BREAKING NEWS!!! "An enormous amount of hard, legal work went into this process from the beginning when the RI Senate leadership dropped the ball to recent planning for next steps if SCOTUS voted in favor of the Republican National Committee and the RI State GOP Committee. But they didn't. In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court of the United States voted in favor of allowing Rhode … [Read more...] about #AbortionAccess4All and so much more!
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.
The global pandemic did not create disparities in access to health care or barriers to abortion, but it certainly has made it much, much worse. The fact is the people who have the least tend to hurt the most in challenging times. We need to step up and be there for our communities! We continue to see a disproportionate burden of job loss, economic struggles and health … [Read more...] about Tackling inequities TOGETHER!
The Womxn Project was honored to work with Common Cause RI and other partners to push for introduction of the Safe and Healthy Voting in 2020 Act. We were disappointed the bill was not introduced, but we are happy to see that many of the concepts in that legislation have been incorporated into other policies, which may be considered as early as TODAY, July 16th. TAKE … [Read more...] about If we can’t vote safe, we are silenced. TAKE ACTION TODAY!
The Womxn Project shares the confusion and outrage that many have expressed about the recent decision by Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island to refuse to endorse Jennifer Rourke, a remarkably strong woman of color who has been a true reproductive rights, health, and justice champion and thusly deserves the endorsement honor. Jennifer was PPVRI endorsed in a previous election … [Read more...] about Budgets should put health before politics
(projection at the law offices of Speaker Nicholas Mattiello) - - - - - - - - - With the recent rallies, we have been speaking out more creatively (and COVID-19 safe) to push to end racism and advance LGBTQ equality in Rhode Island. As you might have seen, we produced videos to push white allies to take action to dismantle white supremacy. Our team has been at numerous … [Read more...] about Defending the right to parent
Did you see that the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling striking down a set of restrictions in Louisiana interfering with access to abortion? This decision has huge implications. The highest court in the land made it clear today that lawmakers should not be pushing medically unnecessary limits on abortion just to make care harder to get and create an undue … [Read more...] about SCOTUS WIN, Let’s keep it up!
Yesterday marked one year since the momentous passage and signing of the Reproductive Privacy Act, the Rhode Island law affirming that in our state we protect the right to abortion and ensure people get to make their own decisions about their bodies, their families and their futures. Out of respect for Juneteenth, we chose to celebrate this victory a day later. Part of being … [Read more...] about The Reproductive Privacy Act: Celebrating and Moving On
People across the globe and right here in the Ocean State continue to speak out and to march to push for an end to racism. In the past week, we saw HUGE events in Providence, Newport, SK and several other places in the region. People are rising up and we need to keep doing so in all the ways we can. The Womxn Project board member, Tammy Brown has a VERY powerful video as part … [Read more...] about Shining a Light on Injustice – DO YOU WANT IN?
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!
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (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 watch recordings from “TWP Table Talk: Liberating Pleasure” We spend a lot of … [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