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Radical Repair Illustrations

In June, we gathered with communities of color for Radical Repair: Building a Pathway to Transformation, where PPGNY shared the progress made on the Reviving Radical Community Mandates adopted in 2020 and committed to continue building accountable relationships with communities of color.

Grounded in a shared definition of Accountability: Name, Acknowledge, Repair, and Do Not Repeat, communities asked that PPGNY share power with patients and community, standardize our practices to mitigate bias, integrate feedback offered, and hire more staff that reflect the patients we serve. We committed to continuous improvement and responding to community needs as directed by community voice. 

We invite you to follow the link below to view full-size versions of the beautiful graphic notes taken by Laura Chow Reeve that vividly illustrate our gathering and its key takeaways.

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Reviving Radical is a framework to guide our affiliate’s journey as we reckon with Margaret Sanger’s support for eugenics and the harmful impact of that decision on women of color, people with disabilities and poor communities at the dawn of the birth control movement. Reviving Radical provides an organizational approach to listening, learning and transforming relationships within communities of color, and strives to center accountability for how Planned Parenthood of Greater New York shows up with and within communities of color.

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Core Goals

  1. Acknowledging the impact of our organization’s legacy within communities of color
  2.  Identifying measurable action steps that arise from the community discussions
  3. Implementing and reporting on actions steps taken to be accountable to communities of color in our health services, programs and organizational practices
  4. Committing to continued restorative practice and transformation in the communities of color we serve

Community Mandates

During our gatherings we dialogued with communities and synthesized what we learned into Reviving Radical Community Mandates. As an organization, we are committing to the mandates listed below.


  1. Reckon with Planned Parenthood’s legacy and contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color 
    • Acknowledge past harm
    • Say sorry
    • Make it right—by never doing it again
  2. Divest from and dismantle white dominant organizational cultural norms/values
    • Commit to race equity practice
    • Eliminate unearned advantages
    • Track the data – tackle the problem
  3. Adopt individual and institutional practices that value people of color
    • Conduct race and gender justice training to transform organizational culture
    • Commit to continuous learning
    • Be accountable for missteps – make it right
  4. Center communities of color's voice, experience, and knowledge of self 
    • Listen to communities of color's experiences
    • Believe communities of color's experiences
    • Honor communities of color's truth in care and services
  5. Build accountable relationships with communities of color
    • Center the most marginalized or impacted people’s leadership
    • Trust and uplift community expertise and solutions
    • Learn when to follow, partner and lead

Reviving Radical Gatherings Background

Learn more about the events we have hosted and what's next.

Reviving Radical Commissioners

Commissioners helped guide the creation of the Reviving Radical Community mandates. The body of eight commissioners oversaw the Radical Truth: Truth and Reckoning proceedings during which each commissioner validated and framed the truth-tellers testimonies within our historical context, offered reproductive justice history and bared witness to testimonies and our organizational response and commitments.

Reviving Radical Commissioners were selected for their:   
●     Understanding of sexual and reproductive health history and oppression and Margaret Sanger’s legacy impact on communities of color;  
●      Commitment to reproductive justice, reproductive rights, racial justice, gender justice, LGBTQ and human rights;  
●     Ability to work in multi-cultural and diverse community to support reconciliation and healing;   
●     Organizing, scholarship or work experience that reflects a commitment to sexual and reproductive justice for communities of color.  

Reviving Radical commissioners serve as an accountability body ensuring organizational follow-through and implementation of the Reviving Radical Community Mandates.  The eight commissioners are:

  • Dr. Lynn Roberts
  • Aimée Thorne-Thomsen

  • Nia Eshu Martin-Robinson

  • Chanel Porchia-Albert

  • Pilar Herrero

  • Dr. Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH

  • Carmen Mojica

  • Cara Page

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Reviving Radical Partners

Planned Parenthood Federation of America 

  • Black Organizing and Leadership 

  • Education 

The Scherman Foundation

Reviving Radical Initiatives

Patient and Community Experience 

Our work is focused on ensuring our all members of our community have access to high quality, culturally responsive sexual and reproductive health care programs and services. We are committed to improving overall patient and community experience and to eliminating gaps in access, delivery and outcomes due to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. We will strengthen training to build the skills and will to deliver equitable care, and systems of accountability that utilize patient and community feedback to drive decision-making and service improvements.   

Language Justice

Language Justice is the fundamental right everyone has to communicate in the language in which they feel most comfortable. We believe in the equality of all forms of communication including written, spoken and sign language. We will refrain from promoting the dominance of any one language and commit to creating spaces so communities are able to come together and bring their whole selves, their full perspectives, and experiences into the conversation across language difference. In the coming months we will develop language justice primes and a best practices toolkit for the organization. 

Community Accountability Tracking & Progress

We believe fostering authentic and accountable community relationships is a critical component in our ability to provide equitable care and services. We will work to develop ongoing public accountability mechanisms to share regular updates on our progress as well as to engage and uplift community expertise and solutions.  

Digital Engagement & Archive

The necessary and ongoing work of Reviving Radical, including its origins, goals, and the people we collaborate with, will be shared through the Reviving Radical website, social media, and archival projects. We will document the people, activities, events and outcomes of Reviving Radical.   

Reproductive Justice, Arts & Culture

We will collaborate with artists, activists and cultural workers of color to co-create experiences that build awareness and support the mobilization of community around reproductive health and justice issues.  This work includes hosting gatherings where community can share experiences, exchange self-care practices, engage in movement building work and create community with each other. ​

We’re excited to share our enhanced Sexual and Reproductive Justice Timeline video with you!

We’re excited to share our enhanced Sexual and Reproductive Justice Timeline video with you!

This timeline offers a window into the nation’s reproductive history including its founding tenants, extremely dehumanizing acts and the unwavering lineage of resistance to reproductive oppression. As a part of our Sexual and Reproductive Justice workgroup and our Reviving Radical initiatives, we shared this enhanced reproductive justice timeline at our events and teach-ins.

Discussion Questions

While viewing the timeline, we invite you to reflect on the following questions:  

1. What new information did you learn from viewing the timeline?  

2. What connections can you make between moments in the past and more current events described on the timeline? 

3. What additional moments in history do you think should be added to timeline?  

4. Where in today’s society do you see similarities between moments shared on the timeline? 


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