3 Ways to Restore Women’s Reproductive Rights

Like many people, I am frustrated and angered, and devastated by what the Supreme court did over the last week. Several things that they’ve done, of course, the Miranda rights and officers no longer needing to provide that. It’s not a base that people can Sue officers on. We can talk about the handgun law that they passed down, which is taken care of. What’s the the rights that have been on the books for over a hundred years in New York. And people talk so much about state’s rights, right? But of course, this conversation about abortion and what they’ve done as relates to overturning Roe V. Wade is, is look at the end of the day. There is no middle ground on this. The Supreme court took away the rights of American citizens. Period. Bottom line people cannot compare this to the granting of civil rights and so on and so forth.

The expansion of rights as relates to voting rights. And the like is not the same as taking away people’s rights. And when people have these conversations about, oh, they turn it back over to the states and, and all that other type of nonsense. Why isn’t that a, why isn’t this a state issue as it relates to guns? I understand the argument. People make that guns have more rights and are protected more than women. We’ve created a system in this country right now where we have second class citizens, and we can talk about what needs to happen later, which I’m going to get to. But the fact of the matter in the immediate, there are some states where Chi where women who, and young girls who are carrying children will be forced to carry birth to their, their child. Determined depending on the state, this could be a situation where it could be from rape.

It could be from incest. And, and this is, this is what’s real today in America. Furthermore, we can talk about the elimination of many of the wraparound services that are going to help people who are dealing with all types of issues relating to childbirth. And we know that many of the pregnancies in this country that are happening are unwanted for reasons. Like I said, like childbirth, uh, like, like child rape, I should say, like rape as well. And of course there are people in the ex who are not in the extreme situation as it relates to those, those types of crimes. But people who, women who decided to make a choice that at this particular time, having a child is not gonna work best for them, for reasons that are their business period, bottom line. And at the end of the day, this is not about Christianity.

This is not about anything. This is about an, an activist minded court that is seeking to take the rights away from people. So, so look at the end of the day, we can get frustrated. We can get protests, we can, we can protest, but we have to organize around voting. So there’s just a couple of things, a few things I wanna mention in terms of what we need to be doing going forward. First thing, stop arguing with people who don’t agree with you. No minds are gonna be changed on this issue. Fact of the matter is people are only going to succumb to pressure, which leads to my next point of what we need to do. So after you decide that you’re not gonna argue with talk on social media and all of that, you’re just gonna spend time working with people who, with whom you can build.

Now, we gotta start targeting people and organizations. And when I say targeting people in organizations, we obviously have to target politicians, people like Joe mansion and Kristen cinema, and, and really make real pressure on them once again, to make carve out in the filibuster that they wouldn’t be willing to do for voting rights. See if Susan Collins is really about, oh, I’m, I’m so upset. I was lied to and so on and so forth, but you didn’t inv vote for the codification of Roe V. Wade that came before you in a Senate because you felt that it was too broad. So where are you really at? What are you really about right now? We gotta target them. And of course, Republicans as well, they’re not off the hook. As it relates to this, Republicans will consider themselves to be moderate. It’s whatever they need to be hit up straight up.

We also have to target corporations. Look, these, these companies out there that have been sponsoring these Republicans, any Republican that has been receiving money from organiz companies like Toyota or, or all of these corporations who are out there. You know, I mentioned Toyota because they talked about it, they’ve had a kind of neutral thing as relates to funding Democrats and Republicans, but this is not neutral ground territory. We need to target them. Are the serial companies that you’re buying are, are they sponsoring these guys? Are they supporting these guys? The, the, the, like I said, the automobiles, the clothes, all of that. This is where we gotta get serious because people do not believe that this will sustain long enough. This anger will last long enough. And I gotta be honest. I’m a little bit concerned, myself, many people who show up at marches and protests March for our lives, you know, pro uh, choice rallies.

And they’re like many don’t come out and vote, and this is a problem, you know, but now we’re in a situation where our, our, our, our daughters have fewer rights than their grandmothers had. And that’s real. And I’m, I’m raising daughters right now, and this is something that’s extremely frustrating. So we gotta get honest about that. And, you know, I think kind of like on, on, on a different type of level, we gotta start checking the language that we’re using. And what I mean by that is when you’re using the language of your enemy or the people whom you disagree, they’re winning. So I, you know, when we say, oh, they’re doing this and that, but then we call these guys the right and they’re wrong. That’s a problem. We call these guys pro-life, but they’re not pro-life because we know that once a child is born, they don’t care about ’em.

As the late George Carlin talked about. And 14 of the states that have enacted these laws are at the very bottom of, of the United States, as it relates to providing children, uh, services for women and children, this is before the ban. So what do you think’s gonna happen now? So they can say, oh, we gotta do this. We gotta do that. Well, you ain’t be doing it now. And even Republican, Chris Christie said, we supposed to be pro-life after the child is born as well. So look guys, at the end of the day, we got our marching orders, download things like the five calls app target. These politicians, target sponsors, stop arguing with people who are not serious, who just wanna take up your time on social media in other places, this isn’t the time to fight those guys. This is the time to fight for the preservation of, of our, of our future.

And those of y’all who are, and we also gotta fight. I do believe that the court should be expanded. It’s been expanded before. One of the reasons lost credibility is you can go back to the election of, of, of George Bush, Jr. And, and what happened there with the Supreme court stopping to count there. And then we can come up now where we have three justices who are put on the court, who are, who have lied, um, who are put on in ways that Mitch McConnell demonstrated his hypocrisy with and merit, Garland didn’t get an opportunity to be there. So why should people have four respect for the court? Merit, Garland didn’t even get a hearing. So they’ve joined their lines in the sand. They’ve made their dog whistles and they’re not dog whistles anymore. They want to control this. And we know that gay marriage is next.

We know that issues relating to interracial relationships is going to be next. So for those of y’all think that this doesn’t affect you right now. It’s coming for you or your friends. And as Nemo talked about when people come for this group or that group, and you don’t stand up for them, when people come for you, there’s gonna be no one around and half your back because they’re gonna be gone. So I’ve drawn my line in the saying years ago, over many of these issues, voting rights, the racism, and, and they’re like, I knew who many of these politicians are, and these so-called religious leaders were from the jump. And I knew, so the rest of us, if you haven’t been, um, awakened by this, this is the time. And for you, young people out there, many of y’all are gonna be voting, gonna be a voting age in the midterms. You’re gonna be voting age in two, 2024. Like my oldest child would be, this is put up our shut up time daily. We need to bring out actions and activities that are gonna let people know exactly how we feel. If it’s meant to be it’s up to me, if it’s meant to be it’s up to you. And now’s the time to get out there and just do what you going to do. Let’s go.

Biography

Omékongo Dibinga is an UPstander, not a bystander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. Omékongo is a youth motivational speaker, trilingual poet, CNN contributor, TV talk show host, and rapper. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described by Essence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award”. He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com.

Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, Dennis Brutus, and The Last Poets. Internationally, he has shared his work in 19 countries on 3 continents. He is the host of the talk show “Real Talk”, which deals with issues facing our youth today. His writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio from CNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of America in millions of homes in over 150 countries. He has also written songs for movies as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough Project.

Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he received his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland, where he worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative” as well as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown. He provides educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions. He has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over 75,000 youth across the globe to date.

Omékongo’s publishing company, Free Your Mind Publishing, a subdivision of his organization, UPstander International, has produced 7-fusion music and motivational CDs, 6 books, and one independent DVD. His motivational book “G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Life” has received praise from great motivational speakers such as Willie Jolley. His most recent book "The UPstander's Guide to an Outstanding Life" is a life balance book for students.

It’s a Girl

200,000,000 missing, not talkin’ ’bout money see

Talkin’ about somethin’ worth more than currency

Talkin’ about missin’ girls the foundation of a nation

But born in India and China brings damnation

Desperation, having a girl brings trepidation

So being born a girl leads to deadly devastation

Baby girls bouncing from the womb to the tomb

Delivery room delivering gendercide too soon

How have we forgotten that the woman is key

To open the future’s door for our children to see?

The phrase “it’s a girl!” should bring cause to rejoice

But we kill innocent victims who have no choice

No say in the way they will die this way

Parents leave their land so daughters won’t die today

We’re killin’ our seeds we gotta tell the world

So parents can say proudly “It’s a girl!”

 

Can’t see women as a burden, men gotta realize

Gotta save the people that hold up half the sky

Family planning police planning family murderin’

Just because they think havin’ a girl is a burden

It’s not about condemning culture but saving lives

Dowry deaths for those left wondering why?

Why oh why not practice safer sex

Than kill a girl who had nothing to do with this?

Buy her, sell her, kill her, keep her!

Sex shouldn’t lead to visits from the grim reaper

India and China, what you gonna do?

When there’s nothing but men in your countries too?

Can’t import wives like you might do food

See the value of your girls, don’t kill ’em so soon

A woman’s body is not a boy factory

We gotta give our girls the right to be born and be free!

1,000,000 Youth Campaign

 

The problem

In today’s mass media culture, our youth are constantly being reminded of what it is they do not have. Through the entertainment industry, they are constantly reminded of an image they may never attain. From flawless, near-perfect model images of Beyonce and Taylor Swift to television shows broadcasting the multi-room mansions of today’s athletes, our young people become convinced that their lives will never be as drama-free as the utopian images advertised to them hourly on their cell phones, iPods, televisions, laptops, and video games.

While our youth are dealing with the aforementioned challenges, there are few avenues by which they can receive support (or positive reinforcement) for their own concerns. Television shows that speak to teen issues are hard to come by. Community programs are being closed left and right due to lack of funding. School counselors are overworked and underpaid. Many parents are too busy trying to provide for their children that they do not have time during the day to properly interact with their children and learn of the challenges they face. With no consistent means to intervene in the lives of our youth, we are witnessing an increase in suicides, crime, gang activity, dropout rates, teen sexual promiscuity, and drug abuse. For all intents and purposes, our youth have been abandoned by society as a whole.

The need for the 1,000,000 youth campaign

It has been said that one positive thought can overcome an entire army of negative thoughts. The 1,000,000 youth campaign exists to speak positivity into the minds of our youth. The campaign seeks to plant a seed of greatness in the lives of many whose spirits have wilted. Sometimes it takes the belief of someone else to carry one over until she develops her own ability to believe in herself. Through participating in the 1,000,000 youth campaign, participants will learn the “Great 8” formula for personal growth. Specifically, they will learn to:

  • Realize they can overcome any obstacle
  • See suicide as a permanent solution to a temporary problem
  • Understand the relevance school still has in their lives
  • Create goals to pursue their dreams
  • Remove negative people or circumstances from their lives
  • Attract the people and circumstances around them that will advance their goals
  • Respect the differences of others
  • Be upstanders and not bystanders in the face of our bullying epidemic

The How

Through powerful and entertaining motivational speeches including the use of spoken word and hip-hop; through personal stories and stories of others who have overcome obstacles; through affirmations; and through dialogue, Omékongo, empowers every audience member to be an upstander and live their greatest life. Through intense breakout sessions, participants dig deeply into not only developing self-esteem for themselves, but a respect for people of diverse backgrounds. Don’t wait! Contact Omékongo today if you want to motivate your youth with this dynamic motivational youth speaker!

 

 

Real Talk

Real Talk, hosted by motivational youth speaker Omékongo Dibinga, looks at issues concerning our youth today. Whether it's issues such as racism and bullying to music and distracted driving, Real Talk is an honest conversation with and about youth. This is the show where the lives of our future leaders matter most!