Good Evening Chairman Corvese and Members of the House Rules Committee: My name is Jocelyn Foye. My preferred pronouns are she/her. I live in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and I am the Executive Director and Board President of The Womxn Project. I am speaking in support of House Resolutions 5006, 5007, 5008, 5009, 5010, 5011. The Womxn Project is a grassroots organization … [Read more...] about Testimony in support of House Resolutions 5006, 5007, 5008, 5009, 5010, 5011 (Safe & Accessible Govt)
Amazing news out of Georgia, literally shocked (not shocked?) about the terrorist attack at the US Capitol building RIGHT NOW. Clearly we look forward to a government that is more representative and continue the conversation about we want the state and country to look like while investing in the leadership and vision of women of color. So trying to step back from this chaos … [Read more...] about What a year 2020 was! The Womxn Project’s Year in Review
December 21, 2020 | Curated by John Bender & Sofia Rudin ||| As 2020 comes to a close we’re left asking, how do we make sense of this year like no other? We turned to Rhode Island artists for help answering this question, and 35 generously shared their work with us. When 2020 began, the Democratic presidential primary field was wide open, President Donald Trump … [Read more...] about THE 2020 GALLERY, presented by The Public’s Radio (Uprising Category)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 17, 2020 The Womxn Project is proud to be part of a robust coalition working to get rid of the Helms Amendment, which harms Black and Brown people around the world. (Providence, RI) - Statement by Jocelyn Foye, The Womxn Project on the 47th anniversary of the Helms Amendment, a policy that denies the use of US funds to ensure safe abortion … [Read more...] about PR: Local Advocates Decry US Policy Denying Safe Abortion Care Globally
Today marks 47 years of the Helms Amendment, a racist, white supremacist policy exporting US politicians' attempts to control abortion information and access and deny bodily autonomy. Helms denies the use of US funds to ensure safe abortion services. It causes great harm, especially to Black and Brown people around the world. The Womxn Project is proud to endorse … [Read more...] about Unhappy Anniversary to the Helms Amendment!
“Here’s to the future because we got through the past.” – Salt-N-Pepa What does 2021 hold for The Womxn Project? Broadly, we intend to mobilize, energize, and lead! Here’s just a taste of what to expect from us: Insurance coverage bans for abortion services are soooo 2020 (you know, tragic and synonymous with racial injustice). We want to close the gaps in access … [Read more...] about Commit To Change In 2021
Dear Friends and Community, When I think of our work here at The Womxn Project, it’s the force of an informed and passionately dedicated community that is the most powerful resource in the fight for a more just and equitable future. Activism starts and ends with people. Relationships are not just why we do this work, but relationships are also how we do this work. We exist … [Read more...] about Hi! Sending some love
by Ian Donnis | November 20, 2020 ||| #4) Even under the best of circumstances, the legislative process can seem opaque to those who do not follow it closely. So what happens when members of the public do not have an opportunity to show up and testify? With luck, some degree of normalcy will return by the crunch time of the 2021 General Assembly session. For now, Jocelyn … [Read more...] about TGIF: Ian Donnis’ politics/media roundup for November 20, 2020
The Providence Journal, by Katherine Gregg | Nov 21, 2020 |||| PROVIDENCE — Advocates of a "tax hike for the rich" chanted their demands outside the State House on Saturday, to the literal beat of a drum: "Stand up. Fight back. Stand up. Fight back. ... We’re out here to take a stand. Public wealth is our demand." "Who’s got the power? 'We got the power.' What kind of … [Read more...] about Advocates urge tax hike for RI’s top earners at State House rally
Throughout this election cycle, there has been a lot of conversation about what it looks like to build collective strength and shift power. We know that this cannot happen without a legislative process that allows for meaningful input from members of the public. We have to make sure that the people we elected pay attention to the challenges facing our communities, and that they … [Read more...] about WANTED: A Safe, Open, Accessible Legislative Process
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 17, 2020 The Womxn Project is leading an effort with a robust set of organizations to ensure that the General Assembly updates procedures to ensure safe, open, and accessible public participation. (Providence, RI) - Statement by Jocelyn Foye, The Womxn Project, on an effort to urge the General Assembly to develop specific policies and … [Read more...] about PR: RI Advocates Demand Transparency, Accessibility, and Openness in the 2021 General Assembly Session
(Download .PDF) 41 Rhode Island Advocate Organizations are Calling for a Transparent Government November 17, 2020 Members of the Rhode Island General Assembly: We, the undersigned, are organizations who are dedicated to mobilizing constituents to advocate for policies that address the needs of their families and communities. We are concerned that the pandemic will … [Read more...] about Open & Accessible Government Letter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 7, 2020 Today We Celebrate: Womxn Project Statement on 2020 Presidential Elections (Providence, RI) - Statement from Jocelyn Foye on behalf of The Womxn Project: “After days of waiting and a push to make sure every vote was counted, here we are. Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States … [Read more...] about PR: Today We Celebrate: Womxn Project Statement on 2020 Presidential Elections
We have all been crying and celebrating, but we did want to take a moment to reach out. Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States and Kamala Harris will be the first woman and the first woman of color to be the Vice President. This matters. It means we get to try to rebuild and push back on Trump’s agenda of hate and fear. It means women of color who have … [Read more...] about Voters Decided – now comes the work to rebuild!
Uncertainty. We all see it everywhere, and, more gruelingly, we are all feeling it day-in and day-out. Today we are thinking of you, and we want to share THREE VERY SIMPLE suggestions that are personally giving us comfort right now. We know you have been counting down to tomorrow’s election for over four years, but we also know you’ve done more than just count. Each of you, … [Read more...] about Pre-Election Message: Sending you strength – YOU ARE NOT ALONE!