Grantee/Partner News

We Respected ABQ Women and We Won

December 2, 2013

Grantee News From Strong Families:

In a historic victory, Albuquerque voters defeated an attempt to limit access to abortion by a huge margin last night.

“Today Albuquerque voters respected women—and sent a clear message here and across the country that voters reject callous attempts to take away complex, personal decisions from women, their families, and their faith,” said Adriann Barboa, Respect ABQ Women Steering Committee and Field Director for Strong Families New Mexico. “We won in part because of the strong, diverse local organizations that have pulled together, year after year, to ensure justice for every New Mexico family.”

Adriann’s quote on MSNBC says it all. This win is a testimony to the strength of local organizations that have been building a strong movement for justice in New Mexico for many years. And it’s a testament to the reality that when we lead with our Strong Families frame, including ensuring that women of color are at the decision-making table representing the needs of our families, we win.

The Respect ABQ Women campaign ran a dynamic, effective grassroots campaign that was truly New Mexican: it reflected the lived experiences of our communities and ensured that communities of color, people of faith and young people were deeply engaged in all aspects of the campaign. It built off the principles of our Strong Families work, bringing a proactive and inclusive frame to a challenging campaign.

Strong Families New Mexico, staffed by Forward Together, Strong Families Leadership Team member Young Women United and Strong Families New Mexico partner, New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice were leaders in all aspects of the campaign strategy.

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