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What Happened in Charleston is a Reproductive Justice Issue

June 29, 2015

As you know, last week a domestic terrorist walked into the historic Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC and murdered nine people: Sharonda Coleman Singleton,  Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, DePayne Middleton Doctor, Clementa Pinckney, Myra Thompson, Tywanza Sanders, and Daniel Simmons Sr.

We are holding the families of these victims in our thoughts and join the many protesters in the work of unraveling the framework upholding the wretched lie of white supremacy.

White supremacy, racialized violence and lack of safety for people of color are issues of reproductive justice.

Lilith Fund believes that in order to succeed in the movement towards reproductive justice, we must dismantle the structures that prevent us from building a society that truly values the lives and wellbeing of people of color.

These inequitable structures produce countless difficulties, including poorer health outcomes and limited access to care for people of color in the United States. These are but a couple of examples of our country’s battle against bodies of color that we can work towards eradicating in an effort to build a society based on intersectional justice.

If these topics are new to you, or you want resources to help reach out within your local communities, this guide provided by the African American Intellectual History Society is very helpful:

May the victims of this atrocity rest in peace and may their families find solace in the change-making justice that will be sought on their behalf.