All in the Family

image credit: Mary R. Vogt

Original article from Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ) Web site.

There are a lot of folks out there living outside of the nuclear family framework. Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ) is gathering stories (digital and otherwise) to accurately show what American families are like today. We are all over the map: from mom, dad, kids, and a dog to single parent homes, multi-generational homes, and gay, straight, multi-racial, co-housing homes, and more. This offering is just one part of their Strong Families program, which focuses on bringing the importance of family out in the progressive movement.

This is what they have to say about it:

“The Reproductive Justice Movement has one thing in common with conservative movements. We agree that families are the cornerstones of strong communities and the barometer of our social, cultural and political values as a country. But the devil is in the details of our definition of family. Strong Families is based in the reality that families are self-defined.

Our families are constantly evolving. We are defined by our communities and reflect our values, culture and experiences.

— We are families who who are biologically related or we have chosen each each based on love, respect and commitment.

— We live under many roofs and our ties cross countless borders and national boundaries.

— We are young families building the foundations for the rest of our lives.

— Some of us are raising children and require the support of our communities and institutions to provide our children resources, support and safety.

As we look at the efforts of reproductive justice groups across the country, Strong Families are at the core. It is here that we can begin to identify a true family values agenda, including:

— Justice for immigrant families;

— Access to affordable reproductive healthcare, including abortion;

— Sexuality education and young families;

— Reforming the criminal justice system to support families;

— Family economic security; and

— Environmental and climate justice”

If you’re interested in learning more about Strong Families link to their page:

ACRJ’s Strong Families

Video Stories of Strong Families

How to Add Your Family Story

 

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