• "The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman."

    - Malcolm X


  • About La'Tasha

    The leader of the great deed is a woman!

    Leader. Visionary. Organizer. Politico. Speaker.

    La'Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM is a nationally recognized leader in the field of Reproductive Justice, Human Rights and leadership development for Black women and girls. La'Tasha is the Founder and Executive Director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, a multi-state organization in Pennsylvania and Ohio dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women, femmes and girls headquartered in Pittsburgh with offices in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

    New Voices advocates at the local, state and national level for Reproductive Justice - the Human Right of all people to control their bodies, sexuality, gender, work, reproduction and ability to form our families. New Voices celebrates its 15th anniversary this year having served 100,000+ Black women, femmes and girls, women of color and LGBTQ+ people of color through New Voices Pittsburgh, New Voices Cleveland and New Voices Philadelphia. In January 2015, New Voices co-launched the national policy initiative, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, as a founding partner.

    La’Tasha is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and she earned a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management at the Heinz School of Carnegie Mellon University. La'Tasha serves on the Board of Directors of the Groundswell Fund - the largest funder of Reproductive Justice and women of color - and she was appointed to a second term on the Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs. La'Tasha is past National Board Chair of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective - the largest Human Rights advocacy group for Indigenous women and women of color based in Atlanta.

    La'Tasha has served the Pittsburgh community as an inaugural Allegheny County Human Relations Commission Vice Chair, Social Action Chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter and President of the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh. La'Tasha has received numerous honors including the 2018 ATHENA Award nomination, 2017 NAACP East Boroughs Phenomenal Woman Social Justice Award and 2016 Coro Center for Civic Leadership Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award. La'Tasha also completed the Rockwood Leadership Institute Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Fellowship. La'Tasha is currently a participant in the 2019 Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania.

    In 2017, La'Tasha was published in the books, "Reproductive Justice: An Introduction" by Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger (University of California Press), "Radical Reproductive Anthology" by Loretta J. Ross (Feminist Press), Lynn Roberts et al and in the In Our Own Voice Policy Report, "Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Voices: The State of Black Women and Reproductive Justice" with her article, "Building the Next Generation of Black Reproductive Justice Leaders."


    In the Pennsylvania Primary Election 2015, La'Tasha ran for Pittsburgh City Council - District 7 and earned 35% of the vote against an incumbent in her first major campaign for elected public office. La'Tasha is a passionate Reproductive Justice activist, native of West Philadelphia and believes in the indefatigable spirit of women.


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  • Speaking Engagements

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    Fall 2019 Speaking Engagements

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    email duxfemfac@gmail.com.




    Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics

    Ready to Run: Women of Color in Politics

    Friday, February 1
    Chatham University

    Pittsburgh, PA



    All Access 2016

    Allegheny County Health Department
    Center for Reproductive Rights

    Clean Air Collaborative

    Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference

    Coro Center for Civic Leadership

    Groundswell Fund

    Gwen's Girls

    In Our Own Voice:

    National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda

    Higher Heights for America

    Kinks, Locks & Twists:
    Environmental and Reproductive Justice Conference

    Masculine of Center Conference

    NARAL Pro-Choice America

    NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

    Pennsylvania National Organization for Women

    Planned Parenthood Federation of America

    SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

    The Afiya Center

    The Heinz Endowments / Clean Air Collaborative

    The Heinz Endowments / p4 Conference

    The Pittsburgh Foundation

    Trapped Film Screening

    Urban Kind Institute

    University of Pittsburgh / Campus Women's Organization

    University of Pittsburgh / Department of Geology & Environmental Studies

    University of Pittsburgh / Graduate School of Public Health

    University of Pittsburgh / Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

    University of Pittsburgh / School of Law

    Women and Girls Foundation

    Women's Donor Network

    Women's Health Conversations

    Women of Color HERStory Month

    Women's Voices for the Earth

    WURD Radio

    Speaking Topics


    Reproductive Justice

    Human Rights

    Sexual & Reproductive Health

    Black Women's Health

    Black Girls' Health

    Black Feminism

    Black Women's Lives Matter

    Women of Color and the New American Majority

    Women Running for Elected Office

    Building a Social Justice Movement

    LGBTQ+ Rights

    Affordable Care Act / Health Care Access

    Ending Gender-Based Violence


    Environmental Justice

    Leadership Development

    Community Organizing

    Public Policy Advocacy

    Executive Directors Anonymous
    Starting a Non-Profit from the Ground Up
    The Black Joy Sabbatical
    Social Media, Communications & Non-Profits



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    August 26, 2018

    La'Tasha Speaks at Pittsburgh Vigil for #Orlando Shooting

    June 12, 2016


    "Neither hate nor terrorism can deny the Human Right to exist." La'Tasha served as MC for the City-Wide Candlelight Vigil for Orlando Victims organized by The Pittsburgh Clergy Consortium. This gathering brought 2,000 people to Downtown Pittsburgh to mourn the lives lost in the Pulse Nightclub shooting. La'Tasha and other LGBTQ leaders met with U.S. Senator Bob Casey regarding the Hate Crimes Protection Act he introduced as well as his support for the Equality Act.

    #StoptheSham to Protect Abortion Rights Rally at Supreme Court

    March 2, 2016


    La'Tasha speaks on behalf of New Voices for Reproductive Justice and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda on the impact of Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstadt Supreme Court Case on Black women in Texas and across the nation. The Rally took place on March 2, 2016. La'Tasha's speak begins at 2:11:00. The Supreme Court of the United States will announce their decision on Monday, June 27.

  • In the News

    Read about La'Tasha in the news!

    The Supreme Court Strikes Down HB2

    Whole Woman's Health case stops the sham of TRAP Laws. 

    In a landmark ruling in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstadt, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down TRAP laws - specifically HB2 in Texas. The high court ruled that the onerous regulations imposed on abortion providers created an undue burden for women. Not only did this law impact 725,000 Black women in Texas but millions of Black women across the nation. This decision will keep Texas clinics open and paves the way for abortion providers to discontinue the TRAP law practices or re-open especially in Pennsylvania and Ohio. La'Tasha weighs in on the ruling and what's next in the abortion war with this feature on Bustle. (June 2016)

    Pittsburgh mourns Orlando victims.

    The Pittsburgh community converges Downtown for city-wide vigil.

    "Neither hate nor terrorism can deny the Human Right to exist." La'Tasha served as MC for the City-Wide Candlelight Vigil for Orlando Victims organized by The Pittsburgh Clergy Consortium. This gathering brought 2,000 people to Downtown Pittsburgh to mourn the lives lost in the Pulse Nightclub shooting. La'Tasha and other LGBTQ leaders met with U.S. Senator Bob Casey regarding the Hate Crimes Protection Act he introduced as well as his support for the Equality Act. Check out NPR Station WESA 90.5 FM, City Paper and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette stories. (June 2016)

    The real terrorism is racism in America.

    La'Tasha responds to the mislabeling of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement as a "terrorist" organization.

    "Public outrage is not terrorism. Community organizing is not terrorism. Self-defense is not terrorism." Following the announcement that there would be no federal civil rights charges in the shooting death of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis, the police union head, Lt. Bob Kroll, referred to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement a "terrorist" organization. La'Tasha responds in Ebony Magazine citing racism and white supremacy as the daily terrorism of Black communities across the nation.(June 2016)

    National Reproductive Justice leaders talk Presidential Election 2016 at Political Lunch

    Women of Color Political Lunch

    With the 2016 Presidential Election Primaries on the horizon, Black women and women of color will be critical in the outcome of the elections in states across the nation. La'Tasha organized the Women of Color Political Lunch™ as the signature event during Women of Color HERStory Month® 2016 hosted by New Voices for Reproductive Justice. This year's dynamic speakers included Jessica L. Byrd of Three Point Strategies, Glynda Carr of Higher Heights, Jessica Gonzales-Rojas of National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Kimberly Kaplan. Check out the story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (March 2016)

    #StoptheSham Rally at Supreme Court

    La'Tasha tells the Supreme Court to Trust Black Women!

    The Center for Reproductive Rights organized the #StoptheSham to Protect Abortion Action Rally on March 4, 2016 at the Supreme Court. La'Tasha spoke about the Black women and women of color New Voices for Reproductive Justice serves in Pennsylvania and Ohio and the amicus brief submitted by In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda. Check out this Slate article by Christina Cauterucci. (March 2016)

    #BlackLivesMatter Partners with the Reproductive Justice Movement  

    La'Tasha discusses Black women's health with Alicia Garza of #BlackLivesMatter and Monica Simpson of SisterSong. 

    In a national Press Call, the #TrustBlackWomen Partnership, announced is solidarity statement with the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. La'Tasha discussed the critical importance of this alliance for the Reproductive Justice Movement, Black women's health and organizing on the ground. Kenyra Rankin highlights this visionary conversation in Colorlines. (February 2016) 

    Lives Are at Stake: A Formal Alliance Between Black Lives Matter & RJ

    La'Tasha discusses co-optation of #BlackLivesMatter to shame Black women and their abortion decisions.

    "We believe it's necessary to have a pro-active approach in changing the culture and stigma around Black women and abortion." #BlackLivesMatter is a powerful message and anti-abortion proponents co-opt this message to shame Black women with racist language & visuals to influence the culture on abortion rights. Read this Truth Out article by Katie Klabusich. (February 2016)

    La'Tasha Wins 2016 Coro Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award

    La'Tasha is honored for her Reproductive Justice work and leadership!

    On January 30, 2016, the Coro Center for Civic Leadership gathered the Pittsburgh community in the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to honor outstanding individuals, alumni and organizations for their value-based leadership. La'Tasha won in the Coro Alumni category - she is a 2004 graduate of the flagship program, Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Check out the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article by Patricia Sheridan! (January 2016)

    Choice Under Fire in EBONY Magazine

    La'Tasha speaks on Reproductive Justice & incarcerated women.

    Check out the groundbreaking November 2015 issue of EBONY Magazine. Renee Bracey Sherman tells the stories of Black women leading the movement for Reproductive Justice and their quest to protect abortion rights while centering the lives and experiences of Black women. La'Tasha discusses the insidious reproductive oppression incarcerated women face - specifically the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women as well as the co-optation of the #BlackLivesMatter movement message by anti-abortion activists. Get your copy today! (November 2015)

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