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We are BRAVE (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity)

We are BRAVE (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity) is our reproductive justice project


Across the country we have witnessed and experienced the barrage of assaults on reproductive rights, which is chipping away women’s autonomy. Women, people of color, and LGBT people feel the impact of these assaults more profoundly because they are largely excluded from decision-making leadership while facing intentional aggression by anti-abortion activists.










We believe that reproductive justice will be achieved when all people have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about our bodies, genders, sexualities and families for ourselves and our communities.


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The We are BRAVE Toolkit is available for purchase! Click here to learn more about this series of discussion guides, produced by Western States Center and our BRAVE partners, to carry forward BRAVE conversations about reproductive justice. 


In 2013 Western States Center launched the We are BRAVE (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity) project to prevent further weakening of family security and self-determination while being more pro-active in achieving reproductive justice.

We work with over 50 leaders of color and six organizations in Oregon to:

  • strengthen their understanding of how reproductive justice intersects with their work in immigrant rights, youth movements, health equity and Tribal sovereignty.
  • coach organizations and leaders to take a public stance on reproductive rights and reproductive justice.
  • foster alliances to build a strong field of reproductive justice advocacy.

Our work elevates diverse communities’ experiences in pursuit of eliminating systemic barriers that prevent us from exercising sovereignty over our own bodies. The individual participants include community health workers, organizers, directors and staff of basebuilding organizations, professors, students, and faith leaders.

As the state lab of the Coalition for Abortion Access and Reproductive Equity, We Are BRAVE is a model for national efforts to advance gender justice.

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