New Voices Cleveland is a branch of the field expansion program for New Voices for Reproductive Justice founded and based in Pittsburgh, PA. As an unapologetically Black organization that has 12 years of successes of women of color leadership in amplifying the voices, lives, experiences and leadership of Black women, girls and LGBTQ people locally in Pittsburgh and across the state of Pennsylvania.
We are excited to bring a critical voice and support Black and people of color leadership in Ohio!
As we expand our work throughout the rustbelt region, Cleveland is where we are based. Our goal is to build a leadership network of Black women, girls, LGBTQAI+ people and our co-conspirators to establish a statewide policy agenda that is reflective of how Black women, girls and LGBTQ people’s needs and realities are prioritized and protected in local and state policy. Reproductive Justice is a human rights framework founded by Black women in 1997 that fights for the right to have a child, not have a child and parent a child in safe and sustainable communities, free from violence. Indigenous and women of color adopted the reproductive justice framework out of an invisibility and lack of acknowledgement of our voices in the reproductive health and reproductive rights movements. At New Voices for Reproductive Justice, our definition of reproductive justice is to protect and defend the health and well being of Black women and girls, lives, bodies, labor and reproduction.
We accomplish our movement building work through our Voice Your Vote!™ Integrated Voter Engagement program that has reached 90,000 Black women ages 18-49 in Pittsburgh/Allegheny County in Pennsylvania since 2014. We intend to expand the success of our program across the state of Ohio to ensure that Black communities are involved in the political process, and to protect the rights of Black women and people to have access to contraception, comprehensive sex education, family planning and abortion access.