Reproductive rights

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Just like so many people of color are mistreated, and have their natural rights ignored and abused, so many women of color have been mistreated for centuries and are cast away into the dark having their stories disappear with the air we breathe out. So many people believe women of color are useless and considered […]

The Politics of Birth

By Inès

Can you imagine a panel full of brilliant, beautiful, strong women sharing knowledge about political issues that no one else wants to talk about? Well that’s what went down at the Politics of Birth event. A friend and I, along with the TORCH staff and some other great people, enjoyed listening to the perspectives […]

After Tiller

By Teona

There is a secret war going on. Now I could be exaggerating, but truthfully this issue is highly controversial. This war is not a particularly violent war, but violence has been woven deep within the issue. Words are being used as weapons, along with picket signs and hours of protests. I watched the documentary called “After Tiller” last week. Basically, a late-term abortion provider named George Tiller was shot dead in his church. Tiller has faced many death threats and has been targeted multiple times at his office. With Tiller gone there are only four late term abortion providers left in the country and they all face violence and the possibility of being murdered. The movie made me think about why people feel the need to take action in preventing abortion, whether it is violent or not. What makes people think that it’s okay to prevent someone from making a choice? […]

A Righteous Fight

By Shahriar

This was my first time going to Lobby Day in Albany, New York State’s Capitol. I was very nervous at first, but once I got onto the bus, I knew it was going to be alright because that feeling of optimism was everywhere. Once we got to Albany, the Capitol was crowded with other activists that came for different movements. We came to fight for the Women’s Equality Agenda. The sight of seeing other people coming for a righteous cause amazed me because the causes we are fighting for affect us all in every way. It’s 2013, yet we are still struggling to fight for women rights — isn’t that absurd? […]

Louisiana Charter School Prohibits Pregnant Females From Continuing Education

By Megan

As I was reading through the blog, Feministing.com, I ran across a headline that really shocked me. “Louisiana charter school totally illegally kicks out students for becoming pregnant.” My first thought was, “How is this possible?” I’ve seen a handful of pregnant females at my Bronx high school; I’ve seen them all 9 months throughout their pregnancy, and still, I see them after they give birth finishing high school. […]

IUD Teen Night

Below are two Peer Leader’s’ posts about TORCH Teen Night with special a focus on the IUD! The event took place on April 19th:

After planning for various days at Torch, the IUD teen night event was a success. Even though we expected more people than the people who attended, we got the purpose across which was to inform teens about the IUD and the myths that come from the media which limits TEENS to access this type of birth control. […]

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Lobby Day

By Theresa

Last week on Tuesday April, 17, I went up to Albany with other TORCH Peer Leaders to lobby for reproductive rights. It was my first time lobbying in Albany and meeting with pro-choice elected officials. Our goal was to get these elected officials to support the passage of the Reproductive Health Act. The Reproductive […]

Are Human Rights Negotiable?

By Amy

Culture is not an excuse for human rights violations. Practices like female genital mutilation (FGM), where young females’ clitorises are removed or vagina sealed, are practiced in many African and Middle Eastern countries. Advocates for these practices claim that FGM is a cultural and religious practice that has been performed for so many years and has become a tradition. These cultures and religions value premarital virginity and consider FGM part of proper female upbringing. The question now is, do people who are not part of the cultures have a right to interfere with traditional practices? […]

Teen Night

By Theresa

Back Up Your Birth Control Teen Night was great! A night for teens to learn about the many different types of contraception out there and how effective they are.

On February 8, 2012, me, Sheniece, Tamara, and Brandon hosted the 2nd annual Back Up Your Birth Control Teen Night. The highlight of the event was […]

Plan B for all

By Sheniece

I think that Plan B should be available over the counter for people of all ages. It’s important that people have access to emergency contraception so that they would not get into any situations like unplanned pregnancy. Giving all people access to Plan B would not promote careless behavior. People would more likely […]