Dear EMA Fund Community,
We are horrified by the violence against Black lives at the hands of the racist police system that continues to exist in the US and have had a spotlight shined on it in the last week. Fighting against racist violence, police brutality, and white supremacist systems of oppression needs to be part of abortion access work or we’re not doing our jobs.
There can be no reproductive justice without racial justice. Full stop. Reproductive justice is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. (SisterSong) This is the core definition, the core meaning that we need to go back to when the news cycle feels overwhelming.
We are disturbed by the display of police force that took place on Sunday night that turned a peaceful protest into violence right here in Boston. We are asking you, our supporters, to join us in taking action to uplift and support local anti-racist organizations.
- Families For Justice As Healing – led by formerly incarcerated Black women. They are part of the long-term struggle to defund police and prisons and take that money back for Black and Brown communities. Scroll down on their page here to find their donation form.
- @SistersUnchaind is an organization dedicated to building community and power with young women affected by parental incarceration through radical education, healing, art, sisterhood and activism. Support them here.
- Massachusetts Bail Fund – MBF posts bail so that low-income people can stay free while they work towards resolving their case, allowing individuals, families, and communities to stay productive, together, and stable.
Silence is not an option. Anti-racist organizing is a core part of reproductive justice work, especially for those of us who benefit from white privilege. As WeTestify emphasizes:
TO ACHIEVE REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE, BLACK LIVES MUST TRULY MATTER.
Mae, Svenja, Liz, Dana, and Vikky
EMA Fund’s Executive Director and Board of Directors
P.S. If you’re looking for some resources to educate yourself check EMA’s Racial Justice Transformation Reading list compiled by Reframe Health & Justice.