Forward Together

So all families can thrive.


Through research, analysis and shared dialogue, Forward Together develops a range of tools and media that support reproductive justice organizing and movement building work.

These resources provide lessons and models for effectively advancing reproductive justice on the ground and for strengthening the coordination, collaboration and strategy of the Reproductive Justice Movement.

Immigrant Rights and Anti-Immigrant Ballot Measures in Oregon (2017)

Created with One Oregon, this workshop helps participants to understand more about Oregon's immigrant and refugee communities and learn about proposed ballot measures in 2018 that would target immigrant communities and communities of color. The workshop includes trainer script and all materials necessary for organizations to conduct the workshop on their own.

A Path Forward: Ending Gender-based Violence in New Mexico (2017)

This report draws on the challenges that 19 organizations have faced in trying to implement efforts to end gender-based violence in New Mexico. It includes recommendations to address gender-based violence in the areas of policy, funding, programs and service provision.

"Immigrants and Refugees are Welcome Here" poster (2017)

Art by Micah Bazant in collaboration with the New American Story Project and Centro Legal de la Raza. English and Spanish versions are included in this download.

Reproductive Justice Media Reference Guide: a guide for reporting on abortion and the Latinx community (2017)

This guide is designed for Latinx and Spanish language media who want to learn more about using a reproductive justice lens when reporting on abortion in the Latinx community. It was created in partnership with California Coalition for Religious Freedom, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Guía de Referencia para Medios de Comunicación Latinx acerca de Justicia Reproductiva: una guía para reportar sobre el aborto y la comunidad Latinx (2017)

Esta guía está diseñada para medios de comunicación que quieren aprender más sobre como reportar acerca del aborto utilizando un marco de justicia reproductiva en español y en la comunidad Latinx. Fue creada en colaboración con la Coalición de California para la Libertad Religiosa, California Latinas para la Justicia Reproductiva, Organización de Colorado para Oportunidades Latinas y Derechos Reproductivos, y la Instituto Nacional de Latinas para la Salud Reproductiva.

"How to Reimagine the World" (2017)

Collaboration Principles for Artists & Social Justice Organizers. Developed by Micah Bazant, Forward Together, and CultureStrike. You are welcome to reprint or adapt this document, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, with credit to the original authors.

Making Paid Leave Work for All Families (2016)

This report from Forward Together, The Center for American Progress, Family Values @ Work and A Better Balance examines the definition of family in paid leave policy, the ways in which the definition leads to discrimination against LGBT families and the ways in which policy makers can ensure that our leave policies work for all families.

Where to Start, What to Ask:
A Guide for LGBT People Choosing Health Care Plans
(Updated for 2016)

We've created this guide to help you evaluate your healthcare needs, navigate your new insurance options, and choose the best plan for you and your family.

Lifting Economic Policies that Support All Families (2016)

Forward Together and nine partners created a tool that helps to put today's diverse workers – from women to LGBTQ individuals to people of color – at the center of the conversation about economic policy. Use this c3 education tool to help candidates focus on our families and learn more about economic justice issues affecting our communities.

Lifting Our Voices: Leading Change for Our Families (2016)

Engagement is crucial to passing strong public policy at the state level. But understanding the inner workings of the state capitol can be confusing at times. Lifting Our Voices: Leading Change for Our Families demystifies the state legislative process by explaining how bills become law in Virginia...and how individuals can influence the process to create better public policy for their families and their communities. Download a version in Spanish here.

Strong Families New Mexico Report Card (2015)

The Strong Families New Mexico Legislative Report Card examines 18 pieces of legislation introduced during the 2015 legislative session and grades individual legislators in five categories: civil rights and criminal justice, economic justice, education equity, health equity, and anti-family.

Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families (2015)

Led by Forward Together and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights with the support of Research Action Design and 20 grassroots partners, Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families proves that the costs of locking up millions of people is much deeper than we think – when we lock up individuals we also break apart their families and communities. This new report reveals the overwhelming debt, mental and physical ailments and severed family bonds that are some of the hidden consequences of incarceration in the United States. The situation is dire, but a better approach is possible according to Who Pays? which suggests critical and achievable family-centered reforms.

Workplace Leave in a Movement Building Context (2015)

In the fall of 2014, organizational leaders from work-family, LGBTQ, labor, and reproductive justice organizations explored work-place leave campaigns from a movement building perspective. We hope this document will spark further thinking at the local, state, and national levels so that an increasing number of campaigns will embody a movement building approach to win the strongest possible policies that create equity for everyone.

Reproductive Justice Media Reference Guide (2014)

This Strong Families media guide is intended to be used by a variety of traditional and new media outlets seeking to learn about or expand their knowledge of RJ in their writing. With the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 2015, our first RJ In Focus looks at abortion, in part due to renewed state-level attacks on access to abortion, and increased coverage of reproductive rights in the media.

"Who's Who" Voter Guides (2014)

Civic participation means getting everyday folks involved in the decisions that affect our families and communities. Election season is an especially important time for us to speak up, and there are many ways we can all get involved in the process, regardless of our citizenship status or whether we can vote. The state guides can help us get involved in the process. Each one explains the kinds of decisions that people in elected positions make about issues that impact our daily lives.

The Glass Floor: Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry (2014)

We collaborated with ROC United to survey current and former restaurant workers across 39 states to examine the conditions that low-wage restaurant workers face along the lines of unwanted sexual behavior and harassment.

We Are BRAVE: Race, money, and abortion access (2014)

This political education curriculum, developed by Forward Together and Western States Center, supports social justice organizations to build a shared understanding of abortion as one aspect of reproductive and sexual health; explore abortion access through the lens of racial, economic and immigrant justice; and find pathways to action in support of abortion rights. Click here for the full "We Are Brave" toolkit from the Western States Center.

Strong Families New Mexico Report Card (2013)

The Strong Families New Mexico Legislative Report Card examines 18 pieces of legislation introduced during the 2013 regular session that would have direct impacts – positive or negative – on families in New Mexico.

Movement Network Leader Case Study: Eveline Shen (2012)

A spotlight on Forward Together's Executive Director, recognized by the Management Assistance Group's Network Leadership Innovations Lab as a visionary and exemplary movement leader.

Let's Get It On (2012)

Oakland Youth's New Vision for Sex Ed.
Read the executive summary here.

Keeping our Families Strong: A Health and Safety Handbook for Nail Salon Workers (2011)

A handbook for nail salon workers and owners to shift toward less toxic products and practices to ensure that their businesses are ready for the transition to a green economy, as well as to protect the health of their families.

Translation: Vietnamese

Building Strong Families: Talking About Sex and Our Bodies (2010)

A two-sided brochure to complement the Transforming API Communities: Tools for Sexuality Education toolkit. A quick and easy tool for parents and agencies who work with parents to use to start the conversation about sex and our bodies.

Translations: Chinese | Vietnamese | Khmer

Movement Building Indicators (2010)

Volume 6 of the EMERJ Momentum Series is a cutting-edge tool that supports reproductive justice organizations in their strategic thinking around planning and assessing their movement building work.

Transforming API Communities: Tools for Sexuality Education (2009)

A one-of-a-kind resource for supporting Asian and Pacific Islander parents and caregivers in engaging in dialogue and action around sexuality education.

Tools 1 to 6: Chinese translation | Vietnamese translation

Looking Both Ways: Women at the Crossroads of Reproductive Justice and Climate Justice (2009)

Volume 5 of the EMERJ Momentum Series, published in partnership with the New Orleans Women’s Health and Justice Initiative, examines the experiences of women working in low wage toxic industries with a new framework for understanding how to mobilize grassroots communities around climate change.

Una Nueva Vision para Promover Nuestro Movimiento a Favor de la Salud Reproductiva, los Derechos Reproductivos y la Justicia Reproductiva (2009)

Volume 4 of the EMERJ Momentum Series is a Spanish language and cultural translation of ACRJ’s 2005 reproductive justice framework, A New Vision.

Three Applications of the Reproductive Justice Lens / Tres Formas de Aplicar el Lente de la Justicia Reproductiva (2009)

A training curriculum for building a shared language and analysis of reproductive justice, in English and Spanish.

Taking a Stand: Tools for Action on Sex Selection (2009)

A guide created by EMERJ, Generations Ahead and NAPAWF to support reproductive health, rights and justice organizations in taking a position on sex selection.

Prop 4 Victory Brief: Reproductive Justice at the Ballot Box (2008)

Volume 3 of the EMERJ Momentum Series documents and analyzes the collective efforts of reproductive justice organizations in California to engage communities of color in defeating a parental notification initiative.

Intersections at the Grassroots: Insights from Organizing for Reproductive Justice, Youth Leadership, and Immigrant & Refugee Rights (2008)

Momentum Series outlines lessons from intersectional grassroots movement building efforts, including common features shared by successful social movements that can be replicated.

Winning Reproductive Justice: Contributions to Policy Change from the Reproductive Justice Movement (2008)

Volume 1 of the EMERJ Momentum Series offers case studies of organizing efforts across the country to showcase the specific and unique ways that the Reproductive Justice Movement is advancing both short-term and long-term policy battles.

Reproductive Justice Lens Toolkit (2008)

An interactive tool for identifying reproductive justice issues in your community and making connections between communities impacted by reproductive oppression.

Defeating Proposition 85: Reproductive Justice in Action (2006)

A victory brief that documents and celebrates ACRJ’s efforts to defeat California’s parental notification initiative through developing youth leadership, educating and mobilizing communities of color, and partnering with allies in the social justice community.

A New Vision for Advancing Our Movement for Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Justice (2005)

ACRJ's groundbreaking analysis of the framework and vision for reproductive justice, described by organizations and funders as revelatory and pivotal to the field.