Thursday, April 30, 2009
I am terrified of putting together a community outreach training regarding reproductive justice. I would have to do a lot of things that I've never done or things I get nervous about doing..(public speaking..aaagghh). But the more I think about doing it and all the people I will be spreading the word to and the people they would tell and so on and so on, the fear subsides and I am glad to do it. I hope to inspire more people to take a stand on reproductive justice and advocate more.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I had the pleasant opportunity to attend the conference with Brittany and Nicole in Amherst, MA at Hampshire College a few weeks ago. These women blew me away with their honesty and openness. From their attentiveness in the workshops to their writing thoughts on the wall to Brittany's speakout.....I am completely amazed by them. Then not even a week later Nicole sits on a panel to talk about choice....and she was paid to do it! This is truly exciting! Becoming reproductive justice activists when all you wanted from CAF was financial assistance is a pretty empowering thing! My life has been truly transformed by all the women in the leadership group. I am honored to know them!
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Saturday, April 4, 2009
This conference is empowering like all.Yet this one has a different vibe from the last one I was at. Also this time I have Natalie with me which alot of my attention has been focused on her. But the most empowering and different thing about this conference is the Speak Out, thats where women who have had an abortion get up and talk about there experiences. Some people spoke and some didn't. I was one of the ones that didn't speak this time but Brittany said enough for us all she rocked it!! But something that was mentioned is that alot of times Black women don't speak out about abortion because they are ashamed. Well Brittany and I have prove those people wrong and it just donned on me.I have had an abortion and I am not ashamed. I did what I had to do and it was my choice point blank.While here today I listened to this poet recite a poem that really touched my heart and the one thing that really stuck out to me is how she said something like they call me a murderer and say that I'm uneducated and ignorant but they built these schools and rules that are here to keep me in poverty. That is such a true statement and I just want to say that poem made me think about myself and all the women that struggle with every day choices. Wow this has truley been an experience.
Peace,Love, and Choice
Peace,Love, and Choice