September 28th - Lilah Obregon Wilson + Reproductive Rights
With deep cultural roots in Chicano soul and a youth spent in the Cha Cha dance crew/DJ scene, that merged out of East LA in the mid-‘90s, it all made sense that after school Lilah immersed herself into the realm of music when deciding to open open her bar/coffeehouse/venue, The Lucky Cat, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2003 as part of the growing DIY scene. The establishment featured regular live events including performances from artists such as: Sharon Jones, The Budos Band, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Naomi Shelton, Vic Thrill, Reggie Watts, a nascent TV on The Radio, Very Be Careful, King Missile III, as well as a top selection of renowned underground DJs from NYC, Latin America and Europe.
Post-Lucky Cat, Lilah brought her music relationships and legal expertise (JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law ’01) into the world of advertising first; as a Music Producer/Supervisor at a music house in NYC and then on to J. Walter Thompson, where she was made head of the Music and Radio Department (2009). Wilson was the key point person for anything music-related going through the agency — including: creative development, budgeting, clearance and production on major campaigns and new business pitches. Her JWT clients included: Microsoft Bing, Rolex, Smirnoff, Macy’s and Royal Caribbean among many others. She then moved on to freelance, developing a roster of clients to include: Baron and Baron, Michael Kors, Coach, Sephora, Estée Lauder and Vogue.
Intrigued with motion pictures, television and overall media production, Lilah kicked off her film career with “We Are Young” and Sundance’s Audience Award winner, “Sleepwalk with Me.” She has since worked on numerous films, theatre and TV/Webseries projects, including: 2017’s Berlinale’s 2nd place Audience Award winning music documentary, “Chavela.” More recently she added VR film to her credits, with Annie nominated, virtual reality film, “BattleScar,” which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at their new permanent VR theater, The Ray and premiered in full form in December of 2020.
In addition to extensive film work, Lilah has moved into production itself. This has included casting and recording for commercials and motion pictures, art direction, events and installations, including the installation, art direction and launch of Mexican artist, Gilberto Navarro Aceves’, “Bicycles,” a six month art installation of 122 sculptures that were installed in 11 locations in NYC. In addition, she has served as producer, art director and music supervisor on the “Bros” web series.
Lilah is a member the Guild of Music Supervisors and also acting board member of the Golden Hornet Organization.https://www.goldenhornet.org/mission
REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS - BACKGROUND INFO
The right to choose to have an abortion has been settled law for some time now. Still, even though we have a constitutional right to choose under the 14th amendment, abortion is something that people have very strong opinions on. Many businesses and organizations choose to side-step speaking to this issue to avoid offending people of differing viewpoints.
A majority of people in the US support the right to choose. The nervousness on the part of businesses / cultural leaders to take a stand makes backsiding on this constitutional right frighteningly real. It is all the more important, therefore, for those of us who believe strongly in the right to choose to speak up now.
We never want people to feel pressured to act on something they don’t believe in. If you’re on the fence, please keep reading to learn more. If this is an issue that you’re sure you don’t want to take action on we’d encourage you to sit this one out, mainly out of respect for our music supervisor who is deeply involved in activism with this issue and is joining us specifically to support this cause. Look she even made these cookies!
The issue: Texas has created a law that, in effect, bans abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy. It’s important to know what “6 weeks pregnant” means. A lot of people who’ve never been pregnant don’t realize that doctors count pregnancy as starting from the first day of the LAST period before conception (the first day is when the period starts, so you’re “pregnant” by this definition before you’ve even ovulated). That means that the medical term “6 weeks pregnant” really means 2 weeks since you missed your period. Many folks don’t have regular cycles and don’t know when their period is coming and so may not realize they are pregnant until 7 or 8 weeks (3 to 4 weeks after missing a period). That’s why this law is equivalent to a total ban on abortion, which is in contravention to the constitutional right to have an abortion as granted under the 14th amendment. This ban applies in every scenario including rape, incest involving children and saving the life of the mother (see below), with no exceptions. Being pro-choice means:
We’re pro-Sara who found out at her 20 week anatomy scan that the infant she had been so excited to bring into this world had developed without life sustaining organs.
We’re pro-Theresa who hemorrhaged due to a placental abruption, and would die without an abortion.
We’re pro-little Cathy who had her innocence ripped away from her by someone she should have been able to trust and her 11 year old body isn't mature enough to bear the consequence of that betrayal.
We’re pro-Melissa who's working two jobs just to make ends meet and has to choose between bringing another child into poverty or feeding the children she already has because her spouse walked out on her.
We’re pro-Joe who was sexually assaulted on their way home from work, only to come to the horrific realization that their assailant impregnated them when they got a positive pregnancy test result a month later.
We’re pro-Brittany who realizes that she is in no way financially, emotionally, or physically able to raise a child.
We’re pro-Emily who went through IVF, ending up with six viable implanted eggs requiring selective reduction in order to ensure the safety of her and a safe amount of fetuses.
We’re pro-Jessica who is finally getting the strength to get away from her physically abusive spouse only to find out that she is pregnant.
We’re pro-Vanessa who went into her confirmation appointment after years of trying to conceive only to hear silence where there should be a heartbeat, and who should never have to wait, in a depression, for months for a natural miscarriage or stillbirth.
We’re pro-Lindsay who lost her virginity in her sophomore year with a broken condom and now has to choose whether to be a teenage mom or just a teenager.
We’re pro-Courtney who just found out she's already 13 weeks along, but the egg never made it out of her fallopian tube so either she terminates the pregnancy or risks dying from internal bleeding.
Bottom line - the right to choose what happens with a pregnancy belongs to the pregnant person. The people in these scenarios are not distant statistics; they are real people that you know and like. It’s not for other people to be involved in someone else’s highly personal choice, or to impose their own religious convictions on others. ACTION: The preferred action this time around is for people to make a donation to one of the following organizations: 1) Donate to abortion funds. They are going to bear the brunt of helping Texans access the care they need, which may be out of state. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds 2) The majority of Texans support access to abortion, but between gerrymandering, voter suppression, and abortion stigma you’d never know it. Donate and/or sign up to get involved with Avow’s work to elect abortion rights champions. www.avowtexas.org Though we encourage making a donation, if you’re low on funds and would rather write to your House Representative you can ask them to support HR 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act: Here’s a sample letter to your Rep: Dear Rep [name], I’m a constituent from [zip]. Thank you for the work you do to represent our district. I’m furious about the Texas abortion ban and what it will mean for reproductive rights nationwide. Please co-sponsor and push to pass HR3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act. Thank you, [your name]
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Donations - 11
Letters to reps - 5