Amanda R. Matos

Amanda R. Matos, proud Nuyorican from the Bronx, NY, is the co-founder of the WomanHOOD Project, a Bronx-based youth-led organization for young women of color. She is dedicated to empowering communities of color through capacity building, political education, and civic engagement. Amanda has led community organizing and policy initiatives at Planned Parenthood of New York City and Girls for Gender Equity. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Sheila C. Johnson Fellow. On her free time, Amanda eats doughnuts and watches great TV shows like Jane the Virgin and Blackish.

Posts Written by Amanda

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What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Win Means to “a Girl from The Bronx”

With her surprise defeat of incumbent Joe Crowley in the primary election in June, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on her way to becoming the youngest woman elected to Congress. She boldly ran her campaign on a democratic socialist platform, calling to abolish ICE and provide medicaid access for all.

With her surprise defeat of incumbent Joe Crowley in the primary election in June, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on her way to becoming the youngest woman elected to Congress. She boldly ran her campaign on a democratic socialist ...

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Lynching Memorial Dedicated to Victims of Racial Terror

The first national memorial dedicated to lynching victims opened in Montgomery, Alabama last month to remind us of the history and present-day impact of racial terror. Formally called the National Monument for Peace and Justice, the memorial represents over 4,000 black lives lost due to mob lynching and recognizes the activism of black women abolitionists like Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

The first national memorial dedicated to lynching victims opened in Montgomery, Alabama last month to remind us of the history and present-day impact of racial terror. Formally called the National Monument for ...

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Trump Admin Sending Immigrant Teens to Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Pregnant immigrant minors are being sent to anti-abortion clinics, commonly known as crisis pregnancy centers, despite a federal judge ordering that Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) stop blocking minors in government custody from accessing full reproductive health services.

Pregnant immigrant minors are being sent to anti-abortion clinics, commonly known as crisis pregnancy centers, despite a federal judge ordering that Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) stop blocking minors in ...

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Hurricane Season: Are Puerto Rico and Houston Ready?

This June will mark the beginning of hurricane season, and less than a year after hurricanes Harvey and Maria, Puerto Rico and Houston are bracing themselves for the probability of more storms – the aftermath of which we know will disproportionately hurt low-income communities.  

This June will mark the beginning of hurricane season, and less than a year after hurricanes Harvey and Maria, Puerto Rico and Houston are bracing themselves for the probability of more storms – the aftermath ...

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Whose Gun Rights? Black Woman Incarcerated for Self-Defense

Last month Detroit-based environmental justice activist Siwatu-Salama Ra was sentenced to two years in prison for brandishing an unloaded gun in an effort to protect her two year-old daughter and mother from an aggressor. Ra’s “felonious assault” conviction is a blatant contradiction of Michigan’s stand-your-ground laws – yet we haven’t heard anything from NRA supporters, proving once more that the gun rights movement is only concerned with protecting the “freedom” of white men. 

Last month Detroit-based environmental justice activist Siwatu-Salama Ra was sentenced to two years in prison for brandishing an unloaded gun in an effort to protect her two year-old daughter and mother from an aggressor. Ra’s ...

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In Potential Feminist Win, Argentina Considers Legalizing Abortion

Legal abortion in Argentina may become a reality this year thanks to lawmakers and activists who have been fighting for decades to frame abortion as a human right. In Argentina as in many countries in Latin America, abortion is legal only if the pregnancy was caused by rape, the mother’s health is at risk, or if the fetus has congenital birth defects. If a woman seeks an abortion outside of these parameters, she can be fined or jailed.

Legal abortion in Argentina may become a reality this year thanks to lawmakers and activists who have been fighting for decades to frame abortion as a human right. In Argentina as in many countries in ...

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