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We’re hiring an Organizing Intern!

Lilith Fund Organizing Intern

Lilith Fund is seeking a paid, part-time intern to assist in the organization’s advocacy, organizing and mobilization activities. Compensation for this temporary position is set at $20 per hour for 20 hours per week, with an additional health care stipend. The position will begin in March 2021 and last for a period of 4-5 months.

About Lilith Fund

Lilith Fund provides financial assistance and emotional support while building community spaces for people who need abortions in Texas—unapologetically, with compassion and conviction. Through organizing and movement-building, we foster a positive culture around abortion, strengthen people power, and fight for reproductive justice in and with our communities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Engage and recruit supporters and volunteers to get involved with Lilith Fund’s organizing and advocacy efforts
  • Mobilize supporters and volunteers during fast-paced and critical advocacy and organizing moments
  • Foster community connections in San Antonio, and assist and collaborate with ongoing local advocacy efforts in San Antonio, including helping facilitate meetings and communications with coalition partners 
  • Assist and support with Lilith Fund’s organizing activities during the 2021 Texas Legislative Session


Strong candidates will possess many of the following qualities and skills:

  • Basic knowledge or understanding of reproductive justice and anti-racist principles
  • Experience in or understanding of grassroots community organizing, advocacy, and proactive communication
  • Experience using organizational tools and technology (for example, email, Google Suite, Slack, and EveryAction) and experience with digital organizing and social media tools 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, to be flexible, and to be solutions-focused
  • Ability to learn quickly and to work effectively in fast-paced environments


Preferred Qualifications (not required):

  • Knowledge or basic understanding of organizing principles
  • Familiarity with the Texas legislative process
  • Proficiency in Spanish


Values-Driven Hiring

Lilith Fund is committed to investing in the leadership of people of color, people who have had abortions and/or who have received funding from an abortion fund(s), low-income people, people with disabilities, immigrant people, students, Black and Indigenous communities, formerly incarcerated people, queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people. We do not discourage applications from or discriminate against people with a conviction history, and we do not conduct conviction history checks as a part of our hiring process. You will not be asked about your conviction history at any point in the hiring process.

Position Details

This temporary, paid internship is based in San Antonio, TX and the desired start date is March 15, 2021. The position is remote. The Organizing Intern directly reports to the Organizing Program Manager.

How to Apply

Submit a 1 page cover letter and resume attached in an email titled “Organizing Intern, [your name]” to info@lilithfund.org prior to March 5, 2021. Early submissions are encouraged as we will close the application period prior to the close date if a candidate is selected. Applications missing a resume or cover letter will not be considered.

Tell Your Reps: The Texas Legislative Session Needs Virtual Testimony During a Pandemic

The 2021 Legislative Session has begun at the State Capitol in Austin. Over the coming days, members of the Texas House of Representatives will debate and adopt rules governing the procedures of the body, including whether or not Texans will be able to participate in committee testimony virtually.

Lilith Fund joined 30 other grassroots organizations to demand that the Texas Legislature ensure safe, virtual options for the public to participate in the legislative process during the legislative session. Lawmakers must make the legislative process accessible *and* keep Texans safe at the same time.

Take action now. 

➡️ Call your Texas House member and Texas Senator and tell them that you want a virtual option for committee testimony in the middle of a pandemic. Find your member here if you don’t know and call their office number, and leave a message if you can’t get in touch.

➡️ Call your Texas House member and Texas Senator and tell them that you want a virtual option for committee testimony in the middle of a pandemic. Find your member here if you don’t know and call their office number, and leave a message if you can’t get in touch.

Sample script for phone calls or e-mail:
My name is xxx and I’m a constituent of Rep./Sen. _______. I’m reaching out because I want the Texas Legislature to create a virtual option for Texans to be safely able to advocate and weigh in on legislative issues in the middle of a deadly pandemic. 

We are in a historic and critical moment, and it’s more vital than ever that the public is able to participate in the legislative process in our state. Give us a safe and virtual option for testimony during this legislative session. As elected officials and our representatives, you must make the legislative process accessible *and* keep Texans safe. Does Rep./Sen. ____ support a virtual option for committee testimony for the 2021 Legislative Session?

Welcoming Ana Rodriguez, Rosie’s Law Legislative Campaign Coordinator!

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Join Lilith Fund, TEA Fund, and Frontera Fund in welcoming Ana Rodriguez, the new Rosie’s Law Legislative Campaign Coordinator. Ana will be leading our team in fighting for Rosie’s Law at the Texas Legislature this year. If passed, Rosie’s Law would restore insurance coverage of abortion for Texans. Currently, Texans access to insurance coverage of abortion—whether public or private— is banned. Rosie’s Law would therefore make a huge difference in making abortion care accessible to Texans.

Ana is deeply knowledgeable about organizing communities, the legislative process, and how people are impacted when healthcare is out of reach. The barriers Ana has faced in accessing medical care as an undocumented Latina have informed her fight to ensure Texans can get the healthcare they need, including abortion care. Ana has been working to build the world that will allow people like her to thrive since she was first politicized by the youth-led immigrant rights movement in 2006. Ana earned her BS in Political Science and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Houston. Since then, Ana has worked as a staffer in the Texas legislature, most recently as Rep. Eric Johnson’s Deputy Chief of Staff in the 84th legislative session.

In her last professional role, Ana was an immigrant justice community organizer in Colorado where she helped win a city wide fight for a  Sanctuary Policy and Immigrant Legal Defense Fund in Denver, which ensures that local law enforcement do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement and that immigrants in Denver have access to a lawyer. While in Colorado, she also fought to expand the immigrant driver’s license program, led deportation resistance work, and a campaign to shut down the local private immigrant detention center.

“I’m excited to work with abortion funds and build towards a future where we do not just win Rosie’s law, but also include undocumented people like me in Medicaid, and eradicate the racial disparities in maternal health so that Black mothers and Black pregnant people can thrive.”

You can take action to fight for Rosie’s Law here.

Watch: Amanda Beatriz Williams’ Testimony to Congress About The Hyde Amendment

Our executive director Amanda Beatriz Williams testified Tuesday morning before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services about the harms of the Hyde Amendment for people who are denied access to abortion because they cannot afford to pay. 

This was the first Congressional hearing focusing on the impacts and the harm of the Hyde Amendment. Amanda explained why we must repeal the Hyde Amendment and ensure insurance coverage for abortion care. We’re working towards a future where everyone can access the abortion care they need, without political interference.

Amanda joined Dr. Herminia Palacio, President and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute, and Dr. Jamila Perritt, President and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health in providing testimony at today’s hearing. You can watch the full hearing on YouTube.

Amanda’s prepared remarks to the committee are below.

Good morning Chairwoman DeLauro, Ranking Member Cole, and members of the committee. Thank you for having me before you today to speak about the impact of policies that deny insurance coverage for abortion, including and especially the Hyde Amendment.

My name is Amanda Beatriz Williams, and I am a queer Tejana and daughter of an immigrant, with a decade of experience in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement in Texas. I serve as the executive director of the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, the oldest abortion fund in Texas. Abortion funds exist to help people navigate the intricate web of anti-abortion restrictions—including abortion coverage bans like the Hyde Amendment— that prevent people from obtaining safe abortion care. Lilith Fund provides direct financial assistance and emotional support to those in the central and southern regions of Texas, and is one of ten abortion funds serving our state.  

I am also a proud abortion storyteller with We Testify, an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions, to change the conversation to one of compassion and remind us that everyone loves someone who had an abortion.

However any of us feel about abortion, politicians should not be allowed to deny someone’s health coverage for it just because they are struggling to get by. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Congress has done for the last 44 years through the Hyde Amendment.

Across the country, the Hyde Amendment has had devastating impacts for people unable to make ends meet — who are more likely to be women of color — LGBTQ people, immigrants, and young people. And for too many, coverage bans like the Hyde Amendment can act as defacto bans on abortion altogether. 

At Lilith Fund, we know firsthand the impact that coverage bans have on the Texans we serve. During the year 2019, 68 percent of Lilith Fund clients were people of color, 45 percent were uninsured, 42 percent did not have paid employment and they traveled an average of 158 miles to reach the abortion care they needed. 

The harms of the Hyde Amendment are further compounded by additional state restrictions, including state-mandated ultrasounds, medically inaccurate and biased counseling, and a mandatory 24-hour waiting period that forces Texans to needlessly delay their care. Since 2013, my state has shuttered nearly half of its abortion clinics, forcing people to travel far distances and shoulder additional expenses.  

In addition to affording the abortion care, there are costs for travel to one’s nearest clinic, lodging for overnight stays, lost wages from missed work, and child care for the nearly 60 percent of our clients who already have children. On top of all of this, Texas restricts private insurance coverage of abortion, forcing people to pay completely out of pocket. These unnecessary delays can take weeks, forcing people to delay accessing care until later in their pregnancy.

As the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout ravages Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, the same people impacted by the Hyde Amendment are already marginalized by inequities in our healthcare system and systemic racism.

Anti-abortion Texas officials also exploited the pandemic by banning abortion care in our state for nearly a month. During the first week of April when the ban was in effect, half of Lilith Fund callers were forced to travel out of state to receive abortion care. The average distance traveled by our clients in 2019 before the pandemic was 158 miles, about the distance from DC to Philadelphia, but during the pandemic when our callers were forced to travel out of state for their care, it increased to 635 miles, more than the distance from DC to Louisville, KY. 

Even before COVID-19, almost 40 percent of Americans did not have $400 saved to cover an unanticipated expense. For many of our hotline callers, expenses like groceries, rent, and childcare were already difficult to afford, but with so many losing their jobs this year, paying out of pocket for an abortion can be next to impossible. 

I know this personally, because the stress was all too real for me. When I was 19 years old and a freshman at the University of Houston, I had an abortion. While my decision was clear, the path to coming up with the money to pay for my care was difficult and nerve-wracking. I was privileged enough to borrow money, and make an appointment. 

When I arrived for my procedure, I was overwhelmed by the kind support I received from clinic escorts, the clinic staff, and my provider, who all made me feel comfortable and safe. I keep them in mind every time we are able to help someone get the care they need. Everyone having an abortion deserves to be met by people who support them and care for them in loving and respectful ways, every step of the way. We deserve to be trusted.

I also want to leave you with the story of another Texan, Rosie Jimenez, whose legacy we continue to honor in our work every day. Rosie was a beloved mother of a young child, student, and young Chicana living in McAllen, Texas in the 1970’s. Rosie was enrolled in Medicaid, but Medicaid did not cover an abortion at a clinic in her hometown, due to the recently passed Hyde Amendment. Instead she sought a cheaper, unsafe procedure and ultimately died due to complications. Rosie became the first known person to die as a result of the Hyde Amendment. To be clear: Rosie died because of Hyde. 

When each of us can make our own decisions about our reproductive health care, when we can forge families we love on our own terms, we have more control over our lives and our economic security. It’s long past time to strip the Hyde Amendment from federal appropriations legislation and help ensure that everyone, whoever they are, wherever they live, however they get their health insurance, can get the abortion care they need safely, and without political inteference.

Applications Open for Lilith Fund Board of Directors 2021 Term

Lilith Fund is a Texas-based abortion fund providing direct financial assistance to people seeking abortion care in the central and southern regions of Texas. Our volunteer board of directors serves as a governing board that provides guidance, oversight, and support to our staff of eight. 

We are looking for highly motivated people who are dedicated to reproductive justice and excited about furthering the work to expand abortion access in Texas. We are looking for community members residing in our service area, particularly in or around Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Our board meets monthly via video conference call. 

Lilith Fund is especially looking for board members who have backgrounds or experience with financial management and planning, fundraising, or non-profit organizational management. Ideal candidates will have an understanding of the reproductive justice framework and the state of abortion access in Texas.

Lilith Fund is committed to investing in the leadership of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), people who have had abortions, people who have received funding from an abortion fund, low-income people, people with disabilities, people who are immigrants, formerly incarcerated or detained people, non-binary people, gender non-conforming people, and/or LGBTQIA people.

To apply, please complete the application linked here AND submit a resume via email to info@lilithfund.org with the subject “[Name], Board of Directors” by midnight on October 30, 2020.

To achieve reproductive justice, we must abolish ICE

Horrifying reports of forced hysterectomies on people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Irwin Detention Center in Georgia remind us there cannot be reproductive justice without immigrant justice.

The reported human rights violations of forced sterilization of people detained by ICE are part of a continuum of our nation’s long history of reproductive oppression. The targets of U.S. reproductive oppression have been people of color, including Black and Indigenous women, Japanese women, Puerto Rican women, people with disabilities, queer and trans people, and more.

These recent accounts are also consistent with a pattern of sexual abuse and medical neglect in detention centers around the country. In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in the number of pregnant immigrants being detained by ICE. Pregnant people in immigration custody have repeatedly spoken out about being shackled and having medical care denied by immigration officials, and even suffering miscarriages as a result. Right here in Texas just three years ago, the Trump administration attempted to block an undocumented young person from obtaining an abortion, prompting a lawsuit in federal court.

We say: Enough!

We are in solidarity with the Georgia organizations working together to build communities free from ICE’s cruelty—where immigrants are treated with dignity and respect and families remain whole. We join them in their call to Abolish ICE once and for all. 

Please add your name to this sign on letter, and join us in supporting these Georgia-based organizations and resources: 

Project South

Georgia Detention Watch

Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

South Georgia Immigrant Support Network

SisterSong

Access Reproductive Care-Southeast

Whistleblower Dawn Wooten GoFundMe

What would happen if SCOTUS banned abortion? Look at Texas during COVID

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On Monday, the Supreme Court’s ruled in June Medical Services v. Russo, a case that could have devastated abortion access. The news was good for abortion access, for now.

But what if the news out of SCOTUS had been bad?

Unfortunately, we have a pretty good idea of what that world will be like.  We’ve just lived through a nightmare scenario in Texas when our state exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to ban abortion for nearly six weeks this spring. Texans who needed abortions during this time were forced to put their lives and health at risk just to access healthcare. 

Waiting longer. Our clients had to make appointments with providers out-of-state and faced long wait times. This pushed them further into their pregnancies, making procedures more expensive.

Traveling. On average, our clients had to travel 606 miles to access abortion care. One client traveled 1,610 miles—even though she lives just three miles away from her local clinic. Many were forced to travel by plane—putting them at greater risk of COVID-19 exposure.  

Being alone. Those who managed to travel out of state were stuck in hotels for 3-4 days, isolated from family and friends. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, many clinics had a “no companion” rule to limit the number of people in the clinic at any given time. This means patients were going through it on their own. 

Paying more. While procedures were more expensive for many, there were also other factors that drove up costs. Travel, finding childcare, lodging, and other factors meant the cost of accessing  a clinic at all was higher. In the midst of the bans, the average amount we gave to clients was $355,  a 17 percent increase from our 2019 average. 

For those weeks when anti-choice state leaders exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to ban abortion, we experienced a Texas where abortion access is decimated. We hope we never see that again. But depending on the Supreme Court ruling, we could be living this reality again sometime soon. 

Looking at this, we are reminded that Roe has never been enough to ensure access to safe abortion care, especially for low-income communities of color. No matter the outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling in June Medical or any other case, we must always show up for our communities. 

Rest assured that abortion funds are not going anywhere. No matter what happens, our work won’t stop, our hotline will stay open, and we will still be here for Texans who need abortion care no matter what that looks like. 

Funding abortion is an act of resistance. If you are able, make a donation to Lilith Fund today.

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Black Lives Matter

At Lilith Fund, we recognize the connection between reproductive justice and systematic police violence—especially as it directly harms Black people, their families, their children, and their communities. We acknowledge police brutality as a violent epidemic that endangers the Black members of the Lilith Fund community, including our clients, supporters, volunteers, partners, board, and staff. 

As an abortion fund, we are and must be committed to dismantling the structural barriers to bodily autonomy, and therefore this work must include putting an end to the unacceptable and racist police brutality that ravages Black communities across the U.S. We must actively affirm that freedom from police violence and racial justice are reproductive justice issues. And today we are also affirming that Black Lives Matter.

Please take action with us and support the following funds and organizations committed to racial justice in Minnesota, where on May 25th a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd: 

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

Reclaim the Block

Black Visions Collective

Minnesota Freedom Fund

We act in solidarity with the people of Minneapolis, and we are mourning the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Mike Ramos, Larry Jackson, David Joseph, and countless others—those known and unknown—who were murdered at the hands of police.

In the last week, right here at home—we have seen the Austin Police Department respond to a protest about ending police brutality by brutalizing protesters like Brad Ayala, Justin Howell, and many others, including “Nemo” Martin, who is a pregnant Black woman. The disproportionately high rates of Black women’s maternal mortality and the ongoing criminalization of pregnant people are outcomes of racist systems of oppression. These are the same systems that police uphold when they shoot pregnant Black women. We’re seeing similar violence towards protestors across Texas. This is unacceptable.

We need to quit pouring millions of dollars into an agencies that are putting all of us, but especially Black community members, in danger. Our cities must put resources back into the people and build community safety by giving everyone what they need to survive and eventually thrive. As SisterSong teaches us, reproductive justice can only be obtained if we can parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.

We must continue to use our voices and affirm that Black Lives Matter today and every day. 

In solidarity, 

Lilith Fund

P.S. Please consider supporting our local partners Afiya Center and 400+1 who have set up bail funds for protestors.

Welcoming Neesha Davé as our new Deputy Director

We are thrilled to share that Neesha Davé has joined our staff as Deputy Director. In this role, Neesha will help shape the next phase of Lilith Fund as our programs continue to grow in complexity, scale, and reach. She will also guide our organization and staff in developing leadership as they strengthen and ground our programmatic work.

Neesha has worked in progressive politics since 2003 at the state legislature, in local government and on campaigns. Neesha was a member of Lilith Fund’s board of directors from 2014 through 2018, serving as board president for her final two years.

Neesha is an experienced manager and committed fighter for progressive causes. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in the passage of progressive public policy at the state legislature and in local government.

Most recently, Neesha served as Chief of Staff to Austin City Council Member Greg Casar, where she worked alongside movement organizations to secure many policy victories, including successful efforts to reduce mass incarceration of youth, people of color and working class people, passage of city ordinances guaranteeing paid sick days and fair chance hiring, and funding to address the city’s long-neglected sexual assault evidence backlog. 

Last year, Neesha collaborated with Lilith Fund and other abortion access organizations to fund $150,000 in the city’s budget towards direct practical support for Austinites seeking abortion care, making Austin the first city in the country to advance abortion access in this way.

Neesha graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian American Studies and Government. As a child of immigrants, a person of color, and a working mother of two school-aged children, Neesha’s lived experiences and values drive her work. She lives in Austin with her partner and children.

Responding to COVID-19: List of Mutual Aid Networks

Lilith Fund is intimately familiar with the need to show up for our community when the government refuses—it’s why our mission is to fund abortions in Texas.

The COVID-19 global pandemic is the latest example of a government that can’t meet the basic needs of their people. But thankfully communities are creating mutual aid networks to show up for each other in this moment. Here’s a short round-up of mutual aid efforts in the areas we serve in Texas to address needs folks may have. If you have more to share you can contact us at info@lilithfund.org.

San Antonio: 

Systema de ayuda mutua comunitaria — Dando y recibiendo apoyo en San Antonio A google form for Spanish-speaking folks to fill out who might be needing aid or would be able to provide right now. Needs include food prep, emotional support, digital support etc. 

COVID-19 Resources for San Antonio A google doc with a list of resources for San Antonio. 

Puro Mutual Aid Network — Giving and Receiving Support in San Antonio A mutual aid project managed by San Antonio’s DSA chapter. 

Austin

Austin Care Web A network of people requesting or able to provide mutual aid including errands, emotional support, food supplies, housework etc. Included is a list of different mutual aid projects throughout Austin. 

Emergency Covid19 Relief for Sex Workers in Austin Sex Workers Outreach Project of Austin (SWOP ATX) is raising funds to support survival sex workers in Austin TX who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many sex workers who rely on in-person clientele are seeing a dramatic decrease in availability of work as the spread of the coronavirus continues. Those who are already struggling with financial instability, health concerns, racism, and transphobic violence are most vulnerable to the widespread impacts of the current situation, and are unable to stay afloat without support through this crisis.

ATX Free Food Sharing A facebook group for mutual aid. Please post if you are seeking food or food related items or have them to give!

Austin Virtual Tip Jar A way to give money to local service industry workers, affected by the closures of local businesses. Please contribute or submit your name if you are in the service industry and need assistance. 

Houston: 

Houston Virtual Tip Jar When restaurants and bars close, the service industry is living paycheck to paycheck. Please contribute to this virtual tip jar, or submit the form on top if you are in the industry and need assistance.

TX School Districts Not Listed Elsewhere Centralized list for local AFLCIO chapter noting which ISDs are offering assistance to students and families

Mattress Mack, Gallery Furniture  Click the COVID-19 tab to donate to the GoFundMe on Gallery Furnitures website. If you call the given number; Seniors may get food/ toiletries delivered to their doorstep. And children may come to Gallery Furniture locations to grab-and-go sack lunches. Volunteers are needed. Probably beginning mid-week, TBA.

Houston-area Homebound and COVID-19 Resources: A comprehensive list of resources for folks affected by closures or job loss.

Corpus Christi: 

Corpus Christi’s local DSA chapter is organizing a mutual aid project for people in the Corpus Christi area. You can fill out either forms for requests for support. Each contains a link to forms in Spanish. 

Corpus Christi area COVID-19 “Request Support” Form 

Corpus Christi area COVID-19 “Offer for Volunteers” Form 

COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Communities: 

COVID-19 Recursos para Comunidades Indocumentadas