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
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
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
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
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,
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
Youth Reproductive Rights & the COVID-19 Response
Access to comprehensive reproductive health care is critical for young people, especially during a public health emergency. Young people encounter persistent barriers to accessing the care and information they need to make decisions about pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and their sexual health.
Congressional Asks to Support Young People During COVID-19
62 organizations and 771 young people call on Congress to pass further COVID-19 relief for young people immediately. Despite the important provisions and emergency funding included in the CARES Act, this legislation still falls short of what is needed to respond to this historic national crisis.
URGE and 65 Organizations Tell Congressional Leaders to Tackle Economic and Health Disparities in COVID-19 Legislation
During the COVID-19 health crisis, it is vital that we center communities who, historically, face the greatest health and economic disparities. URGE and 65 organizations have sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking that any current and future federal legislation, including any stimulus packages, center young people, queer, trans, and
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!
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
The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Act
The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, or EACH, is bold federal legislation that works to reverse abortion coverage restrictions.
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
UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 IN OHIO
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every facet of society, unveiling how current systems have and continue to fail communities in Ohio and across the country. Ohio’s elected officials like Governor Mike DeWine, Lieutenant Governor John Husted, Attorney General David Yost, and the Director of the Ohio Department of Health
The State of Sex Education in Alabama 2020
Current requirements for sex education in Alabama are sex negative, homophobic, medically inaccurate, culturally incompetent, ineffective, and do not provide the kind of information young people want and need to live happy and healthy sexual lives.
The State of Sexual Health Education in Ohio 2020
The sexual health programming in Ohio’s public schools is not mandated to be medically accurate, age-appropriate, culturally competent, and is not prohibited from promoting religion or biased information.
Voting Rights in Ohio
Young people and historically marginalized communities have called for bold democracy reform and an expansion of voting rights in Ohio and across the country. In order to protect the integrity of elections and ensure broad civic participation by young people, rural communities, people with low-incomes, and Black, Native, Latinx, and