2018 People's Justice Forum Member Application
If you are ready to get activated, to work with other people and organizations to create a world where every person has the opportunity to choose their own path to a healthy and meaningful life, then this Forum may be for you.

Membership term is for the 2018 Legislative Session, January - March 2018. An opportunity to re-commit for the 2018 Interim session may be available in April or May 2018.

There is an initial Mandatory Training for all members on Sunday January 7, 2017, in SLC, from 9am-2pm. Save the date and time.

Get comfortable, stretch, grab a drink of water and please thoroughly review the description and grounding principles, and then complete and submit the application to join.

Applications close December 12, 2017.

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Goal
The Goal of the People's Justice Forum is to advocate for positive policy change that promotes equity in Utah. We achieve this through: Education, Engagement with Legislators and fostering community leadership.
What do members do? - Member description
The People's Justice Forum (PJF) is a forum of community lobbyists/activists advocating for civil liberties. These liberties include, but are not limited to, access to sexual education and health care, environmental justice, economic justice, disability justice, LGBT rights, racial justice and the right to live free from sexual assault.

*****PJF members will have many roles and tasks, but in large part they will be participating in packing legislative meetings, phone and email writing campaigns, and taking part in other visible actions surrounding specific bills or issues.

PJF members commit to dedicating 2-4 hours a week from January 7th through March 8th to organizing and mobilizing around social issues important to the Forum. This time commitment includes a weekly meeting on the first Monday evening of each week from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm; other hours can be fulfilled in various ways such as attending organizing events facilitated by the forum, blogging, emailing, letter writing, social media engagement, etc.

The PJF takes advantage of Facebook for quick and urgent communications during the session. Although it is not necessary that one has a Facebook account in order to participate, not having one will impact engagement. We ask that folks who do not have a Facebook account, make plans to connect with other members and in other ways to stay on top of fast moving information.

*******All PJF Members will attend an training on January 7th 2018.*******

The PJF is supported by allied organizations that include but are not limited to: ACLU of Utah, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, Equality Utah, HEAL Utah, Utahns for Fair Wages, First Unitarian Church, and other individual community activists and educators.

The People's Justice Forum Grounding Principles
In the tradition of Reproductive Justice theory and practice, and guided by the history and current organizing by women of color leading the Reproductive Justice movement, we believe in the established principles of Reproductive Justice as expressed below.

Reproductive Justice is the human right to:
1. Have a child
2. Not to have a child
3. And to raise the children you have in a safe and healthy environment, free from violence from individuals and the state.

This intersectional approach bridges the work between all social justice and human rights movements. We recognize the interconnectedness of movements of liberation, and we are committed to working in partnership to lobby and organize to protect us all.

Our work is guided by the following values of:

Equity. We believe in fairness, respect, equality, and dignity for all, with special attention to those most marginalized and/or at risk in our communities, including Black Lives and other communities of color, people of all abilities, refugees, immigrants, the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, trans folks, LGBTQIA folks, and survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence.

Access. We believe everyone should have access to a healthy environment, education, health care, including comprehensive sexual education and access to contraception and abortion.

Freedom from Violence. We believe that everyone has the right to be free from violence including domestic, sexual, and governmental violence.

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