Despite the bright spot in kansas last week, when voters overwhelmingly voted to reject a constitutional amendment to strike down reproductive rights, abortion news since the shocking Supreme Court reversal Roe vs. Wade has been somewhere between confusing and horrifying.
The local nightlife is mobilizing to help in a big way: “Fight for our rights: fundraising for access to abortion,” on August 19, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at 1015 Folsom, SF, features 25 brilliant female-centric DJs and performers from femmelectric to Girlz House, with 100% of proceeds going to National Network of Abortion Funds and Planned parenthood.
“We could not sit idly by,” 1015 Chief Financial Officer Mya Shone said in a press release, “as 35 million women and girls of childbearing age, and other capable people to conceive, living in nearly every state in the South and throughout the Midwest become unable to access essential abortion services. 1015 Folsom immediately decided to do what we do best: bring people together to create an exciting event .
Headlining this essential holiday, which also serves as a showcase of the power and diversity of women and women-identifying people on the stage, is one of my favorite pumps from the sun, LA’s DJ Heidi Lawdenwho took some time off from touring and motherhood to answer some questions about her own reaction to Roe’s knockdown and how the nightlife can help.
48 HILLS How did you feel when Roe was knocked down?
HEIDI LAWDEN Really shocked saddened but not completely surprised. The line between church and state in the United States is becoming increasingly blurred. That in itself is another great conversation.
I wholeheartedly believe in a person’s right to choose when and if they want to give birth. Abortion should not be solely related to trauma or risk. We are violating the rights of living people, and some cases we have seen recently are unfathomable.
A person’s right to their own bodily choices is absolutely something we must fight for. Speaking truth to power and holding those in the highest office to account is a privilege of living in a democracy. The paths we allow to be paved will shape our lives for decades to come, and the wrong decision (which I believe to be) will result in years of danger for many.
48 hours What prompted you to play this evening?
HL I was touched by the request, and even though it was a tricky appointment schedule for me, I was determined to be able to make it. Like everyone, I am touched by everything we see and read in the news. I am mother. I worry about future generations, whose freedoms of choice are being taken away.
48 hours How do you think nightlife can help in this fight, beyond fundraising?
HL Awareness, awareness is essential and is constantly expressed to eliminate stigma. Nightlife has a history of rallying to human causes and appealing/raising awareness of human rights abuses.
I have seen and been part of us who have been active for many years to raise funds and awareness for many issues affecting marginalized communities. Since becoming involved in nightlife, we have embraced the fight for better political and global human rights. As touring DJs, we often see countries facing issues that we might not really encounter back home via news etc. and interact in real time in person.
Where we are better informed, we are more willing to act. Dancefloors are safe spaces and great unifiers where we embrace our unity while honoring our differences. We are generally a progressive group that is not afraid to speak truth to power as a starting point. When we get organized, that’s when real growth and change happens.
There are great organizations that do the job safely (I’m aware that offering you like any type of recovery shelter could be open to abuse) and so sharing and donating consistently is something we can everything to get started: WRAP, National Black Women’s Reproduction Program, Abortion Care Networkand of course the ACLU who fight tirelessly in so many areas.
FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS: FUNDRAISING FOR ACCESS TO ABORTION takes place Friday, August 19, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., at 1015 Folsom, SF. More info here.