Womencare’s Response to Racism

Dear Womencare Community, Clients and Friends, 

We unequivocally stand against the violence, oppression, and injustice perpetrated on Black and Brown people by White individuals and institutions.  The intergenerational infliction of trauma continues to do harm.  Racism kills. Racism kills by unequal access to health care, by unclean water, air and soil, and by the systems of oppression designed to keep Black and Brown people down. 

Our country’s racist systems have traumatized Black and Brown individuals, families and communities, not just in the present day, but throughout our nation’s history.  The pandemic has laid bare the stunning inequities of our system.  The disturbing murders of black individuals around the country, including those most recent- George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery – scream the unequal ways life is valued in our communities. 

As therapists who work with trauma, we honor the necessity to disrupt the system-  a system that has been so shamefully harmful and dangerous.  We grieve that protesters fighting for racial justice have been met with violence, infiltration, injury, and death.

At Womencare, we have spent this week privately expressing our outrage and grief, through video conversations, social media posts, texts to one another and protests.  We forgot that the outrage and grief we were sharing was mostly invisible to the world, and that our public silence likely hurt people.  We deeply apologize, and we will do better. 

Womencare plans to take action initially by donating to anti-racist organizations while we develop more proactive ways to support our community and fight for racial justice. 

Here are ways that you can help:

Donate

Chicago Community Bail Fund

My Block, My Hood, My City Small Business Relief Fund

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund organized by Philonise Floyd

Reclaim the Block

Campaign Zero

Black Visions Collective

Minnesota Freedom Fund

Black Lives Matter

 

Sign Petitions:

Justice for George Floyd

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery I Run with Maud

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Justice for Tony McDade

 

Listen and Read:

For White Voices – André Vaughn

Black Nouveau | Exclusive | Jane Elliott Interview, Part 1

Being Black by Jane Elliott

How To Be An Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

New York Times– Interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones

#Blacklivesmatter


We hope you’ll join us in taking a stand by protesting, supporting anti-racist organizations and speaking out.  

In solidarity,

The Womencare Community