These people make it all happen.
We do the job that the media doesn’t, creating provocative and hilarious videos and social media content that educates people about the pervasive, discriminatory abortion laws that profoundly and disproportionately impact the poor and people of color. Another crucial part of AAF’s mission is to support and raise awareness about independent abortion providers. These clinics bear the brunt of anti-abortion legislation and harassment.
We also spend our time out on the road.
Abortion AF: The Tour is a year round comedy and music tour that borrows from a USO format- bringing entertainment, elbow grease, and love to abortion providers and their communities. AAF creates a fresh space for people to take action who haven’t necessarily seen a place for themselves before in political or reproductive rights movements.
We foster a multicultural, multi-ethnic, gender fluid team of creative activists who understand how important and rewarding it is to create content that comes from and speaks to a diversity of life experience.
In addition to being more inclusive, we are also pumped to continue our work with a name that reflects our primary mission of putting ABORTION front and center. We are seeing a wave of extremist anti-abortion legislation like never before, and it’s critical that we not shy away from what we are all about: Abortion Access! AAF’s work is to normalize abortion, celebrate those who provide it, and fight like hell to keep it accessible and legal. By choosing Abortion Access Front, we unapologetically declare we are on the front lines of the fight and stand with the providers of abortion. Ask any of the over 70 clinics we have serviced; when they ask for help, #WeShowUp.
We are the Abortion Access Front. We are Abortion AF. We are damn proud of that, and we are here to serve! If YOU’RE Abortion AF, sign up to kick ass and take names with us at AAFront.org. Trust me when I tell you, when you hang with AAF, you will see, exposing sexist shitheads has never been more rewarding.
(FOUNDER, CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER)
Lizz Winstead, AAF’s founder and chief creative officer, is one of the top political satirists working today.
As co-creator and head writer of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” she forever changed the way people get their news.
In 2004, Winstead also co-founded Air America Radio, while also co-hosting “Unfiltered” every morning with the amazing Rachel Maddow and Hip Hop legend, Chuck D.
Now with Abortion Access Front, Winstead has taken her satirical brilliance one step further, combining it with her passion for reproductive rights to expose anti choice hypocrisy and inspiring a whole new model of activism.
(MANAGING DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION)
Before joining AAF, Kat worked as a producer, editor, and shooter for film and television productions around the world (HBO, The Weinstein Company, MSNBC, VH1, Sundance, Spike, The History Channel). Somewhere in there, she also designed databases for non-profits and post departments, and learned to drive a truck with air brakes. In her spare time she designs and fabricates dangerous art and collects obscure skills.
(DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS)
Anna works to give everyone that wants to get involved in this movement the tools to do so! She loves collaborating with partners to build campaigns like #ExposeFakeClinics that give people a bunch of different ways to take action on an issue. She has an MSW and has worked in progressive organizations in NYC for ten years. In 2018 she became a mama to a beautiful boy, and the experience has made her more committed to abortion access than ever before (like how are we FORCING BIRTH on people that don’t want it? No sir.)
Before joining AAF as Development Director, Kimberly worked for Doctors Without Borders, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. She’s proud of her Appalachian roots, and lives half the year in Northeast Tennessee where she works on progressive issues, including abortion access, with a vibrant and diverse activist community.
Marie joined the AAF team in spring of 2019. As the operations manager she tries to helpfully interfere with all projects, and particularly enjoys participating in fundraisers and events benefiting the invaluable independent abortion clinics all over the United States. Marie has a masters in Criminology and has worked in public higher education as an administrator and advocate in Chicago, and volunteers with a practical support abortion fund. She is an ardent believer in that an undesired or nonviable pregnancy can derail an individual’s life, and we must trust people with uteruses to govern their own body.
Moji loves yoga, insightful books, great talks and is currently having all the fun raising an adorable-assed feminist.
Ariel has a masters degree in Costume Design from NYU Tisch, and 10+ years experience in the theater industry. She has designed costumes for over 60 productions for the stage, and assisted in bringing a hundred or more to life in various supporting positions on and off Broadway. Ariel is thrilled to be able to lend her talents and skills to AAF, where she brings videos from script to screen and “makes the jokes look pretty”. When she is not smashing the patriarchy, Ariel designs jewelry for her own line, NerdSparkle and obsessively takes pictures of her Boston Terrier, Patti LuPone.
Sarah graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Media and Information, where she studied animation and motion graphics. She worked as an animation intern at Homer Learning before joining Abortion AF.
Yolanda is a dynamic creative with a knack for content creation, directing, coordinating. As a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at the City College of New York, Yolanda has spent the last several years dedicating her time to bringing untold stories to life. As a theatre professional, she has held various roles within production including, stage manager, costumer designer, set designer, and director. In 2017 Yolanda took her talents to the film industry and has been working as a production designer and wardrobe stylist since.
With her need to create and work in spaces where marginalized groups have a voice, Yolanda has joined on to many phenomenal projects with strong women leading the way, enter: Abortion Access Front.
This organization is the perfect mixture of activism and production that closely aligns with her beliefs and Yolanda is thrilled to head into tours to come.
JEANNE THERESA (JT) NEWMAN
(INDIVIDUAL & MAJOR GIVING OFFICER)
JT comes to AAF with a background in fundraising for a variety of arts & politics organization that stretches back twenty years. Her professional expertise includes major gift fundraising and special events and her favorite thing in the world is sharing her passion for the organizations she works for with people with the means to make a difference.
(ONLINE COMMUNITY MANAGER)
May Steinberg wandered into her digital communications career in 2013 and has since worked as an internet whisperer for web startup Happify and Volunteers of America-Greater New York. She earned her MA in International Affairs from The New School with a concentration in Governance and Rights, specializing in women’s issues. She’s a Cancer (and moody about it), enjoys reading, traveling, writing, and is a huge fan of lunch.
(SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER)
Sarah used to be a red carpet reporter and entertainment journalist and honestly feels a little intimidated by how accomplished and socially aware all her amazing and kickass colleagues are.
(COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR)
Anqa is an advocate, educator, and researcher working on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in vulnerable communities. They are a Muslim Youth Leadership Council Fellow at Advocates for Youth and a founding member of the Reconcavo Collective, where they developed sexual education curricula for Muslim women, nonbinary, and/or trans folks. Anqa also organizes around Kashmiri liberation with the South Asia Solidarity Initiative and Stand With Kashmir. Born and raised in Jersey City, they believe that community is a verb and the only way to liberation is through its healing nature. Anqa received a BA in biology and film studies from Mount Holyoke College.
Jaye McBride is funny, smart and proudly transgender. Jaye has traveled the country performing stand-up comedy both as a headliner and sharing the stage with comedy greats like Aziz Ansari, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Norton & Bobcat Goldthwait. Jaye has also been a part of The Boston Comedy Festival, The Great American Comedy Festival and the Limestone Comedy Festival. In addition to stand-up, Jaye speaks at colleges all across the country with her lecture about being transgender called ‘Trans 102: The Chamber of Secrets’. “Working with this amazing group of people has really shown me just how much those who are anti-abortion are also anti-trans, anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-lgbtq, you name it. And the clinics we visit help all of those groups. I’m thankful for every visit, every show and every day I’m able to help”
Sarah has been passionate about abortion rights since she found herself defending them to her 8th grade class. Best known as the plus-size contestant on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 9, Sarah is an accomplished comedian, writer and producer. She’s performed all over NYC, as well as at Edinburgh Fringe, and was retweeted by JK Rowling, so she can die now, right?
Molly Gaebe is a writer and performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade and a proud abortion doula. She hails from Miami and has previously worked for the Reproductive Health Access Project. Some call her the “Sauce Queen” because she loves sauce so much. Sauce as in condiments. But she also loves wine so I guess both ways work.
Chanel is a comedian and writer who blossomed on the Philadelphia comedy scene before taking her storytelling style and commanding stage presence to NYC. She’s been featured on MTVs Girl Code, Tru TVs Laff Tracks and she was recently a Just For Laughs New Face.
(WEST COAST VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR)
Julie is the go to for all events, actions and spaces on the west coast where you see AAF. She is proof that the Feminist Take Over is spreading.
(WEST COAST VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR)
Previously a writer with the NY crew, Jenn is now in LA organizing fundraisers and raging out in the sun. If there’s a meme involving abortion and cats, it came from her.