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Now Published! Reproductive Freedom Festival Reproductive Freedom — Plays, Poems, Spoken Word from Reproductive Freedom Festival, Now Published! Read it in your own online library on the 21st Century Indie Theatre Now!
Festival report All 50 states, 9 countries, New activist site — Keep Reproductive Freedom on Top!
Reproductive Freedom Festival Artistic Consultant Stacey Linnartz writes about why theater and social justice on BlogHer
NEWSLETTER Dec 2015 We’re planning a ReproFreedom Festival Read about our exciting National Streaming Festival!
Send Short Works to Reproductive Freedom Festival by January 15, 2016
Left Forum, Award, 300 Blogs Words of Choice News Update, May 22, 2015
Wary of Future, Abortion Rights Groups Honor Roe Jan 22 2015 Words of Choice News Update January 22 2015
Email to add your name to the list: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the site for the Reproductive Justice Walking Tour
Words of Choice was recognized by the Quixote Foundation in Seattle, WA, with a Thank You Award and grant. “We are grateful for the honest, funny, and truth-telling power that you bring to theatre and for the light you share on the importance of a woman’s right to choose,” wrote June Wilson, Executive Director, in announcing the surprise award.
December 1, 2016
How to Survive an Anti-Feminist Backlash by Sady Doyle, quoting Cindy Cooper and Words of Choice. We can’t relax, and we can’t assume that everything will work out. In The Nation.
Sept 23, 2016
30 Short Scripts from Reproductive Freedom Festival Now Published at INDIE THEATER NOW!
Short plays, poems and spoken word selections on reproductive freedom, health, rights and justice are now published in the Reproductive Freedom Festival Anthology released by Indie Theater Now.
At a time where our reproductive freedoms are being challenged and stigmatized, these selections raise the voices of talented artists and open new doors to the important role of culture in bringing vibrant stories to the public about human rights and social justice.
This online publication is a collection of writings from the Reproductive Freedom Festival produced by Words of Choice in Spring 2016. Thirty short theatrical works, each approximately five minutes long, recognize and celebrate the fundamental human right to bodily autonomy.
March 24, 2106
Issues for Your Tissues Talks about the Reproductive Freedom Festival
An interview with Katie from the amazing blogcast emanating from Texas — Issues for Your Tissues — about theater, art, activism and reproductive freedom
March 9, 2016
At a time when reproductive rights are under dire threat, the Reproductive Freedom Festival uses the power of the arts as a potent reminder of what is at stake: bodily autonomy and full equality.
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 9, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Reproductive Freedom Festival, a live theatrical and Live Streaming event, will take place on March 20, 2016, 6 to 9 pm (EST.)
The Live Stream, produced by partner Virtual Arts.TV is accessed directly (for free) at http://reproductivefreedomfestival.org . The Live Streaming will be broadcast from New York City.
Writers and artists are speaking out about the past, present, future and timeless nature of reproductive freedom. At a time when reproductive rights are under dire threat, the Reproductive Freedom Festival uses the power of the arts as a potent reminder of what is at stake: bodily autonomy and full equality for all.
March 7, 2016
25 Writers, 30 Actors, 6 Directors Celebrate Reproductive Freedom, Health, Rights and Justice Through a One-Night Festival Live in New York and Live Streaming Everywhere
REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES NEW SITE
January 18, 2016: Reproductive Freedom Festival launches with a new site. Live performances, multi camera in-the-theater Live Streaming! More than 30 works from writers across the country! Follow updates and reservation information at Reproductive Freedom Festival.
At a showcase of films: Reproductive Justice Walking Tour.
At the Left Forum: Reproductive Freedom on Fire!
Abortion Conversation Project Honors Words of Choice
Words of Choice was honored with The VISION AWARD by the Abortion Conversation Project (ACP)in Spring 2015.
ACP said Words of Choice and founder Cindy Cooper “epitomize innovative approaches to stigma.”
“Cindy Cooper and Words of Choice have a long history of creative work,” according to the award presenters in the Abortion Clinic Network newsletter. “One of Cooper’s recent projects, the Reproductive Justice Walking tour was a sold-out sensation and created a model for other communities. As in her other projects, she involved actors, activists, artists, and community groups and further documented the project for future projects and other communities.”
Recent NewsletterWords of Choice News Update Sept 23 2014:
THE PUFFIN FOUNDATION SUPPORTS THE REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE WALKING TOUR
The Reproductive Justice Walking Tour, a project of Words of Choice, was generously awarded a grant by The Puffin Foundation.
The Puffin Foundation is dedicated to “continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people.”
REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE WALKING TOUR GETS ABORTION CONVERSATION PROJECT GRANT SUPPORT
The Abortion Conversation Project awarded Words of Choice a Mini Grant to develop a Reproductive Justice Walking Tour.
The Abortion Conversation Project’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.” Abortion Conversation Website.
Wired Arts Fest
Words of Choice joins in the First-Ever Wired Arts Festival to kick off Women’s History Month in March.
With two Live Streaming video events, Words of Choice will bring choice audiences across the country and the world together for a real-time national conversation on reproductive freedom.
>>>>>> UPDATE: Stream ongoing at VirtualArtsTV, here.
Words of Choice will broadcast ROE40 live on:
Friday, March 1, 2013 and Saturday, March 2, 2013
Online viewers can participate in live chat discussions, interact through Twitter and Facebook. A discussion with leaders on reproductive freedom will follow performances. NYC audiences may participate directly at the theater. Get our Viewing Party Packet and Free Poster.
Words of Choice Joins TRUST WOMEN WEEK
On January 20 to 27, Words of Choice is joining the first-ever Trust Women Week, a virtual march for women’s lives and rights to encourages people to speak out for women’s rights. MoveOn.org worked with 70 organizations and the Silver Ribbon Campaign to develop the concept.
_________________________________________________________________SUPPORT Dr.Carhart in GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND
July 31, 2011 and Beyond for Peaceful Pro-Choice Presence
Dr. LeRoy Carhart invites pro-choice Americans to join him in Germantown, Maryland for the Summer of Choice, a peaceful presence to counter anti-abortion zealots who are targeting him and reproductive freedom. A March for Choice on July 31, 2011 will raise funds for the Abortion Access Fund.
Words of Choice will honor Dr. Carhart and prochoice activists with a live performance on July 31 in Gaithersburg, MD. The performance space will include a special display by Heather Ault.
News from New Jersey and New York Stage, February 09, 2011, by Peter Filichia
Cindy Cooper promises 14 different plays in 70 short minutes. The event is called “Choice and Love,” and deals with a woman’s right to have, or not have, a child. Crista Marie Jackson, Carl H. Jaynes and Claudia Schneider, under the direction of Francesca Mantani Arkus. “Choice and Love” plays Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church in Montclair.
January 2, 2010
New Jersey & Words of Choice Address Reproductive Rights
On January 22, 2011, at 6: 30 p.m., a consortium of reproductive rights groups, led by the NJ Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, will hold a Roe anniversary celebration at the First Unitarian Church of Plainfield New Jersey. Excerpts from Words of Choice include “Letters to Justice Blackmun,” author of the 1973 opinion in Roe v. Wade. The evening will feature a speaker from the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
New Yorkers will have opportunities to see two live performances of “Words of Choice.”
On Monday, October 11, 2010, 7 pm, at Stonybrook University, Long Island, sponsored by Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. A reception will precede the show, a brief discussion with the actors and Cindy Cooper, creator, will follow.
On October 22, 2010, 7:30 pm, at the Center for Creative Education, Kingston, New York, sponsored by Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley and YWCA Ulster County.
Words of Choice travels to Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland in April for a series of events and collaborations, including partnerships with the DC Abortion Fund on April 23, Virginia NOW on April 24, and events at the Amnesty Human Rights Arts Festival on April 25.