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)
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.
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
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
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
(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
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!
This week, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed and sworn in as the next Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. We now wake up knowing that many of the rights we hold dear – abortion access, voting rights, healthcare access, climate justice, LGBTQ+ equality, racial justice, and so much more – face very real threats. That means that State based actions are even MORE important, which we … [Read more...] about We will persevere, we will persist, this is our future together
We have gathered some important information to assist you with your plan to VOTE. 1.VOTE BY MAIL: Below is a sample of information available from the Secretary of State's website for vote by mail. Review info here for: receipt of mail ballot application by the Secretary of State Mail date of ballot Receipt of Ballot by Board of Education Acceptance of Ballot … [Read more...] about Elections in Rhode Island- final days
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion of reproductive health, rights and justice. She also inspired millions of women of girls (and our male and gender nonconforming accomplices) to dream big and work to make a change! As people debate what should be done around her seat on the Court, we are taking a moment to talk about what it looks like to honor her legacy. Join an incredible … [Read more...] about Honor RBG & help fight for the Court Panel
The Womxn Project has been busy. In fact, people are saying we look like we are everywhere. Well, we kinda are because we see how we can help put the pressure on (or asked to help do so). Between going to Susan Collins' office in Maine to projecting and rallying at the Supreme Court in Washington DC, we are learning a lot more along the way. We've learned that COVID is … [Read more...] about Our “GOP Burn Book” and other efforts to stay active
As the Senate is just wrapping their first day on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, The Womxn Project’s Stephanie Olarte is sharing all of our very real concerns about the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. Did you know? → Barrett wants to strike down the Affordable Care Act, which has been vital to people with disabilities. → She backs Trump administration’s “public … [Read more...] about Disability rights at risk with Amy Coney Barrett
Rhode Island Activists Headed to Maine to Urge Collins to Keep Her Promise and Let the People Decide The Womxn Project is calling on people from across the region to show up to ensure Senator Collins keeps her word to oppose nominating a new justice to the Supreme Court before the 2020 elections. Kicking off in Pawtucket, RI, advocates from across Rhode Island will meet up … [Read more...] about For Justice: Speak up and get active with us while we are in Maine!