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Policy

AREAS OF FOCUS

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."

                       -Shirley Chisholm

ISSUE SPOTLIGHT

 
 
 

Environmental Justice (EJ)

Environmental justice, as defined by the EPA, is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

 

Communities of the global majority and of low socio-economic status are often the least resourced but most impacted by local and federal environmental policies. CBATX EJ policy updates seek to address environmental racism on a state and local level while ensuring equitable aid is afforded to those most impacted. From Hurricane Harvey disaster aid to reducing fresh food scarcity in East Austin, CBATX EJ policy initiatives are driven by the work of local service-oriented organizations and are having a real impact to the communities suffering the most. 

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Criminal Justice (CJ)

Criminal justice is an intertwining of agencies and processes which seek to achieve control of crime, minimization of crime and the imposition of penalties for the commission of crimes. The criminal justice includes: policing, courts and corrections

 

Communities of the global majority and of low socioeconomic status are disproportionately negatively impacted by the criminal justice system at every level in the U.S. and in Travis County. CBATX CJ policy updates seek to address this disparent exposure and treatment that at every level have devastated communities of the global majority in particular since their inception.

 

CBATX supports reformative CJ policy efforts while simultaneously investing in anti-racist alternative methods to the U.S. criminal justice system. 

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Reproductive Justice (RJ)

Reproductive justice, as defined by Sister Song , is an expansion of the theory of intersectionality developed by women of color and the practice of self-help from the Black women’s health movement to the reproductive rights movement, based on the application of the human rights framework to the United States. Reproductive justice is, in essence, an intersectional theory emerging from the experiences of women of color whose multiple communities experience a complex set of reproductive oppressions. RJ acknowledges the following when considering reproductive rights of women: civil rights, political rights, economic rights, social rights, cultural rights, environmental rights, developmental rights, and sexual rights.

 

Womayn of color, particularly womayn of African descent are most negatively impacted by legislative attacks on their reproductive rights and rights to raise holistically well children. CBATX RJ policy updates seek to improve the quality of reproductive health of womayn of color while also increasing the accessibility to healthcare, health education, and holistic community alternatives. On a grassroots level, CBATX seeks to educate and empower womayn of the global to heal and advocate for themselves through our Self Care programming that focuses on holistic healing and community building.

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