The Reproductive Justice Walking Tour acts as more than your standard walking tour.  Walkers traveled with a facilitator (guide) through Tribeca and Greenwich Village (see more here) and saw nearly a dozen site-specific performances along the way, concluding with our Reproductive Justice Fair (at Judson Church) with activities, info and refreshments. See full program.

This walking tour is all aboutReproductive Justice.

“Reproductive Justice” is a forward-looking way to understand the many intertwined threads of reproductive health, reproductive rights, human rights, justice and pro-choice values in our communities and lives. It’s a vessel to bring social justice together with reproductive health and rights in one powerful movement.

Reproductive justice — sometimes shortened to RJ or ReproJustice — embraces the rights and access to resources that people need “to thrive and to decide whether, when, and how to have and parent children with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.” (Law Students for Reproductive Justice)

Reproductive justice integrates important social issues across many areas:

• abortion rights and access;
• eradication of violence against women;
• comprehensive sex education;
• nondiscrimination based on race and sexual orientation;
• economic justice;
• environmental justice; and
• immigration justice.
(Unitarian Universalist Association).

“Reproductive Justice” concepts were originally developed by progressive women of color, specifically the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Network. The former national coordinator for SisterSong, Loretta Ross, says that reproductive justice recognizes that the ability of any woman to determine her own reproductive destiny “is linked directly to the conditions in her community and these conditions are not just a matter of individual choice and access.” Reproductive justice, says Ross, is a movement, aimed at securing “the full achievement and protection of women’s human rights.”

The Reproductive Justice Walking Tour embodies these important issues and their connective tissue.