Reproductive Justice Activists

As a project of our Girls of Color Fund, the Reproductive Justice Activists (RJA) program seeks to center the voice and leadership of young women, non-binary youth, and allies in an effort to imagine and create a society free from all forms of reproductive oppression. In doing so, the youth activists will work closely with us to identify ways for the Foundation to build a strategy around Reproductive Justice advocacy.  

2017-18 Reproductive Justice Activists

Estefania Trujilo Preciado

Olivia Lee

Betchina Jean Pierre

Keith Swinton

Aleiya Saunders

Deanna Findlay

Lucia Paz

Aaliya Rahamut

Bing Chen

Victoria Boulin

Kalesha Sostre

Sierra Williams

Melat F. Seyoum

Natalie Kopke

 

Program Overview

Goals:  

  • Build leadership and capacity of 10-12 activists of color to serve as informed advocates on reproductive justice and their own lived experience.
  • Bring Reproductive Justice lens back to their affiliated organizations.
  • Working with the RJA, plan and develop our Reproductive Justice advocacy efforts.

RJA will have opportunities to:

  • Learn about the history of Reproductive Justice (RJ), current local and/or national reproductive justice issues, and current advocacy efforts 
  • Connect and build relationships with the larger RJ community
  • Develop their organizing and activism skills
  • Examine historical and contemporary examples of how racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, ageism and stigma keep women, transgender women, gender non-conforming, non-binary people of color from being able to have access to the power and resources to make fully informed decisions about their health, bodies, families, and communities
  • Inform and guide Brooklyn Community Foundation on how best to deploy and guide resources for RJ advocacy.

About our Reproductive Justice Activists:

  • Are youth of color in Brooklyn between the ages of 16 and 24
  • Have at least two years of activism or organizing experience
  • Are passionate, self-motivated, collaborative, and committed to achieving reproductive justice
  • Are interested in creating solutions that address the impact of reproductive oppression on young people of color
  • Have a strong desire to develop leadership skills and be a part of a new generation of reproductive justice activists

Timeline

  • August 2017
    • August 9, 2017: Online Application opens
  • September 2017
    • September 8, 2017: Deadline for Applications
    • September 15, 2017: Reproductive Justice Activists announced 
    • September 2017:  RJA program begins, including introduction and community building activities
  • October/November 2017:
    • October 18, 2017 – November 30, 2017: Four reproductive justice intensive learning sessions with community and national partners.
  • December 2017: Synthesize learnings and identify advocacy priorities
     
  • January-June 2018: Monthly meetings
     
  • June 2018: RJAs share priority advocacy recommendations with Brooklyn Community Foundation and organize an action/celebration.
     

Compensation 

$1,500 for the 10 month program (averaging 8-10 hours of participation per month)
 

Email rja@bcfny.org with any questions about this program.