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Organize Grassroots Power!!

Monday 
March 18; 6-8pm
NYC4RJ Meeting
26 Bleecker Ave.
New York, NY

We will discuss the Women's Equality Agenda, The Reproductive Health Act and the launch of our
NO STIGMA! NO SHAME! Campaign

RSVP REQUIRED: Send your RSVP to nyc4rj@gmail.com

NYC4RJ Stands with Teen Parents!
 

NO STIGMA! NO SHAME! Campaign

 

The New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice is launches its No Stigma! No Shame! Campaign in response to the Human Resource Administration's, "Think Being A Teen Parent Won't Cost You?" campaign. We ask that you stand with us and sign on listing your affiliation, organization and state. Please send that information and sign on at nyc4rj@gmail.com. Support us in getting the word out and pushing for a teen pregnancy prevention campaign that DOES NOT shame and blame teen parents, particularly teen parents of color.
 
Show up and sign on!
NYC4RJ No Stigma! No Shame! Campaign

Jasmine Burnett
Lead Organizer - NYC4RJ

Nicole Clark
Lead Organizer - No Stigma! No Shame! Campaign



Sign on Letter

Dear Community,
 
The New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice (NYC4RJ) condemns the New York City Human Resource Administration’s (HRA) use of images and messaging that attacks young people and their families. This campaign, “Think Being a Teen Parent Won’t Cost You?” shames teen parents, especially teen parents of color, and uses images of their children to blame them for conditions that are society’s responsibility to address.
 
The New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice is a coalition of grassroots activists in New York City, working to advance the human rights of women and girls of color and LGBTQ people of color through our advocacy priority areas of Education, Health and Families. 
 
We fail as a society when we shame young people instead of teaching them what they need to know to make the best decisions about their lives. For those of us who do direct service, education and advocacy around issues of poverty, access to comprehensive sex education, contraception, family planning and addressing health disparities that have historically impacted communities of color, we are acutely aware of the budget cuts to programs and services that could address and reverse these conditions within our communities. The New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice is holding HRA accountable for reinforcing negative stereotypes about the decision-making ability of young people instead of investing in programs and policies that encourage young people to thrive.
 
In response to this HRA campaign, the New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice asserts, teen parents need support, not shame! We are launching the NO STIGMA! NO SHAME! Campaign with the following demands:
 
- Public acknowledgement and apology from HRA
- Removal of all HRA campaign posters
- A meeting between the HRA and NYC4RJ leaders
- Creation of a Teen Parent Council within HRA, composed of teen parents and their advocates, to approve any future messaging around teen pregnancy prevention
 
In order to address teen pregnancy, the HRA and all New York City government programs must offer teen parents support, not stigmatizing messages.  "In August, according to the Department Of Education’s Sex Education website, Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced that beginning in the second semester of the 2011-2012 school year, New York City will require schools to include sexual health education as part of comprehensive health education."  Teen parents need government officials to provide resources that encourage them to foster resilience instead of shaming them for creating their own families.
 
The New York City Coalition for Reproductive Justice calls on the HRA to dismantle this reprehensible campaign and address the real problem: lack of support for teen parents and their families.
 
Signed,
 
The New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice
 
 
RESOURCES

General Information
 
Info about campaign: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hra/html/programs/teen_pregnancy_campaign.shtml
The ads themselves: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nychra
 
Blogs
 
Jamilah King, Colorlines http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/03/new_york_city_tries_to_shame_its_teens_into_not_having_babies.html
 
Gloria Malone, Teen Mom NYC http://www.teenmomnyc.com/2013/03/new-york-city-teenage-pregnancy-ads.html
 
Natasha Vianna, The Pushback (MA Alliance on Teen Pregnancy) http://thepushback.org/teen-mom-shaming-vs-teen-pregnancy-prevention
 
Miriam Perez, RH Reality Check http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2013/03/05/nyc-teen-pregnancy-campaign-brings-shaming-to-bus-shelters-and-cell-phones/
 
Brittany Braithwaite, Amplify Blog - Advocates for Youth http://amplifyyourvoice.org/u/brittanyywoclc/2013/3/4/nyc-stop-coming-for-teen-moms
 
Nicole Clark, MSW, Nicole Clark Consulting http://www.nicoleclarkconsulting.com/post/44629516120/the-problem-with-think-being-a-teen-parent-wont-cost-you
 
Context & Resources
 
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro to Mayor Bloomberg: Stop funding 'entitlements for young mothers'
 
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/s-borough-president-bloomberg-stop-funding-entitlements-young-mothers-article-1.1283681#ixzz2NCLZNpup
 
If poor people are not supposed to have babies, and structural economic inequality keeps them poor, does that mean poor people are not supposed to exist?
 
Legal Momentum: The Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund - Single Parents
 
 
Statement from PPNYC
New NYC teen pregnancy subway advertising campaign not the answer 
 
NYC’s campaign against teen parents ignores the structural realities that create the conditions for unintended pregnancies, and stigmatizes teen parents and their children
 
NEW YORK–Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) denounced a new teen pregnancy prevention ad campaign unveiled this week by the New York City Human Resources Administration for shaming existing and to-be teen parents and their children. 
 
The ad campaign, seen on bus and subway signs around the city, uses the images of toddlers to deliver messages that perpetuate gender stereotypes and presents stigmatizing, fear-based messages that have been proven to be ineffective in preventing teen pregnancies. Further, the ads themselves and their suggested text messages do not provide information about access to health care or affordable and effective birth control options, which are proven strategies for addressing teen pregnancy. 
 
“The latest NYC ad campaign creates stigma, hostility and negative public opinions about teen pregnancy and parenthood rather than offering alternative aspirations for young people,” said Haydee Morales, vice president of education and training at Planned Parenthood of New York City. “The City’s money would be better spent helping teens access health care, birth control and high-quality sexual and reproductive health education, not an ad campaign intended to create shock value.”
 
Prevention of teenage childbearing is a desirable goal for many reasons. The city of New York has made impressive progress, reducing teen pregnancy by 27 percent in the past decade. Stigmatizing the teens who have already become parents has not been a part of what has led to this success. 
 
Evidence also proves that there is a false premise in believing that teen pregnancy is the cause of poverty when in fact many researchers have found that teen childbearing is an outcome of rather than a cause of the poor economic conditions faced by many teens in this city. According to University of Pennsylvania researcher Frank F. Furstenberg, teen pregnancy prevention “is not the silver bullet for reducing poverty or strengthening the family.”
 
In a city where there are immense disparities in health, education, and employment opportunities we must approach young people most impacted by unintended pregnancy holistically. And we must involve young people themselves and the communities in which they live.
 
“Planned Parenthood supports programs like CATCH and School-Based Health Centers, and welcomes the opportunity to discuss these issues and initiatives further with the Administration,” added Morales. “Teenage parenthood is simply not the disastrous and life-compromising event these ads portray. It’s time we focus on the root causes rather than point fingers at teen parents and their children.”
 
Morales continued, “PPNYC is committed to reproductive justice in contrast to blaming young people for the outcomes of poverty, violence, limited access to healthcare and unequal educational opportunities, as well as gender, racial and ethnic inequalities.  We are committed to raising our voice in favor of programs that promote family planning, health services, and comprehensive sex education and relate them to concerns such as poverty alleviation and community, teen and child health.”
 
 
 
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Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving more than 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC is bringing better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom,PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.

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