#25: Policy Imperatives for Latino and Immigrant Rights and Reproductive Justice in 2018
Katie Breen
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November 2, 2017

Katie interviews Karla Gonzales Garcia, the Policy and Program Director of the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR). Karla describes the work of COLOR, the meaning of reproductive justice, and the public policy issues on COLOR's legislative agenda for 2018. She also explains the ways in which public policies that affect us all (such as paid family leave and affordable healthcare access) uniquely impact Latino and immigrant communities. Lastly, Katie and Karla offer a call to action for listeners to get involved in their state and local politics during this very important year in American politics.

Bonus: Karla also shouts out the awesome work of other Colorado organizations fighting for paid family leave and affordable healthcare access, like 9to5 Colorado and the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI)! 

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#24: How Menstrual Hygiene Impacts Girls Across the World
Katie Breen
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November 2, 2017

Katie interviews Chiara Bercu, an expert in menstrual health who has worked on adolescent education programs in developing countries across the globe to help prepare students for puberty and menarche. Chiara describes the obstacles to and impact of menstrual hygiene on girls around the world, including the drastic effects that a lack of menstrual hygiene can have on girls' school performance, self confidence, and overall wellbeing. She discusses effective interventions for improving menstrual health and hygiene of girls in developing nations, as well as how taboos surrounding women's periods differ in various countries around the world. Lastly, Katie and Chiara discuss ways in which we can all combat stigma surrounding periods, regardless of where we live.

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#23: WTF is Mindful Birth?
Katie Breen
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November 2, 2017

Katie interviews Rebecca Peterson, a childbirth mentor who helps parents prepare for labor through birth preparation classes and prenatal yoga. Rebecca explains what it means to mindfully prepare for childbirth, how parents can explore their unique desires for the birth of their babies, and why it is important for parents to be solution-focused rather outcome-focused when it comes to childbirth (spoiler alert: your "birth plan" might go awry - and that's okay). In the interview, Katie and Rebecca also discuss birth shaming and how language plays a role in how parents view childbirth. In particular, they discuss the stigma surrounding Cesareans and medical pain relief (like epidurals), and how we can reframe the conversation to combat these taboos and support mothers - no matter what their childbirth journey looks like.

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#22: Homeless While Woman, Mother, or Trans
Katie Breen
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November 2, 2017

In this episode, Katie interviews Leslie Foster, President and CEO of The Gathering Place, Denver's only daytime drop-in center that serves women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness.

In the episode, Leslie and Katie discuss the distinct causes, challenges, and experiences of homelessness among women, mothers, and trans individuals. They also contrast these experiences with those faced by cisgender men experiencing homelessness. Leslie details the ways in which communities of women and trans individuals are underserved by traditional poverty and homelessness support organizations, and ways in which their struggles tend to remain “unseen” by the general population. Lastly, Leslie offers surprisingly simple steps we can take to combat issues of poverty and homelessness, and fight the stigma surrounding these issues, in our own communities. 

Want to get involved with The Gathering Place? Click here to donate or here to volunteer. To make your donation go even farther, learn about why to donate on Colorado Gives Day - which is today, Tuesday, December 5th!

Loved the episode? Here is the blog Leslie mentioned! Written by Leslie's friend and former client of The Gathering Place, Ronisha "Reaux" Johnson, the blog offers a "deep look into the innermost feelings of a young black woman," and "a safe-space for honest self-expression." As Leslie mentions in our chat and Reaux describes on her blog, Reaux is a licensed social worker who "is no stranger to the challenges that individuals and communities face while trying to make something out of this thing called life." Reaux's blog discusses "experiencing and overcoming personal challenges...the ups, downs, glows, and grows of trying to find your place in the world." I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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#21: How the Hyde Amendment Harms Women
Katie Breen
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November 2, 2017

Katie interviews Morgan Hopkins, National Field Manager of All* Above All, a reproductive justice campaign dedicated to lifting bans that deny abortion coverage - so that every woman can get affordable, safe abortion care when she needs it, regardless of her income. Since the passage of the Hyde Amendment in 1976, Congress has withheld coverage for abortion services from women insured through Medicaid ​and other government insurance ​program​s​. Currently, this impacts nearly 29 million women of reproductive age. 

Katie and Morgan discuss the history of the Hyde Amendment, how the Hyde Amendment hurts women, what the reproductive justice movement is all about, and the simple steps you can take to help end Hyde. 

Sad Teaser Facts:

- Restricting Medicaid coverage of abortion forces one in four women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. 

- A woman who wants to get an abortion but is denied is three times more likely to fall into poverty than those who can get an abortion.

Inspired to take action? Check out All* Above All's resources for impact!

 

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