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SisterSong is partnering with the Free Marissa Now Campaign to host Standing Our Ground: Raising Our Voices against Reproductive Oppression and Violence against Women the weekend of July 25-28, 2014 in Jacksonville, FL. The weekend will begin with a Reproductive Justice 101 training on Friday followed by our RJ Institute on Saturday. This full day institute will have various panel discussions and breakout sessions where SisterSong’s national member organizations as well as activists across social change movements, human rights advocates, academics, and scholars will discuss some of the following topics: (1) The intersections of Reproductive Justice and the criminal justice system (2) How race, gender and sexuality play out in legislation such as the Stand Your Ground Laws (3) The increasing number of children who are left parentless due to the criminal justice system and the impact this reality has on their lived experience. The weekend will culminate with a direct action on Monday, July 28th where we lead a march with the Free Marissa Now Campaign to the Duval County Unified Courthouse, to stand in solidarity with Marissa Alexander and in opposition to the reproductive injustices that this case and legislation has made public.
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The mission of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights. SisterSong is comprised of 80 local, regional and national grassroots organizations in the United States representing five primary ethnic populations/indigenous nations in the United States: Native American/Indigenous, Black/African American, Latina/Puerto Rican, Arab American/Middle Eastern, and Asian/Pacific Islander, as well as white allies and men. The Collective was formed in 1997 to fulfill a need for a national movement by women of color to organize our voices to represent ourselves and our communities. SisterSong educates women of color on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and works towards the access of health services, information and resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate through the integration of the disciplines of community organizing, Self-Help and human rights education.