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Attacks on reproductive rights and health disproportionately impact Black women and their communities. Our Black Organizing Program focuses specifically on reproductive justice activism by and for Black communities.

Our theory of change: If we support and uplift the political and social power of Black communities through advocacy, organizing, education, and resource distribution, then we will build an equitable, sustainable, and inclusive movement that centers those who are most impacted, protects and expands avenues for access to care, and attains reproductive freedom for all.

Our dynamic, statewide programming includes: 

  • Shop Chats: gatherings at Black-owned business, where the Black community is invited to learn and discuss sexual reproductive health care and how that care—or lack thereof—impacts their community. 
  • Community Strategy Meetings: space created for community stakeholders to collaboratively determine how we can move in solidarity together.
  • Online Discussions: monthly online events that connect the community with resources that will empower. 
  • Solidarity Sponsorships: investments in local organizations that support access to community resources including reproductive health care, sex education, LGBTQIA services, and other services that support human rights.

Solidarity Sponsorship

Our Solidarity Sponsorship program invests in local organizations that support access to community resources including reproductive health care, sex education, LGBTQIA services, and other services that support human rights. The unrestricted sponsorships range from $250 to $1,000. Sponsorships are funded by a special initiative from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and administered through the leadership of the Black Organizing Program.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan understands that we must move in solidarity to achieve true reproductive justice for ALL people. Together, we can collectively break down the systems of oppression standing in the way of reproductive justice.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The organization or program must be focused in the state of Michigan.

  • The funding year for the program supported by the sponsorship is February 1, 2021 – December 1, 2021.

  • Organizations must have an annual operating budget under $100,000. 

  • Organizations may have a religious affiliation, but the project seeking funding must not proselytize.

  • Sponsorships will not be given for reserve funds, debt retirement or operating deficits, indirect expenses unrelated to the project or program being funded, sponsorship of fundraising events, endowments, capital projects, political elections, or other requests that do not reflect the goals of this initiative.

Cassy Jones-McBryde, Black Organizing Program Manager

Before coming on as staff at Planned Parenthood of Michigan, Cassy Jones-McBryde served as a National Speaker for the National Storytellers of Planned Parenthood, where she shared her advocacy around reproductive health and access. In September 2019, Cassy began as the Black Organizing Program Coordinator, the first one in Planned Parenthood’s history to ever hold this title. She now serves as the Black Organizing Program Manager in Michigan, sharing best practices, strategies, and learnings from more than 10 years of experience in social justice.

Cassy is also a part of the National Patient Advisory Task Force, where she helps to develop national affiliate guidance to all of Planned Parenthood’s Patient Advocacy Programs across the country. Additionally, Cassy has created curricula for Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide on race, equity and inclusion principles in organizing.