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August 28, 2014 – Join in on a Rally TODAY, at the Statehouse, “Vote Our Dreams, Not Our Fears – Rally for a Moral and Just Ohio”, for people who care about a living wage, immigration, health-care, and education.  Register your outrage through an online poll held by the Cleveland Plain Dealer over another clinic closure, this time in the Cincinnati area, caused by unjust laws and unjust enforcement by Ohio government.  Read some follow-ups on the terrible ruling on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Ct. case, including a blog by Rev. Scott Colglazier and an analysis by Raising Women’s Voices of the response by the Obama administration.  Sign up for one of two excellent workshops on MESSAGING for Advocates and Professionals (9/14 in Columbus, 9/22 in Cleveland) held by Core Align and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project.  Learn a few facts about how to “Heal the Sick” through Outreach and Education on Medicaid (now expanded within Ohio) and the Health Insurance Marketplace, and how there’s a lot in it for women and for stopping unintended pregnancies and reducing infant mortality rates.

June 23, 2014 – Hobby Lobby Supreme Ct. Decision Expected next week; we can help you voice the progressive response regardless of the outcome; Sign-up NOW to volunteer for the “Freedom of Choice, Ohio” booth at this weekend’s ComFest in Columbus; you will get much more out of it than you put into it!

March 21, 2014 – Two ways to help Sisters and Brothers before March 31: Take a loved one in need of health insurance or more-affordable, better insurance, by the hand, to an Health Insurance Enrollment Fair/Event nearby (UHCAN Ohio has a spreadsheet listing over 70 events across the state), and if you are in the Columbus area, there is a Faith Communities Health Insurance Enrollment Fair at a downtown church THIS SUNDAY, 3/23 from 2-4.  Also, Join with our national parent, RCRC, and Rally for Family Planning and Religious Freedom in the many ways suggested by Rev. Harry Knox; this is so important in the face of the Supreme Ct. case being heard on Tuesday, March 25 that could allow businesses to discriminate against employees when it comes to providing birth control in insurance plans, and much much more.

January 10, 2014 – Invitation to the Roe Event on Tuesday, January 28 in Columbus featuring Author Robin Martin.  Introduction of the “People of Faith, Healing the Sick” materials and help by board member Cathy Levy, who is working with Raising Women’s Voices to bring this information to faith communities.  Links to two good webinars; one by the UU Church on reproductive justice by and through men, and another by the Methodist Church on reproductive justice needs of women who are victims of Human Trafficking.

October 1, 2013 – Today’s the opening day of Affordable Health Care through the federal marketplace.  This e-newsletter contains ways to help spread the word about “What’s in it for Women” and their extended families and friends, including inviting board member Cathy Levy to speak at your place of worship, and Re-tweeting or Sharing our social media through the Women 4 Health Care campaign.  Also, October 1 will bring two call-in shows.  Navigator and websites listed.  October 1, and beyond, please call your legislators in Ohio and ask them to Support Medicaid Expansion in Ohio.  October 2, join in on the WE WON’T GO BACK rally, protesting the anti-choice budget.  October 15, join in the Peaceful Counter-Protest at a Women’s Clinic in Dayton.  November 6, support the Women Have Options/Ohio fund-raiser.  We have many volunteer, board member, and staff opportunities!

June 26, 2013 – BLAST – Rally Tomorrow, 10:00 AM to Stop the Anti-Choice Budget; or, email and call your rep and the Governor.

June 10, 2013 – Act NOW to write or call the Governor and your Ohio representatives to ask them to OPPOSE three dangerous amendments in Ohio’s budget that will be finalized in mid to late June.  Act NOW to nominate yourself or others and support the travel of people to the Leading Faithfully Institute held the first weekend of August in Wisconsin.  Act NOW to volunteer for COMFEST, which is the last weekend of June, and sign up by this Friday, June 14th.  Act NOW to join our board or volunteer ranks for some newly defined roles that will expand your reach and expand your life!

April 15, 2013 - Summary of 10 ways to help, starting TODAY, ranging from Short-Term-Urgent to Long-Term-Important, to improve the health of women, and really ALL Ohioans.  The Ohio House is debating the budget, and there are three amendments that we OPPOSE.  The first will DeFund Planned Parenthood.  Yes.  It’s back.  The second will redirect TANF funds to so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”, which are the ones that spread misinformation about birth control and abortion.  The third will yank out Medicaid Expansion, which will leave hundreds of thousands of Ohioans without health care, and keep them in our Emergency Rooms, getting the most expensive care at the highest level of suffering.   Also, from the long-term perspective, we have TWO Empowerment Conferences to sign up for, one in Cinci on April 23 and another in Columbus on April 27.

April 8, 2013 – CRAZY times!  Attend a Rally this Thursday, April 11, to support Medicaid Expansion; it looks like it might not pass the House… CRITICAL to change this tide!  Sign-up NOW for Lobby Day, which is Wed. April 17.  Also, Sign-up NOW to Get EMPOWERED either in Cincinnati, Tuesday, April 23, 10:00 – 4:00, at Hebrew Union College, or in Columbus, Saturday, April 27, 10:30 – 1:30, at First UU.

March 6, 2013 – Action Alert – Call your legislator tomorrow, March 7, encouraging them to support Medicaid Expansion to those with incomes up to 138% of the poverty level.  This makes sense for Ohio economically and from a moral perspective as well.  Attend events at Oberlin College on Friday March 8 and also Friday – Sunday, March 15-17 about Reproductive Justice.  Sign up now for the Reproductive Health Lobby Day 2013 held in Columbus on April 17.  Attend the 3-hour Empowerment Workshop in Columbus on Saturday, April 27.   Support the Women Have Options/Ohio Bowl-a-Thon on Sunday, April 28 and help women afford their choices.  Send us your connections to people who might be interested in one-day Empowerment Conferences we are planning in Cleveland and Cincinnati, our 3-hour Empowerment Workshop in Columbus on 4/27, and our outreach to Methodist Churches, especially the Eastern Conference of Ohio.

January 16, 2013 -  Today is the deadline to register for the Roe v. Wade DECLARATION, to be published around the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, January 22, 2013, in the online editions of one or more major Ohio newspapers.  Also, register NOW for the two Roe v. Wade Anniversary Events, one in Cleveland, and another in Columbus, on 1/22 and 1/30 respectively, and get inspired and informed!

January 14, 2013 – Clergy Only – Please sign our Clergy-Sign-On letter that backs up Planned Parenthood.  We want to be ready for when our opposition mounts the 2013 attack.  Also, let us know if you’d like help writing, preaching, or praying on behalf of women and families around the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, and we’d be happy to provide background information on the theology of reproductive justice.  Also, sign up now for our DECLARATION, to be published around January 22, and register now for the Roe v. Wade anniversary events in Cleveland and Columbus.

December 28, 2012 – Reflecting and Renewing – The tide is turning! We’ve beaten three dangerous measures through 2012 (although we expect to see them return).  But, the storm has not passed.  We have plans to continue our capacity building, but we need YOU.  There are many ways to help, including supporting a DECLARATION to start ending the stigma; we can’t let this opportunity pass by or we’ll suffer more injustices.

November 21, 2012 – MORE ACTION NEEDED – Happy Thanksgiving – Blessed to be a Blessing.  Four bills moving in Lame Duck session, 3 are bad, one is good.  We were blessed with great testimony in opposition to the Defunding of Planned Parenthood, but it didn’t work, we still have to keep fighting.  To be a blessing, contact legislators, show up at hearings, write letters the editor and blogs, sign the Declaration.

November 10, 2012 – ACTION ALERT: Must Fight Again: Heartbeat Bill and De-Funding of Planned Parenthood – They are on the move again, during the Lame Duck Season.  Three ways to help, and starting points for your calls, emails, and letters to your legislators.

November 1, 2012 -   Seven ways to make this election more special as a person of faith, by changing world one heart at one at a time, in love.  Sign up now, and pass the word, about an Important Letter,  signed by 7 prominent clergy from 7 different religious faiths, asking Ohio Clergy and Lay-leaders to take 4 steps for reproductive justice!  One of the steps includes a 1-day Empowerment conference on Nov 12.  Sign-up now for the January 2013 Declaration that will help end stigma around reproductive justice, to be publicized around the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.  THANKS for all the support of our Voter Engagement project at Universities; we have made many connections that will pan out for years to come.

October 19, 2012 – Important Letter, signed by 7 prominent clergy from 7 different religious faiths, asking Ohio Clergy and Lay-leaders to take 4 steps for reproductive justice!  #1: Read a handout about the possible negative consequences of the proposed Personhood Amendment.  #2 Join RCRC’s Clergy for Choice network and get wonderful e-newsletters with prophetic wisdom on reproductive justice.  #3 Join Ohio RCRC and sign up for their e-newsletters and learn what is happening locally and what you can do about it.  #4 Sign up for the November 12 “Clergy Empowerment for Reproductive Justice” one-day conference and get the latest tools, tips, and inspiration for advocating for reproductive justice one-on-one or in the public.

October 3, 2012 – Presidential Debate Night #1: Time to Watch, Post, and… Play?  Take the RCRC Pledge to Vote!  Roe v. Wade Celebration Date set: Wed. January 30th… Save the date!

September 12, 2012 – Election only 8 weeks away!  New Ohio RCRC by-line: “Promoting Reproductive Justice for All”.  Support our Project to help college students at religiously affiliated or founded colleges and universities around Ohio to ENGAGE in this year’s election by Registering to vote, Re-Registering if they have moved or changed names, Voting Absentee if that is appropriate for them, and VOTING by November 6.  Vote YES on Issue 2, to Reform Redistricting in Ohio.  Keep calling and writing your Ohio legislators; they could push terrible bills through during Lame Duck season, and another draconian bill has surfaced that could ban all abortions for women who appear to be from cultures like China, India, and the Middle-East.  Clergy: Mark your calendars for the November 12th “Clergy Empowerment for Reproductive Justice” program.  Everyone: FOCO’s Roe vs. Wade celebration event will happen the last week of January, perhaps 1/29, 1/30, or 1/31.  Block them all off until further notice!

August 2, 2012 – Clergy Only – By close of business, Friday, August 3, please sign a letter to 6 Governors, including Ohio’s, asking them to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.  This project is in coordination with our partners at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative.

July 1, 2012 – Clergy Only – By 9:00 AM Monday, July 2, please sign letter/statement supporting birth control in women’s health care.  This project is in coordination with our national RCRC.

May 15, 2012 – Help Planned Parenthood, Read uplifting articles on RCRC broadening to JUSTICE, Fighting Fire with Water; Attend Women’s Fund of Central Ohio event including Whoopi Goldberg, Volunteer at COMFEST

April 25, 2012 – Unite Women Rally, Saturday, April 28

March 15, 2012 – First Quarter was HUGE for Ohio RCRC; we had a record number of gigs to spread the word about the moral dignity of choice, and the threats to our reproductive freedom.  The schedule is clear for second quarter; we need your connections!  Last day to sign up for Lobby Day which is March 21, 9:30 – 1:00.  Important time to write your legislators and governor about two dangerous bills,  “Heartbeat” and “De-fund Planned Parenthood”, because action could happen as soon as next week.  New partnerships with Healthy Families Ohio, a coalition to fight the Personhood Amendment’s progress, and Choice Network, a social service agency working out of Ohio abortion clinics that helps women and families through all options: abortion, adoption, and parenthood.

March 8, 2012 - Short e-newsletter with important news asking folks to register for Storm the Statehouse – Lobby for Women’s Lives on March 21, 2012

January 20, 2012 – Start of Trust Women Week – Join us in applauding the 76 people who came forward to publicize their commitment to choice!  Ad’s appearing this week in online editions of Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Columbus Dispatch that point to our beautiful declaration for choice and the 76 names (4 anonymously).  Last day/weekend to sign up for Roe v. Wade Event this coming Tuesday.

January 14, 2012 – Trust Women Week coming January 20-27; Sign Up by next Friday for the Tuesday 1/24 Roe v. Wade Anniversary Event – a screening of “When Abortion was Illegal”; Sign up by next Tuesday for the Roe v. Wade newspaper ad declaring our support for reproductive freedom and get your name in lights!; For our goals to RAMP UP for 2012, help us make connections to SPEAK in homes, congregations, meeting places, and help us make connections to new volunteers and board members.

December 11, 2011 - Three Bills Rushing through the Ohio Senate; RUSH to let your Senators know you oppose these bills (SAMPLE TEXT included).   Bills include the so-called Heartbeat Bill, the Insurance Ban on Abortion Coverage in Health Reform, and a way to Defund Planned Parenthood.   ALSO:  Register and Donate NOW to get your name in lights (or sponsor anonymously) the Roe vs. Wade Anniversary Newspaper Ad(s) to help end the stigma around reproductive rights.  ALSO: Host a Chocolates for Choice or Invite FOCO to Speak at your next group meeting; help educate and inform the public about reproductive rights in preparation for the probable Personhood Amendment for the Ohio constitution likely to be on our November 2012 ballot.

October 20, 2011 - Great ways to Learn, Share, and Vote for Reproductive Freedom and Justice!  Cleveland speech on Oct 27 on “Making Space to Talk about Abortion, Spirituality and Religion”, Dayton Discussion on Oct 30, “Chocolates for Choice” on Reproductive Freedom, Offer from FOCO to provide speakers/materials from January through March on “Roe vs. Wade Decision’s 39th Anniversary – Yet Reproductive Freedom and Justice Shrinks Away” to organizations and congregational groups around Ohio.

September 19, 2011 – Senate Suffragette Protests: 12 to Choose from; Legislative Updates, tell your friends and family NOT to sign petitions on Personhood Amendment

August 26, 2011 – Clergy Only – Invitation to All-Options Clergy Counseling Training on Thursday, September 15, 2011

June 27, 2011 – Three ways to oppose HB 125 and HB 79, up for vote tomorrow: Attend Press Conference on State House Steps tomorrow, Tuesday 6/28, Email or Write your legislator (Sample Provided), and Pass the Word!

June 14, 2011 – Support Needed – If Not Now, When?  If Not Us, Who?;  Urge Your Legislator to Co-Sponsor Prevention First Act; Clergy: Save the Date for Clergy Training, Thursday, September 15th.

April 29, 2011 – Trust Women Lobby Day registration, Sample Letter for our Ohio Legislators, Action Alert on National HR 3, Our Response to Anti-Semitic Blog.

March 29, 2011 – Lots of News, Lots of Ways to Help (April 7 Rally in Washington DC, May 10 Lobby Day, Letters and Calls to Legislators, Movie Vera Drake on March 31, WHO Fundraiser on April 17, Letters to the Editor)

March 15, 2011 – Rally and Press Conference at Ohio’s State House, and 7 dangerous bills in Ohio’s legislature.

February 23, 2011 – “Walk for Choice” to the State House Steps this Saturday

February 4, 2011 – Clergy-only – Request Clergy Sign on Letter on bill before Congress regarding abortion and survivors of rape and incest

January 10, 2011 – Invitation to Roe v. Wade Dinner – Honoring our Barb Avery!

December 29, 2010 – You can Help!  Donate!  Spread the Word!

December 21, 2010 – Action Alert on Dangerous House bill 611

November 1, 2010 - Get out and Vote!

June 21, 2010 – Introducing new Executive Director, Cathy Levy; Call for Committee members