Join the Women of Long Beach for #AbortionJustice
We recognize Reproductive Justice is a human rights framework coined by Black leaders nearly 30 years ago. SisterSong defines it as
“the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities."
We worked to ensure the Women's March Long Beach centers black voices, and while we have work to do, all the speakers for this years march besides one is a woman of color, many identify as members of the LGBTQ+ Community, and all are working daily for gender and economic justice.
Long Beach March for Reproductive Rights
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2021
Press Contact: Hon. Jeannine Pearce 562.386.1228
LONG BEACH MARCHES FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
A march for Reproductive Rights will begin at the Deukmejian Courthouse on October 2 at 10am
** Update includes Gold Level Sponsors
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, October 2 — A march and rally for reproductive rights is planned for Saturday, October 2 at 10 A.M. The group will begin at the Deukmejian Courthouse, 275 Magnolia Ave., and march through downtown to Harvey Milk Park, where hosts will co-mc with Molly Watson, representing the Black Women’s Democratic Club of California. This march is one of many planned throughout the nation in response to recent legislation in Texas and Mississippi and aims to send a message to the Supreme Court, which reconvenes on October 4.
The Long Beach March and Rally is planned by The Women of Long Beach Political Action Committee, the North Pine Neighborhood Alliance, and the Long Beach Resister Sisters. Organizers are encouraging people to join safely by wearing masks and social distancing. People can RSVP at https://bit.ly/LBWomenMarch.
Ennette Morton, a Board Member with the Women of Long Beach PAC, wrote:
“Women in this country are at grave risk of losing our reproductive freedoms. Today, we join our sisters and allies across the country in lifting our voices to send a clear, unified message. The attack on our reproductive rights will not be tolerated. In Long Beach we march for the rights of every American woman, we welcome you to join us.”
Senator Lena Gonzalez, who represents Senate District 33, including nearly 1 million residents in Southeast Los Angeles, Signal Hill, portions of South Los Angeles, Lakewood, and Long Beach will be speaking at the Rally and shares this sentiment:
“Abortion care is a critical component of healthcare. It needs to be equitable and accessible for everyone regardless of their socioeconomic status. California has been a leader in reproductive freedom and we will continue fighting these national attacks that threaten the quality of life for so many in our state and country. Thank you to the Women of Long Beach and all of our local reproductive rights allies for being on the right side of history by engaging us to do more. Join us on October 2nd to march and make our collective voices heard for abortion rights.”
Honorable Jeannine Pearce, one of the organizers of the march and a former Long Beach City Council Member, and Founder of Fierce Courage Consulting, released the following statement:
“Women's bodies are not political footballs. We demand that Roe v. Wade be codified by Congress so that Federal law allows for safe access to abortions. Unfortunately, even where already permitted by law, women often have severely limited access to safe abortion services—this is due not only to lack of proper regulation, health services, or political will, but also mistrust of a system that has historically ignored the needs of black and brown women since its inception. Today we March for Access, tomorrow we fight for equal healthcare that saves lives instead of oppressing them.``
Sponsors include Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, Councilmembers Cindy Allen and Suely Saro, Planned Parenthood, the National Association of Social Workers California Chapter, the Democratic Women’s Study Club, the Long Beach Young Democrats, Democratic Socialists of Long Beach, the Long Beach Gray Panthers, the California Working Families’ Party, Yes We Can Democratic Club, and others.
The Rally will conclude with music, poetry and a call to Action. If you would like to participate in planning, reach out to the Women of Long Beach or complete the form linked above.
We want to especially thank our Gold Level Sponsorships:
Senator Lena Gonzalez
Supervisor Janice Hahn
Mayor Robert Garca
Vice Mayor Rex Richardson
Councilmember Roberto Uranga
Catalysts Cannabis Co.
Women of Long Beach (WoLB) is a Political Action Committee formed to ensure that women have a significant influence in our political processes. From electing progressive leaders to passing policies that benefit working people and families, supporting neighborhood organizing and the development of community leaders, and more--
We are humbled to partner with Long Beach leaders to ensure Reproductive Justice is a priority of this congress, and we protect women's health.
Women's March Demands
Congress must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act and the EACH Act to end the Hyde Amendment.
The future of abortion must be accessible, affordable, and supported with love and compassion. People should be able to get reproductive healthcare that meets their needs
Many of the states most likely to lose access to abortion care are also having their voting access stripped away.
People of all races, religions, sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions have abortions. Bans and restrictions disproportionately impact communities that have survived systemic oppression and people who hold multiple marginalized identities.