January 10th marks the first day of Tennessee’s 2017 legislative session and the 110th General Assembly.
As advocates, we bear the continued responsibility to envision and fight for reproductive and sexual health care access, sex education, and economic and judicial policies that support the whole health and wellbeing of all Tennesseans and our communities. Over the past four years, Healthy and Free Tennessee partners and supporters have fought against a rapidly rising tide of discriminatory and anti-health laws written and approved by our state legislature.
In spite of these laws--laws meant surely to divide, silence, devastate and starve the majority of Tennesseans--HFTN partners and supporters have grown stronger, more coordinated and resolved to nurture a sustained statewide and unapologetic movement for reproductive freedom.
Now more than ever we commit to a present and future where we all have access to the resources we need to make informed choices about our health without stigma, shame or discrimination. We vision, fight, and build best when our movements are cross-issue, diverse, safe for the most vulnerable and directly impacted, and willing to confront hard truths not solely about our opposition but also about our own tendencies and struggles. This year, Healthy and Free TN recommits to showing up, supporting, and sustaining opportunities for all Tennesseans and our local and statewide movements for freedom and justice to grow in collective strength, power, and health.
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Applications received before December 23rd receive top priority but applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Alongside the current HFTN State Director, the Co-State Director will collaboratively lead and support Healthy and Free Tennessee, a statewide coalition working to promote sexual health and reproductive freedom in Tennessee. This co-leadership position will build the base of activists willing to take action on coalition issues, develop community leadership, build relationships with key local, state and national stakeholders, partners, and elected officials, advance engagement strategies, and assist in campaign development and implementation. Both Co-State Directors will report to the Chairperson of the HFTN Steering Committee.
Healthy and Free TN is proud and excited to support a statewide effort of partner organizations coming together to endorse a family values platform that recognizes and fights for the needs, rights, and values of ALL of Tennessee's unique families.
Read the platform and add your name today to say that you support abortion access and FULL real reproductive freedom and sexual health for all Tennesseans. Tell our elected officials that they need to share our values.
Healthy and Free Tennessee in partnership with the 1 in 3 Campaign is excited to announce our first ever statewide youth leadership council. The council is made from eight awesome young people between the ages of 18-24 who will share about and engage in efforts to de-stigmatize abortion and reproductive/sexual life.
In their own words:
I am Armonte Butler, an International & Global Studies and Women & Gender Studies double-major originally from Washington, DC though I attend Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. I am most excited to learn more about laws and policies in Tennessee and how they impact reproductive justice and bodily autonomy.