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 women and girls of color. La'Tasha is the Founder and Executive Director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, a multi-state organization 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 and reproduction. New Voices celebrates its 13th anniversary this year having served 75,000+ Black women 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 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.
This past year, La'Tasha was elected to the Board of Directors of the Groundswell Fund - the largest funder of the Reproductive Justice movements and women of color activists in the nation - appointed to the Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs and also to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Task Force for the Greater Pittsburgh Region.
La'Tasha has been honored with numerous honors including the 2016 Coro Center for Civic Leadership Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016 Onyx Woman Network Pittsburgh Top 25 Award and the 2016 Community Human Services Community Ally Award. She also completed the Rockwood Leadership Institute Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Fellowship. In 2017, La'Tasha was named to The Incline's list, Who's Next Community Leaders and Activists, featured in the Upworthy.com article, "23 Incredible Black Women Whose Words of Wisdom You Need to Hear" and honored with the Health Start Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Star Award and the NAACP East Boroughs Phenomenal Woman Social Justice Award.
La'Tasha was recently published in the book, "Reproductive Justice: An Introduction" by Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger (University of California Press) 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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900 AM WURD
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Center for Reproductive Rights
Clean Air Collaborative
Coro Center for Civic Leadership
In Our Own Voice:
National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda
NARAL Pro-Choice America
Pennsylvania National Organization for Women
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
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
Sexual & Reproductive Health
Black Women's Health
Black Girls' Health
Black Women's Lives Matter
Women of Color and the New American Majority
Women Running for Elected Office
Building a Social Justice Movement
Affordable Care Act / Health Care Access
Ending Gender-Based Violence
Public Policy Advocacy
Executive Directors Anonymous
Starting a Non-Profit from the Ground Up
Social Media, Communications & Non-Profits
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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)
The Establishment features La'Tasha at #AllAboveAll Lobby Day on Capitol Hill
La'Tasha lobbies in support of the EACH Women Act and advance the Reproductive Justice Movement!
"...the EACH Woman Act is an important next step for women’s health in general, and reproductive justice in particular—especially because we’re talking about a bill that will undo great injustice for low-income women and women of color.”
This compelling article by Katie Klabusich (@Katie_Speaks) on the new women-owned media platform, The Establishment, www.theestablishment.co, follows the day in the life of La'Tasha as a citizen lobbyist and Reproductive Justice activist for Black women and women of color in Pennsylvania and Ohio. (October 2015)
PA Adopts Online Voter Registration
Pennsylvania becomes 23nd state to make voting easier.
Voter registration just became easier in Pennsylvania because of online voter registration. Eligible voters in PA can now register to vote online at register.votespa.com. The deadline to register for the November 3 General Election is October 5. You can continue to register online for the next election which is the Primary Election in May 2016. (August 2015)
New Voices Settles Lawsuit with PA Department of Human Services
Nearly 75,000 low-income women in Pennsylvania gain access to full Medicaid coverage.
With Medicaid Expansion, women who previously received health care through SelectPlan for Women now qualify for full Medicaid Expansion with the settlement of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA, New Voice Pittsburgh, Michelle Bonaventura v. Beverly D. Mackereth, Pennsylvania Secretary, Department of Human Services. (August 2015)