Good Afternoon,

Black women: I salute you! I applaud you, and more than anything, I thank you! Black women cast their ballots in record numbers to elect the first woman and the first Black vice president. You braved voter suppression tactics, long lines, and the threat of COVID-19 to make your voices heard. Black women voters showed up on Election Day, and America owes you a debt of gratitude for helping to move this country into a future filled with hope. 

I also want to thank you for supporting the In Our Own Voice I AM A VOTER campaign. Through this effort, we were able to engage more than 25 million Black women voters. And just when we thought we could exhale because the election was finally over and hopeful change was on the horizon, we have another fight to gear up for — the Georgia Senate runoff election in January. Under Stacey Abrams' leadership, I am confident that you will mobilize Black women voters in Georgia once again. 

As you can see, just because the polls have closed, our advocacy work is still not over. This month, In Our Own Voice, will be launching its Giving Tuesday campaign. Giving Tuesday this year takes place on Dec. 1, 2020, and is entirely virtual. We're relying on supporters like you. The money we raise will be used to support our Emergency COVID Relief Fund. Donations will be distributed through our state partners serving the needs of Black women and their families in Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, and Philadelphia. 

Fighting for Reproductive Justice is a continuous fight that will not end until all women, femmes, and girls have the complete economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, their families, and their communities in all areas of their lives. Can we count on you this Giving Tuesday?

Marcela Howell
President & CEO
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda
What Public Charge Means for Reproductive Justice
The policy team published What Public Charge Means for Reproductive Justice with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, and the National Health Law Program. The brief provides an overview of the recent changes to the public charge test and outlines the implications for communities of color and potential harms to reproductive and sexual health and justice.  
Domestic Violence Solidarity Townhall
ICYMI: Domestic Violence Solidarity week was observed Oct. 19- 23. Senior Policy Manager Lexi White, participated in a town hall hosted by URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity with representatives from Know Your IX, Me Too, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Black Feminist Future, the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, and SisterSong.
The Day After: A Post-Election Virtual Discussion
Vice-President of Government Affairs Michelle Batchelor joined SisterLove, Inc. and Interfairth Voices for Reproductive Justice on Nov. 5 to discuss post-election results (as they were at the time), voter turnout, and implications for Black communities and Reproductive Justice.
Protect the Vote Today!
All the Way to the Polls
Research shows that youth voter turnout increased by nearly 8 points in this election compared to 2016. Young people made their voices heard by electing a government that better represents their interests. Our Next Generation Leadership Institute Fellows were among the youth voters who went above and beyond organizing and mobilizing the campus vote. We know that real change can happen when we amplify the voices of young people at the ballot box and beyond.  

Here is the rundown on how our fellows galvanized their campus communities all the way to the polls!
We Woke, We Vote: Judicial Reform

Black Women for Wellness participated in “We Woke, We Vote: Judicial Reform.” The panel discussed the impact of voting on the judicial system. Speakers included representatives from the Black Women for Wellness Action Project, the California Working Families Party, the LA Public Defender’s Office, and the National Women’s Law Center Action Project. 
Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda for 2020-2021

Black Women’s Health Imperative released Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda for 2020-2021. It addresses critical health policy issues that affect the health and well-being of Black women.  
Commentary: Why protecting the ACA is crucial for women of color

Carles Anderson from SisterReach wrote an op-ed for the Tennessee Lookout on the importance of protecting the Affordable Care Act and why repealing it would have grave consequences for Black women.  
Get Loud Louisiana Launch Party
Saturday, December 5th, 2020
4 PM – 6 PM

Women With A Vision is launching the Statewide Ending the Epidemic Plan—Get Loud Louisiana! Celebrate their work and get re-energized during the celebration.

November 30, 2020
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