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Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational visual artist whose work depicts how women, migrants, and outsiders are affected by global politics, economic upheaval, patriarchy, and interdependence . She is a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative , and is co-editor of Reproduce and Revolt!, a royalty-free image library for activists. Rodriguez is the co-founder of Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities. She works with artists around the Americas to build support for migrant justice.
The piece: I developed this piece to encourage women to speak out against the shame, the isolation, and the secrecy surrounding abortion. By not telling our stories about abortion, and by endorsing a code of secrecy, we are giving into the right wing machine that shames women who have abortions. One in three women in the United States has had an abortion, yet the stigma attached to it is so great that many of us are silent about it, hence giving up our power to organize and allowing conservative anti-choice powers to control the narrative, and ultimately pass laws. I made this piece because I was inspired both by the movement of UndocuQueer youth who come out about their immigration status, and by the words of elected official, Darcy Burner who said, "We are not alone. Nobody should be allowed to shame us into silence, to demand we live isolated and unable to talk about the decisions we’ve made, whether easy or hard."