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Minority Voters Helped Defeat Parental Notification Law

The Reproductive Justice Alliance, a coalition of reproductive rights groups, mobilized communities of color to defeat California's Prop. 4.

On November 4th, Californians rejected Prop 4, aparental notification initiativethat would have threatened the health and safety of pregnant teens and further eroded women's reproductive rights.

A coalition of groups achieved this victory for women's rights by mobilizing communities of color to oppose the measure. A reportissued by the Reproductive Justice Alliance highlights the tactics employed by different groups within the alliance to educate minority voters about Prop. 4.

"With limited resources," states the report, "We reached out to tens of thousands of people in our communities through speaking to community and professional groups; mobilizing at community events; organizing on campuses; and broadcasting our message through local, ethnic, alternative, and new media."

By developing a grass-roots, bottom-up strategy grounded within communities of color, the Reproductive Justice Alliance successfully countered attempts by right-wing groups to drive a wedge between minority groups and white voters.