Trust Black Women
Trust Black Women is a national coalition that came together in 2010 to respond to attacks upon Black women around using contraception and obtaining abortions. BWRJ was a founding organizational member of this national coalition of Black women’s reproductive justice organizations and individuals around the country who came together to take a stance against the demeaning anti-choice abortion billboards that were erected around the country and to defend reproductive justice for Black women and girls.
BWRJ centered its 15th anniversary fundraiser around the film, “For Colored Girls” as a part of a nationwide fundraising effort of the Trust Black Women Partnership and used it to not only raise money, but to frame the issues in the film as reproductive justice issues. BWRJ bought out a theatre of 144 seats. Held on November 18, 2010, the evening included a panel discussion with activists and experts from various issues helping to create dialogue about the reproductive justice issues facing women.
Chicago became one of the locations in March, 2011. BWRJ quickly acted to pull together a strategy group of approximately nineteen local reproductive justice and ally organizations to respond to the billboards.
In April, 2011, BWRJ made a presentation to the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and as a result, the Commission issued a press statement against the billboards. In May, 2011, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations passed a formal Resolution against the billboards.
BWRJ co-hosted four Black Women’s Speak Outs on the south and west side. Each of the speak outs, except for the third, have been extremely well attended with approximately 30-50 attendees each. The third speak out at the Grand Cross Park was cancelled due to inclement weather and lack of participation. Thanks to the support of one of the strategy members, Affinity Community Services, the first speak out at the Chicago Park District-Jackson Park, was recorded on WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified. (Listen here). The fourth speak out at Austin Town Hall included participation from State Senator Don Harmon and State Representative Camille Lilly.