In Solidarity with the Black Community
It’s been heavy. Especially for our Black employees, patients, supporters, partners, and colleagues across the country.
White supremacy and systemic racism permeate every American Institution. In order to dismantle it, we must stand in solidarity with those demanding change through uprisings and protest. Right now, the Black community needs us to show up so we’re pressing pause on our June events to reflect, restore, and recommit our work towards racial equity and social justice.
Planned Parenthood has a racist history and we owe what we’ve learned about Reproductive and Racial Justice to the Black members who founded these movements. We recognize that there’s a lot of internal work that we still need to do as an organization, and part of that work is how we show up for communities of color. We do not want to be performative allies, which is why it’s important that we push our PRIDE and Immigrant Heritage Month events to the end of the month. It would be dishonest to say that we stand in solidarity with the Black community if we’re still continuing with our scheduled events. The Black community needs us to show up and we invite you to join us.
Planned Parenthood believes we must continue to demand accountability, justice, and an end to the inequity that continues to systemically target Black lives and communities. George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, Bernardo Palacios and so many more who don’t make headlines: they deserve justice. And all officers who have murdered Black individuals and other people of color must be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
As our nation confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, which is disproportionately ravaging local Black communities and other communities of color, we must also address the public health crisis that anti-Blackness and racism present. As long as Black people don’t have the right to bodily autonomy to live their daily lives – or to protest the violence against their lives – without the fear of violence or murder, we can never achieve justice, let alone reproductive justice. Freedom from violence is reproductive justice.
We stand solidarity with the Black community.