Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest's
Commitment to Black Communities
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest’s vision is a world where access to health care doesn’t depend on who you are or where you live, and where everyone has the opportunity to choose their own path to a healthy and meaningful life. To make this vision a reality, it is not enough to simply continue our existing equity and reproductive justice work; we must commit to specific actions to support Black communities in our region and we urge our supporters to engage in this work also.
Racism is a public health crisis. Public health by definition is built on the principle of saving lives and there has been no greater threat to Black lives than violence -- from blatant police brutality to centuries of policies that have systematically oppressed Black people to individual acts rooted in racism and white supremacy culture.
- We must confront how white supremacy of the past and present continue in the institutions we are a part of today — including our own organization.
- We acknowledge how the faults in our history have manifested today, including the implicit bias within our own organization, and recognize that this is part of the problem.
- We acknowledge that for decades, Black organizations and leaders, especially Black women, have been leading the work to advance racial and reproductive justice, and this commitment is meant to honor their calls to action.
Read more about the specific actions we commit to here.
This is the next step in our work to build a more equitable and just organization, movement and society and we recognize there is more we will need to do. If Black people are unable to exercise bodily autonomy, to live their daily lives — or protest the violence against their lives — without the fear of violence or murder, we can never achieve justice, let alone reproductive freedom.
Part of being an ally is educating ourselves and our families on the history of systemic racism and the context surrounding recent protests. The links below can help you find resources to support you, acknowledging that we each come to these conversations from our own lived experience.
- General anti-racism resources, including tools for raising anti-racist kids
- How the Non-Black Latinx Community Can Demand Racial Justice
- Resources for Having Conversations with Spanish speaking folks about Anti-Blackness
- Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit
- MuslimARC’s toolkit for non-Black Muslims about #BlackLivesMatter
- 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
- Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex from Indigenous Action
- 30-Day Challenge to help white people explore how being white shaped their experience
There are many ways to support Black communities, and protesting is a way of showing up on the frontlines for the community. Whether you are organizing or attending a protest, here are some resources to keep you informed on your rights and tips for protesting.
Silence = Violence. Taking action looks different for everyone. Here are several ways you can show your support:
- Demand justice for Breonna Taylor
- Demand justice for Tony McDade
- Reach out to your elected officials about racial injustice
- Commit to educate yourself. Whether you prefer to watch something, read, or listen – here’s a great place to start.
We share some of the actions we’ve already taken not to pat ourselves on the back but to hold ourselves accountable to our supporters and the communities we serve.
- Allocated $93,000 to Black-led organizations across our three-county region doing a variety of work from housing to criminal justice reform to services for Black gay men.
- We’ve changed our new-hire materials to address the history of racism in sexual and reproductive health care and Planned Parenthood’s past and give new staff tools for responding effectively.
- All staff are completing interactive training on unconscious bias: what it is plus how to recognize and address it in ourselves
- We have committed resources to support our important DEI work, including two full-time staff, a 12-person DEI Council that meets monthly to guide our work, and Employee Resource Groups open to all staff.
- We started an in-depth health equity project to identify any disparities in access, outcomes and experience among our patients based on race, age and sexual orientation.
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