Innovative Stigma-Busting Abortion Conversations: ACP Awards Four Grants

Posted January 6, 2015 by abortionconversationproject
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Favianna Rodriguez liteHow do you shift the conversation surrounding the choice of abortion? Community by community –in safe spaces designed to promote speaking openly. The Abortion Conversation Project (ACP) announced four successful grants totaling $5,000 in its Fall 2014 round of mini-grants. “We had many innovative proposals offering unique ways to extend much-needed conversations about abortion,” noted Terry Sallas Merritt, ACP Board President.

What can shifting the conversation look like? Whole Woman’s Health will coordinate the painting of a huge mural on the exterior building wall of their clinic recently closed by untenable legislative regulations, reassuring women abortion is legal in Texas. Family Tree Clinic and the Adoption Option Council of Minnesota will coordinate new connections and understanding in a facilitated day of conversation between the Adoption Community and Reproductive Justice Advocates. Balance in Mexico will present and distribute testimonies and videos of national celebrities reading aloud stories from women funded by the Voices of MARIA Fund. Two members of WIN.NYC Pro-Choice Network will distribute blank postcards in print and online venues for people to write, draw, picture their abortion connection story and then the project will showcase the postcards online and in a display for viewing and conversation.

ACP’s mission is “to challenge the polarization that characterizes abortion conversation, lessen the stigmatization of abortion, and promote speaking and listening with empathy, dignity, and resilience about even the most difficult aspects of abortion.” In addition to funding, ACP supports grantees in outreach, fund-raising, evaluation and sustainability or next-steps.

The Abortion Conversation Project was founded in 2000 and spent its early years promoting post abortion emotional health, de-stigmatizing abortion through handouts for parents, partners, and patients themselves, and staging community conversations to have deeper conversations among diverse prochoice audiences. After helping to launch the Abortion Care Network, ACP explored conflict transformation techniques and decided to offer small “seed” grants to engage many more people in its mission.

Read more about the Abortion Conversation Project as well as our Facebook page. Supporters can also receive the ACP e-newsletter here or by clicking on the link on the home page of the website

Let It Out! Abortion Stigma-Busting Video Competition

Posted December 12, 2014 by abortionconversationproject
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Sponsored by the Abortion Care Network, 1 in 3 Campaign and the Abortion Conversation Project

WHAT: We welcome submissions to Let It Out: Abortion Stigma-Busting Video Competition. Stigma is a key strategy of anti-abortion extremists who want to shame everyone into silence about abortion. This year we have seen the consequences of this stigma—clinic closures, women who can’t find services, and right wing extremists in charge of women’s health. It is urgent that we create cultural pushback against those who would try to stigmatize us. So, we encourage you to “Let It Out”, be it about your own or a loved one’s abortion experience, outrage over current politics, or calling out those who would stigmatize us. Video is a great outlet for your passion!

WHO: Co-sponsored by the Abortion Care Network (ACN)  and the 1 in 3 Campaign, and the Abortion Conversation Project (ACP).  ACN creates communities of support around independent abortion care communities and engages in stigma reduction and resistance. Individual activists, writers, artists, and regular folks are part of this community of support. “1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime. These are our stories” is the 1 in 3 mission of using stories for stigma reduction. ACP offers seed grants to grassroots stigma-busting projects.

HOW: Video submissions must be under three minutes and under 100 MB and may be humorous, satirical, activist, or about a first person experience. Very short videos using Vine or Instagram or other smart phone applications will also be eligible for entry. Registration form at this address: http://bit.ly/letitoutvideo or email us at Info@abortionconversation.com. The “How to Make an Abortion Video” webinar with last year’s winners Katie Gillum and Emily Letts is available to interested people at  http://abortioncarenetwork.org/resources/video-gallery/508-making-an-abortion-video

WOW: A nationally known filmmaker will judge the competition. Winning entries will be awarded a cash prize of $100 for each of three entrants, with matching donations to the Abortion Fund of your choice. (See www.fundabortionnow.org) There will also be three Honorable Mentions awarded without a cash prize. Qualifying videos will be displayed by any of the sponsoring organizations and in other reproductive rights and justice venues, at the discretion of the Abortion Care Network. The Judge’s Choice and Honorable Mention entries will be shown at the Abortion Care Network’s Annual Conference and other related meetings.

WHEN: The deadline is January 22th, 2015. Fee only $5! Each video must be posted on YouTube.com or Vimeo.com or similar public site and a registration form must be submitted at http://bit.ly/letitoutvideo. A confirmation email will be sent to each entrant upon receipt of form.

Making Waves: The Fourth Annual Abortion Rights Poetry Contest

Posted December 12, 2014 by abortionconversationproject
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Making Waves: The Fourth Annual Abortion Rights Poetry Contest

Judged by representatives of the Abortion Care Network and Split This Rock, with special guest judge this year Katha Pollitt!
Sponsored by the Abortion Care Network and Split This Rock

Deadline: Midnight (EST), January 5, 2015

The Abortion Care Network (ACN), a national organization of independent abortion providers and prochoice supporters, and Split This Rock, a national organization that celebrates poetry that provokes social change, announce our Fourth Annual Abortion Rights Poetry Contest, to be held in conjunction with ACN’s annual conference in March 2015.

We are pleased that our panel of judges this year will include Katha Pollitt, the reknown polemicist, poet and feminist.  She is currently touring the US to promote her new book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights (2014), a defense of abortion as a social good.  She is also the author of numerous collections of essays and poetry, including The Mind-Body Problem (2009).

The experience of people who seek abortion and other reproductive services is as varied as the individuals involved. For some, there is safety, relief, and good medical care. For others, there is doubt, harassment, and stigma. For all, health care takes place in a politicized context in which even the most basic choices about our bodies, sexuality, and childbearing can be scrutinized. Reproductive rights are also linked to a whole host of other social issues, such as economic status and the accessibility of safe, affordable health care.

ACN and Split This Rock welcome the submission of poems on these themes. We will award the following prizes: First ($100), Second ($75) and Third Place ($50), and Honorable Mention. The first-place winner will be invited to read the winning poem at ACN’s annual meeting. The prize-winning poems will be transformed into handcrafted artistic booklets distributed to all meeting attendees and will be published in the ACN’s quarterly newsletter, ACN Notes.  Poems will also be placed onto the Split This Rock website at <www.SplitThisRock.org>.  Poets from any part of the U.S. may submit poems, but we regret that no travel funds will be provided so that the winning poet may read at the meeting.
Read last year’s winning poems here.

Submission Guidelines:

•   Submit up to 3 poems (6 pages maximum) by midnight, January 5, 2015, using Submittable, here: https://splitthisrock.submittable.com/submit/36539.
•   If the form is not accessible to you, please contact us at info@splitthisrock.org.
•   All styles and approaches accepted.
•   Previously published in print is acceptable, but, please, not on the web.
•   Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please inform us at info@splitthisrock.org immediately if the poem has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
Questions?  Contact us at: info@splitthisrock.org

Grant Deadline Extended to Nov. 15th, 2014

Posted October 29, 2014 by abortionconversationproject
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All of you engaged in the election, busy with Halloween, or just need a little more time to craft your brilliant project for an Abortion Conversation Project Seed Support Grant, there is good news!  The Deadline is now November 15th. For information or to talk to a board member before you submit, email info@abortionconversation.com.  Application and guidelines below.

Nov 1st Grant Deadline

Posted October 24, 2014 by abortionconversationproject
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Here is the revised application for the Abortion Conversation Project’s Seed Grant program for innovative, creative projects to bust stigma. It’s due Nov. 1, 2014 to info@abortionconversation.com.

Abortion Conversation Project

Seed Support Grant Application Information

Applications Due November 1 and July 1

The Abortion Conversation Project offers small seed grants to individuals and small groups for innovative projects in keeping with ACP’s mission to challenge the polarization that characterizes abortion conversation, lessen the stigmatization of abortion, and promote speaking and listening with empathy, dignity, and resilience about even the most difficult aspects of abortion. We are particularly interested in innovative and creative approaches to challenging and eradicating abortion stigma. We also want to encourage projects that engage people on a grassroots level.

The ACP Board is committed to an ongoing, collaborative relationship with our grantees; we respect your project and offer support not often found with other grantors. Our Board has expertise and connections in many areas, so we encourage each prospective grant applicant to discuss her/his project with a member of the ACP Board or ACP Grant Subcommittee before submitting an application. Contact Info@abortionconversation.com to get in touch with someone who can review your idea/proposal.

ACP offers both seed money and help for grantees. Our goal is to connect each grantee with advice about implementation challenges, including fund-raising, extending outreach, dealing with difficult conversations that come up, and developing an evaluation process.

We maximize the reach of stigma-busting culture change by granting ‘seed’ money grants in smaller amounts that allow us to assist more projects. We give priority to new, innovative projects or for new portions of existing projects. Grants are available for direct project costs, including technology, equipment, facility and other material and production expenses. We are willing to provide grant money in some cases for salaries/person hours/honoraria, etc. Grants to pay for personnel will be for completed projects and direct costs will be reimbursed with receipts.

The Abortion Conversation Project encourages social change, so we intend to work with you to publicize your project. Grantees agree to allow ACP to promote their projects on our website and in other ACP publicity materials and to provide evaluative feedback from their projects. Likewise, grantees agree to acknowledge ACP in all communications about their funded project. Logo and ACP tag line will be sent to all grantees.

Reporting

All grantees agree to submit a brief 6-month Check-In Report and a Final Report to ACP within 30 days of completion.(The Completion Report Form is available on the ACP website or by contacting info@abortionconversation.com) Neglecting to submit a Completion Report will result in ineligibility for future grants.

Application Process

Applications are accepted for two annual grant cycles; deadlines are July 1 and November 1, annually. Applicants are asked to complete the ACP Support Grant Application form, after initially speaking with a member of our team to discuss your project. Grantees will be notified of the decision of the ACP Grant Subcommittee within 30 days. Recipients may not apply for two grants in one twelve-month period.

Please submit all application forms electronically, and make inquiries to Info@abortionconversation.com.

Abortion Conversation Project Seed Support Grant Application Form

Contact Information

Name

Address

Telephone

Email address

Institution/Organization (if applicable)

Social Media Contact Information

Twitter address

Facebook address

Other:

Project Title/Summary (Title or 1-2 sentence description of the project)

Detailed Description of the Project (two paragraphs, up to 500 words)—be sure to address

  • What do you envision as the outcome of this project?
  • How will you work to decrease polarities and invite people into abortion conversations?
  • How does the project connect with a community?
  • What relationships do you see coming out of this project?
  • Define your intended audience.
  • What aspect of abortion stigma do you see your project addressing? (How is it manifested? On what level does this kind of stigma operate? ex: Individual, community, institutions, policies/laws, media?)
  • How will you evaluate the effectiveness of your project?
  • If this project will continue, how will it be sustained?
    • What is the plan for continuing the project or taking it to the next level?
    • What does the future for this project look like after ACP funding?
    • What relationships do you see coming out of this project?

How does this project support the Mission of the Abortion Conversation Project (to challenge the polarization that characterizes abortion conversation, lessen the stigmatization of abortion, and promote speaking and listening with empathy, dignity, and resilience about even the most difficult aspects of abortion)? (up to 250 words)

How did you learn about this grant opportunity?

Proposed date(s)/timeline of the project:

Estimated budget for the project

  • Please provide details of costs; include source of estimated costs of major items.
  • How much funding have you already secured? Source?
  • What other sources of funding have you sought/are planning to seek?

Amount of grant support requested (up to $2000)

If you do not receive the full amount requested from ACP, how will you adjust your proposal?

 

Signature:_______________________________________________________

Date:___________________

Have you told the story of your abortion?

Posted July 31, 2014 by abortionconversationproject
Categories: abortion, dialogue

More and more women (and men) are telling their stories. Until recently, those stories were not very accessible but now these stories having the potential to change the stigma of abortion in our culture.

Our grantee, Emily Letts, whose video of her abortion has gone viral, is working with not alone, a site for video storytelling.

Because public sharing of your abortion story can bring positive reactions as well as negative, Renee Bracey Sherman has set up a survey to find out the impact on those who choose to share. If you have experience in telling your story, please help with this survey. More about the Sea Change sponsored survey:

As you may know, I have been sharing my abortion story publicly for several years. This experience has brought great joy, a feeling of empowerment, and connection to other people who have had abortions across the country – especially other storytellers. While this has been wonderful, it also brings harassment, both online and off, threats of violence, and thus has highlighted the missing pieces of support for abortion storytellers in our movement.

To ensure that storytellers are truly supported, I am conducting a survey and interviews with public abortion storytellers to look at what support systems have been working for them, and what we as a movement could do better to ensure their needs are met.

To that end, I am asking you to complete this survey, if you’re a public abortion storyteller, and forward it to any and all people who previously and currently share their abortion story in public forums including: journalism, media, video, workshops and panels, nonprofit advocacy campaigns, lobby visits, and interviews. I want to hear about all the best (and worst) practices so we can crowdsource a list of recommendations on how to best support our public abortion storytellers emotionally, mentally, and physically.

The survey can be found on The Sea Change Program’s website at: seachangeprogram.org/abortion-storyteller-experience-survey/

And, you might want to read the guides on Exhale’s site.

Just Start those Abortion Conversations

Posted July 17, 2014 by abortionconversationproject
Categories: abortion, dialogue

Andrea Grimes, an activist journalist in Texas, was already a hero in our world because she has covered the real story of the legislative assault on women and clinics and the consequences for women.

But now she has gone a step further. She has decided to “come out” or stop avoiding conversations about abortion. She had not wanted to talk to her mother about her work, but when she pushed herself to broach the subject she was delightfully surprised. “I had no idea what she would say, how she would react. I was 30 years old, and I had never really had a conversation with my mom about abortion before….It was just incredible. A conversation I’d been dreading for a decade brought me closer than ever to the most important woman in my life.”

She concludes with, “Which is why those of us who can afford to take the risk must do so—we must talk openly, loudly, and enthusiastically, not just about abortion but about the full spectrum of reproductive health-care decisions that we should all be empowered to make.”

It’s well worth the whole read on RH Reality Check.

And thanks for these stories that RH Reality is so good at publishing.


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