“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson (Aboriginal Activist, Queensland)
Normally before asking you to donate, we would share statistics such as how many calls we’ve received this year, the median grant amount for a caller, or the success of our annual Triathlon1. While we continue to fund abortions in Eastern Massachusetts, we also want to update you on the important transformation work in progress within the EMA Fund. These changes are fundamental for our organizational growth, and we ask you to support making them a reality.
For the last year and a half EMA has been in a period of transition toward racial justice. After pausing new initiatives, we began our work with Reframe Health and Justice Consulting in July, learning about white supremacy culture and how EMA can become a movement-building organization that centers the needs of our callers, particularly those whose identities are marginalized every day. Patients of color are disproportionately affected by the ever-increasing barriers to abortion nationwide. Our transformation is crucial to helping them access the care they want with ease and comfort.
Moving forward, we are focusing on making our structure more sustainable and representative, especially for volunteers of color, and paying people for their work. We know from the NNAF membership enrollment survey that abortion funds with just 1-2 staff see almost doubled capacity on volume of callers helped. This comes with a large price tag, but it will greatly increase our ability to fundraise, to meet our callers’ needs, and to expand beyond direct service into outreach, community building, and more we have yet to imagine. We invite you to support us on this journey with a year-end donation to the EMA Fund.
In addition to donating, we urge you to involve yourself in our work by diving into one of the readings in this list provided by Reframe Health and Justice for volunteers at EMA. We especially want to highlight Reproductive Justice, Not Just Rights by Dorothy Roberts, Blackness is the Fulcrum by Scot Nakagawa and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. Read one or two and talk about it with your friends or family this holiday season.
As EMA continues to transform, we increasingly recognize how abortion rights and reproductive justice intersect with other movements such as those that are working to abolish prisons and the system of cash bail. Please consider supporting not just the EMA Fund but also organizations such as Black and Pink and the Massachusetts Bail Fund.
In 2019, we will continue to work with Reframe, shifting our focus towards cultural and organizational change rooted in anti-racist principles, culminating in a strategic planning retreat in May. In addition to continuing to fund abortions and moving towards a small staff, the EMA Fund will be:
- Celebrating 20 years of funding abortions in Eastern Massachusetts
- Hosting the EMA Fund Triathlon, our annual fundraiser in April
- Translating our website and materials to Spanish, plus exploring other languages
- Creating a new and sustainable organizational structure that increases our capacity for funding abortions and expands in new ways
- Strengthening existing partnerships with other abortion funds as well as building solidarity with other movements
We hoped our racial justice transformation would be a moment, a pivot point, but self-discovery takes far longer than that. It has been painful, too, full of uncomfortable revelations about how our majority-white organization treats people of color, despite our best intentions. One lesson we have learned as we continue to fund abortions and work to dismantle white supremacy: We cannot defeat barriers to abortion without defeating injustice in how we treat each other.
For us to learn to be more than we are now, we need to strengthen our community. We want that to include all of you. You are the ones who will hold us accountable as we continue building our understanding of justice and work to transform ourselves and our world to a place where everyone has autonomy and access to care.
This holiday season, please help us fund abortions, work towards racial justice, and move towards being able to pay people, with a gift to the EMA Fund. Becoming a monthly sustainer helps us reduce the need for fundraising, makes it easier for us to budget, and, most importantly, guarantees that our callers get the help they seek. Please consider becoming a monthly sustainer at bit.ly/donate2ema or giving a one-time gift of whatever you can to make sure we are able to continue funding abortions.
Thank you so much for continuing to support us. If you have any questions, ideas, or concerns about the EMA Fund and our work, please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incoming Board President
On behalf of the EMA Fund
- In 2018 the EMA Fund has received over 600 calls and funded over 300 abortions. Our median abortion grant was $262 this year. We increased our weekly budget from $1800 to $2200 in January 2018.
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