Reproductive Rights and Justice in 2021

Abortion access, reproductive justice and maternal health are on the line in 2021. With a record number of recent conservative appointments to the federal judiciary and the most conservative Supreme Court we’ve seen in years, plus a maternal health crisis that hits Black and brown women hardest, there are critical priorities for the year ahead.

To understand the issues and learn how you can get involved, join us for a workshop series with the Center for Reproductive Rights. You’ll hear from legal experts and grassroots organizers about what we all need to know now.

In The Meteor Fund’s first workshop, hosted by Dahlia Lithwick of Slate with Fajer Saeed Ebrahim of the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Michelle Wilson of Women Engaged, we’ll cover topics like:

  • What’s ahead in light of the new Supreme Court and the current political climate
  • The widespread state-level damage to abortion access—and possible solutions
  • Recent reproductive rights legislative and policy changes

 

Most of all, we’ll learn what we can each do to make a difference. No subject knowledge or organizing experience necessary—everyone is welcome!

Fajer Saeed Ebrahim

Fajer Saeed Ebrahim (she/her) is State Legislative Counsel on the State Team of the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she works to advance proactive reproductive rights legislation and defeat restrictive reproductive rights legislation.

Michelle Wilson

Michelle Wilson (they/she) is Senior Program Manager with Women Engaged, a social justice nonprofit at the intersection of reproductive justice and integrated voter engagement, where they oversee all programming including the WE Vote WE Rise! and Women and Gender Equity programs.

Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick (she/her) is a senior editor and columnist at Slate, where she hosts the podcast “Amicus,” about law and the Supreme Court. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and more.

Photo Credit: Center for Reproductive Rights

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Maternal Health: Justice for Mothers in 2021

The U.S. has the highest maternal death rate in the developed world—and Black and Indigenous moms are hit the hardest, with Black women dying at 3 to 4 times the rate of their white counterparts, and Indigenous women dying at 2 times the rate of white women. Our second workshop in the reproductive rights and justice series—this one held in partnership with the Center for Reproductive Rights and Changing Woman Initiative—will focus on the deepening maternal health crisis in the United States.

Hosted by Jamia Wilson (Random House and founding member of The Meteor Fund advisory board) with Breana Lipscomb of the Center for Reproductive Rights and Marinah V. Farrell of Changing Woman Initiative, this conversation will cover topics such as:

  • Structural racism in our maternal health care system
  • Proposed federal and state policy solutions aimed at advancing reproductive justice
  • How you can get involved at a community, state and national level

 

Seasoned activists and newcomers are welcome to this discussion.

Breana Lipscomb

Breana Lipscomb (she/her/hers) is the Senior Manager of the U.S. Maternal Health & Rights Initiative for the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she develops advocacy strategies to promote Black maternal health and works to advance state level policies that further reproductive rights as human rights.

Marinah V. Farrell

Marinah V. Farrell (she/hers/ella) is the Executive Director of Changing Woman Initiative, a Native American centered health and justice organization serving New Mexico and Arizona. A trained midwife, Marinah is a longtime advocate for traditional and community health workers.

Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson (she/her/hers) is a feminist activist, writer and speaker. The Executive Editor of Random House and author of several books, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Elle and The Washington Post. She is a founding advisory board member of The Meteor Fund.

Accessibility statement:
The Meteor Fund welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions, please contact info@themeteorfund.org in advance of your participation. Please note that we will make every effort to secure services, but that services are subject to availability.


After Texas: The Fight for Abortion Access

At midnight on September 1, 2021, Senate Bill 8 went into effect in Texas, banning abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy and effectively eliminating nearly all abortion care in the state. The law will decimate access for close to 15 million Texans, hitting women in Black, Latinx, and immigrant communities hardest. What’s more, it includes a bounty-hunting scheme, offering $10,000 to anyone who successfully sues a doctor, health center worker, or other person helping someone obtain an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

And there are more battles to come. This has been the most hostile state legislative session in recent history for abortion rights, with more than a dozen states poised to enact Texas-style laws. This fall, the Supreme Court will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which explicitly asks the Court to overrule Roe v. Wade and end the constitutional right to abortion.

So what can we each do about this bleak landscape? Come join our upcoming workshop After Texas: The Fight for Abortion Access on September 20, at 5 pm ET, to find out. Organized in partnership with the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and moderated by Dahlia Lithwick of Slate, the event will feature experts from the front lines: Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, part of the coalition to stop Senate Bill 8 (SB8); Jenny Ma, one of the CRR attorneys representing the providers in the upcoming Supreme Court case; and Jessica Pinckney of Access Reproductive Justice in California.

We’ll learn:

  • What Texas SB8 means for other states around the country
  • What SCOTUS could do—and how you can make a difference
  • Proposed solutions to address this rollback, including the Women’s Health Protection Act and the Department of Justice’s new lawsuit against Texas

No subject knowledge or organizing experience necessary—everyone is welcome!

Amy Hagstrom Miller

Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and president of Whole Woman’s Health and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, is a fierce advocate for women’s access to safe abortion care in Texas and throughout the country.

Jenny Ma

Jenny Ma is a senior staff attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights and part of the legal team in the upcoming Supreme Court case that will determine the future of abortion care in states like Mississippi.

Jessica Pinckney

Jessica Pinckney is the executive director of ACCESS REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE, a California-based community organization funding abortion and advocating for reproductive justice.

Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick, a founding member of The Meteor, is a senior editor and columnist at Slate, where she hosts the podcast “Amicus,” about law and the Supreme Court. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and more.

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    We are thrilled that you are interested in attending The Meteor’s (“The Meteor”, “us”, “we”, “our”) After Texas: The Fight for Abortion Access workshop (the “Event”), in partnership with the Center for Reproductive Rights (“Partner”). Please note that the Event will be recorded (the “Recordings”). As part of the Event, we may provide you with the opportunity to provide feedback and otherwise comment live during the Event (collectively “Participant Content”). Details on how you will be able to so contribute will be shared with you during the Event.

    By confirming your registration, submitting your first name, last name and email and clicking ‘REGISTER NOW’ above, you agree to be added to our newsletter and that The Meteor may copy, display, reproduce, and otherwise make available worldwide, in our discretion, in whole or in part, the Recordings and Participant Content (if any) in connection with the Event, any related projects or works that are based on or derived from the Event, in perpetuity and in all media, including for the promotion and advertising thereof and of The Meteor.

    This workshop is produced by The Meteor and is supported by The Meteor Fund, an affiliated charitable project of The Meteor. The Meteor Fund is fiscally-sponsored by New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

    Photo Credit: Alyssa Schukar/Center for Reproductive Rights

    Accessibility statement:
    The Meteor Fund welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions, please contact info@themeteorfund.org in advance of your participation. Please note that we will make every effort to secure services, but that services are subject to availability.


    One Year Till the Midterms: A Voting Rights Briefing

    After historic voter turnout during the 2020 election, many states retaliated: This year alone, 19 states have enacted 33 laws that make it harder to vote, including those limiting early and mail-in voting, or establishing more stringent ID requirements. Many of these new restrictions are in states where it was already more difficult to vote, and the measures hit communities of color hardest. And while federal legislation like the Freedom to Vote Act could protect voters’ rights, Senate Republicans recently blocked the bill from receiving a floor vote.

    With the 2022 midterm elections looming, there is so much at stake. What can we each do to protect voting rights in the year ahead? Please join The Meteor for One Year Till the Midterms: A Voting Rights Briefing on November 8, 2021 at 6 pm ET to find out. Advocates and legal experts will give us an overview of the current crisis and share how we can all take action. We’ll hear from Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of The Black Women’s Roundtable; election law and voting rights expert Marc Elias, founding partner of Elias Law Group and founder of Democracy Docket; and María Teresa Kumar, founding CEO of Voto Latino, the country’s largest Latinx voter registration and mobilization organization. The conversation will be moderated by filmmaker Dawn Porter, founding member of The Meteor and director of “John Lewis: Good Trouble.”

    We’ll learn:

    • The current landscape of the voting rights crisis
    • The issues at stake as we head into the 2022 midterms—and why protecting voter access now is critical
    • Possible solutions to protect voters’ rights—and what’s realistic given our current Congress
    • The most important steps we each can take in the year to come

    Please join us for this informative free briefing and spread the word—everyone is welcome!

    Melanie L. Campbell

    Melanie L. Campbell is president and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and convener of The Black Women’s Roundtable. A leader in the civil rights, women’s rights, and social justice movements, Campbell is regularly featured in Essence, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more. Last year she was awarded the “Sustainer of the Flame Freedom Flame Award” by The Bridge Crossing Jubilee during the 55th Anniversary of Selma to Montgomery.

    Marc Elias

    Marc Elias is a nationally recognized authority in voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance, law, and litigation. He is the founder of Democracy Docket, the leading progressive media platform dedicated to voting rights and democracy, and Elias Law Group, a mission-driven firm committed to helping Democrats win, citizens vote, and progressives make change.

    María Teresa Kumar

    María Teresa Kumar is the founding CEO of Voto Latino, the country’s largest Latinx voter registration and mobilization organization, and Voto Latino Foundation as well as an Emmy-nominated on-air analyst for MSNBC. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a board member of Emily’s List, Kumar has dedicated her career to engaging the public to build democracy and protect human rights.

    Dawn Porter

    Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has appeared on HBO, PBS, Netflix, and more. A founding member of The Meteor, her 2020 documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” explores the late Congressman’s pivotal role in the civil rights movement and his activism on issues including voting rights and immigration. She is currently working on a documentary series about the United States Supreme Court with Showtime Networks.

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      We are thrilled that you are interested in attending The Meteor’s (“The Meteor”, “us”, “we”, “our”) event One Year Till the Midterms: A Voting Rights Briefing (the “Event”). Please note that the Event will be recorded (the “Recordings”). As part of the Event, we may provide you with the opportunity to provide feedback and otherwise comment live during the Event (collectively “Participant Content”). Details on how you will be able to so contribute will be shared with you during the Event.

      By confirming your registration, submitting your first name, last name and email and clicking ‘REGISTER NOW’ above, you agree to be added to our newsletter and that The Meteor may copy, display, reproduce, and otherwise make available worldwide, in our discretion, in whole or in part, the Recordings and Participant Content (if any) in connection with the Event, any related projects or works that are based on or derived from the Event, in perpetuity and in all media, including for the promotion and advertising thereof and of The Meteor.

      This workshop is produced by The Meteor and is supported by The Meteor Fund, an affiliated charitable project of The Meteor. The Meteor Fund is fiscally-sponsored by New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

      Accessibility statement:
      The Meteor Fund welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions, please contact info@themeteorfund.org in advance of your participation. Please note that we will make every effort to secure services, but that services are subject to availability.


      Roe on the Line: An Abortion Access Briefing

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      On December 1st, the Supreme Court will hear a case in which the state of Mississippi has asked the Court to overrule Roe v. Wade and end the constitutional right to abortion. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization challenges a state law that bans abortions after 15 weeks; it will be the first time since 1973—the year of Roe v. Wade—that the Court will rule on a pre-viability abortion ban.

      Meanwhile, 22 states have laws that could be used to restrict the legal status of abortion if Roe is overturned. And in Texas, Senate Bill 8 went into effect in September, effectively eliminating nearly all abortion care in the state.

      Against this dire backdrop, what does the fight for reproductive freedom look like in 2022 and beyond? Join The Meteor and the United State of Women for Roe on the Line: An Abortion Access Briefing on Monday, November 29 at 6 pm ET to find out. We’ll hear from legal experts and grassroots organizers about the road ahead, including:

      • Michelle Colón, co-founder, SHERo Mississippi
      • Julie F. Kay, human rights attorney and co-author of Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom
      • Mini Timmaraju, president, NARAL Pro-Choice America
      • Moderator Susie Banikarim, founding member of The Meteor and award-winning journalist, director, producer, and media strategist

      Please join us for this informative free briefing, and spread the word—everyone is welcome!

      Julie F. Kay

      An experienced and passionate advocate for quality, attorney Julie F. Kay (she/her) is an expert on women’s human rights domestically and internationally. Kay is the co-author with Kathryn Kolbert of Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom. In ABC v. Ireland, Kay helped lay the groundwork for the legalization of abortion in Ireland.

      Mini Timmaraju

      Mini Timmaraju (she/her) is the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. A seasoned campaigner, skilled coalition-builder, and high-impact organizer, she has over 20 years of experience leading federal, state, and local campaigns, as well as advocacy efforts around reproductive rights, gender justice, and racial justice. She has advised the Biden-Harris Administration on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and served as Women’s Vote Director on the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. (Photo credit: Les Talusan)

      Susie Banikarim

      Susie Banikarim (she/her) was most recently Head of Newsgathering and EVP at Vice News, and has run newsrooms from Gizmodo to The Daily Beast. An Emmy award-winning journalist, filmmaker, media strategist, and founding member of The Meteor, she speaks globally on issues of leadership, diversity and inclusion. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, she is the director and executive producer of the documentary, “Enemies of the People: Trump and the Political Press.”

      Michelle Colón

      As a lifelong grass roots, social justice activist, and organizer, Michelle Colón has worked in two of the most hostile environments protecting, defending, and expanding abortion rights and access for women/girls of color in Mississippi and Texas. An unapologetic Abortion Freedom Fighter, Michelle has led and organized many large scale, pro-abortion events, co-founded the Pink House Defenders, and fought against anti abortion and voter disenfranchising legislation. She is a co-founder and executive director of SHERo (Sisters Helping Every Woman Rise and Organize), a Black Women’s Collective working to help Black women/girls and femmes, regardless of gender identity, preference or sexual orientation, find their path to liberation, through a holistic approach that dismantles oppressive patriarchy by achieving full inclusion, leadership, and equality through community organizing.

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        We are thrilled that you are interested in attending The Meteor’s (“The Meteor”, “us”, “we”, “our”) event Roe on the Line: An Abortion Access Briefing (the “Event”) in partnership with the United State of Women (“Partner”). Please note that the Event will be recorded (the “Recordings”). As part of the Event, we may provide you with the opportunity to provide feedback and otherwise comment live during the Event (collectively “Participant Content”). Details on how you will be able to so contribute will be shared with you during the Event.

        By confirming your registration, submitting your first name, last name and email and clicking ‘REGISTER NOW’ above, you agree to be added to our newsletter and that The Meteor may copy, display, reproduce, and otherwise make available worldwide, in our discretion, in whole or in part, the Recordings and Participant Content (if any) in connection with the Event, any related projects or works that are based on or derived from the Event, in perpetuity and in all media, including for the promotion and advertising thereof and of The Meteor.

        This workshop is produced by The Meteor and is supported by The Meteor Fund, an affiliated charitable project of The Meteor. The Meteor Fund is fiscally-sponsored by New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

        Accessibility statement:
        The Meteor Fund welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions, please contact info@themeteorfund.org in advance of your participation. Please note that we will make every effort to secure services, but that services are subject to availability.


        The Caregiving Crisis:
        What Comes Next

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        The United States is in a caregiving crisis. The pandemic has thrown into sharp relief a system that isn’t just broken—it’s never worked. Child and elder care are unaffordable. Paid leave, nonexistent, with the US trailing all other developed countries. And caregivers themselves work for horrifyingly low wages—all because we assume that when a crisis strikes, women will just figure it out.

        This was supposed to be the year for us to change things, for us to make caregiving—and the people who power it—a priority. With Build Back Better on the line, what’s still possible? And how can we all help make progress happen?

        Join The Meteor for The Caregiving Crisis: What Comes Next on Monday, February 28th at 5:30pm ET to find out. We’ll hear from policy experts and grassroots organizers about both challenges and solutions, including:

        Please join us for this informative free briefing, and spread the word—everyone is welcome!

        Amanda Brown Lierman

        Amanda Brown Lierman is the executive director of Supermajority, an organization aimed at training and organizing women across age, race and background to push for women’s equity. Previously, Amanda was the national political director for Rock the Vote, executive director of the White House’s National Women’s Business Council, campaign director at For Our Future, and organizing director for the Democratic National Committee during the 2018 midterms.

        Nicole Jorwic

        Nicole Jorwic is the chief of advocacy and campaigns at Caring Across Generations (CAG). At her core Nicole has always been an advocate, supporting her brother Chris, who has autism, to live his best life, and fighting for a better care system for her parents, three aging grandparents, and other family caregivers, people with disabilities, and direct care workers. Prior to joining CAG, Nicole was the senior executive officer of policy at The Arc of the United States, a disability rights organization.

        Reshma Saujani

        Reshma Saujani is a leading activist and the founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms. She is the author of the forthcoming book Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work (And Why It’s Different Than You Think). Reshma has spent more than a decade building movements to fight for women and girls’ economic empowerment, working to close the gender gap in the tech sector, and most recently advocating for policies to support moms impacted by the pandemic. Reshma is also the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect, and her influential TED talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” has more than five million views globally. Reshma began her career as an attorney and Democratic organizer.

        Paola Mendoza

        Paola Mendoza is a director, activist, author and artist whose work focuses on human rights. A co-founder of The Women’s March, she served as its artistic director. A founding member of The Meteor, she is currently directing a feature-length documentary about domestic workers and adapting her most recent book, the YA novel Sanctuary, into a motion picture.

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          We are thrilled that you are interested in attending The Meteor’s (“The Meteor”, “us”, “we”, “our”) event The Caregiving Crisis: What Comes Next (the “Event”). Please note that the Event will be recorded (the “Recordings”). As part of the Event, we may provide you with the opportunity to provide feedback and otherwise comment live during the Event (collectively “Participant Content”). Details on how you will be able to so contribute will be shared with you during the Event.

          By confirming your registration, submitting your first name, last name and email and clicking ‘REGISTER NOW’ above, you agree to be added to our newsletter and that The Meteor may copy, display, reproduce, and otherwise make available worldwide, in our discretion, in whole or in part, the Recordings and Participant Content (if any) in connection with the Event, any related projects or works that are based on or derived from the Event, in perpetuity and in all media, including for the promotion and advertising thereof and of The Meteor.

          This workshop is produced by The Meteor and is supported by The Meteor Fund, an affiliated charitable project of The Meteor. The Meteor Fund is fiscally-sponsored by New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

          Accessibility statement:
          The Meteor Fund welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions, please contact info@themeteorfund.org in advance of your participation. Please note that we will make every effort to secure services, but that services are subject to availability.