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Groundswell Fund 2012: Celebrating Reproductive Justice
At the end of 2012, a year in which women, young people, and people of color flexed their political power and changed the face of politics in our country, Groundswell Fund is pleased to have granted approximately $3 million to more than 60 organizations - many of which are led by youth under the age of 35 and nearly all of which (94%) are led by people of color - in 15 states and the District of Columbia. Groundswell is also excited to have launched a new capacity building program for a cohort of organizations who are building power with voters in the Rising American Electorate.
In 2012, Groundswell grantee organizations used organizing, voter engagement, and culture change strategies to empower their communities, and were instrumental in winning several exciting reproductive justice victories:
- In Florida, Mi-Lola, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Power U teamed up to help defeat Amendment 6, which would have changed the state constitution to remove a woman’s right to “privacy,” clearing a path for any number of abortion restrictions, such as barriers to insurance coverage, and mandatory ultrasounds or waiting periods.
- The Native American Community Board won a commitment from the federal Indian Health Service’s Chief Medical Officer to add over-the-counter distribution of emergency contraception for women aged 17 and over to its protocols.
- In California, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, in partnership with the Center for Young Women’s Development and Forward Together, helped win passage of AB 2530, which prohibits the shackling of pregnant women around the belly, ankles or behind the back at any point in their pregnancy and bars the use of any restraints during labor, delivery and recovery in CA prisons, youth authority, county jails and juvenile detention facilities.
The 2012 elections demonstrated the political power of women, young people and people of color. Groundswell Fund grantees are at the vanguard of mobilizing these key constituencies at a moment when a vibrant and representative democracy is more important than ever. And that makes Groundswell’s unique and effective mix of grantmaking, technical assistance and training more important than ever.
Your support made the difference in 2012. Please join us as we go forward to provide reproductive justice organizations around the country with the resources and support they need to keep winning.