OTI Newsletter – January 23, 2012

OTI Newsletter – January 23, 2012

On The Issues Magazine is proud to sponsor Trust Women Week: January 20-27

Yesterday marked the 39th anniversary of the historic Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision. Despite the decades since this accomplishment, today it’s no secret that the United States is still in the midst of a War on Women: in 2011, 36 states enacted a record 135 provisions limiting access to reproductive health care, including 92 measures restricting abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. But as our reproductive rights are slipping away from us, activists are mobilizing.

From January 20-27, women and allies from around the country are coming together to fight back — online. The Trust Women WEEK/Silver Ribbon Campaign and MoveOn has kicked off 2012 with the “National Online March For Trust Women Week, Building Solidarity And Momentum For Reproductive Health, Rights And Justice.”

An online march is essentially a super-petition that concentrates attention from a wide variety of groups on a common theme in a short time period. It’s a powerful organizing tool because it allows activists to “reach and harness the voice of large numbers of people powerfully and quickly and link them with each other across geographic boundaries,”says Ellen Shaffer, a lead organizer for the Trust Women campaign. Through a site set up by MoveOn, individuals will click in agreement on one of six messages. Individuals will see their locations show up as dots on a map of the U.S. that will be updated in real time. The messages and signatures will go to members of Congress, governors and selected state legislators.

People who join the online march will be able to select from six campaign messages:
I trust women and I vote.
Reproductive rights are human rights.
Keep abortion safe and legal, and make it accessible and affordable.
Stand up and be counted for reproductive justice.
We are the 99%. Fix the economy, and stop the attacks on women’s health.
Contraception Is Prevention.

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“Merle Hoffman has always known that in a democracy, we each have decision-making power over the fate of our own bodies. She is a national hero for us all.” ​—Gloria Steinem

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade and a country divided, a pioneer in the pro-choice movement and women’s healthcare offers an unapologetic and authoritative take on abortion—“the front line and the bottom line of women’s freedom and liberty.”

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