Seattle Clinic Defense is participating in the Northwest Abortion Access Fund Trivia-thon for the fourth year running! Donate to our team to help fund abortion for those who cannot afford it--your donation goes direction to people needing access to abortion across the Northwest or start a team of your own!
Join us tomorrow evening for a celebration of International Women's Day tomorrow evening with our allies Socialist Alternative and Seattle Democratic Socialists of America and help us get the word out for our organizing meeting on Sunday (also, come join us at our organizing meeting on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Cafe Allegro!)
There will be no official clinic defense this month in Seattle. Have a restful Saturday morning away from right-wing bigots. For those of you who can't imagine going a month without clinic defense, a few of us will be heading to Everett to assist in there clinic defense on Saturday March 10 at 8:30 AM (for more information reply in the comments).
Come join us for our March organizing meeting! We'll be assessing some recent organizing we've done and be planning further actions for the spring and beyond! Come join us on Sunday March 11th at Cafe Allegro!
Come join Seattle Clinic Defense for our March organizing meeting! Help us decide on future actions, talk about our assessments of some recent organizing, and discuss feminism, abortion, and how to keep building a fighting reproductive justice movement!
*In the past we have met at the upstairs room, but this meeting we're going to try to just stake out a few tables downstairs for accessibility purposes!*
Excellent news tonight that the Reproductive Parity Act has passed and just needs to be signed! This bill makes it so that an insurance company that covers maternity care must also cover abortion care as well as continue to provide co-pay-free birth control. This bill has been in the works for seven years, and is a big victory for reproductive health advocates. That being said, we want to see the Reproductive Health Access for All Act-- which stalled in committee earlier this session-- get passed next. That bill ensures greater access to reproductive health care for trans folks and immigrants and will be a huge step for an intersectional movement. Let's celebrate today and keep fighting tomorrow!
The Reproductive Parity Act passed in the state House today and is heading to the Governor’s desk!!! 💜🎉💜🎉
Use this link to thank your legislators! ✊
NYC for Abortion Rights met the bigots on their front steps last weekend. Time to take a page out of this playbook and go on some Seattle Clinic Offense!
Reminder to join us this weekend at our monthly clinic defense and then we will head up to UW to support an Anti-Fascist Coalition lead by the students with over a dozen other community groups to counter protest Patriot Prayer, an alt-right hate group invited to the campus by the College Republicans. We will be making a plan together after the defense and bussing to the UW campus afterwards.
There is a group that protests the Madison St. location of Planned Parenthood once a month, harassing patients and contributing to the stigma of those just trying to get healthcare. When we show up as clinic defenders, with supportive smiles for patients and workers, we see a decrease in the amount of yelling and direct confrontation that happens. Our goal is to take back the political space that they have staked out and let them know that their behavior is unacceptable.
This... month, after our defense we will be heading over to the University of Washington, where the far right and fascist sympathizers Patriot Prayer are holding a rally with the College Republicans starting at 1 p.m. Various student and community groups are organizing a counter-demonstration and we at Seattle Clinic Defense feel it is imperative to tell the alt-right and anti-choicers they are not welcome, no matter where they show up, and must be countered in front of our clinics and on our university campuses. Here is a link to their event: https://www.facebook.com/events/134838153993900/
Our greatest concern when organizing to counter the far-right is the safety of our clinic defenders and all others who are counter-protesting and we will have a plan for safety, and designated point people for the day. Our safety also lies with our numbers, and we will be joined by hundreds, if not thousands of Seattlites who say no to the alt-right on our campuses.
***We will be having an orientation to clinic defense at 8:45 and starting our defense at 9:00***
If you have never been to a clinic defense, please plan to come at 8:45. We will meet across the street from the clinic. (Sometimes people cluster on the side of the street that the clinic is on-- generally look for pink items of clothing and pro-choice signs)
Please note: this Planned Parenthood will be open during this defense, so our tactics in blocking the anti-choicers will be centered on ensuring that we are creating a supportive presence for patients. We ask that if you have not done a clinic defense before, please arrive 15 min early for training on deescalation tactics.
We wanted to take a moment before the Womxn’s March tomorrow to acknowledge the leadership that Women of Color, particularly Black and Native women, have espoused in their development of and continued fight for the Reproductive Justice movement.
The idea of Reproductive Justice was first coined by a group of Black women in 1994 who felt that the women’s rights movement was not adequately representing or advancing the needs of marginalized women and families. As time went on,... SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective was formed to specifically advance Reproductive Justice. Their membership "includes and represents Indigenous, African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Latina women and LGBTQ people. Membership also includes white, male, and pro-life allies who support women’s human right to lead fully self-determined lives."
SisterSong defines Reproductive Justice as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” These issues are often based in structural oppression that disproportionately and differently affect communities of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities. Reproductive Justice is not just about abortion rights. It is the fight against forced sterilization. It is the fight for meaningful access to all forms of reproductive health care. It is the fight to ensure that pregnant women in prison aren’t shackled while giving birth. It is the fight against state violence that leaves too many black and brown mothers mourning the needless deaths of their children. And it is the fight to elevate the voices of those Women of Color, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities to positions of leadership and influence.
It is asked that tomorrow, people wear red to bring awareness to the plight of missing and murdered indigenous women. According to the US Department of Justice, nearly half of all Native American women have been raped, beaten, or stalked by an intimate partner; one in three will be raped in their lifetime; and on some reservations, women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than the national average. Indigenous organizers will also be at Cal Anderson before the main program starts to open the day with ceremonies for these women. If you are able, we recommend arriving early to Cal Anderson to hear their stories, songs, and prayers.
We know that there is still work to be done within our organization to ensure accountability to these communities. But we hope that tomorrow can be a day where we all stand in solidarity, where we connect the dots between various systemic and structural forms of oppression, and where those who have been silenced can instead hold the microphone. We can't wait to see you all tomorrow for the Womxn’s March!
This weekend's Womxn's March will be lead by Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Washington, an organization working to raise awareness about the disproportionate numbers of Indigenous women who are killed by police, their partners, or non-Natives in the US and Canada. One of our organizers wrote this article about Renee Davis, an Indigenous pregnant mother who was killed by police in her own home in 2016.
An event that has a lot in common with our clinic defenses. There are folks who go to local mosques to hurl abuse and obscenities at the congregations during times of worship. The Protectors Community aims to be a supportive presence that deters and de-escalates such behavior.
Hoping to see you all at the Women's March 2.0 this Saturday! March with the reproductive justice contingent and meet other activists who are passionate about the full range of reproductive rights and autonomy, and learn how to get involved with Seattle Clinic Defense! We'll have a big, bold, loud contingent, so come join us!
Thanks to everyone who came out today! We had almost 80 excited clinic defenders to kick off 2018! There were four anti-choicers, and we were able to distract one who was using amplified sound and push the others back away from the driveway. We raised $138 for folks who need financial assistance with their abortions and are so excited for our Reproductive Justice contingent of the Women's March next weekend. We're hoping that 2018 brings a bold, unapologetic abortion rights movement!
Join Seattle Clinic Defense, Legal Voice, the Gender Justice League and others in a contingent for the Seattle Women's March focused on reproductive justice. One year ago, the biggest collective protest action against the Trump agenda took place, and we aim to keep on the pressure and join thousands of other activists for the first anniversary of the Women's March.
We will be marking the 45th anniversary of Roe v Wade, but also as organizers committed to the full model of re...productive justice, we know that women's liberation is deeply connected to the struggle for bodily autonomy and gender liberation for all. We are dedicated to the struggle for trans liberation, for decreasing maternal mortality, and for safe communities free from police violence and terror.
Join us and raise up your voices and meet others who are interested in organizing a fighting reproductive justice movement in Seattle! If your organization would like to be a part of this contingent, please let us know!
Organizations Marching as a part of this contingent include:
Seattle Clinic Defense
Gender Justice League
Jane's Planned Parenthood Sidewalk Supporters
Seattle Democratic Socialists of America
Seattle Equity Educators (SEE)
Seattle International Socialist Organization
**WE WILL BE MEETING IN THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE ASTROTURF FIELD, LOOK FOR OUR BIG RED AND YELLOW BANNERS* Map in comments.
We will be marching as a contingent as a part of this march and rally: https://www.facebook.com/events/2060643887505131/