Reproductive justice advocates are fighting back against this racist attempt to shame women of color for having abortions; the Trust Black Women Coalition, led by SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, specifically aims to attack the racialized language used by campaigns like these and educate their communities about the real issues facing Black families. Many reproductive justice organizations have used these billboards as an opportunity to speak out against anti-choice organizations and their lack of interest in truly improving racial disparities in health, including reproductive health. In an exciting development, reproductive justice advocates have begun using billboards as a tool to advertise their values.
The National Institute stands with the reproductive justice advocates who are launching grassroots and public education efforts to counter these racist, anti-choice billboards.
- Learn more about racist billboards and the history of Black women’s reproductive health in this overview from Colorlines.
- This article from the Daily Beast explains the racist conservative movement behind racial anti-abortion billboards.
- Read about the group behind the billboards in many cities, Life Always.
- Trust Black Women, Support Reproductive Justice for All Women: A View from the Battlefield
- Learn more about the Trust Black Women Partnership, a coalition of organizations standing up to these stigmatizing messages.
- Monica Simpson of SisterSong discussed attacks on Black women’s autonomy and disparities in health outcomes in RH Reality Check.
- RH Reality Check published a comprehensive history of abortion advertising on billboards.
- This article, “Choice Under Fire: Issues Surrounding African American Reproductive Rights”, discusses racist billboards and the proactive response by the reproductive justice community.
- Read a takedown of the racist billboards in Cleveland.
- An open letter from New Voices Cleveland denouncing the billboards.
- See New Voices Cleveland and the Repeal Hyde Art Projects’s billboard in this Tumblr post.
- This overview of racist billboards from RH Reality Check (featured above) highlights New Voices Cleveland and their advocacy work.
- Read news coverage describing the controversy caused by anti-choice billboards in Memphis here.
- Colorlines and Words of Choice highlighted the reproductive justice response to the billboards led by SisterReach, who erected billboards urging the community to “Trust Black Women.”
- Cherisse Scott, the CEO of SisterReach, wrote an overview of the anti-choice billboards and her organization’s powerful response in RH Reality Check.
Anti-Choice Billboards with Proactive Response
- The local affiliate of Fox News covered the community outcry and dismantling of the billboards targeting the Latino community.
- ThinkProgress and Jezebel covered the controversy behind the billboards and its connection to the nationwide anti-choice billboard campaign.
- The mother of the child pictured in the billboard sued Life Always, the New York Daily News reported.
- This report from NOW celebrated the billboards coming down in 2011, and the New York Times also covered its removal.
- Read Feministing’s coverage of the billboard erected in SoHo in 2014, featuring a statement from SisterSong.
- Read coverage of the billboards in the San Jose Mercury News.
- More local coverage of the controversy.
- A letter to activists about how to help get the billboards down.
- A commentary on the Bay Area’s billboards from Trust Black Women’s national communications chair.
- Pro-choice activists held an event speaking out against the billboards at Austin Town Hall, a suburb of Chicago, the “Black Women Speak Out.”
- Read coverage of the controversy from the Huffington Post and the New York Times.
- SisterSong convened a national coalition to fight back against these racist billboards, the Trust Black Women
- Loretta Ross, then the National Coordinator of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, wrote an in-depth history of the reproductive justice response to these billboards.
- A notice about SisterSong’s activist day.