Earlier today, The Womxn Project responded to comments by House Speaker Mattiello saying he doesn’t know what white privilege is, doesn’t think it is real and questioning how much racism exists in Rhode Island. Click here to read our statement. While he said this awhile back, the fact is that the culture of our General Assembly and the very real racial inequities that … [Read more...] about Racism is a problem in RI – let’s do something about it!
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.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (Updated since email was delivered, Monday June 1 @ 20:04) Dear Womxn Project friends, We have been horrified to see story after story in recent days about Black people being killed. Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and Tony McDade. We are talking about mothers crying and mourning their children. We are talking about an empty seat at … [Read more...] about Racial justice requires ACTIONS – join us!
The Womxn Project is committed to creating opportunities for us all to heal and thrive and grow as individuals and communities. We are always looking for creative ways to have new and different conversations. Our latest initiative is definition part of that commitment. YOU ARE INVITED to join us for “TWP Table Talk: Liberating Pleasure”, a 5 night series kicking off next … [Read more...] about #LiberatingPleasure, the new Womxn Project series
The Womxn Project is pleased to join activists and partners around the country in a week of action leading up to “Free the Pill Day” on Saturday, May 9th. It has been 60 years since the day the FDA first approved the birth control pill. We need to talk about the barriers people are facing and make it clear that there is widespread support for moving the pill over the … [Read more...] about Get rid of the barriers to care we need! #FreeThePill
This post features thoughts from TWP's own Emily Boucher, a local artivist and teacher. She shares her thoughts below as someone who is navigating #CovidLearning from her perspective as a high school teacher, a social-media junkie, and a bleeding-heart empath watching education happen exclusively online. - - - - - - - - If there's one thing the internet does well in … [Read more...] about We laugh hardest at the jokes that ring truest.
ou have probably gotten a postcard or mailer about the Census and know many people just end up putting it in the recycling bin. But did you know that the Census determines how political power and money from the federal government is distributed in our communities? From the money that goes to safe highways and affordable housing to critical education and health care programs, … [Read more...] about National Census Day Virtual Town Hall
In an effort to help our friends in Rhode Island navigate some important issues during this time, we have prepared a quick guide showing how to get support from various government agencies as well as some general information in case you have not been able to locate something. Please let The Womxn Project know if you need other kinds of help and we will do our best to find the … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Support Information
The 2020 Census goes live TODAY, the 12th. It has huge ramifications for our state and our communities. PLEASE, take a moment to go online to fill it out. It can make a huge difference. Click HERE now. And then share with friends and family. Also, Secretary of State, Nellie M. Gorbea is holding a live conversation (which will be archived) that answers many people's … [Read more...] about We need you to be counted in the 2020 Census!
The Womxn Project was proud to join thousands of activists from across the country on Wednesday in front of the United States Supreme Court for a demonstration as part of the oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo, a critical case concerning abortion access. It was a truly amazing day. We were proud to show up 50 strong to make it clear that in Rhode Island we … [Read more...] about Our rights. Our decisions. Our movement.
We have worked hard to build community with you. In this tough time, please know we are still here. We are continuing to share updates, resources and calls to action on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We are also working to create moments that we can continue to engage and connect while we stay home and stay safe. We will get through this together. Sending love to you … [Read more...] about Building community while staying home and staying safe
The Womxn Project is proud to be at the State House and the Supreme Court today to ensure when someone needs an abortion they have the right and they can afford to get safe, compassionate care! We have built a movement here in Rhode Island – a strong and robust network of activists willing to speak up and show up to ensure that every person gets to make their own … [Read more...] about TODAY we show up – in DC and RI – for abortion access!
WHAT A WEEK! We spoke out and helped stop an anti-abortion House resolution, showed up and testified for bills to end discrimination against LGBT parents and halt the practice of charging higher insurance rates to women, and distributed hundreds of postcards to the chair of House Finance to push for a hearing on our bill! Woo hoo! This is The Womxn Project in … [Read more...] about WOW. Another big one coming up!
We are continuing to work to support our activists up to the State House each week -- to push for support of our bill which gets rid of bans on health coverage for abortion. House Bill 7618 has 28 sponsors and Senate Bill 2476 has 19. This is VERY exciting. We will keep you posted on ways to help. - - - - - - - - - - - - We also want to SHOW UP for three other … [Read more...] about BIG WEEK At The State House!
Some quick highlights heading into your weekend! ACLU & RPA Earlier this week, the RI ACLU sent this letter to the Department of Corrections with the first formal invocation of the RPA to seek a change in state policy - which never should have existed in the first place. It questions the practices governing prenatal care and nutrition for incarcerated pregnant … [Read more...] about First invocation of the RPA to change policy in RI
Volunteers like YOU have said how proud they are of the victory of the Reproductive Privacy Act and committed to working with us to continue to advance positive change. We launched a survey last summer to ask our folks what we should work on next and a huge majority of the more than 100 respondents said that we should commit to closing the gaps in access to abortion! A right … [Read more...] about Celebrating Bill to Eliminate Abortion Coverage Bans!