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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Speak Out Against the Racist Anti-Choice Billboards!

Earlier this year, anti-choice groups posted racist billboards on the South Side chastising black women, yet they completely ignored the real issues affecting their communities. In response, Black Women for Reproductive Justice (BWRJ) and the Chicago Advisory Council on Women will be holding a speak out tomorrow at the Chicago Park District in Jackson Park.

Black women across Chicago will speak publicly about issues impacting their neighborhoods and their families, such as limited access to health care and sex education, high rates of unemployment, economic inequities, and violence. Featured speakers include Jeanne Howard, former Planned Parenthood of Illinois Board Chair; Toni Bond Leonard, President of BWRJ; Gaylon Alcarez, Executive Director of the Chicago Abortion Fund; and Denise D. Ferguson, Director of the Chicago Advisory Council on Women. Black women from local communities will also be sharing their personal stories and experiences.

These condescending ads shame black women and attack a woman's right to choose what is right for her body. Please join us for this opportunity to highlight the real issues, share stories, and let Chicago know we want these billboards taken down!

If you'd like to share your story without an audience, you can download a form here or enter online to have it posted anonymously.

We'd love to see you there!

Speak Out Details:
Wednesday, May 18
Chicago Park District, Jackson Park, 6401 South Stony Island

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