The Strengthen Our States Initiative is now accepting proposals from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations to support proactive policy initiatives as well as new and innovative strategies to build the reproductive rights, health, and justice movement at thestate level. Support will focus on projects that enhance organizing, advocacy, and/or coalition building to achieve policy change and/or improve access to reproductive health care.
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In cities and states across the country, there exists a wealth of advocates and organizations fighting back against anti-choice policies and eager to push forward a positive agenda. Building on these local strengths—and creating a stronger national movement—requires an infusion of both immediate, targeted support and the formation of longer-term partnerships founded on mutual trust and respect for each other’s knowledge and skills. To meet these needs, in late 2012, the National Institute for Reproductive Health launched the Strengthen Our States Initiative to support movement-building, particularly as it relates to abortion, in states across the country.
Strengthen Our States provides grants, hands-on support, and networking opportunities to key state-based organizations and coalitions. Our goals are to invest in strong leaders who are willing to take strategic risks and to create changes at the state level that can have an impact both regionally and nationally. In our first year, we awarded $125,000 in grants through four different grant streams:
• Countering Anti-Choice Bills, to support a range of strategies during 2013 to educate and mobilize the pro-choice community to counter attacks on abortion access and reproductive health care in North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.
• Pro-choice Policymaker Boot Camps, to provide intensive, hands-on, skills-building trainings for elected and appointed officials who have a proven commitment to reproductive health and rights in Arizona, California, Georgia, Montana, and Washington.
• Strengthening Coalitions to leverage, strengthen, or build relationships with reproductive health, rights, and justice partners to become more effective advocates, achieve policy goals, and/or enhance the movement in their state. Funds are supporting organizations building coalitions in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, as well as to explore a nation-wide coalition comprising women’s law centers in California, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Washington.
• Protecting Abortion Coverage to continue bold, proactive work in California, Massachusetts, New York during the implementation phase of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Click here to see a full list of our 2013 partners.
This fall, the Institute will also award a new round of grants to support both Proactive Policy Initiatives as well as new and innovative strategies to Build the Pro-Choice Movement – even in states where advocates expect another wave of anti-choice initiatives in the next legislative cycle. Both efforts will build on the lessons learned from working with partners during the 2013 legislative sessions and beyond, including the pro-active work the Institute supported in New York to move a Women’s Equality Act that contains explicit protections for reproductive rights.
SOSI's First Webinar
From the Front Lines: Providers and Advocates Working to Protect Abortion Access
September 30th, 2013
Hosted by the National Institute and the Center for Reproductive Rights, this webinar was developed as part of the Strengthen Our States Initiative.
The 2013 legislative session brought a tidal wave of new anti-choice legislation enacted by state legislatures—but also unprecedented energy and action from activists all across the country speaking out to support access to abortion and other reproductive health care services. From abortion bans at six weeks into a pregnancy to laws designed to regulate clinics out of business, 43 new abortion restrictions were enacted by the midpoint of this year—second only to the record-breaking 2011 legislative session. This webinar featured the advocates at the front lines in Mississippi, North Dakota and Texas. To access a recording of this webinar, please email email@example.com with the subject line: "From the Front Lines webinar recording."
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