Women with a Vision is a community-based non-profit, founded in 1989 by a grassroots collective of African-American women in response to the spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color. Created by and for women of color, WWAV is a social justice non-profit that addresses issues faced by women within our community and the Gulf South region. Major areas of focus include sex worker rights, drug policy reform, HIV positive women’s advocacy, and reproductive justice outreach. This is an amazing organization, and I highly recommend supporting them and getting involved however you can.
Women with a Vision also collaborates with many other organizations. Below is a list from their website. If you’re looking for ways to get involved, this is an excellent place to start!
- Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP). CLPP is a national reproductive rights and justice organization dedicated to educating, mentoring, and inspiring new generations of advocates, leaders, and supporters.
- Critical Resistance. Critical Resistance is a national grassroots organization committed to ending society’s use of policing and prisons as an answer to social problems.
- Different Avenues. Through building and sharing leadership skills, Different Avenues works to make change and improve and protect the health, rights and safety of women and girls in the Washington DC Metro Area and thus nationally.
- Drug Policy Alliance Network. The Drug Policy Alliance Network is the nation’s leading organization promoting policy alternatives to the drug war that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.
- Harm Reduction Coalition. The Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use.
- INCITE!. INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.
- Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES). Founded in 1993 in response to health disparities among women of color, IWES is dedicated to improving the physical, mental, and spiritual health and quality of life for women of color and their families, especially those who are socio-economically disadvantaged.
- Justice Now. Justice Now works to end violence against women and stop their imprisonment by promoting alternatives to policing and prisons and challenge the prison industrial complex in all its forms.
- Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana works to transform the juvenile justice system into one that builds on the strengths of young people, families and communities to ensure children are given the greatest opportunities to grow and thrive.
- Men and Women In Prison Ministries. Men and Women in Prison Ministries works to provide services that promote spiritual and cultural awareness, health education, family development, support groups, and prison healing through outreach and self-help programs on a community-based level.
- Queers for Economic Justice. Queers for Economic Justice is a progressive non-profit organization committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation.
- Sentencing Project. The Sentencing Project is a national organization working for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing law and practice, and alternatives to incarceration.
- SisterSong. SisterSong mobilizes women of color around our lived experiences by bringing women of color together; encouraging our collective sustainability through mentoring and self-help; providing a framework that resonates with our lived experience; and organizing and mobilizing to affect change.
- SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW. SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW collaborates with individuals, communities and organizations to grow and sustain a powerful reproductive justice movement in Georgia. We do this by: Developing and sharing a radical analysis in order to change culture; Mobilizing in response to immediate threats and; Organizing for long-term systemic change.
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project. The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.
- Voice Of The Ex-offender (V.O.T.E.). V.O.T.E. is an organization dedicated to building the political power of people most impacted by the criminal justice system, especially formerly incarcerated persons (FIPs), their families and loved ones.
- Women’s Health & Justice Initiative (WHJI). WHJI is a radical feminist of color-based organizing project centered on improving the social and economic health and well-being of women of color and our communities, while challenging punitive social policies, practices, and behaviors that restrict, exploit, regulate, and criminalize the bodies and lives of low-income women of color most vulnerable to violence.
- Women On the Rise Telling Herstory (WORTH). WORTH is an association of formerly and incarcerated women who have been empowered by their own experiences. Through mentoring, mutual support, leadership development and telling our stories, WORTH transforms the lives of women directly impacted by incarceration and changes public perception and policy.
- Young Women’s Empowerment Project. The Young Women’s Empowerment Project works to offer safe, respectful, free-of-judgment spaces for girls and young women impacted by the sex trade and street economies to recognize their goals, dreams and desires.
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