We hope that you were able to take some time with loved ones. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, it is wonderful to be able to rest and relax and build community. We reached out last week to talk about the fact that our state Democratic Party is trying to silence women and make it harder for women to push for changes. Well they can try all they want, but let’s be … [Read more...] about Rhode Island Women #WONTBESILENCED
The Womxn Project (TWP, previously The Woman Project) was formed in 2017, by a few passionate and outspoken Rhode Island womxn, to educate others about Rhode Island’s regressive abortion laws. What began as a protest of the present moment has become a movement for change.
While Rhode Island was the first state to promote religious freedom, for far too long reproductive freedom has been quietly governed - if indirectly - by the Catholic Church.
TWP was created to let Rhode Islanders know the truth: if Roe v. Wade is overturned at the federal level, RI will have no law to protect the right to abortion. Most Rhode Islanders, living in a ‘blue state,’ did not realize that without Roe vs. Wade, RI could revert to old laws which are among the most restrictive and oppressive in the entire United States.
That is why TWP balances artistic events and traditional actions to make change locally or at the state level. These are some of the action TWP will make, online or physically somewhere, to add our voice to the many calling for change.
We are pissed off. We turn on the news and time and again see the Trump Administration pushing another horrifying rule to try to limit our rights or take our healthcare away. We had to watch as Rep. Katie Hill was slut shamed and bullied out of her position after her abusive ex-husband released sexy photos taken during their time together. And we are constantly told that we are … [Read more...] about WE ARE ANGRY – aren’t you?
The Womxn Project is incredibly proud of the leadership we provided in the campaign to pass the Reproductive Privacy Act, which made sure that no matter what happens at the federal level that here in Rhode Island people can get safe, legal abortion care. We worked hard to protect the right to abortion. Now we need to close the gaps in affordable access to care. We should all … [Read more...] about NEW CAMPAIGN: Ready for a BOLD idea? We are!
Keep reading to find out how YOU can help keep up the resistance in Rhode Island – how YOU can persist with us in our efforts to ensure reproductive health, rights and justice – special event this Saturday where we will kick off our proactive campaign for 2020! We are writing on a day that demands we commit to naming injustice and committing to dismantling oppression. Many of … [Read more...] about Resilience and Resistance
Greetings from the nation’s capital! Some Womxn Project board members, Jordan Hevenor, Tammy Brown, Caroline Morgan, and Jocelyn Foye are in Washington, DC right now as part of a national summit organized by the Center for Reproductive Rights. The Womxn Project is thrilled to be one of only 6 states to pass proactive legislation to protect the right to abortion in … [Read more...] about Elections, Legislation and Being BOLD
We are working to create a BOLD legislation agenda to continue to advance positive change. We want to hear from you about the next steps for this year and beyond! Take a moment to fill out the form below to provide your feedback on where we should focus moving forward. https://forms.gle/bfMF2f3rWGowk5nk9 THEN, mark your calendar for our legislative agenda announcement … [Read more...] about 2020 Legislative Session (and beyond)
Reproductive justice is "the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities," according to SisterSong, the national, women of color, Reproductive Justice collective. We advance and secure these rights when we make sure young people get sex ed in their classrooms and we can … [Read more...] about Immigrant Justice is Reproductive Justice
Throughout the session we gathered postcards and handed out flyers at rallies, festivals, concerts and many other events across the state to educate and mobilize people to support the Reproductive Privacy Act. We are thrilled by passage of the RPA, but there is still work to do to make sure we can all manage our health, plan our families, control our futures and live with … [Read more...] about Building community and pushing for positive change
Sometimes when we hear about the latest attacks on human rights and health care we feel pretty sad, mad and even powerless. But we are NOT powerless. When we come together we can make a change. We saw that this session in our efforts to advance the Reproductive Privacy Act. We built an incredible movement together. We want to keep pushing for policies and programs to … [Read more...] about Trump attacks, #closethecamps and creating change in RI
It is summer, which should absolutely include the beach, picnics, barbecues, and road trips. Our kiddos are at home with us or we are bringing them to camps. It is a fun and hectic time. We have all been enjoying special moments with family and friends, but make no mistake that we are not going away. We are continuing to look for ways to educate and engage the community … [Read more...] about Let’s keep pushing for positive change TOGETHER!
We have been working hard to protect the right to abortion in Rhode Island. We had a big win in our state, but we know that our right continues to be under attack across the country. We need to make sure that bills are not advanced that make care harder to get or harder to provide. We need to #ACTforwomen! Politicians who do not want anyone to be able to access … [Read more...] about Urge Senator Reed to #ACTforwomen!
Did you see our full page ad in the Providence Journal thanking the supporters of the Reproductive Privacy Act? It is just one of a slew of ways we are showing our gratitude to the lawmakers who voted “yes” to protect our right to abortion. You should also check out local papers like the Warwick Beacon, Westerly Sun and the North Providence Valley Breeze and … [Read more...] about THANK YOU for supporting our rights!
JUNE 19, 2019 - - - - - - - - - - After several decades of hard work, on June 10th the Rhode Island State Senate and House of Representatives passed the Reproductive Privacy Act and Governor Gina Raimondo signed it into law. With the onslaught of attacks on Roe v. Wade and the right to safe, legal abortion care this was a huge victory. This win would not have been … [Read more...] about Get the Facts!
So we did a thing! After years of organizing, countless phone calls, tens of thousands of postcards, and hundreds of hours at the State House, WE (that includes YOU) finally codified Roe into Rhode Island law. Last night, after the Senate and then the House passed the Reproductive Privacy Act ("RPA") (H5125 sub B), Governor Raimondo signed the bill into law at approximately … [Read more...] about Rhode Island Codifies Roe
We are getting closer and closer to seeing this through and securing protections for the right to abortion. It is scary and amazing and exciting that we could be making history together. We can’t stop. We have to keep working and fighting TOGETHER! We need you to mark your calendars and grab your friends and family and join us at the State House for the … [Read more...] about KEEP IT UP together – this weekend and beyond!