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Join us at In It Together Fest 2 this weekend!

initfestThis coming weekend, DCAF is excited to join up with In It Together Fest for a weekend of music, art, and supporting community organizations in the DC area! In It Together Fest is run by a positive and enthusiastic group of organizers from around DC. This year, they have generously selected DCAF as a beneficiary of the event — in other words, proceeds of the event will help fund some abortions! (We’re in some excellent company — Collective Action for Safe Spaces and Positive Force DC are also beneficiaries this year.) Fantastic events are happening the entire weekend at a variety of different places around DC, but we’d direct your attention to a few in particular:

Don’t just take our word for it. Fest organizer Marshall explains what makes the fest so special:

 “In It Together Fest is a vehicle for all musicians, artists, activists and creative people, both from the DC-area and beyond, to come together and support music, art and causes of importance to the greater community. As a group, we are advocates for the physical and mental health and safety of all people in our community; this principle includes everything from musicians and artists expressing themselves through live performances and visual pieces, to the beneficiaries of our chosen charities receiving the services and information they require to continue being safe, healthy and productive human beings. We love and support DCAF because it speaks directly to our goals for In It Together Fest. Through the tireless work of an entire volunteer staff singularly dedicated  to their mission, the health and safety of women in our community is made possible in an effective and tangible way. Furthermore, every single dollar they receive goes directly to helping these women, which makes DCAF even more valuable as an organization. We are thrilled to collaborate with such an amazing group.”

Anyone involved with DCAF will tell you that our power to ensure access comes through the support of the community. We’re very grateful to the fest organizers for highlighting and supporting our work. Say hello when you see us there!

By board member Colin F., image via In It Together Fest.

Yup. This is a play about abortion.

oneinthreeThis week’s blog is a guest post from Rachel Cooke, associate director of communications at Advocates for Youth. Advocates for Youth’s 1 in 3 Campaign is part of the Capital Fringe festival this year with Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign. The DC Abortion Fund is glad to support their effort, and we hope we’ll see you at the show.

There is no doubt that the arts play an important role in how people understand their world and the issues that affect those around them. In particular, theater has often been used to bring humanity back to complicated issues, to remind us that beyond the drama and conflict, there are personal lives at stake.  Whether it is Angels in America, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, or A Raisin in the Sun, theater peels back the layers, it gives us a new vocabulary, and plants a seed for change. We’re big fans of the arts at the 1 in 3 Campaign; some of you might have seen our valentines, pop-up stickers or abortion provider thank-you images over the years.

The 1 in 3 Campaign, a project of Advocates for Youth, is a grassroots movement to de-stigmatize the experience of people who have had abortions and empower those who believe in safe and legal access to abortion care to take a stand. In the past four years we have been honored with over 800 written or video stories of abortion and in those stories we have found community. Built on the success of prior social change movements, we’re putting real-life stories back where they need to be: at the center of a new national dialogue about abortion, one steeped in empathy and demonstrative of the importance abortion care has played in the lives of so many across generations.

Sharing our stories is an important tool in strengthening support for abortion care nationwide, but how do you get more people to hear these stories? The play’s the thing!

Based on a number of the real stories submitted to the campaign, and written by a veritable who’s who of DC female playwrights , we commissioned Out of Silence to stage, to elevate real stories of experiences with abortion. The short vignettes in the play are funny, heartbreaking, inspiring and messy but always thought-provoking and honest. We are so excited for the show to be part of the Capital Fringe Festival this July.

Even though each vignette tells a unique story, what is most remarkable is how the need for safe, accessible and affordable abortion care is a common thread that runs throughout the play. We at Advocates believe that reproductive justice is inextricably linked to economic justice. Too many women, especially young women, are struggling to access the care they need and have a right to. We stand with our friends and allies like DC Abortion Fund who work to make reproductive justice a reality for all.

Post by Rachel Cooke, image courtesy 1 in 3 Campaign.