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EARNCon Session: Joining the fight for economic justice, racial justice, and abortion access
September 29, 2022 @ 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
- Staci Fox, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
- Andrea Johnson, National Women’s Law Center
- Sean O’Leary, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy
- Beulah Osueke, New Voices for Reproductive Justice (OH and PA)
- Kyra Roby, One Voice Mississippi
The Supreme Court’s decision to abolish the constitutional right to abortion will have an enormous impact on economic security, job security, workforce participation, and educational attainment—especially for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. It has never been more important for the economic justice and reproductive rights and justice movements to make connections between our work and show up in solidarity. But what does that look like for EARN groups and partners navigating different political landscapes? This session will explore the ways in which income security, worker justice, child care, and other economic justice issues EARN groups work on are deeply intertwined with the fight for abortion access, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, and how economic justice advocates, working in partnership with the reproductive rights and justice groups, have been and can be crucial to fighting for abortion access at the state and local level. Panelists will share examples of research, policies, racial justice-focused and values-based messaging they’ve leveraged, and audience members will discuss questions and barriers they are encountering as they seek to engage in this crucial fight.