Advocacy around paid leave has increased during COVID-19. Many workers have needed to quarantine, but because of lack of protections and benefits, they have to worry about lost wages or losing their jobs. Paid leave advocacy has a long history, and the benefits extend beyond this pandemic. We wanted to build on the momentum in this moment around paid leave to offer an opportunity for our community to connect and deepen our analysis through an anti-capitalist and feminist lens. Paid leave is a reproductive freedom issue, because people shouldn't have to choose between caring for their families or keeping their jobs. To that end, we created the #CollectiveJournaling campaign, beginning March 30th, 2020 with daily journaling prompts, and opportunities to reflect and engage with others on social media using #CollectiveJournaling.
On February 4th, 2019 from 8:00-10:00 PM Healthy and Free Tennessee's Co-Executive Directors Anna and Briana were guests on WXNA's show Transmission with Jonathan Marx. We talked about lots of the issues we care about and the bill we are working on in the 2019 legislative session. You can learn more and listen to the full 2-hour show on WXNA's website here.
- 8:02pm Let’s Talk About Sex by Salt-N-Pepa
- 8:19pm You Don’t Own Me by Lesley Gore
- 8:21pm Promiscuity by Ani DiFranco
- 8:47pm Control by Janet Jackson
- 8:54pm Bodak Yellow by Cardi B
- 9:20pm Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu) by Janelle Monáe
- 9:25pm This Body by Baum
- 9:29pm Ain’t Afraid by Those Darlins
- 9:53pm Feeling Myself (feat. Beyoncé) by Nicki Minaj
- 9:57pm Respect by Aretha Franklin
Healthy and Free Tennessee's Youth Leadership Council is excited to host a youth summit on reproductive health, rights, and justice for young people ages 15-25 in Memphis on July 7, 2018. The goal of the summit is to share information on an array of topics affecting young people including birth control options, combatting rape culture, and healthy relationships, as well as provide tangible ways for people to become involved in reproductive health, rights, and justice work in Tennessee. Registration is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided. REGISTER HERE.Read more
The 110th General Assembly ended on April 26, 2018. This was a tough year for advocates of reproductive health, rights, and justice. Once again, Tennessee made national news for the Tennessee legislature’s shameful and extreme tactics, which this year included a bill to erect a monument to abortion “victims,” and defunding clinics that provide abortions from TennCare. Healthy and Free Tennessee was mostly in defense mode again on the hill, mobilizing our supporters to call and email their legislators.Read more