September-October 2021: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine (Image by Miki Jourdan, flickr.com creative commons) — Never underestimate the power of hundreds of thousands of women coming together to protest. Such was the scene on Oct. 2 when thousands of protesters marched at rallies in Washington and cities across the country decrying Texas’s recent ban on most abortions and warning that the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority could impose further restrictions in the coming months.
It has been nearly five years since the debut of the Women’s March when women from around the world walked the streets of Washington, DC, in protest of Donald Trump and all that he and his supporters stood for. We knew in our hearts and bodies that someday soon, our reproductive rights would be in jeopardy. Sadly, we were right.
In this issue of Inkandescent Women magazine, we stand with our sisters. And we invite you to watch the 3-part series hosted by Tracy Schott, founder of Voices4Change, about what the law really means. Together we stand.
Help is Here
If you or someone you know is in need of help, the following is a list of resources from our experts:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline (text/chat and phone), 24/7 Free Confidential 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) Text “START” to 88788: thehotline.org
- National Women’s Health Network: nwhn.org. Since 1996, the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) has provided services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. If you or someone you know needs help call the hotline: 202.833.2233
- RAINN: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)’s 24-hour hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) Text/chat and phone, 24/7 Free, Confidential
- Planned Parenthood 1-800-230-PLAN (7526), plannedparenthood.org
- Plan C: plancpills.org
- myPlan: A free app to help with safety decisions if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing abuse in their intimate relationship. It’s private, secure, personalized, and backed by research.
- Essential Resources for those Facing Financial/Economic Abuse
- Covid-19 Is a Feminist Issue (This publication dives into the emerging evidence that Covid-19 is having a disproportionate impact on women and girls, particularly women of color, including on their economic opportunities, rights and security, and voice and leadership in decision-making.)
- A guide for Employers: Managing and Support Employees Experiencing Domestic Abuse