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Marching Into A Movement

by Geraldine Neville

On January 21st, along with millions, for many reasons, I marched. I marched because having lost my mother too early to cervical cancer, I know too well the importance of access to preventive and reproductive health care services. As a Louisiana resident, I’ve witnessed the effects of poor public health policy on our communities. As a first generation, Latin American, born of formerly undocumented parents, I understand that born a generation or two later, I too might be considered an “anchor baby” by some. I marched in solidarity with my LGBTQ friends, all people of color and because climate change is a scientifically proven fact.

So now what? After the signs are recycled and the pink pussy hats are tossed in a drawer, forgotten until they pair well with an early Mardi Gras costume, how does a march become a movement?

Marching for Louisiana

Women's March - New Orleans
Saturday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

The Women’s March in New Orleans is a local event coinciding with the Women’s March on Washington. This is a grassroots event that is free and open to the public. 

According to the event page on Facebook:

National Day of Racial Healing

Lift Louisiana is a proud partner of a National Day of Racial Healing, led by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), with the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, the Foundation for Louisiana and Ashe Cultural Arts Center.

Individuals, organizations and communities across the United States will participate in activities, events and actions to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias and build an equitable and just society so that all children can thrive.

Women’s Health Advocates Resolved to Speak Up

Contact: Michelle Erenberg, (504) 484-9636, Lift Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   January 12, 2016

Women’s Health Advocates Resolved to Speak Up

Lift Louisiana hosts training this month

Shreveport, LA (January 12, 2017) – On January 12th, Lift Louisiana will host a training,  for community leaders and advocates who want to better understand these women’s health policy, the legislative process, and how to be an effective advocate. 

We Must Protect Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Family Planning Programs

Congress  just passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government at current levels through April 28, 2017 which includes funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and the Title X Family Planning Program.  

The future of funding after April 28th is uncertain. 

Lift Louisiana Responds to New Restrictions on Abortion Nationally

In the weeks since the election, several pieces of extreme abortions restrictions have popped up across the country.

Texas, following the lead of Indiana and Louisiana, issued controversial new rules requiring the burial or cremation of fetal tissue, and will be the first state to enforce such a rules. The rules have no apparent exceptions for those who spontaneously abort at home, requiring women who have just suffered a miscarriage to gather fetal remains, “regardless of the period of gestation” per the law, for incineration or disinfection and interment. While Governor Greg Abbott recommends these regulations to promote the sanctity of life, medical and burial professionals deride them as expensive and unnecessary. Opponents also assert the rules will disproportionately affect women of color and low-income who already have trouble shouldering the costs of medical procedures, will discourage women from seeking medical attention in the event of a miscarriage, and will drive women to unsafe abortions.