Echoing Ida

Echoing Ida

About Echoing Ida:

Echoing Ida is a program of Forward Together that supports the leadership and amplifies the voices of Black women, developing generations of thought leaders and skilled communicators for the social justice movement.

Grounded in the legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett who wrote extensively about the devastating truths of racism and sexism in the United States – documenting lynchings, exposing Jim Crow, fighting for quality education, and pushing for women's suffrage – we endeavor to create an echo chamber of our truths that moves us all toward wholeness and justice.

Who We Are

Recognizing the need for a platform for Black women's thought leadership, Forward Together supported the formation of Echoing Ida in the Fall of 2012. We write truths around issues of race and gender and provide provocative commentary on conversations in which our voices are not frequently heard like health care, contraception, voting rights, pain management, cancer, our foremothers, our biological mothers, allies, safe sex, abortion, maternal health, and teen parenting, among many others. To date, we have written over 100 pieces on over 20 media outlets. Our success is only possible because we support one another to break down walls of isolation among Black women: brainstorming together, setting and achieving writing goals, finding our voices, and celebrating each other's success for it benefits us all.

Our thought-provoking work is frequently featured on EBONY.com, RH Reality Check, The Root and Salon in addition to many other online sites. We also present at conferences and can be contacted individually for speaking and freelancing opportunities (see below for individual writers' biographies and contact information). You can follow us on Twitter @EchoingIda.

For more information, reposting, and to discuss partnership, please contact Forward Together's Movement Building Director, Alicia Walters by email.

 

Alicia Walters

Alicia WaltersAlicia Walters staffs Echoing Ida as the Movement Building Director at Forward Together. She began Echoing Ida to showcase Black women's leadership, heighten their visibility, and create space for building authentic relationships and developing writing skills. As an organizer and policy advocate Alicia has worked to end the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women, address mass incarceration and the treatment of folks inside, combat the school to prison pipeline, ensure comprehensive sex education, and fiercely counter the manipulation of Black people's realities for political or financial gain. Her writing interests span the many intersections of race, gender, sexuality, personal growth, spirituality, and art. As the coordinator for Echoing Ida, Alicia happily edits and supports her sisters while building media partnerships that ensure their $uccess. Follow Alicia on Twitter at @aliciamwalters and reach out if you're interested in joining or would like to partner with Echoing Ida.

Recent works:

Improving Health Equity in Georgia (co-author), The Atlanta Voice, February 2014.
On Being in the Blackground, Creative Justice Works, September 2013.
Policing African American Motherhood from Every Angle, RH Reality Check, January 2013.

Alex Moffett-Bateau

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau is a member of Echoing Ida, a project of Forward Together. She is a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Carter G. Woodson Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and is currently in residence at the University of Virginia. In the fall of 2014, she will begin an Assistant Professor Position at John Jay College-CUNY in the Department of Political Science. Alexandra's intellectual work focuses on race, gender and politics, urban politics and political behavior in the American context. You can find Alexandra on her website, Facebook or Twitter.

Recent works:

Beyond the Politics of Voting, The Feminist Wire, April 2014.
Chronic Pain, and the Denial of Care for Black Women, RH Reality Check, March 2014.
It's Time to Rethink Black History Month, RH Reality Check, February 2014.

Amber J. Phillips

Amber J. Phillips is an organizer who aims to empower women, people of color, young people, and underserved communities to have equal access to opportunities in order to produce the type of change that will create options.

Amber was raised in Columbus, Ohio and currently resides in Washington D.C. She attended Chatham College for Women in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelors of Social Work and Cultural Studies with a concentration in African American Studies. Amber currently works at Advocates for Youth as the Manager of Campus Organizing where she trains and supports young people in becoming activists on their campuses and in their communities as they fight for issues that include: sexual health awareness, LGBTQ rights, gender equality, and ending the stigma around abortion through the 1 in 3 Campaign. You can reach out and follow Amber on Twitter @AmberJPhillips.

Recent works:

Banning "Bossy" Won't Help Black Women and Girls Seeking Justice, RH Reality Check, April 2014.
Love Thy Self Fiercely: How Self-Love Makes for Better Health Care, RH Reality Check, March 2014.
"Babe, I'm Pregnant...", Amplify Blog, June 2013.

Bianca Campbell

Bianca Campbell practices and researches full spectrum doula work in Atlanta, GA through a queer reproductive justice lens. Her work also involves supporting the leadership of queer and trans people of color loving in the US south. In addition to being published on Echoing Ida, her writing has been posted on The Root, For Harriet and Flyover Feminism. Her work and commentary have also been highlighted by several media outlets including the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Washington Post, Colorlines Magazine, and 3 radio shows on Atlanta's WRFG. When time allows, she also dives into her side projects improv comedy, dance and drawing. She hopes to interact with you and other activists online at @biancaacampher.

Recent works:

The Resilience of Black Breastfeeding, The Root, May 2014.
We're Listening to Ourselves: Black Women Rebuild and Reclaim the South, Strong Families Blog, April 2013.

Cynthia Greenlee

Cynthia R. Greenlee is a writer and historian-in-training based in North Carolina. A native Southerner, Cynthia has a master's in journalism from the University of North Carolina (go, Heels!) and is now completing her doctorate in American history at Duke University. She specializes in African-American women's and legal history of the late nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. She began her writing career with an unintelligible picture book at age 5 and worked as a journalist in daily newspapers. As a journalist, Cynthia was awarded the National Association for Black Journalists Ethel Payne fellowship for reporting in Africa. In the wake of media consolidation, Cynthia transitioned into communications work for international health organizations. Today, she writes historically informed pieces that connect the contemporary (and sometimes the personal) with current events and policies related to race, the arts and reproductive issues.

She fundamentally believes that it is possible – and imperative – for academics to be socially and politically engaged. She is a founding board member of the Carolina Abortion Fund, a nonprofit that helps women in need fund their abortion procedures. Her writing has been published at the now-defunct Africana.com, Dissent, EBONY.com, The Independent Weekly, Ms. Magazine, and RH Reality Check, among other outlets. She is currently at work on a book about African-Americans and abortion. You can follow her musings about reproductive rights and justice, history, popular culture and her adventures as an animal-rescue advocate on Twitter @CynthiaGreenlee.

Recent works:

Hobby Lobby Ruling Opens the Door to Method Discrimination for Black Women, The Root, June 2014.
Dear Thom Tillis: How Long Does It Take for a Black Person to Become a Traditional North Carolinian?, The American Prospect, June 2014.
Collective Memory Runs Deep: A Southern Reflection on the Voting Rights Act Decision, Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism, July 2013.

Elizabeth Dawes Gay

Elizabeth Dawes Gay believes that health is a human right and has devoted her life's work to helping create a world where all people have the necessary tools, resources, and opportunities to live well and healthy lives. She has a particular passion for maternal, reproductive, and sexual well-being.

Elizabeth works as a reproductive health, rights, and justice advocate in Washington, DC. She is also an active member of the Women's Information Network and served as co-chair of both the Women's Health Policy and Women of Color sub-networks where, among other activities, she helped plan and implement the network's first political leadership training to address issues specific to women of color. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter @edawesgay. Learn more about her work at elizabethdawesgay.com.

Recent works:

How the Hobby Lobby Decision Impacts Black Women, EBONY.com, June 2014.
Do We Love Black Mothers Enough?Huffington Post, May 2014.
Stress Kills: Economic Insecurity and Black Women's Maternal Health Outcomes, RH Reality Check, March 2014.
What YOU Need to Know About Emergency Contraception, EBONY.com, February 2014.

Gloria Malone

Gloria Malone is an outspoken and unapologetic proud teenage mother and advocate in New York City. She has been featured in major news publications like the New York Times and on the O'Reily Factor discussing teenage pregnancy prevention through comprehensive sex education and supporting teenage families, not abstinence only sex education and stigma.

Politics, policy, and people are her passions and she hopes to further pursue them with her public affairs degree from Baruch College.  Gloria also writes for several online publications and blogs regularly on her personal blog teenmomnyc.com and realteenagefamilies.tumblr.com you can follow her on Twitter @gloriamalone.

Recent works:

Gloria Malone Dispels the Myth of the #NiceGentrifier, Strong Families Blog, July 2014.
Lack of Support Structures Creates Impossible Decisions, Huffington Post, April 2014.
Teen Moms Win Too: Why I'm Glad I Had My Daughter at 15, Vitamin W, March 2014.

Jasmine Burnett

Jasmine Burnett is a dynamic leader with a mission to collect a set of contributions that will transform the way society thinks about Justice, Love & Diversity. Since 2009, Jasmine has been a reproductive justice leader and grassroots organizer in New York City. She is the former lead organizer of New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice (NYC4RJ) and SisterSong NYC. Jasmine also advocates for the right to sexual pleasure and to define families through her online community, Aunt Betty's Basement. This sexual rights community focuses on networking, dialogue and community building of Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender people of color.

Jasmine's work was acknowledged and she was a recipient of the esteemed 2012 Gloria Award for her partnership and advocacy with Raising Women's Voices for the Healthcare We Need on health reform and women of color in New York State. 

Currently, Jasmine is consulting with a number of organizations nationally and locally in Philadelphia. She is the Founder and Principal of a new domestic human rights consulting firm Organized Roots LLC where she uses the breadth of her passions and skills in the service of strengthening solutions and sustainability for social justice.

Follow Jasmine on Twitter at @BlkFeminst.

Recent works:

The Real Work of Rosa Parks: Not Just Refusing to Move to the Back of the Bus, But Combating Sexual Violence, RH Reality Check, August 2013.
The Brutal Lust of the "Jigaboo" Fantasy "Mammyfied" Through Fashion, RH Reality Check, October 2012.

Jazmine Walker

Jazmine WalkerJazmine is a big finewoman and a fellow at RuralSupport Partners in Asheville, North Carolina. She came of age in a largely black working class community in Mississippi's state capital. While pursuing her Master of Arts degree in sociology, Jazmine interned for SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective,where she worked on projects related to not only reproductive health, but also issues that impacted communities of color. She has also conducted research on workplace culture, media studies, and social movement organizations. She continues to work with theTrust Black Women campaign, which is a partnership of women who work that black women have the human right to make their own decisions about their reproductive lives.

Follow Jazmine on Twitter at @JAZonyaMINE.

Recent works:

The Politics of Fat and Emergency Contraception, RH Reality Check, December 2013.
The 50th Anniversary of Mississippi's Freedom Summer: Remembering What Fannie Lou Hamer Taught Us, RH Reality Check, June 2014.
Saving the Boobies Will Not Save Me, RH Reality Check, October 2012.

Malika Redmond

Malika RedmondMalika Redmond is a Black feminist researcher, writer, and human rights advocate bringing 15 years of leadership experience both nationally and internationally with organizations such as the International Black Youth Summit, Political Research Associates, Choice USA, National Center for Human Rights Education, and Spelman College Women's Research and Resource Center developing and managing projects that focus on reproductive justice and LGBT rights for communities of color.

Redmond was one of the youngest national field organizers for the 2004 March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C, an event that brought nearly 1 million participants to the National Mall and is considered one of the largest marches in U.S. history. She currently sits on the boards of Our Bodies Ourselves and SisterSong, and her writings are featured in RH Reality Check, Truthout, The Women's Health Activist, and AlterNet. She holds a B.A. from Spelman College and a M.A. from Georgia State University in Women's Studies. Follow Malika on Twitter at @MalikaRedmond.

Recent works:

Improving Health Equity in Georgia, The Atlanta Voice, February 2014.
The Right's Attack on Roe at 40: The Hyde and Helms Legacy, Truthout, January 2013.

Renee Bracey Sherman

Renee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice and storytelling activist who shares her own abortion experience to encourage others who have had abortions to speak out and end the silence and stigma. Renee writes about abortion, reproductive justice, public policy, allyship, and the disparities facing women of color, through Echoing Ida, Forward Together's Black women's writing collective. She has been featured on BBC Radio World Newshour, and her writing has been published at EBONY, Salon, RH Reality Check, and Feministing. Renee is a graduate student at Cornell University pursuing a Master's in Public Administration, sits on the advisory board of Sea Change Program, and will join the NARAL Pro-Choice America board of directors in fall 2014. In 2013, Renee received the Justice Award from ACCESS Women's Health Justice for her volunteerism housing women traveling 4-5 hours for their abortions. Follow her on Twitter at @rbraceysherman.

Recent works:

A Right to Contraception Without Access is a Disaster for the Black Community, RH Reality Check, July 2014.
Beyond Benefits and Body Parts: Obamacare and Black Trans* Health, EBONY.com, October 2013.
Scars as Stories: Breast Cancer in the Black Community, RH Reality Check, January 2014.

Samantha Daley

Samantha Daley is a senior and recent graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her major of studies is Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences with a minor in Women's Studies.  She was the president of the Choice USA chapter at her college, and also is a former Choice USA student correspondent.

In participating as a Choice USA blogger, she has been able to share her points of view on a number of issues. Samantha has helped perform research on bullying and harassment in middle schools, and also volunteers at The Inspiration Family Birth Center in Winter Park Florida. Samantha is passionate about all things surrounding reproductive justice, and one day hopes to open up a women's clinic.

Recent works:

Lessons From the Kitchen, Strong Families Blog, April 2014.

Shanelle Matthews

Shanelle MatthewsShanelle currently serves her community as a committed new and online media communications professional and advocate working within the reproductive justice movement. She creates visibility for women of color and families on the margins who have strategically been left out of the socio-political debate on reproductive health and rights.

She conducts research in the area of Black women's maternal health with the Black Women's Birthing Justice Collective and is co-editing an anthology called Birthing Justice – Saving Our Lives.

Shanelle has a bachelors in Journalism from Louisiana State University in New and Online Media. She's wrriten for Women's eNews, The Women's Media Center, The Root, Crunk Feminist Collective and Racialicious. Shanelle identifies as a Black feminist and has a vested interest in writing about issues affecting Black women's health in America. Shanelle works for the ACLU in San Francisco. Follow Shanelle on Twitter at @TheShanelleM.

Recent works:

When Sexual Harassment is on the Menu, EBONY.com, June 2014.
Enough is Enough: Poor Women Are Not Having Babies for Money, RH Reality Check, May 2014.
Is "Orange Is the New Black" Entertainment or Education?, The Frisky, August 2013.
The Story That's Taken 10 Years to Tell, Crunk Feminists Collective, May 2013.

Taja Lindley

Taja Lindley is a courageous, truth-telling creature. An unapologetically proud queer femme feminist. Daughter of a single mother. Eldest of three sisters. Committed to the wellness, creativity and reproductive justice of women and girls of color.

An 80's baby born in New York and raised in the South, she currently lives in Brooklyn. In 2007 she received her B.A. from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she designed her own major concentrating in public policy and knowledge production with a focus on health and women of color. For the past 11 years she has worked in non-profits, research institutes, and government on policies and programming that impact women and girls, communities of color, low/no/fixed-income families, queer people, youth and immigrants.

She is the founder and Managing Member of Colored Girls Hustle, LLC, an Associate Artist with Body Ecology Performance Ensemble, a full-spectrum doula with The Doula Project and a proud member of Echoing Ida.

Her writing has appeared on RH Reality Check, Feministe and Racialicious. You can follow her on twitter @tajalindley.

Recent works:

Exam Rooms and Bedrooms: Navigating Queer Sexual Health, RH Reality Check, March 2014.
One of New York's 2.7 Million Uninsured Asks: Will I Finally Be Able to Afford Health Insurance?, RH Reality Check, September 2013.
Pleasure Politics Part I: Employment, Economic Justice, and the Erotic, Feministe, June 2013.