seguir adelante para la justica en el cuidado de salud después de nuestra victoria tremenda- el Tribunal Supremo de Justicia confirmó la constitucionalidad de la mayoría de la ley de reforma de salud!  Tendremos presentaciones de expertos que abogan para la salud al nivel nacional y estatal para ayudarnos a entender la decisión, como comunicar esta información a nuestras comunidades, y las estrategias de abogacía y movilización comunitaria para avanzar en la justicia de la salud de nuestras comunidades.

Por favor traigan sus pensamientos y preguntas acerca de cómo vamos a seguir adelante con la implementación de la ley, incluyendo las implicaciones de la decisión del Tribunal Suprema sobre la expansión de Medicaid.

Por favor, haga clic en este enlace para confirmar su participación y obtener el número de teléfono y el código.

Para más información, por favor mande un correo electrónico a Kimberly Inez McGuire con el Instituto Nacional de Latinas para la Salud Reproductiva a Kimberly@latinainstitute.org o a Keely Monroe con Levantando las Voces de las Mujeres a kmonroe@nwhn.org.

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President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act (health reform law) into law on March 23, 2010. The law was upheld by the Supreme Court this morning- a win for Latinas’ health.

As I am sure many of you have heard, today, the Supreme Court of the United State upheld the landmark health reform law, the Affordable Care Act.

This is a big win as millions of Latinas, their families, and their communities have already benefited from greater access to quality and affordable health care as a result of the reforms in the law. And millions more Latinos will benefit from the law as it is fully implemented through 2014.

Click here NLIRH’s press statement on the Supreme Court decision.

But the fun does not stop here: please join us for a number of conversations and events on this historic decision and how to move forward for #HealthJustice post-Supreme Court.

June 29, 2:00-3:30 PM ET on Twitter using #HealthJustice #SaludyJusticia

Please join National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) and over a dozen national partners TOMORROW, June 29, in a post- Supreme Court Tweetchat entitled “Now what? How the Health Care Law Supreme Court Decision will Impact Women, People of Color, LGBTQ Folks, and other Underserved Groups.” 

The Tweetchat will run from 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET, so makes sure to join us on Twitter.com.  It is sure to be a lively and informative discussion in both English and Spanish with over seventeen co-sponsoring organizations!  Follow the conversation with our hashtag #HealthJustice #SaludyJusticia –  Click here for more information.

July 12 2:00-4:00 PM ET – “Cafecito”- Style Conference Call

Join Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) for a “cafecito”-style conference call (informal discussion over coffee) to discuss how women, communities of color, and other underserved populations can move forward for health justice in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision on the health reform law.

Date: July 12, 2012
Time: 2 -3 pm ET in English, and 3-4 pm ET in Spanish.

Please RSVP here to receive the call-in information.

We know that the work starts here. We need to work for greater health care access for immigrant communities, LGBTQ individuals, and other underserved groups. We need to include comprehensive reproductive health services in the gains under ACA. We need for strive for greater diversity and cultural and linguistic competency of the health care work force. That’s why NLIRH and other health equity advocates support legislation like the Health Equity and Accountability Act. So, let’s celebrate today and move forward for health justice.

And please stay posted for more analysis on the decision and how it will impact Latinas!

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Today, President Barack Obama stated in a televised interview that he believes that same-sex marriage should be legal:

“At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Mr. Obama told ABC News in an interview that came after the president faced mounting pressure to clarify his position.

This is a historic moment – it is the first time that a sitting U.S. president has stated a position in favor of marriage equality.

So how does this affect the lived reality of LGBTQ Latin@s? Well not too much, yet. Though this affirmation does not have any legal effect just yet – neither the Supreme Court nor Congress seem in a rush to overturn DOMA – this “evolving” of the president’s position does indicate the increasing visibility of LGBT advocacy in the last few years, and places the President in a position to do something about making that change.

When same-sex marriage does become a reality at a national level, there will surely be benefits for LGBTQ Latin@ communities. For one, LGBTQ immigrants with U.S.-citizen partners will have the option to be petitioned for permanent residency and citizenship, in the same way that straight people are able to do currently. This would be huge for the vast number of bi-national couples who face separation or having to leave the U.S. to be together. The Uniting America Families Act – a proposed measure that would allow U.S. citizens to petition same-sex partners for citizenship – also addresses this issue for bi-national same-sex couples and has been part of NLIRH’s policy priorities, but federal marriage equality would solve this issue altogether.

Although this is a step in the right direction, legalizing same-sex marriage does not even begin to scratch the surface of the social justice issues that LGBTQ Latin@s face today. LGBTQ immigrants face numerous barriers that marriage simply does not touch, and strategies that require immigrants to couple with U.S.-nationals for citizenship will only affect a small portion of the LGBTQ immigrant community. And though legalizing same-sex marriage may mean that some LGBTQ Latin@s will be able to share their partners’ health benefits, it will not create health benefits for couples in which neither party is insured. We envision a world in which everyone has access to care and in which everyone has the right to live and work in the communities they choose, regardless of marital status. Marriage equality will create these conditions for some, but will leave many LGBTQ Latin@s with these problems unresolved.

It is a good day for LGBTQ people today, but we must not envision marriage equality as the end. Only an end to inequity can bring reproductive justice for all!

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