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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Black Women Take a Stand Against Racist Abortion Billboards

Yesterday Black Women for Reproductive Justice, the Chicago Abortion Fund, Planned Parenthood, and other organizations gathered in Jackson Park to speak out against the racist billboards that have been posted in Chicago and address the real issues black women face today.

Black women shared their stories about the issues they have faced in their lives and stressed the need to address the root of these problems through education and increasing access to quality, affordable health care.

This speak out was the first is a series of speak outs that will take place this summer. If you have a story to share or would like to stand in solidarity with black women, please join us at upcoming speak outs hosted by Black Women for Reproductive Justice:

Wednesday, June 1
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive

Thursday, June 9
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Grand Crossing Park
7655 S. Ingleside Ave

In the meantime, if these billboards make you as mad as they make us, do your part! Here are some things you can do to help take these offensive billboards down:

1. Call the City of Chicago's 311 City Services to file a complaint about the billboards. Tell them you find the billboards racist and sexist and you want them to come down immediately. While you're at it, sign this petition, too! If you are outside the City of Chicago but want to share your opinion of the billboards call (312)744-5000.

2. Call the Aldermans in the wards where the billboards are present. Ask them what actions they are taking in regards to the billboards and urge them to work to remove them.

Aldermen Contact Information
Ald. Carrie M. Austin, 34th Ward: 507 W. 111th, Chicago, IL 60628 — 773-928-6961 
Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th Ward: 34 E. 112th Pl., Chicago, IL 60628 — 773-785-1100
Ald Howard B. Brookins, Jr., 21st Ward: 9612 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60628 — 773-881-9300
Ald. William Cochran, 20th Ward: 6357 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60637 — 773-955-5610
Ald. Deborah Graham, 29th Ward: 5755 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60651 — 773-261-4646
Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, 6th Ward: 406 E. 75th St., Chicago, IL 60619 — 773-846-7006
Ald. Latasha R. Thomas, 17th Ward: 7811 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60620 — 773-723-0908
Ald. JoAnn Thompson, 16th Ward: 5335 S. Western Blvd., Chicago, IL 60609 — 773-434-3399

Confirmed Locations of Billboards:
5812 S. State St, 6th Ward
West 51st St. & South Hoyne, 16th Ward
63rd and South St. Lawrence, 6th Ward
63rd and South Rhodes, 6th Ward
67th and South King Drive, 6th Ward
6829 S. Ashland, 17th Ward
647 W. 69th St., 6th Ward
949 E. 75th St., 6th Ward
7843 S. Cottage Grove, 6th Ward
87th and South Justine, 21st Ward
95th and South Princeton, 34th Ward
115th and South King Drive, 9th Ward
120th and South Halsted, 34th Ward
West Chicago Ave. and Central, 29th Ward
West Chicago Ave. and North Menard, 29th Ward

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