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We’ve got to hand it to the moms. For years, “green” mommas (including celeb Jessica Alba!) have been sharing tips on how to find and buy the safest, cleanest, greenest products for your family. Moms have been some of the biggest proponents of baby bottles and sippy cups that are free from the nasty endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA)—and just a few weeks ago the Food and Drug Administration followed their lead and banned BPA in bottles and kids cups. While this is great news for some, for millions of women of color and low-income families, exposure to toxic chemicals is much bigger than a little plastic here or there.  It’s an issue of worker rights, economic opportunity, and environmental and reproductive justice. (more…)


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Margie holding a sign that says "Soy Poderosa because I have the most supportive family and friends"

During this Week of Action, we’ll be profiling a few true poderosas: Latinas who show their power and inspire us in their actions.

My name is Margie Del Castillo and I will be a second year Master’s student this fall in the Women’s Studies program at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I have lived in and around Washington D.C. my entire life and mostly in the state of Virginia.  I completed my undergraduate work at The College of William and Mary and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies in 2005.  I always knew that I enjoyed working with people in my community so after graduating, I started a career in social work, primarily working with Spanish speaking immigrants of color.  Through my work with a local county government, I helped my clients secure aid from public assistance programs like SNAP, Medicaid and TANF. During this time, I spent lots of time with my clients, both in person and on the phone.  I learned about the issues in the Latina/o community, and especially those affecting young women and mothers.   By far, the most pervasive issues I heard about were lack of access to reproductive health care and issues relating to domestic violence. (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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Lucy holds a sign that says: "Soy poderosa porque tengo la capacidad el <3 y la pasion para empoderar a las mujeres de nuestras comunidades"

During this Week of Action, we’ll be profiling a few true poderosas: Latinas who show their power and inspire us in their actions.

Durante esta Semana de Acción, haremos perfiles de verdaderas poderosas: Latinas que nos muestran su poder y nos inspiran en sus acciones.

I am powerful because I have the ability, heart and passion to empower women in the Rio Grande Valley community.

I think every woman is important and has enormous value and has the ability to change the circumstances of their lives despite the limitations and barriers that each one may have.

I believe in dignifying and lifting all women to be an example for others. (more…)

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“I’m a DREAM Act eligible youth, also queer, and I’m thinking this was an amazing experience for me. It was a concrete way I could link Reproductive Justice to the work I do in immigration.” -Felipe Matos

Felipe’s testimony about the training we piloted in Miami on LGBTQ issues as a matter of reproductive justice is just one example of the strides National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) made in 2011. No doubt the past 12 months were also wrought with non-stop attacks on low-income and immigrant women’s comprehensive health care and access. But December is a time of celebration. We hope you will join us in reflecting on a few of the many milestones that, with your help, we marked over the year.


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Following this year’s theme of Caminamos: Justice for Immigrant Women, our blog carnival focused on providing the much needed discussion as to what is “the real problem” in regards as to why immigrant women are scapegoated for societal problems. We would like to thank the countless people participated from all across the country stemming from Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Human and Health Services to activists on the ground such as Sonia Guinansaca, who is part of the NY LAN Network.

Some of the blog carnival highlights:

NLIRH’s own policy analyst, Veronica Bayetti Flores discussed reactionary immigration policy along with teen pregnancy efforts for immigrant women, as well as the needs of LGBTQ immigrants:

Latina Week of Action Takes on Reactionary Immigration Policy and Teen Pregnancy Efforts (RH Reality Check)
Don’t Ignore LGBT Immigrants’ Needs  (Ms. Magazine Blog)

Our partner organization Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights:

Salud reproductiva en las inmigrantes by Lorena Garcia, for Moms Rising

Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice’s youth leadership development team, SAFIRE, discussed their own personal experiences and why they believed immigrant women are scapegoated in society:

SAFIRE Youth speak out about scapegoating by Shanelle Matthews, ACRJ

Much of the discussion highlighted the many intersectional ties between RJ and race:

The real problem is silence by Hemly Ordonez, Advocates for Youth

The real problem is racism and our failure to act by Sarah Audelo, Advocates for Youth

Special thanks to RH Reality Check for cross-posting our blog carnival content! Take a look at all the other posts here.

By Heather Ramirez, Development and Communications Intern

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