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Hey Safesites!

Show the world that young people are determined to end HIV & AIDS. Hold an event for National Youth HIV and AIDS Day (April 10).

Every month 1000 young people ages 13-24 acquire HIV. We can stop this. On National Youth HIV and AIDS Day (NYHAAD), let’s acknowledge young people’s great work fighting this epidemic, and hold our leaders accountable to prioritizing young people in ending AIDS.

NYHAAD is a great time to put your campus on the map! Literally. You can table, host a poetry …

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Download (right-click and choose save as), print out, and take a picture with one of these images to show your appreciation.

Every single day, abortion providers stand with young people, women, and their families to ensure access to safe medical care – care that 1 in 3 women will need in her lifetime.

Unfortunately, many abortion providers continue to face significant risks, including harassment, stalking, threats to family members, and even violence.  Despite these risks, they continue to stand with us and provide care.

In 1996, March 10th was …

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I Did It For My Country - I Voted!

Election Day is coming fast, and every vote matters!

So be ready for November 6  – make sure you know your polling place and know what kind of ID to bring.

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Image above is from the Repeal Hyde Art Project.

It’s been one week since I attended the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) conference in Amherst Massachusetts. The CLPP conference is an incredible experience that offers activists the opportunity to explore reproductive health issues from a social justice lens. Workshop titles range from “Using Theatre as a Tool for Intergeneration Movement building” to “Expanding the Doula Model of Care into Abortion Clinics and Prisons” to “The Political, Policy and Public Health Landscape of HIV/AIDS”. It is a conference …

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Last week thousands of students on campuses across the country voiced their frustration with Members of Congress who are spending their time coming up with pieces of legislation that aim to restrict access to no-copay birth control. As Members of Congress hold hearings with all-male panels that demonstrate their disrespect of young people and women, young people refuse to be silent. Within two weeks you have:

  • sent thousands of petitions to Congress
  • held press conferences testifying to your experiences
  • distributed thousands of condoms and talked to your peers about

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Hey Everyone!

Exciting news! Applications to become a Great American Condom Campaign Spring Semester SafeSite are now open!

The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led grassroots movement to reduce unintended pregnancies and the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections by normalizing condom use on college and university campuses. Students from across the country apply to become SafeSites, individual condom distribution points, and upon selection receive a box of 500 Trojan condoms to distribute to their peers. SafeSites are also tasked with educating their peers about safer …

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Hi All-

Check out these fabulous pictures of SafeSites receiving 500 condoms through the Great American Condom Campaign

The GACC is a youth-led grassroots movement to make the US a sexuallhy healthy nation.  Each year, GACC members give out one million Trojan Brand condoms on college campuses across the United States, educate their peers about sexual health, and organize to improve the policies that affect young people’s health.

 

  

                 

To see more pictures, visit the GACC Facebook Page. Be sure to post more on Facebook or share your …

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Today 3 women, Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson, and Tawakul Karman, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. According to the New York Times, they were the first women to win the prize since 2004 and three out of only 15 women to ever be awarded the prize during its 110 year history. The decision to award 3 women is not only unprecedented, but sends a clear signal from the international community that women play an integral role in creating peace around the world.

Not only was I overjoyed by the …

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A couple months ago I had the opportunity to interview Deborah about women’s experiences seeking abortions prior to Roe v. Wade. During the interview, Deborah shared her story of helping a fellow college student drink tea and turpentine to induce an abortion after visiting a doctor in 1970. See the interview below:

After the interview I asked Deborah why she chose to share this story, and she responded that this story, like many others, is part of the fabric of women’s lives. Women, she stated, faced and continue to …

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Today Amplify is joining the National Women’s Law Center and Planned Parenthood as a contributor to their Birth Control Blog Carnival. A number of wonderful organizations and writers are participating — you can find a compilation of all of the reflections and analyses on the NWLC’s blog.

As you’ve probably seen in the news, the Institute of Medicine, a non-partisan organization, recommended that birth control, HIV and STI counseling and screening, and domestic violence counseling and screening should be considered preventative care services, and thus be covered …

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This year our reproductive health has faced unprecedented legislative attacks:

1. Congress has threatened to defund Panned Parenthood, stripping over 2 million young people of vital reproductive health services including STD testing, cancer screenings, and access to birth control.

2. New anti-choice legislation has been introduced that would allow private hospitals to refuse to perform abortion services in all cases, even if the woman’s life were in danger.

3. Since January, there have been over 400 pieces of anti-choice legislation introduced in the states including a recent bill that …

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Hey everyone!

Exciting news! Applications to become a Great American Condom Campaign Spring Semester SafeSite are now open!

In case you forgot, The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led grassroots movement to reduce unintended pregnancies and the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections by normalizing condom use on college and university campuses. Students from across the country apply to become SafeSites, individual condom distribution points, and receive a box of 500 Trojan condoms to distribute to their peers. SafeSites are also tasked with educating their peers …

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The Washington DC Department of Health launched a “DC Rubber Revolution” campaign to destigmatize condom use and make condoms more accessible to DC residents. Residents can visit the website at www.RubberRevolutionDC.com to request condoms, take quizzes, and learn some interesting facts on condoms. I along with many other residents welcome this campaign as DC has the highest rates of people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Adrian Fenty states, “The District is proud of its aggressive approach to address this issue, and we hope to build on our success as one of …

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Check out the great press piece on the GACC SafeSite at Ohio-Baldwin Wallace College. Keep up the great work!

November 19, 2010

Berea, Ohio–Baldwin-Wallace College was chosen by Amplify as a Safe Site for fall 2010 as part of their Great American Condom Campaign.

The student group Allies made 500 condoms and safe sex literature available during the Annual Allies/Mid-Night Madness Halloween Dance on October 28. The theme of the dance was “Enchanted Forest” and the “Condom Fairy” throughout the night distributed condoms.

Allies is

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This Saturday, November 20th, I along with people around the world will come together to remember transgender individuals who have lost their lives due to hate based violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was established in the wake of the murder of Rita Hesler, a transgender woman, who died from over 20 stab wounds in 1998. Unfortunately, this form of horrifying violence persists today. In the past 12 months alone, 29 transgender people were reported murdered because of their gender identity and/or expression. You can read their stories here.

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In the past couple of months two transgender individuals, Oakleigh Marshall Reed and Andy Moreno, were denied their rights as students to become homecoming king and queen respectively at their high schools. Andy Moreno was told by principle Dinnah Escanilla of North Dallas High School that she could not run for homecoming queen because she is male. Similarly, after the senior class voted to declare Oakleigh Homecoming King, school assistant superintendent Todd Geelings stated, “the issue is simple: The ballots gave two choices—vote for a boy for king and a girl …

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On Saturday, August 28th, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin will headline a rally here in Washington, DC entitled “Restoring Honor.” According to media reports, event organizers expect 300,000 people to show up to celebrate his vision of America — a country that leaves behind the poor, one that turns a blind eye to the plight of people of color, and one that permanently relegates LGBT citizens to second-class status. Beck’s unabashed racism, homophobia, and conspiracy-laden show is a mainstay on Fox News (despite his steady loss of advertisers, as the general …

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On August 4, 2010, New York Gov. David Peterson signed a law that makes it legal for people participating in needle exchange programs to carry used syringes that contain residue of an illicit substance. This law has huge implications on the success of needle exchange.

I volunteer with HIPS, a local program that does outreach to sex workers and intravenous drug users(IDUs) in DC. Funded by the Department of Health, we conduct a syringe exchange program based on a harm reduction philosophy that provides IDUs with clean syringes and information on …

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Posted on behalf of Nichelle Thomas:

As a Christian, Alveda King is expected by the public to maintain a scrupulous disposition and generous personality. Her kin to the infamous Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., magnifies these expectations and puts them under continuous moral inspection. I do applaud Ms. King for sustaining her families’ religious reputation by engaging in congressional activities at the church which she attends. However, her involvement in the Pro- Life organization labels Ms. King a disgrace to her family and their legacy.

After observing Ms. King’s …

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Today, a group called Priests for Life and Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will kick off the "Freedom Rides for the Unborn Child."

Alveda has called the "fight against abortion…the civil rights battle of the 21st century." Specifically targeting the black community, she has brazenly proclaimed that abortion is a "tool of genocide against…black people." She has even gone so far as to say, "the little baby in the womb appears to his or her mother very much like a slave. He or …

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Thanks to Kim Wollner, here are some details about the upcoming freedom rides. Check it out.

http://www.priestsforlife.org/action/pro-life-freedom-rides.htm…

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An anti choice group led by Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is planning to embark on a new kind of ‘freedom rides’ that seek to limit a woman’s right to choose. Dr. Alveda King, conflating the language of the civil rights movement with her anti choice rhetoric, calls the “fight against abortion…the civil rights battle of the 21st century.” [1] Specifically targeting the black community, she proclaims that abortion is a “tool of genocide against …black people.” [2]
 
The use of civil …