During the 2020 legislative session, Healthy and Free Tennessee advocated for 4 pro-active bills prioritizing the reproductive health of incarcerated pregnant people with our coalition partner, Free Hearts. These included:
SB 1150/ HB 1240: Anti-Shackling - Sen. Raumesh Akbari; Rep. Karen Camper
SB 1839/ HB 1651: Prenatal Care - Sen. Raumesh Akbari; Rep. London Lamar
SB 2828/ HB 2100: Access to Breast Pumps - Sen. Raumesh Akbari; Rep. Gloria Johnson
SB 958/ HB 1184: Prohibiting Solitary Confinement - Sen. Jeff Yarbro; Rep. Jesse Chism
To better explain how we approach our policy work, on November 21, 2019 we hosted a "Prison Abolition & Reproductive Freedom Webinar," in collaboration with Free Hearts and Southerners on New Ground. The webinar explored the intersections of prison abolition and reproductive freedom and helped lay some groundwork for our legislative priorities this session. CLICK HERE for a recording of the webinar. We hosted second webinar to explain the four bills specifically on January 30, 2020. You can view the slides from this webinar HERE.
[Image Description for flyer: The image is of a prison block. Overtop of the image is a purple square with white and blue text reading, "Healthy and Free Tennessee, Southerners on New Ground, and Free Hearts Present: Prison Abolition and Reproductive Freedom a teach-in/webinar about the intersections of these two frameworks. Featuring: Shahidah Jones, Official BLM Memphis; Erica Perry, Law for Black Lives; Aniya Wiley, Free Hearts and SONG. Thursday November 21st 12pm CST Register: http://bit.ly/AbolitionAndRF." At the bottom of the flyer are the logos for Free Hearts, Healthy and Free Tennessee, and Southerners on New Ground.]
Tennessee's legislative session generally runs between early January and early May each year. During that time, our coalition partners and community allies diligently engage elected officials--whether through face to face conversations, email and phone call campaigns, educational forums, and/or direct action at the capitol. Check here for updates about how you can be involved in current policy campaigns!
Day on the Hill
Healthy and Free Tennessee hosts a lobby day or day on the hill each year in February where we mobilize Tennesseans to action in visiting their legislators, to ensure elected officials hear directly from their constituents. This event is open to anyone who is interested! Each year, we set up appointments with legislators for participants, and provide them with a list of current legislation to discuss, plus talking points to guide their conversations. The day includes a morning lobbying training and an afternoon lunch with guest speakers. We will set up appointments with your legislators for you, and provide you with specific legislation to discuss with them, plus talking points to guide you. In the afternoon, we encourage participants to attend committee hearings, and finally, we will end the day with a press conference.