Oregon is again “trailblazing.”

The Oregon legislature passed a measure on Wednesday night that could be an incredible victory for reproductive rights in the state. Among many new protections, the Reproductive Health Equity Act of 2017 requires insurers to offer coverage for reproductive health services at no cost, protect abortion rights even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and allocate public funds for postpartum care for low-income Oregonians.
The measure, also known as House Bill 3391, now awaits Gov. Kate Brown’s signature.

 

http://www.refinery29.com/2017/07/162171/oregon-new-bill-cost-free-abortion

Support National Campaign to Stop Solitary for Kids

http://www.aecf.org/blog/casey-supports-national-campaign-to-stop-solitary-for-kids/

Researchers have linked solitary confinement to lasting psychological consequences, including anti-social behavior, anxiety and self-harm. Solitary confinement is most damaging to young people because they are still developing mentally and physically. Yet the use of room confinement for discipline, punishment, administrative convenience, retaliation and staffing shortages remains common practice, and has been documented in reports such as the Foundation’s Maltreatment of Youth in U.S. Juvenile Correctional Facilities. This maltreatment undermines the development of young people who get into trouble with the law and exposes them to grave dangers while failing to improve public safety.

Bail Reform Forum (sign up below)

WHEN: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 — Doors open at 6:30 pm and event starts at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, 9832 Piscataway Rd, Clinton, MD 20735

Since 1980, the number of incarcerated people has grown by 500%. Many of those caged behind bars haven’t even been convicted of a crime — they just can’t afford to pay bail.  This unjust use of pre-trial incarceration has inflicted catastrophic harm on to Black families in particular. Black people are over two times more likely to be arrested and once arrested are twice as likely to be caged before trial. Even a few days in jail can ruin a person’s life, cause them to lose their job, their housing and even some lose their children.

But we are resisting the use of corrupt bail practices to funnel Black folks into the system of mass incarceration. On July 18 we are launching a mobilization project, fueled by people power and aimed to reform criminal justice and hold prosecutors accountable.

Will you join us? Use this form to RSVP!

https://act.colorofchange.org/survey/People_Powered_Bail_Forum_PGCounty_Maryland/?t=4&akid=7680.2688159.f3pmjl

 

Melinda Gates. Keeping her promise.

“When a woman has access to contraceptives, she tends to have fewer children. Families can devote more resources to each child’s nutrition, health, and education, setting them up for a better future. Women are freer to work outside the home, earn an income, and contribute to the economy.”

Read the full article here: https://medium.com/@melindagates/keeping-our-promise-to-120-million-women-and-girls-62fc3d28234a