anonymous asked:

Do you take requests at all or no?

Thanks for asking - absolutely, I do. I’m not the best at fulfilling them, I admit. I try, but sometimes the ideas that are pitched to me just don’t make the gears turn. 

If there’s something you want to see, send it in, absolutely. I promise I’ll give it my best shot.

If you want to increase the chances of your request being fulfilled, there is a cheat code for that. I don’t want anyone’s money, but if you put a few bucks towards a good cause and send me a receipt screenshot, I’ll take your request from “idea under consideration” to “moral obligation”. 

Donate to whomever you like, but if you need inspiration, some of my favorites are as follows:

Planned Parenthood
Southern Poverty Law Center
National Immigration Law Center
Transgender Law Center
Union of Concerned Scientists
Center for Community Change
Human Rights Watch

There’s plenty of others. You get the idea.

Throw a few dollars to somebody like that, send me some verification, and tell me what you want to see. I’ll get right on it.

You’re free to just shoot ideas over without a donation, too, of course. If it’s something that strikes my fancy, great! We all win. I’m just letting you know the other option to manipulate me into writing when I might not, otherwise.

16 Incredible Young Black Women Leading the Movement for Reproductive Freedom

February is Black History Month — and while we celebrate the incredible pro-choice activism of women of color all 365 days a year, we can’t think of a better opportunity to recognize 16 incredible Black women who are leading the modern movement for reproductive freedom, justice and gender equality.

Zerlina Maxwell is a journalist, speaker and political analyst. She has been featured in TIME, The Huffington Post, Mic News and MSNBC, where she has written about campus sexual assault, rape culture and abortion access and stigma for women of color. She was one of the five people personally invited to fly with President Obama to the Selma Anniversary March in 2015. Follow her on Twitter @ZerlinaMaxwell

Kierra Johnson is the Executive Director of Unite For Reproductive and Gender Equality (URGE) USA, an organization that advocates for sexual health, abortion access and gender equality, particularly among youth and marginalized populations. She was a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention and currently serves on the boards of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Center for Community Change. Follow her on Twitter @KierraDC.

Renee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice advocate who shares her abortion story loud and proud, and encourages others to do the same — she gives speeches, consults and organizes workshops that encourages others to speak up and tell their abortion story, breaking down stigma one story at a time. She is the author of “Say Your Abortion Out Loud: Research and Recommendations for Public Abortion Storytellers and Organizations” and writes for BBC, The Guardian, EBONY, Salon, Fusion, TIME and The Atlantic. She is a board member of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Follow her on Twitter at @RBraceySherman!

Dawn Porter is the founder of Trilogy Films. Her latest film, TRAPPED, shows the intense impact of TRAP laws (targeted regulation of abortion providers) on abortion providers which have closed hundreds of clinics, primarily in the South. These laws have had tremendous consequences for primarily poor women and women of color. Follow her on Twitter at @dawnporterm.

Cherisse Scott is the Founder and CEO of SisterReach, a grassroots reproductive justice organization that provides education and advocacy to the women of Tennessee, particularly poor women, women of color and women living in rural areas. She recently wrote an important piece in RH Reality Check about a Tennessee woman who attempted a self-induced abortion with a coat hanger and was charged with attempted murder.

Emma Apkan is a writer and reproductive rights activist. She writes often for RH Reality Check and Bustle, where she recently published a piece entitledAttacks on Abortion are Attacks on Black Women. Emma is a faith leader at her church, where she has spoken about about why she volunteers for Planned Parenthood — assisting patients “because she is a Christian,” not in spite of it. Follow her on Twitter at @EmmaApkanNC!

Alicia Garza is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, a crucial voice in the movement against police brutality and for racial equality. The organization recently partnered with reproductive justice groups. “Reproductive justice is very much situated within the Black Lives Matter movement,” Garza said. “It’s not just about the right for women to be able to determine when and how and where they want to start families, but it is also very much about our right to be able to raise families, to be able to raise children to become adults. And that is being hindered by state violence in many different forms.” She is the Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and is a contributor to The Guardian, FeministWire and The Nation. Follow her on Twitter at @aliciagarza.

Opal Tometi is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and the Executive Director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration. She is a survivor of domestic violence and a community domestic violence educator. She was named a “New Civil Rights Leader” by Essence Magazine and was on Cosmopolitan’s list of “100 Extraordinary Women.” Follow her on Twitter at @opalayo.

Paris Hatcher is the founder of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!, one of the largest reproductive justice organizations in the South. She currently serves as the Network Strategies Manager at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and is a board member of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and a steering committee member of Black Reproductive Justice Think Tank. Follow her on Twitter at @parishatcher.

Jessica Byrd is a political consultant dedicated to recruiting, electing, and supporting diverse candidates. She’s also a board member of SisterSONG Reproductive Justice Collective, My Black Feminist Future, and Inclusv. She’s the former Manager of State Strategy at EMILY’s List, and you can follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBYRD.

Jamilah Lemieux is a Senior Editor at EBONY. She has written pieces on feminism, intersectionality and reproductive rights for publications such as Mic News, Essence, JET, Clutch, The Nation and the Washington Post. She has appeared on MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, NPR, CBC, the BBC and is a frequent contributor on The Nightly Report with Larry Wilmore. Lemieux was named one of Fortune’s most influential women on Twitter and you can follow her there @JamilahLemieux!

Yamani Hernandez is the Executive Directer of the National Network of Abortion Funds, which mobilizes its base of nearly 100 member abortion funds to eliminate economic barriers to abortion for low-income women, women of color, girls, and transgender and gender non-conforming people across the United States. Hernandez shared her abortion story as part of the 1 in 3 campaign. She was awarded the 2012 Margaret Carr Wiley Bright Horizons Award by Planned Parenthood of Illinois, honored as an AmeriCorps Public Allies Alum, and presented with the Visionary Leader Award in 2012 by her own staff. Hernandez is also a member of Echoing Ida and the Strong Families leadership team.

Amber Phillips is the Field Organizing Director of the Equality and Culture Project at UltraViolet, where she organized women across the country to help run and build a national campaign around reproductive rights from the ground up. She is a member of Echoing Ida, a project dedicated to positioning Black women in media as the experts they are. She is a board member at SisterSONG and fought to end abortion stigma at Advocates for Youth.

Charlene Carruthers is a political organizer and the national director of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), a project dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. She has led grassroots and digital strategy campaigns for the Center for Community Change, the Women’s Media Center, and National People’s Action and has developed political trainings for groups like the NAACP, the New Organizing Institute, and Young People For. She is a board member at SisterSONG and the winner of the New Organizing Institute Organizer of the Year Award. Follow her on Twitter at @charleneCac!

Maya Rhodan is a reporter for TIME and a contributor to Essence, where she wrote an award-winning piece about how abortion restrictions disproportionately affect black women. She writes regularly about pop culture, politics, representation, and problems affecting Black communities. Follow her on Twitter at @m_rhodan.

Heidi Williamson is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress, who successfully helped elect more than 20 women legislators to office at the state and local level. She is a founding member of the Trust Black Women Partnership, which mobilizes to defend the right to have a child, not have a child and parent for Black women in the United States. Williamson also sits on the board of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! and has been seen on MSNBC, NPR, and CBS. She is the author of “Race, Gender, and Abortion in Georgia: A Policy Report” and “Reproductive Justice in the South: A Case for Education, Prevention, and Policy.”

These incredible Black leaders in the movement for reproductive freedom make us fired up and ready to end abortion stigma, advocate for policies that help women and families and change the world. Are you with us?

The Borowitz Report: Scientists Consider New Names for Climate Change

NEW HAVEN (The Borowitz Report)—After a report from the Yale Center on Climate Change Communication showed that the term “climate change” elicits relatively little concern from the American public, leading scientists are recommending replacing it with a new term: “You will be burnt to a crisp and die.”

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