In response to the horrific Alabama abortion law passed I posted on both my IG and Twitter accounts – @NJDC07: This is my reply to those White men in #AL who created and passed that horrific #abortionlaw #BlackWomen have never been afraid of you! #BlackWomenRadicals #MyBodymychoice #CollectiveLiberation #roevwade #prochoice #ourbodiesourchoice #Befarwarned
With images of Black women standing strong against White police authority.
The first image is of a Black woman standing strong and pushing the rifle of a White National Guardsman out of her way (I love how the Black men are standing strong behind her – she does not need them but they are there) sent to her town in 1963 – the woman is Gloria Richardson. Please see my second posts with an explanation of who this phenomenal courageous Black Woman is – as she remains a staunch and prolific civil rights activist and change maker here in the DMV at 97 yrs of age! She just celebrated that milestone on May 6th– there is something about us Taurus women –YASSS!
This caused some to respond to my posts with explanations and creating cause for why this was done in AL. In those responses they also tagged Planned Parenthood (@PPFA and @PPact) in support of what they were sending me. I quickly let these disabled activist know that in no way do I or should they be supporting PPFA when that organization does not follow the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), other disability laws and has little respect for disabled people in the Reproductive Justice space. PPFA has little to no accessible services programmatically, clinically or physical building and they don’t hire people with visible disabilities to work in their clinics. This is not all of the facilities but it is a majority of the ones we have surveyed around the country. Yes we have had conversations with PPFA – few and far between so they were and are meaningless for creating change or becoming a different entity – one that provides inclusive reproductive services for all.
I was then asked who does this work well and how can I make a donation to them by @jzimbabwe – and I replied with: Laurie Betram Roberts @smartstatistic my sister in this work! I have known Laurie for a few years and we bonded IMMEDIATELY and have been fighting the good fight every since. She is one of the amazing RJ activists featured in tonight’s “United Shades of America” on @CNN hosted by W. Kamau Bell @wkamaubell at 10pm ET!
Laurie posted her recommendations – here are some Reproductive Justice organizations who embrace disability and actually create space to service this community – female, male and LGBTQIA disabled people are welcomed and have the accessible services needed for care! Please add them to your list of RJ organizations in your conversation about this work and in funding!
We need more @jzimbabwe – who asked about how they could help fund these inclusive organizations! Collective Liberation at work!
From Laurie Betram Roberts of Mississippi:
MS Repro Freedom Fund – @FUNDMSabortions – is the only fund in the nation with an accessible van that is creating an accessible office space that includes adult changing tables and has a visibly disabled ED – that would be my sister the amazing Laurie Bertram Roberts
Three clinics that do a great job at accessibility and constantly strive to be better:
@FWHC – Feminist Women’s Health Center – of Atlanta, GA
@MemphisChoices TN – has a birthing center and midwifery services for diabled
@RJ4KY – is at the forefront of pushing clinics to be accountable to the Deaf community. They have raised the issue of video ASL translation not existing in this work
NNAF Abortion Funds – @Abortionfunds
Please make your donations to these inclusive RJ organizations and tell others to do the same.
In this work I continue to be amazed by “progressives” who tout that they are doing the best work and they are being attacked by the right or conservatives for their bad work. They seem to always forget that they are also being called out from those who sit among them trying to be change makers for ALL, we also have problems and issues with their bad work. If you want to use informative and inclusive language and concepts like Intersectionality and Collective Liberation and say you are working to end oppression, discrimination, disenfranchisement and be abolitionists then you must check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Organizations like Planned Parenthood @PPFA who also has issues around LGBTQIA and race services should not be touted as the example of what “progressives” see as working in the Reproductive Justice space or progressive space for that matter! Because in reality their work is not completely inclusive and does not even come close to dismantling oppression of others. In fact PPFA’s work devalues many disenfranchised communities, by not providing services or including their voice in the fight for those considered “different” and not of the standard.
I continue to talk to people around the country- the world about this: If you are creating programs, policies and laws and you do not have people who are directly impacted by what you are doing or if you have a table full of White people – then what you are creating is WRONG! Just know this from day one!
Thank you to all the Gloria Richardson’s and Laurie’s out there for my life would not be what it is without you and millions around this world are living better because of you! To all of you who embrace true collective liberation and create spaces for those with lived experiences/directly impacted and Black and Brown people in all you do – THANK YOU!
To the others who are not doing this work like this – DO BETTER or GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY! We’ve got serious work to do!
Make sure to tune in and watch @CNN – #UnitedShadesofAmerica and see Laurie and others – Sunday, May 19th– 10pm ET/ 7pm PT
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