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Abortion Bans, Climate Crisis, and Attacks on Iranian Women: What’s Hiding Behind It All?

To say patriarchy, or anthropocentrism, or exploitation, would all be correct. But is there something antecedent, something lurking upstream, that precedes these words? Perhaps it is simply the failure to take a base condition like human rights and democracy seriously, seriously enough to let it dictate our fundamental social relations, or the power structures that flow from how we are created or more specifically, pro-created. If we took human rights and democracy in any particular nation...
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How the New York Times Undercuts Democracy by Ignoring Its Source

David Leonhardt and others have wisely sounded alarms about threats to democracy in the United States.  But their analysis misses the key question: How are we actually empowering people to participate in making the rules under which they must live, and limiting the power others have over them – including the destructive power inflicted by the climate crisis? Instead Leonhardt and others rush into questions of representation, and partisan politics. It would be better to preface these latter...

The Death of Queen Elizabeth II Raises Valid Concerns About Race, Inequity, and Privilege

The Death of Queen Elizabeth II has saddened millions, but has also raised conversations about the past, race, inequality and political privilege. Fair Start has previously encouraged the Royal Family to embrace more ecologically sustainable and socially equitable family planning, but the impact of a long-running racist and colonial empire / monarchy raise much larger questions: Why are so many fascinated by monarchies in a world that purports to be committed to democracy? Does the racist and...

The Fair Start Movement is the convergence of
social, eco, and reproductive justice to ensure every child a fair start in life as the first and overriding human right.

The climate crisis and worsening inequality are a threat to children everywhere – with effects being felt most by those communities least equipped to endure it. 

We can change course. Children deserve equitable conditions, right from the beginning. 

Fair Start helps shift unjust concentrations of wealth and power towards funding policies that instead empower all children with equal opportunities in life and a natural, biodiverse environment, by incentivizing and entitling well-planned, well-located, smaller and more equitable families. In short, we promote fundamental justice and freedom by actually accounting for, and improving, fundamental power relations between people, and between people and their ecologies. This is something almost no other group does. 

Per our Newsweek piece and multiple peer-reviews, it is physically impossible for us to orient our lives and actions from a just and empowering place – or for governments to create obligations like property rights – without first ensuring through Fair Start planning truly fair, inclusive and participatory communities that can actually consent to such rules.

Starting Upstream:

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 A fair start in life is the first human right – it overrides all others. It is what children are entitled to under the Children’s Rights Convention, and what allows them to eventually be free from the power of others, and truly self-determining.

Ensuring a a fair start is the most effective and just thing we can do with impacts well beyond downstream alternatives. Let’s take back the wealth women and children deserve to make the best future for all. It’s time for truly comprehensive reproductive justice. Family planning entitlements that ensure children ecologically and socially equitable conditions of development are the first and overriding human right.  

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