Statement by In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda President Marcela Howell…
Be sure to include In Our Own Voice on your #GIVINGTUESDAY list.
WASHINGTON — In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, a national/state partnership to lift up the voices of Black women, femmes and girls is encouraging supporters of civil and human rights to support Black women who have been impacted by COVID-19 on #GIVINGTUESDAY. While there are many organizations doing good work, In Our Own Voice makes the case for giving support to organizations led by and for Black women.
“Black women have been at the forefront of every progressive social movement in America,” said In Our Own Voice President and CEO Marcela Howell. “COVID-19 is hitting Black women hard and we need more resources to address the disparate impact of the pandemic on Black families and communities. We need your continued support on #GIVINGTUESDAY.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Black people account for 18.7% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., even though they account for only 13.4% of the population. In Our Own Voice has set up a special COVID Emergency Relief Fund to address the specific needs of Black women and their families. Donations raised on #GIVINGTUESDAY will be earmarked for those relief efforts through our partner organizations in Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, and Pennsylvania. Your donations will help with food baskets, rental assistance for families facing eviction, and support for trans people, youth, and gender-nonconforming people.
“Health care is a Reproductive Justice issue and the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most pressing health issues we face,” said Howell. “I encourage everyone to join us in our fight to end racial disparities in health care by making their #GIVINGTUESDAY donation to In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda.”