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Real Education and Access for Healthy Youth Act (REAHYA) Fact Sheet

The Real Education and Access for Healthy Youth Act (REAHYA) is important federal legislation that would provide young people with sex education and the sexual health services they need to make informed decisions about their bodies and lives. Check out this fact sheet to learn more about this bill!

Sex Education Is a Reproductive Justice Issue

Reproductive Justice & racial justice cannot be realized if we live under the systems of white supremacy, xenophobia, and anti-Blackness. Reproductive Justice will be achieved when we can make decisions free from stigma or barriers and live and thrive in safe and sustainable communities. That cannot happen if young people are being denied the information, tools, and skills needed to make these decisions, which is what happens when we are denied comprehensive sex ed.

Health Equity and Access Under the Law for Immigrant Families Act (HEAL) Fact Sheet

The Health Equity and Access Under the Law for Immigrant Families Act, or HEAL, is bold federal legislation that aims to support access to health care for immigrant families. In the 117th Congress, HEAL was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA) and in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

Sign-on Letter: The Right to Vote Is a Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice Issue

A joint sign-on letter hosted by URGE and State Innovation Exchange (SiX) on the intersections of voting and repro health, rights, and justice signed by 124 organizations and 36 state legislators! We know that reproductive freedom and voting rights and access are intrinsically linked. Equitable access to the vote means better representation of our communities and responsiveness to our basic needs like comprehensive healthcare, including contraception, maternal care, abortion care, and comprehensive sex education. Moreover, equitable access to the ballot box allows us to focus on justice and liberation, which increases bodily autonomy and integrity for many marginalized communities especially Black and Brown people, young people, and queer, transgender, and nonbinary people.

Fact Sheet: Defunding the Police

We cannot progress as a nation until we defund the police and prison industrial complex. Police, prisons, and punitive judicial and penal systems are deeply intertwined and function together to devastate Black communities and other communities of color. This is why Black community members and Black-led organizations have spent years calling for the police to be defunded and dismantled.

136 organizations in support of reproductive health, rights, and justice strongly oppose the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

In addition to being an illegitimate process, Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s addition to the Supreme Court would be a threat to our reproductive health and rights. These are not hypothetical threats. With 17 abortion-related cases one step away from the Supreme Court as well as Supreme Court oral arguments in California v. Texas, which could invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA), scheduled for November 10, abortion rights and health care are on the line.

Young People’s Lives at Risk: 83 Organizations Oppose Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination to SCOTUS

83 organizations call on those in power to put young people first and reject the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Young people already face extreme barriers to accessing abortion care, from unnecessary abortion restrictions like forced parental involvement and waiting periods, to limitations on their ability to obtain confidential care using their family health insurance, to inability to pay because of federal and state restrictions on abortion insurance coverage. These barriers are magnified for Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC), and queer and trans youth. Barrett’s judicial record and possible confirmation could also make the threat of criminalization for providing or having an abortion more imminent than it has been for decades, a threat that disproportionately puts Black, Indigenous, and… Read more »

URGE calls on Colleges and Universities to Close Campuses in Wake of COVID-19 Concerns

Many local, state, and federal government responses to COVID-19 have utterly failed to keep the majority of people in the country safe from the virus. Spearheaded by URGE, 329 individuals and nearly 30 local, state, and national organizations write to demand that colleges and universities immediately close all on-campus classes, buildings, and facilities until it is safe for all students to re-enter. We can’t allow higher education to get added to the list of institutions that fail marginalized people during this pandemic.    

189 organizations tell Congress to divest from law enforcement and invest in Black and brown communities.

  On August 4, 2020, URGE joined with 188 other local, state, and federal organizations in a letter calling on our federal leaders to support the efforts and leadership of Black women and other Reproductive Justice and racial justice leaders by investing our tax dollars in institutions and structures that would allow Black communities to feel safe and thrive. URGE demands that Congress take action federally and supports local efforts to divest from law enforcement and invest in Black and brown communities. Read the letter to members of Congress below.