Taco + Beer + DCAF = Perfection.

Do you love tacos, or beer, or both? Same! You should join us for the fourth annual Taco or Beer Challenge!

How does this work? Just eat a taco, drink a beer, and donate to DCAF. It’s easy (and delicious).

Taco or Beer Challenge – Night 1
Monday, Aug. 21, 6:00 p.m.
El Camino (108 Rhode Island Ave., NW)
RSVP on Facebook

Taco or Beer Challenge – Night 2
Friday, Aug. 25, 6:00 p.m.
Mission (1606 20th St., NW)
RSVP on Facebook

Please note that both spaces are wheelchair accessible.*

Bonus: at both events, we’ll be honoring our outgoing president and fearless leader Kersha Deibel and thanking her for her service over the past two years.

Can’t make it? The beauty of the Taco or Beer Challenge is that you can do it anywhere! Just grab a beer and/or a tacomake a donation, and share on social media at #ToBC17.

*Mission’s staff is trained to keep an eye out for guests needing to use the wheelchair accessible entrance. They will walk the guest around the building and in through the back kitchen door. The main floor is all one level and there is a wheelchair accessible restroom.

DCAF at Pride 2017

Our LGBTQ outreach team leads, Jane S. and Tekla T., with the help of DC Abortion Fund veteran Andrea G., led an amazing team of volunteers to staff our table at Capital Pride 2017! Tekla and Jane made poster boards encouraging Pride attendees to write the reasons why abortion access was important to them. This really got folks engaged and led to some great conversations.

Some of the reasons that participants shared with us:

“Because self-determination is a human right!”

“It is MY body. So it is MY choice (amen!)”

“I’m sick of old white men making decisions about MY body.”

“Reproductive choice is beautiful. Reproductive coercion is an atrocity.”  

One of our poster boards, midway through getting filled up with reasons to support abortion access!

Louisa S., one of our volunteers, holds up a sign encouraging Pride attendees to tell us their reasons for supporting abortion access.

We spoke with so many people who support the right to choose in different ways: abortion providers, people who have had abortions, and people who have seen how crucial access to abortion was for a loved one. Many people told us about how accessing abortion care enabled them to pursue their life goals.

Dozens of folks signed up as interested volunteers and proudly wore our buttons, beads, and other swag. Seeing so much enthusiasm for abortion access in the LGBTQ community was amazing, and we’re really looking forward to building more connections.

Jane S., one of our LGBTQ outreach team leads, with Sarah M., one of our fantastic volunteers.

We want to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, our dedicated and phenomenal volunteers! Thank you so much to Emily C., Caitlin G., Kristina T., Alyse C., Erin C., Sarah M., Maureen D., Erik K., Georgia M., and Grace M., who held up signs, got folks interested in working with DCAF, braved the summer heat, and had both inspiring and difficult conversations with the many people who stopped by.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the LGBTQ Outreach Team, or any other aspect of DCAF, let us know! Send an email to volunteer@dcabortionfund.org, and we’ll put you in touch with our leads.

Blog and photographs by volunteer Tekla T.

Dry Land performance with DCAF

Credit: Forum Theatre

We are proud to be a partner of Forum Theatre’s #NastyWomenRep which started on March 16. What Every Girl Should Know by Monica Byrne and Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel examine the devastating consequences when women are denied their physical and emotional autonomy.

We need this conversation now more than ever.

As part of our partnership, Forum is donating 50% of the proceeds from the box office on Thursday, March 30 to DC Abortion Fund! We hope you’ll come out to see the show and raise money for DCAF.

Use discount code DCAF when you purchase tickets to the March 30, 8 p.m. performance of Dry Land for 30% off the normal ticket price. There will also be a special post-show discussion with DCAF volunteers following the performance.

Can’t make it on March 30? You can still use discount code DCAF to purchase tickets for every other performance of Dry Land and What Every Girl Should Know. After the April 7 performance, DCAF representatives will be joining a post-show panel on policy issues raised in the plays.

Gearing up for the 2017 Game-a-Thon

National Network of Abortion Funds

We are excited to announce our biggest fundraiser for the year: Game-a-Thon!

Each year, the National Network of Abortion Funds and local abortion funds work together to raise the bulk of our annual funding in the funnest way possible. You might see NNAF and other cities talking about the Bowl-a-Thon. In DC, we participate a little differently: We play games.

This year, we’ve set a fundraising goal of $70,000, and we need you to help us reach it.

Here’s how you can participate: create or join a team, then reach out to your families, friends, coworkers, neighbors, frenemies, etc. to ask for donations. Not so sure about how to fundraise for abortions? We’ll provide you with some tips and templates to help get you started.

With help from our amazing volunteers and supporters in the community, we surpassed our goal last year—and we hope to have the same success this year!

The event will take place on Saturday, May 6 from noon to 3 p.m. The location will be revealed to participants after registration.

Get started today by creating or or joining a team! If you aren’t in the DC area, or won’t be able to attend the event in person, you can still participate! Most of our fundraising before the event takes place virtually.

Stay tuned to the blog, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter to follow along on our fundraising progress. You can also spread the word by RSVPing to the Facebook event and inviting friends.

For more information on the Bowl-A-Thon and why fundraising for abortions is a social justice issue, read NNAF’s Why We Bowl.

Roe v. Wade Day 2017

To reproductive rights activists and advocates, Jan. 22, 1973 is the day that changed everything. The Supreme Court announced its decision that the constitutional right to privacy includes a right to abortion. Now, 44 years later, we celebrate Roe v. Wade Day as a historical moment in women’s rights.

Some legislators today are working hard to overturn Roe, and with the potential of incoming conservative Supreme Court justices, we could see the right to choose be slowly taken away. When we celebrate Roe v. Wade Day, we celebrate the clinics, physicians, patients, and advocates who work tirelessly to make sure people have access to the abortion care that is their constitutional right.

This year, Roe v. Wade Day falls the day after another important day for women’s rights: The Women’s March on Washington. Many organizations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia will be holding additional events to rally around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. We encourage supporters to attend these events. If you can’t make it, join in the conversation by using #7in10forRoe and tweet why you stand with the 70 percent of Americans who support Roe v. Wade.

Jan. 12-Feb. 19: Roe
Get tickets to the world-premiere of Roe at Arena Stage. The play tells the story of the lawyer arguing Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court, the plaintiff looking to terminate her pregnancy, and the polarization in American culture.
Buy tickets here.

Sunday, Jan. 22: Rally for Roe
Join NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland at St. John’s United Methodist Church, where supporters will be celebrating the anniversary and committing to working together to fight the threat to justice in Maryland in the coming year.
RSVP here.

Friday, Jan. 27: Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rally and Celebration
The National Organization for Women and NARAL Pro-Choice America will gather at the Supreme Court to show support for the historic ruling.

Tuesday, Mar. 14: The Power of Roe
Mark your calendar for an event with NARAL Pro-Choice America at the Hamilton.

$28,609

Thanks to many of you for making our Peace, Joy, and Choice holiday party such a roaring success!

With your generous support, we raised $28,609 to continue to make abortion accessible to patients in the DC area. Our average grant is $170 to cover the funding gap between what patients can pay and the full cost of their abortion care, so the proceeds from this night alone may help an estimated 168 people access the healthcare they need!

We couldn’t imagine ending the year on a higher note — made even more inspiring by celebrating with so many of our volunteers and friends!

Thank you again to our sponsors for their generous support.

Platinum
Catholics for Choice
Planned Parenthood Generation Action
PPFA Health Center Advocacy Program
Jon O’Brien & Colleen Duffy, donated in honor of Renee Bracey Sherman

Gold
ConwayStrategic
DCAF Board of Directors
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force
Amanda Bartelme
Suzy Goldenkranz & Seth Samuels
Rebecca & Brandon Gotwalt
Tiffany Reed & Saj Popat
Jonathan Rucks
Natale Zimmer & Michael Battaglia

Silver
NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Organization for Women – DC Chapter
National Women’s Law Center
Plan Bees Alumni
Cordy Galligan
Danielle Geong & Adam Pimentel
Catherine Heffernan Gibson
Allison Mitchell & Kris Gill
Jill Morrison
Chitra Panjabi & Pete David
Suzanne Swink & Colleen Crinion
Marya Torrez & Michael Farmer
Joy Levin Welan

Bronze
Advocates for Youth
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Code for DCAF
Women’s Information Network (WIN)
Chioke Barkari
Laura Blyler
Katie Breslin
Michelle Campbell
Emily Crofoot & Jake Spiegel
Claire S. Gould
Caitlin Gullickson
Sara Imershein, MD MPH
Jessi Leigh Swenson
Val Vilott

Want to help us help even more patients? Donate today at dcabortionfund.org/donate2016

Peace, Joy, and Choice Holiday Party

UPDATE: We’ve been so overwhelmed by support that we’ve reached capacity! If you’re interested in attending our holiday party, please sign up for our wait list and we’ll let you know if spots become available. We’re also continuing to accept donations >here

Join us to celebrate our community — and all the work we have done together this year to continue to make choice a reality. We’re excited to toast with you at our annual Peace, Joy, and Choice holiday party on Monday, Dec. 12!

Seven days a week, all year long, DCAF’s volunteer case managers run our free, confidential helpline. In our last fiscal year, we provided over $135,000 in financial support to cover the funding gap between what patients are able to pay and the full cost of their abortion care.

At our annual holiday party, you can learn more about DCAF’s work, meet the volunteers and leaders who keep DCAF running, and join us in a toast to — you guessed it — peace, joy, and choice!

Who: You and other reproductive justice supporters in the D.C. area
What: DCAF’s 12th annual Peace, Joy, and Choice Holiday Party
When: Monday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Lost Society (2001 14th St., NW)

A Very Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Platinum
Catholics for Choice
Planned Parenthood Generation Action
PPFA Health Center Advocacy Program
Jon O’Brien & Colleen Duffy, donated in honor of Renee Bracey Sherman

Gold
ConwayStrategic
DCAF Board
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force
Amanda Bartelme
Suzy Goldenkranz & Seth Samuels
Rebecca & Brandon Gotwalt
Tiffany Reed & Saj Popat
Jonathan Rucks
Natale Zimmer & Michael Battaglia

Silver
NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Organization for Women – DC Chapter
National Women’s Law Center
Plan Bees Alumni
Cordy Galligan
Danielle Geong & Adam Pimentel
Catherine Heffernan Gibson
Allison Mitchell & Kris Gill
Jill Morrison
Chitra Panjabi & Pete David
Suzanne Swink & Colleen Crinion
Marya Torrez & Michael Farmer
Joy Levin Welan

Bronze
Advocates for Youth
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Code for DCAF
Women’s Information Network (WIN)
Chioke Barkari
Laura Blyler
Katie Breslin
Michelle Campbell
Emily Crofoot & Jake Spiegel
Claire S. Gould
Caitlin Gullickson
Sara Imershein, MD MPH
Jessi Leigh Swenson
Val Vilott

You Don’t Want to Miss This: The Singing Abortionist

Singing Abortionist Dr. Henry Morgentaler

Holocaust survivor. Womanizer. Pro-choice crusader. Dr. Henry Morgentaler has been called the most loved — and hated — man in Canada. The documentary, “The Singing Abortionist” is an exploration of this man, who once performed an abortion, live on television, on Mother’s Day. And it’s screening at the Washington Jewish Film Festival.

Screening Details
Tuesday, September 13
Reception: 6:00 pm
Screening: 7:30 pm
at the Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC
Get your tickets

Make sure to join us for a pre-screening networking reception at the 16th Street Lobby featuring happy hour drinks. The first drink is even free with your ticket — bonus!

We’ll be there along with our partners Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and the Women’s Information Network.

Stick around after the screening for a Q&A with filmmaker Dara Bratt.

You can RSVP on Facebook too. We hope to see you there!

The Singing Abortionist Trailer from darabratt on Vimeo.

photo credit: Flickr user rabbleradio

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