CLEVELAND – On September 10, 2016, the nation’s leading reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations will host free music and cultural events that shine a light on the majority of Americans who support abortion rights and show how access to abortion benefits women, their families and ultimately, the country.
All Access, a series of high-energy concerts, is bringing top musical and comedic talent to Cleveland and four other events taking place simultaneously in Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia. From dance parties to slam poetry contests, thousands more will participate in more than 30 smaller events across the country to show that abortion rights supporters are visible, active, and willing to speak up.
Hosted by Comedy Central’s Jessica Williams, the anchor event in Cleveland will feature a show-stopping headlining performance by five-time Grammy-nominated artist Sia and a performance by eight-time Latin Grammy Award-winning musical artist Natalia Lafourcade. Leslie Jones, the star of Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live, will be a featured comedian.
“All Access is such an inclusive group that I’m proud to be a part of this. We all need to stand together and be a part of creating the future we hope to see. There is so much support out there for an inclusive, equitable society that it’s time we showed our collective power,” said Sia.
Through the concerts, daytime events, and a robust digital experience, All Access gives participants a platform to share their personal stories and show the world that abortion access is a fundamental part of one’s ability to participate equally in the social, economic, and political fabric of society.
“It’s fitting that the All Access main event is in Ohio,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “This event is an opportunity to stand up and send the message that we’re not going to let politicians continue to decimate people’s access to safe and legal abortion. Since 2010, Ohio has enacted close to 20 anti-women’s health measures, restricting access to abortion and other reproductive health care like STI testing, cancer screenings, an infant mortality prevention program, even sex education, and placing a gag order on rape crisis counselors. ”
“We have taken many positive steps towards equity and reproductive rights, but our work is far from done,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “All Access is an event that unites abortion access supporters and shows this country what is possible when each of us can choose our own life path – including what our families look like.”
All Access will highlight the roadblocks that have been thrown in the way of Americans seeking to access their fundamental right to a safe and legal abortion. Since the 2010 midterm election, states have passed more than 300 restrictions to keep women from accessing reproductive health care. Nearly 90% of U.S. counties have no abortion provider, leaving roughly 40% of women of reproductive age without a single health center or doctor that can perform an abortion.
“Abortion access is an issue that affects all women, but particularly low-income women and women of color,” said Marcela Howell, Strategic Director for In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. “Regardless of race or the size of one’s paycheck, access to abortion is a universal right that is consistently under threat and it’s time that we speak out on this issue.”
Tickets to All Access events are free of charge and are available now on AllAccess2016.com. Cleveland’s All Access concert will be held at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in downtown Cleveland. Additional talent for the events in Cleveland, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia will be announced later this summer.
For more information, visit AllAccess2016.com.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With over 650 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433
August 09, 2016