Author Archives: Pamela Merritt

Reproaction Act and Learn Webinar 12/14: When Democrats Hold Power: Lessons for RJ Activists from the Obama Years

As the nation prepares to bid farewell to the Obama administration and braces for the chaos and uncertainty of the Trump era, it seems like a perfect time to look back at the past eight years and examine what went down when Democrats held power.

That’s exactly what we will tackle during our next Act and Learn webinar, When Democrats Hold Power: Lessons for RJ Activists from the Obama Years, this Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. ET. We’ll explore how Democrats handled power during the Obama presidency, and dive deep into positions, missed opportunities, and outcomes. Most importantly, we will explore the lessons learned in the past eight years and how that knowledge will help us build a stronger more aggressive movement in the years ahead.

Confirmed guest panelists include:

  • Jodi Jacobson, President, Editor in Chief, Rewire

Reproaction Act and Learn Webinar 11/29: What Just Happened? What Happens Next?

The 2016 election happened and it was brutal. Many people have been asking where the movement goes from here. This is an important discussion. Donald Trump said he wanted to punish women who have abortions, and Mike Pence has literally presided over the imprisonment of a woman of color who ended her pregnancy outside of a medical setting. The new political leadership in many states is just as regressive. Reproaction pledges active resistance to the vicious assaults we expect on access to abortion and reproductive health care, and as an intersectional, reproductive justice organization committed to grassroots direct action, we are ready to do what needs to be done to ensure the safety of communities in the face of racist, sexist fascism. We acknowledge a long history of survival under the brutal choke of white supremacy, and are calling ‘in’ for four years of resistance.

So, what does calling ‘in’ for resistance look like? What should people prepare for out of the new administration and in their local communities? Join us for a discussion of what just happened and what comes next.

Confirmed guest panelists include:

  • Cherisse Scott, Founder and CEO, SisterReach

REPROACTION CALLS ‘IN’ FOR FOUR YEARS OF RESISTANCE

Reproaction expresses horror at the election of Donald Trump, and we acknowledge that millions of voters lined up behind a racist endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan. We acknowledge the pain felt by women who shared their stories of sexual assault with people who didn’t care. We recoil to see Black people, immigrants, Jews, Latinas, Latinos, Latinxs, Mexicans, Muslims, people with disabilities, queer people, and women targeted in the absolute worst way. This is a dark day for human rights.

Donald Trump said he wanted to punish women who have abortions, and Mike Pence has literally presided over the imprisonment of a woman of color who ended her pregnancy outside of a medical setting. Reproaction pledges active resistance to the vicious assaults we expect on access to abortion and reproductive health care, and as an intersectional, reproductive justice organization committed to grassroots direct action, we are ready to do what needs to be done to ensure the safety of communities in the face of racist, sexist fascism.

We acknowledge a long history of survival under the brutal choke of white supremacy, and are calling ‘in’ for four years of resistance.

#ShowMeRJ Activists to a Crisis Pregnancy Center’s Gala Attendees: We’re Tired of Your Lies

By Zoe Krause
Organizer

On September 24, Thrive, one of St. Louis’ largest crisis pregnancy centers, had a high-dollar fundraiser featuring a guest speaker from the Radiance Foundation, infamous for rhetoric targeting Black women.

#ShowMeRJ activists were there to greet attendees with our demand for accountability.

Here’s why:

Crisis pregnancy centers like Thrive traffic in shaming people who have sex and seek reproductive, contraceptive, and abortion care. These deceptive centers operate without legitimate regulation, often on Missouri taxpayers’ dime, and use deceptive tactics, misinformation, and often outright lies in their effort to shame and discourage people trying to access abortion care.

Thrive is a multi-million dollar operation which receives a tax credit from Missouri. They provide a limited range of testing for sexually transmitted infections, and something they call “abortion information.” They do not provide or refer for birth control, emergency contraception, or abortion services, even though they claim to provide “women’s healthcare.” Digging into their “sex education” curriculum reveals a program based on shaming young people about their sexual lives, rather than providing medically accurate information about ways to protect against sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.

For Saturday’s cushy fundraiser, Thrive invited “pro-life” big wigs from the Radiance Foundation, an organization whose Twitter feed reveals their vitriolic transphobia, frequent comparisons of LGBTQI+ folks to “fascists,” and constant rhetoric shaming Black folks seeking abortion care.

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Bringing guests from the Radiance Foundation reveals the ideology underscoring the work of organizations like Thrive: shame, exclusivity and hatred.

Everyone deserves access to all the information and resources necessary to live out their sexual and reproductive lives with freedom and dignity, including decisions about ending a pregnancy. Yet in Missouri, state legislators extend tax credits to sham organizations with multi-million dollar incomes that exist to deceive young folks about sex, spread misinformation about abortion care, and ground themselves in hate and bigotry. As we demand accountability from state lawmakers who misuse taxpayer funds to carry out witch hunts against abortion providers, we also demand accountability from organizations like Thrive who spread lies and misinformation on our dime.

While we mostly got quiet glares during our short protest, some folks did engage with us and those who did demonstrated the same willingness to make harsh judgements about people they don’t know because of their presumed sexual immorality.

#SHOWMERJ in JEFFERSON CITY

By Zoe Krause
Organizer 

Reproaction and local #ShowMeRJ activists took Jefferson City by storm this week before and during this year’s veto session to demand accountability from members of the sham Senate Interim Committee on the “Sanctity of Life”. We are demanding a full accounting and return of taxpayer funds wasted in the pursuit of the committee’s obsessive witch hunt persecuting abortion providers. Missourians deserve to know how our tax dollars have been spent, the return of wasted funds, and a commitment going forward to prioritizing real issues impacting our lives. 

On Tuesday, local reproductive justice activists joined Reproaction in a direct action outside of high dollar fundraisers held for Senators Schmitt and Onder. While Schmitt, Onder and their friends spent hours during the regular session in hearings talking about restricting health care access, real issues impacting Missourians’ lives like structural racism, lack of access to health care, a dismally low minimum wage and gun violence went unaddressed. Both Senators found the time during veto session to attend high dollar fundraisers to fill their coffers, but they still have not found the time to answer Missourians who deserve a full accounting of what was wasted.

Schmitt and Onder’s priorities are dangerous to the health of Missouri and Missourians – and we let them know that we’re fed up with their misplaced priorities.

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On Wednesday morning, Reproaction hand-delivered past due invoices to Senators Kurt Schaefer, David Sater, Mike Kehoe, Will Kraus, Bob Onder, Eric Schmitt, and Jeanie Riddle for the unknown funds used in pursuit of a failed witch hunt against abortion providers. Previously, Reproaction has asked the committee about their use of state resources, but we have yet to receive a response.

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Missourians are fed up with the waste and fraud of hypocritical state legislators who profess to being “pro-life” while doing nothing about the issues regularly threatening the lives of Missourians.

Reproaction is committed to continuing to demand accountability from our elected officials and we’d love your help – find us at http://www.showmerj.org/.