Beginning at the Intersection

You have reached a virtual space dedicated to providing articles, imagery, resources, and discourse at the intersection of reproductive justice and environmental justice.  It is my hope this collection of information and the dialog that takes place here will lead to positive change in our physical world and our lived experiences; that it will make our world a safer place for women and children and for all people’s reproductive systems; and that it will lead to a safer, cleaner environment for all.

Let’s start with a few definitions:

Reproductive Justice: the right to have children, to not have children, and to parent the children we have with dignity (SisterSong).  For more information on the Reproductive Justice Framework please visit Sister Song‘s website.

Environmental Justice: the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies (USEPA)

Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the National Women’s Law Center have put together a paper on why If You Really Care about Environmental Justice, You Should Care about Reproductive Justice.  The paper highlights some of the connections between the Reproductive Justice movement and the Environmental Justice movement, and discusses where the movements may currently work in opposition.

Yucca Bianca W.’s article More than Coincidence: Bridging Gaps Between Environmental and Reproductive Justice  (Bluestockings Magazine 2014) is a must-read on this topic, so please head over to Bluestocking’s Mag and read through it!

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