Reproductive justice is an inclusive framework for thinking about reproductive freedoms, holistic well-being and comprehensive justice. Organizing for reproductive justice encompasses a multiplicity of issues; the individuals and networks working in this model are just as diverse in their missions, constituencies, and methods of action. Reproductive Justice in Action is the result of a collaboration between the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Groundswell’s Catalyst Fund, the New York Women’s Foundation and seventeen of their grantee partners doing reproductive justice work in New York City. Seeking to explore the ways in which these seventeen organizations think about their mission and work, we jointly embarked on a participatory action research project in order to better understand how the organizations relate to (or feel limited by) the model and language of reproductive justice. The project also explores key intersections between reproductive justice and the organizations’ work on issues such as immigrant rights, youth advocacy, LGBTQ rights, environmental justice, HIV/AIDS education, and community organizing, with a particular focus on the connections between reproduction justice and fundamental questions of economic security and justice.
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