Black Lives Matter Partners with Reproductive Justice Groups to Fight for Black Women

It is time for our politicians—it is time for the masses—to understand that its time to trust Black women, and policymakers need to make real investments in Black women’s health, in quality education (including comprehensive sex education) and in faith and healthy communities. This starts by acknowledging the expertise and leadership of Black women as the agents of change in our own communities. 


RAIX Zine: Reproductive Justice en la Frontera PLUS Five More RJ Zines By POC + Other Resources!

ZINE TITLE: RAIX/Zine Reproductive Justice en la Frontera, Vol. 1, Issue 2

AUTHOR/CREATOR GROUP: RGV activists working with the Texas Freedom Education Fund + La Frontera Fund


ORIGIN: Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA


It is an interactive introduction to reproductive justice with a borderlands lense, and includes original art and poetry by Rio Grande Valley artivists.



In this issue:

Reproductive Justice focus!

Words to Know! -  Reproduction, Reproductive Oppression, Reproductive Justice!

Excerpt- Why is Reproductive Justice Important for Women of Color? from SisterSong Collective

Excerpt - Health? Rights? Justice? Frameworks to Understand Reproductive Justice!

Plant Profiles! - California Bayberry & Red Root!

We Make the Road By Walking: Trans-Inclusive Language & Reproductive Justice!

Young Women Empowerment Project’s Reproductive Justice: A Movement of Resistance Lead by Girls and Transgirls Involved in the Sex Trade and Street Economy!

Core Aspects of Reproductive Justice !

Native Resistance: Decolonizing My Birth Experience by Christina Castro!

Reproductive Justice Resources!

To get a copy:


To submit Essays, Art, Poetry, Stories, Formulas, Recipes, Plant Profiles, How to Guides, Marginalized Histories, or other herbalism/healing arts/revolutionary eco/sociological histories,


SPARK Reproductive Justice Now has created a zine packed with information, resources, art and exercises that is both a conversation starter and a tool for LGBTQ and same-gender loving youth of color in the South and others who support queer and trans youth. FIRE provides valuable information for LGBTQ youth that may be hard to find including safer sex, relationship and communication; celebrates and honors us as survivors and thrivers; and demonstrates that communities really can make what we need.

“As a “primer” pointing outward to further exploration,The Radical Doula Guide is lovingly crafted and inspirational. It’s definitely a must-have for any (personal or institutional) collection with a focus on reproductive justice issues.” –Anna J. Cook, the feminist librarian

“A must read for anyone interested in doula work or in the birth and parenting community!” –Jillian L. Schweitzer

“An easy-to-understand, inclusive, and short introduction to diversity, privilege, and power issues relevant to providing full-spectrum pregnancy support. I bought a copy because it feels good to have this kind of book within easy reach on my shelf, even though I’m just now exploring an interest in birth activism. The sections on ability, size, and age gave me food for thought.” –Goodreads reviewer Zigforas

With over 2,000 copies in circulation, the book is an important tool in many clinics, an essential addition to many personal collections, and is being used widely as a textbook in trans and queer courses around the country. Get your copy today!

“Freeing is an incredible book. The guide is a vibrant and diverse publication, with photos and drawings of people in the community. Bodies that are rarely in evidence, rarely on display as the norm, populate the guide. It was created in partnership with health care providers across the spectrum from traditional medicine to herbal and Eastern medicine. It’s beautifully designed and peppered with factual information, first person experiences, illustrations, and poetry. The guide has information about things that I’ve searched for in the past and found little to nothing about - things that even health care providers have struggled to explain.”

-Miriam Perez, Feministing

As Texas residents, we, along with millions of others across this country and the world, are negatively affected as our bodies become a battleground for conservatives to dictate. Released at Denton, TX’s second annual Femme Fest Benefit, this 30 pg edition is themed around reproductive justice. Topics include the birth of Cicada Collective (a group that provides access to reproductive resources in North TX), reproductive activism in Mexico, reproductive health 101, abortion chronicles, powerful poetry, satirical lyrics destroying Rick Perry, & more!


Did we forget to include any other black or POC led reproductive justice zines, groups/collectives/organizations? Any individuals we should spotlight? Send us a message and we’ll update this post:



All funds go to offset the cost of advocacy work and cultural production.

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Trust Black Women Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Our Mission and History

The mission of the Trust Black Women Partnership is to develop a strong network of Black women’s organizations and individuals mobilized to defend our human right to make abortion and family planning decisions for ourselves. We work to counter the growing anti-abortion movement in the African-American community and defeat race- and gender-based campaigns and legislation that limit abortion access for Black women. We educate our communities, legislators and leaders of color about Reproductive Justice (RJ) issues from Black women’s perspectives. We also stand for the human right of every Black person, regardless of their gender identity or expression, to end a pregnancy, continue a pregnancy, build a family, and raise children with health, dignity, and freedom from violence. After five years of building power and organizing, we are now re-launching Trust Black Women, and we are stronger than ever.

The Reproductive Justice movement, created in 1994, the Trust Black Women Partnership, created in 2010, and the Black Lives Matter movement, created in 2012, were created because the lives of Black people were in peril. All were born out of a demand for the self-determination and liberation of Black people in this country. And all were born because of the leadership of Black women.

Our Shared Struggle

For more than twenty years, Reproductive Justice advocates, grounded by an intersectional power analysis and commitment to centering the most marginalized, have articulated the pressing need to value Black women and families, respect the decisions of Black women, and assure the basic human right to determine our own destinies. This encompasses the ability to prevent or end a pregnancy, to live and build and raise a family with dignity, and to have the resources to do so. Through and through, we have asserted the value of Black lives by fighting systemic racism, economic injustice, state-sanctioned violence, and the denial of our reproductive self-determination.

Fundamentally, Trust Black Women, rooted in Reproductive Justice, and Black Lives Matter are movements to affirm the value of Black lives, to protect the dignity and autonomy of Black bodies, and to dismantle the systems that harm and oppress Black communities. As we recognize our common values, we stand stronger against those who would co-opt our language or strategies to use against Black women, or any member of our communities. As we learn from the past, we must recognize the harms of de-centering Black women and the need to support Black women’s leadership and well-being.

Trust Black Women and Black Lives Matter assert — unapologetically — that Black people must be at the center of progressive work for social justice and moral progress.

Standing in Solidarity

As Black women leaders, activists and supporters of the Reproductive Justice movement and members of the Trust Black Women Partnership, we offer our formal solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The United States has a long history of over-policing and over-criminalizing Black bodies that started with the forced removal of Africans from our homeland. Ever since we were brought here against our will, this country has been a hostile birthing environment for Black women, and a dangerous place to raise Black children. This nation has yet to prove that Black Lives Matter, and it has yet to prove its ability to Trust Black Women.

Trust Black Women is grateful to Black Lives Matter for building the movement for Black lives to a critical tipping point: no longer can the public or our political leaders ignore our struggle. We also recognize the role of Reproductive Justice and Trust Black Women in contributing to this tipping point. We walk in one another’s footprints even as we stand side by side.

We offer to the Movement for Black Lives the analysis that brought Trust Black Women into being: an analysis that centers Black women, low wage workers, LGBTQ people, and those living at the crossroads of these identities. We offer to the Movement for Black Lives our commitment to hold gender justice as dear as racial justice, with Reproductive Justice as the core of both these aspirations.

We seek community, fellowship, and connection with Black Lives Matter, and we know that we must stand together or fall separately. Our lives are at stake. To realize a future where Black Lives Matter, we must Trust Black Women. To Trust Black Women is to affirm that Black Lives do Matter.

So we say, in the same breath, in the same freedom song: Trust Black Women. Black Lives Matter. Together we march toward justice for us all.

Black Women Led RJ Organizations/Projects:

Ancient Song Doula Services
Colored Girls Hustle
Echoing Ida
Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH)
National Network of Abortion Funds
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!
Women Engaged
Access Reproductive Care-Southeast
SisterLove, Inc.
Southern Birth Justice Network
New Voices for Reproductive Justice
Missisippi In Action
Women With A Vision
National Birth Equity Collaborative
The Afiya Center
Families for Justice as Healing
Black Women for Wellness
The Body is Not An Apology
Black Feminist Future
Family Preservation Collective
Black Women’s Blueprint
Milwaukee Reproductive Justice Collective

Black women leaders represented the following allied organizations:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Feminist Women’s Health Center
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
National Advocates for Pregnant Women

This solidarity statement was also signed on by individual artists, healers, theologians, academics, policy analysts and legal representatives.


Trust black women.

Elizabeth Acevedo — “An Open Letter to the Protesters Outside the Planned Parenthood”

Via @buttonpoetry

“ORIT is currently an unconstrained Activist/Freedom Fighter who has been heavily involved in the Movement for Black Lives…From Ferguson to Cleveland and a few other places in between. ORIT seeks to help the African Diaspora and the African Continent, to unite in unity, to fight systematic racism; one little step at time, one full breath in each moment…Then hopefully, maybe some leaps and flying when the climate permits.

ORIT has been immersed in various cultures throughout her life, which definitely enlightens her world view and love view. Though ORIT is staunchly and unapologetically BLACK, her approachable and loving spirit is felt by all people of all backgrounds. ORIT wants it to be OVER-stood that she is a Lover firstly, who is very serious about restoring soul health to BLACK People, who are obtusely persecuted in Amerikkka and worldwide”

Advocates Reaffirm Shared Roots of Black Lives Matter, Reproductive Justice Movements, by Kanya D’Almeida at RH Reality Check

The Reproductive Justice movement, created in 1994, the Trust Black Women Partnership, created in 2010, and the Black Lives Matter movement, created in 2012, were created because the lives of Black people were in peril,” the statement reads. “All were born out of a demand for the … liberation of Black people in this country. And all were born because of the leadership of Black women.”

Monica Raye Simpson, the director of the Trust Black Women Partnership, highlighted during a Tuesday press call the expanding restrictions on Black women’s access to safe, legal abortion and other reproductive health services, largely due to a rash of political and legislative attacks on reproductive rights that either directly target, or have disproportionate impacts on, Black women.

“We make this statement of solidarity to affirm that the work that we’ve been doing for 20 years for Black women’s reproductive freedom and justice is connected to the movement for Black lives, and to recognize that BLM has brought things to a crucial tipping point,” Monica Simpson said on Tuesday’s call, which included BLM co-founder Alicia Garza, and La’Tasha D. Mayes, the founder and executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice. RH Reality Check Managing Editor Regina Mahone moderated the call.

Trust Black Women, continued
Men Just Don’t Trust Women. And This Is A Problem | VSB
I think I don't trust my wife
By Damon Young

“This distrust can be pervasive, spreading to a general skepticism about the truthfulness of their own accounts of their own experiences. If women’s feelings aren’t really to be trusted, then naturally their recollections of certain things that have happened to them aren’t really to be trusted either.

This is part of the reason why it took an entire high school football team full of women for some of us to finally just consider that Bill Cosby might not be Cliff Huxtable. It’s how, despite hearing complaints about it from girlfriends, homegirls, cousins, wives, and classmates, so many of us refused to believe how serious street harassment can be until we saw it with our own eyes. It’s why we needed to see actual video evidence before believing the things women had been saying for years about R. Kelly.

There’s an obvious parallel here with the way (many) men typically regard women’s feelings and the way (many) Whites typically regard the feelings of non-Whites. It seems like every other day I’m reading about a new poll or study showing that (many) Whites don’t believe anything Black people say about anything race/racism-related until they see it with their own eyes. Personal accounts and expressions of feelings are rationalized away; only “facts” that have been carefully vetted and verified by other Whites and certain “acceptable” Blacks are to be believed.”

The photo above is of feminist, anti-racist, activist, Jasmine Burnett, a brilliant young woman representing Sister Song of NYC: Trust Black Women who is well-known for openly speaking out against anti-choice, racist billboards fueled by wealthy organizations such as LifeDynamics and Luckily, she was our guest speaker at PPSNE’s monthly training yesterday. She is also a very inspirational figure not only because of her work and unparalleled intelligence, but because she is angry. And that’s the kind of anger I need to fuel my fire.

One of the issues that Jasmine tackled was this idea of passive activism. Like the Shenanigans video and the idea that it is okay to broadcast language and imagery supporting rape culture because they are “normalized”, Jasmine holds a similar view regarding racism within the structure of the feminist-activist community. 

Ex. Slutwalk NYC –white women held signs saying “Woman is the Nigger of the World”, which was in reference to a quote by John Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono (who is a woman of color, herself). But it wasn’t okay then and it certainly isn’t okay now. The most noted part of this piece is that it took a black woman to ask this white woman to take her sign down. The more important question is, however, why did it have to take a woman of color to ask a white woman to take that sign down; and equally, why did the woman holding the sign think that it would be okay to do so in the first place? It is not okay that white feminists stand in solidarity with feminists of color in order to demolish perpetuated violence against women and rape culture, but then deliberately ignore racist sentiments within the same network. Institutionalized racism clearly still exists, and it is unfortunate that this racism cannot evade feminism.

Likewise, I think that the most valuable piece I took from the training in terms of how I identify as an activist is this idea of being an ally and a representative of communities of people who either cannot represent themselves or do not have a voice to speak for themselves. However, this ideology of mine is very flawed and I think it is very sad that I only made this realization at this point. As Sister Song states as part of its agenda, “Trust Black Women” is not just a statement, but a call to action, whose motto is “Stand with us for Reproductive Justice.” This is a crucial concept because it says that black women can stand for themselves and that they don’t need other people, especially people who are not self-identified within the black community, to stand up for them. Instead, we should stand with them because they are just as empowered, strong, and angry –and who is better to represent people of the black community, than black women who understand their own challenges, obstacles, and victories better, than themselves?

I gained insight into communities of oppression, particularly for black women. I remember reading about reproductive oppressions within the black community from a book in my Politics of Reproduction class last semester, and how, although black women supported birth control, many black activist groups (ie. the Black Panthers, the Urban League, etc.) negated access to birth control because being able to birth black babies was deemed as more empowering and as a direct challenge to eugenics, which birth control advocate, Margaret Sanger, is often historically criticized for advocating.

During the Sanger years, there was a shift from access to birth control (bodily autonomy) to an obligation of birth control provided to the poor (typically communities of color). However, the demand for black women to birth black babies often served as a form of oppression toward women within the black community because it reasserted gender roles and domestic violence at the hands of black husbands and partners, where I believe reading, that black women were considered to be ‘niggers of the world’. Interesting, huh? As a result, despite what anti-choice activists and history may say, black women wanted Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood to be a part of their community. Black women supported bodily autonomy and supported access to birth control. And Margaret Sanger was pretty smart because she knew that the best way to reach the black community was (and is) through their churches. During The Negro Project (1939), Sanger hired ministers to recruit black doctors into the realm of reproductive health.

The issue of Margaret Sanger in this light is particularly of interest of me because I never really know what to say about her, primarily as a result of her controversial past of racism, eugenics, and being the founder of Planned Parenthood. However, it is important to note that Margaret Sanger was a birth control advocate, not an abortion advocate. And there is a difference! Anti-choicers and history books want to assert that Sanger’s primary agenda was eugenics, but within the larger scheme of things, her agenda was actually for the right of women to be able to control their own bodies through access to birth control. So in this sense, Sanger is actually a good alibi for black women because she was a white, privileged woman pushing for safer ways to control fertility. 

Yet, even today, we see that the issue of birth control is one that is not just an issue pressing black women (though they do have disproportionate health disparities as a result of socioeconomic status), but one that is pressing all women within the nation. President Obama has once again renegotiated his stance on birth control and has set a mandate on all insurance companies insuring religious institutions to cover birth control under preventative care for all employees and students at religious universities. Women have the right to refuse birth control if they wish, but religious institutes’ on-campus health centers may also refuse to provide it. However, because insurance companies are mandated to provide birth control coverage, the woman must find another way to access her birth control (ie. through another pharmacy). 

Obviously, this has its own bouts of controversy (okay, when doesn’t it?) because 1) a liberal agenda is being pushed onto religious organizations who are clearly, morally against contraceptives, and 2) the issue of access because although birth control coverage is provided to all women, regardless of their religious affiliation, there may be obstacles to physically obtaining their birth control. For me, personally, my biggest issue with all of this is just the idea that birth control is up for debate and controversy. Clearly, this is no longer an issue about abortion. Now it is a blatant attack on family planning –you know, the thing that saves women’s, men’s, and families, as well as prevents unplanned, unwanted pregnancies in order to prevent abortion? Yeah.

I’m sorry that I’m not sorry, but it is still not okay –and it never will be okay– to me that some older white man who I have never met and who has never met me is making decisions on how to police my uterus. What’s more ludicrous to me is that the people who are legislating against abortion are the same people legislating against contraception, welfare checks, food stamps, family planning, education, and family & child social programs! Women are being restricted from their own bodily autonomy and fertility, but are being punished for having children. Anti-choice people are pro-birth, not pro-life. These legislators frankly don’t care about the nurturing and development of the child after birth; they don’t care about their futures. 

“Women [and children] deserve better.” Thank you, Ms. Sonya Renee.

Other news & events:

  • Visibility event option: PPFA will fund $600 worth of Ramen noodles and ship it to our university for display because copays for birth control can be up to $600/yr ($50 copay/month). The visibility event will show how much $600 worth of Ramen really is and that affordable birth control is something that women want and need. HOWEVER, we believe that the $600 can go toward much more conducive things than shipping Ramen so I highly doubt we will be doing this on campus.
  • Valentine’s Day tabling during National Condom Week will take place Monday (2/13) in the Student Union from 3-5pm. We hope that everyone has a safe and sexy Valentine’s Day!
  • Zeta Phi Beta has yet to reply to my email, which by the way, is a follow up to two other emails I sent them for confirmation…but we shall see.
  • The interns and I discussed having a possible 'Hearts Campaign’, similar to the Amplify: Valentine’s Day Action campaign, in support of no-copay birth control. Members of the UConn community have the option of signing a paper heart with sayings such as “I use birth control” or “My partner uses birth control”, which in the end, will hopefully be amassed and posted somewhere within the Student Union. We hope that this will show that birth control matters and display solidarity on our campus regarding this issue. 
Making it Hard out Here for a Pimp: Sex Trafficking in the 'Hood

Making it Hard out Here for a Pimp

Sex Trafficking in the ‘Hood 

The pimping game is a big problem for Black females. 

The average age of entry into prostitution is 11-13.

Black little girls are targeted by adult men who pretend to be their boyfriend,

then sell their bodies to other men in the name of “love.” 

Let’s discuss sex trafficking of Black females and what we can do about it.

Join us:

Saturday, May 14, 2011 


Brownsville Heritage House
581 Mother Gaston Blvd. (near Livonia Ave.)

Multi-media event. Live tweeting will be encouraged. 

Program presented by Power of a Woman, a new forum for women and girls of color.

Contact Info - Mary Alice Miller:      Latrice Walker: (347) 351-2808 

“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.”