Statement of Purpose
The Cicada Collective aims to provide access to reproductive resources such as abortion doula services, informational support, and transportation/lodging possibilities for people in North Texas who are seeking abortions.
The Cicada Collective is an autonomous community-centered group of individual organizers located in North Texas. Working through a reproductive justice framework, we aim to address the barriers and lack of resources regarding reproductive health in our red state by providing a channel of access to the resources necessary for reproductive autonomy. We aim to focus on building accessibility for the communities most often restricted from these resources, with the understanding that people’s varied experiences with reproductive oppression and resistance shape the type of support they need. These communities include but are not limited to: working class people of color, people with both visible and invisible disabilities, undocumented, incarcerated, or criminalized people, sex workers, gender and sexual minorities (queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people), legal minors, and those individuals at the intersections of some or many of these marginalized identities. We strive to draw from our sense of place to act in solidarity with those in our area, hoping to strengthen these pathways of resistance.
Why “Cicada Collective?”
Cicadas are a part of our experience living in Texas. They begin their life journey as an egg that is deposited in a groove in a tree limb, feeding on the trees fluids. When the egg hatches and the cicada is ready, it falls to the ground where it finds roots to feed on. Once rooted, it will stay underground from 2 to 17 years. We view ourselves and our communities as cicadas, rooted in the land we inhabit, and growing together to form healthy, strong connections. Cicadas are also known to sing loudly, embodying the voices of those resisting on a daily basis, growing stronger in numbers each season.