Saturday, May 28, 2011

My vagina is my vagina!

I have the right to full control of my reproductive health! I have the right to have sex and LOVE IT! I have the right to decide whether I want to parent or not! Did I say I have the right to have sex...plenty of it...and love it!

I think that is the problem with the anti-choice. They hate the fact that women can have sex, not have babies and live fulfilling lives that are not tied to marriage or commitment. They hate the fact that women can decide what they want to do with their lives. They hate the fact that they cannot control vaginas....and they are doing everything in their power to turn the time back. But here is the thing....we will continue to control our lives....we will not go back. Abortion has been around since the beginning of time and if you don't like it....that is just too bad! I control my body and there is nothing you can do about it!

Friday, May 27, 2011

21 week old survive

So I seen a article on yahoo that said a 21 week old twin survived. As a pro choice woman I really believe that this is a true miracle. There is a constant debate about when a fetus is viable outside of the womb. I really think it's important that pro choice folk be vocal when we see stories like this, because so many people mistake pro choice for pro abortion. When a pregnancy is this pre term the chances of survival are very slim so it really touched me to see a miracle like this happen.

The story didn't really give a background on whether the woman was high risk, but this was a multiple birth and multiple births are at risk of being preterm. However, no matter what the case was with the pregnancy this woman had the choice to continue with her pregnancy and give birth to twins. Although, only one of the twins was able to survive she had the autonomy to make the decision that was best for her!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Why are black women less attractive than other races?

That is what I saw as the headline on the news as I stopped what I was doing to pay close attention to whose opinion this was. So as I listen further they go into where I can find the article where this statement was made and the attempt to justify it can be found. So quickly I Google it from my phone and read the article which was found in a psychology magazine by a doctor who has came up with some scientific reason to justify the way he personally feels about black women. Which is just a wake up call to people who think racism doesn't exist anymore. Well news to you it does also along with classicism,genderization, and a long list of other ism's and tions that people try to act like don't exist.Not only did this article say black women were less attractive physically, it also said intellectual wise too. Reading this article just made me realize how important it is for me to exercise my rights as a woman,as a black person, and just as a human being period. I will continue to speak up and speak out and not let my voice go to waste.I hope you do the same. Peace,Love and Choice!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

April's "The A Word": Racism and Billboards

The latest episode of "The A Word" is up! In April's episode, Nicole hosts and starts by going over the demographics of the women we've funded in April. Next, she discusses CAF's "Clean The Lot" outreach event in response to the racist anti-choice billboards put up on the Southside of Chicago.

Check it out here! It's 19 minutes long, cut over3 videos.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Last 2010 Episode of "The A Word" Is Up!

Damillia hosted December's episode of "The A Word," giving the low-down on the Chicago Abortion Fund!

Check it out here. It's 20 minutes long, with 3 videos.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

"The A Word" on the NuvaRing and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Another new playlist added!

Damillia & Jessica, members of Chicago Abortion Fund's leadership group My Voice, My Choice, hosted October's episode of "The A Word." They discuss the NuvaRing and domestic violence awareness month.

Check it out here! Three videos total, 24 minutes long.

If you, or someone you know is involved in an unhealthy relationship that you need to talk to someone about, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1−800−799−SAFE (7233)

Friday, May 13, 2011

September's Episode of "The A Word" Is Up!

Sorry for the delay! We have a small backlog of our leadership group's amazing call-in, public access show, "The A Word."

September's episode is now up! Click here to be directed to the playlist. It's in 3 parts on Youtube, totaling 25 minutes.

In September, Brittany & Nicole discussed Depo Provera (aka "The Shot") and why talking about abortion is so important. They also brought up issues on poverty, welfare, women of color, the Hyde Amendment, and reflected on what being in Chicago Abortion Fund's has afforded them.

Check it out!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jill Scott - "My Petition" - Live In Paris+ DVD

I have been really feeling this song. It talks about our rights as a person in society and I don't think a lot of people realize the message or meaning of this song.Which I didn't at first either.I thought she was talking to a man but shes talking to the "man" and this song fits today just as much as it did yesterday.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

OUR Community

I know the title of this piece is real vague, but just stay with me.... Over the past few months so much as happened to US as a people. We've lost jobs, homes, grants for schools, rights and privacy. OUR communities and people are in such turmoil. They've lost hope and respect not only for themselves but for others as well. Which brings me back to the title "OUR Community". We, more often than not, complain about whats being taken from us or whats not being given to us. Well why would the state or federal government care anything about what we want when we can't even care about ourselves! We as a people lack accountability and that sense of community. During these tough economic times, we should all come together as a community more than ever!

I was on the CTA Red line this morning when this black man boarded the train. He introduced himself and said that he just wanted to pass out job opportunities for his fellow brothers and sisters. This stranger exemplified community. This man didn't know any of us, yet he felt obligated to inform us about job opportunities. This is what I mean when I say "we lack that sense of community". We need to all become one unit and educate each other on these issues that are plaguing our communities. These issues like homelessness, birth control, health care, sex education, nutrition, education, employment etc. Because if we don't, who will?