The Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice will hold its tenth annual rally at 1 p.m. today on the steps of the State Capitol in Little Rock.

From the group’s press release:


The rally will include several featured speakers who will cover a range of issues related to reproductive justice including sex education, HIV/AIDS health access, abortion rights, and creating healthy environments for families. This event serves to educate and empower Arkansans to take action in their community, state, and country in 2020. This year’s keynote speaker is former US Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders. Other speakers include Arkansas Representative Nicole ClowneyCornelius Mabin, and Dr. Alexandra Marshall.

The ACRJ describes reproductive justice as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” Reproductive justice is concerned with addressing barriers to reproductive health services. In the past year, the ACRJ has been an aggressive advocate challenging legislative efforts to obstruct Arkansans access to reproductive services.

Several sponsoring organizations will have informational tables at the rally.  Attendees will have the opportunity to network with groups that work in legal, health care, volunteer, and other professional services in Arkansas.  The ACRJ will also have more information on how to get involved with local, state, and national legislative advocacy in support of reproductive justice.

There will be an after-party and silent auction benefit hosted at Vino’s Brewpub 923 W 7th St, Little Rock, immediately following the rally.