Last week, we marked the third annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, this year themed “¡Soy Poderosa!” (“I’m Powerful!”) and coordinated in part by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.
As part of the event, the NLIRH held a blog carnival, encouraging writing on the theme of Latina civic power. There are many great posts from carnival participants listed here. A few highlights:
- Bloggers at Raising Women’s Voices and Community Catalyst’s Health Policy Hub talk about the Affordable Care Act and its effects, including preventive coverage for women.
- At NLIRH, though, Morgan Meneses-Sheets points out What the Affordable Care Act Hydes, particularly that the health reform legislation does nothing to make abortion more accessible or affordable. She discusses the Hyde Amendment and its disproportionate affects on poor women, who themselves are disproportionately women of color.
- Also at NLIRH, Kimberly Inez McGuire and Morganne Rosenhaus write about environmental justice, effects on communities of color, and the need to be involved in demanding change in exposure to toxic chemicals at home and at work.
- Ana Laura Rivera talks about working as a sex ed advocate, and the need to hold political leaders accountable for access to accurate sex education and health resources for low-income communities.
There are plenty of other great posts, including several profiles of powerful Latina advocates listed in the carnival — go check them out!