Dear New York Movement Community,
As you know, on Monday, May 2, Politico published a leaked draft Supreme Court majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that would overturn Roe v. Wade. The draft majority opinion, written by Justice Alito, openly overrules Roe and Casey, alleging that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start” and “we hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.”
The threat is here. This opinion is as unprecedented as it is dangerous. If it holds, 26 states are poised ban abortion, meaning millions of people – over half the country – could immediately lose local access to abortion care. We know that Roe has never been enough to guarantee access. Due to cascading and overlapping restrictions and systemic barriers to care, abortion has for decades been unfairly kept from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian women and all people of color like us. Millions have already been living in a post-Roe reality. Especially in Southern states. A widespread abortion ban would only further the negative impact on our communities who need the most support.
It is important to note that abortion is still legal. But we now know that SCOTUS is prepared to go with the worst case scenario: upholding Mississippi’s 15-week ban and explicitly overturning Roe, which has protected the constitutional right to abortion for nearly 50 years. The time to act is now!
On May 14, reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations, along with our cross movement allies, and partners will mobilize across the country.
We believe that through mass action and mobilizations, the justices on the Supreme Court will hear our outrage that they are insulting the vast majority of people in this country who believe abortion should be safe, legal and accessible to all people who need it. These mobilizations will send a clear and powerful message to supporters and opponents alike that a robust and dedicated cross-racial, cross-class movement is standing up to defend abortion access.
Here in New York, we must not take access for granted. This decision would impact our health care providers as our state sees an influx of patients. It will impact us as federal lawmakers are emboldened to pass a national abortion ban. Now more than ever, we must fight to ensure that New York remains an Abortion Access State for people seeking essential health care. Abortion is health care. New York has an opportunity to set a national example of what radical care, compassion, and welcoming can look like and we have the opportunity now to begin building a truly intersectional movement across the full spectrum of our issues to do it.
We, the undersigned organizations and repro movement leaders, invite you to join us in action on May 14:
- Join us at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 in Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn;
- We will march across the Brooklyn Bridge in a mass display of support for abortion access. People are encouraged to bring pots and pans to bang on in the style of Latin American “Cacerolazo” protests, and the use of the color green in clothing and bandanas is requested to show solidarity and alignment with the La Ola Verde / The Green Wave abortion movement;
- We will conclude at Foley Square for a “Welcome Village,” a live activation embodying the spirit of New York State serving as an access state where all people seeking an abortion can get one. In capturing New Yorkers’ energy, we want to direct them to organizations working on the ground right here in New York that are connecting people to care, while providing attendees with a grounding experience. Imagine food, music, pop-up booths with our organizations, healers and community educators engaging folks in the local fight.
All New Yorkers and organizations are invited to join us!
- If you are an organization and want to affirm your support and potentially run a booth at the Welcome Village, sign up here;
- If you are an elected official, community or civic leader or member of the clergy, please activate your constituents, membership or faith community to join us on Saturday, May 14th. Please modify the language in this letter and the graphics below to invite your community;
- Use the social graphics HERE to amplify actions.
See you in the streets,
Lizz Winstead Founder, Chief Creative Officer, Abortion Access Front
Shivana Jorawar & Simone Jhingoor, Co-Directors, Jahajee Sisters
Breya Johnson, Deputy Director of Organizing, Girls for Gender Equity
Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union
Elizabeth Estrada, NY Field and Advocacy, The Latina Institute New York
Becca Asaki, NY Organizing Manager, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
Viva Ruiz, Thank God for Abortion
Andrea Miller, President, National Institute for Reproductive Health
Ambika, Chelsea, Julia, Karla, Maddy, Puja: Board of Directors, New York Abortion Access Fund
Deena Hadhoud, Program & Operations Manager, Malikah
Joy D. Calloway, Interim President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York
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