Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Atlanta, GA   |  www.sistersong.net

Mission

SisterSong’s mission is to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve Reproductive Justice (RJ) by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights. RJ is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, choose when and how to have children or not, and parent in safety with adequate resources. RJ centers the needs and leadership of the most marginalized and the intersections of oppressions. The first RJ organization founded to build the movement, SisterSong includes and represents Indigenous, African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Arab and Middle Eastern, Latinx, and queer women and trans people. A top RJ thought leader, trainer, organizer, and collaboration facilitator, our focus is Southern and national.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Monica Raye Simpson

Main address

1237 Ralph D Abernathy Blvd Sw

Atlanta, GA 30310 USA

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EIN

51-0544927

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Reproductive Rights (R61)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The RJ framework and movement were created by women of color to advance our human rights to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children when and as we choose, and parent in safety with adequate resources. RJ includes abortion and maternal care access, an end to rape culture, pay equity, safe environments and products, good housing, fair policing and criminal justice, quality healthcare and education access, etc. In truth, RJ includes all social justice and human rights as necessary for personal bodily autonomy and self-determined family creation. Women’s rights and reproductive rights and health movements have often centered the needs and leadership of middle class white women. Their “pro-choice” framing has alienated women and trans people of color, whose “choices” are often dictated by the expediencies of living in oppression, not by personal desires. This has fueled a need for our own movement to end oppression impacting our reproductive lives and to educate allies to assist.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

RJ Training Program

As a national, multi-ethnic cornerstone of the Reproductive Justice (RJ) movement, steward of RJ history, and key RJ thought leader, we are one of RJ’s main trainers. We join panels, give speeches, offer workshops and presentations, and run multi-day trainings anywhere in the US (and sometimes internationally) upon request. We also host trainings locally near our offices, and our free monthly Collective Voices webinars feature RJ leaders speaking on timely topics. Our RJ Training Program: expands movement size and capacity, amplifies the leadership of women and trans people of color, sparks new RJ groups and events, trains thousands to bring RJ to multitudes more, and builds our organizing base.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

SisterSong is committed to making Reproductive Justice (RJ) a household term. The voices of women and trans people of color are widely omitted from mainstream media, but as one of few women-of-color-led groups to achieve national recognition, we are often called on by the media, United Nations, and legislators to speak for RJ and women of color. By responding to current events ourselves and connecting less-known RJ sisters with media contacts, we compel the media to spread RJ voices to homes, businesses, organizations, and legislators’ offices where we are otherwise unlikely to be heard. We also amplify RJ to our vast social media and email base. Finally, we partner with huge mainstream groups to train their members and staff in RJ, and help them create strategic plans, policies, and resources to train and mobilize their members. Partners include Planned Parenthood, Unitarian Universalist Association, National Council of Jewish Women, CityMatCH, and more.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX (LTAS) CONFERENCE: Every few years SisterSong hosts this large, national Reproductive Justice conference for women and trans people of color and allies. LTAS is a chance for RJ leaders, new and seasoned RJ advocates, and activists across movements to talk from a human rights perspective about sexual freedom and all the intersecting issues that impact it. With both beginner and advanced sessions, LTAS generates new RJ activists and builds the movement’s capacity to both protect and celebrate the human right to safe, satisfying sex and family life. RJ LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: As under-resourced minorities fighting powerful, well-funded, cunning efforts to strip our rights, Reproductive Justice (RJ) advocates can only succeed by being boldly innovative, sharing insights freely, and collaborating effectively. SisterSong therefore hosts annual RJ Leadership Summits attended by leaders from every RJ organization. Together, we explore our movement’s challenges, needs, strengths, visions, insights, and strategies. We set movement-wide priorities, establish collaborations, and plan our work to be cohesive and synergistic, raising the impact of each our movement as a whole.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Females

Despite considerable progress in recent decades, the US is still infested with misogyny, homophobia, racism, classism, xenophobia, etc. To achieve social equity, we must transform US culture. A powerful culture shift tool, art can reach people unwilling to converse, and shift how they see and think. It can rally nations around a cause, and drive a culture in a new direction. SisterSong therefore chose Arts & Culture as a strategic priority area, and launched Artists United for RJ in 2016 as the first program to engage artists of color in creating art to advance RJ. The program hosts institutes that train artists in RJ and facilitate them to create collaborative, replicable RJ artwork. For instance, our first collaborative artwork was the play Autonomy, which is designed to travel to college campuses introducing RJ to black students. Artists United for RJ also offers arts events like concerts that raise funds and/or awareness of issues.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Victims and oppressed people

The Reproductive Justice (RJ) framework centers the most marginalized; today that means centering the black women who first gave us RJ, for black bodies in the US are under attack, underpaid, under-insured, over-policed, and living in fear, while our few social safety nets are being taken down. Yet the collective power of black women is incredible. SisterSong therefore selected Centering Black Women’s Leadership & Issues as a strategic priority area and formed the national Trust Black Women partnership in 2010. Trust Black Women membership includes black-women-led organizations and individual black women leaders across the US. We use the “Trust Black Women” framework to link and strengthen organizing, advocacy, and communications work for black RJ, spotlighting the fact that the US does not Trust Black Women and drawing attention to what the nation would look like if it did give that well-deserved trust, and how black women would – and should – be treated better. Trust Black Women also conducts social media work spreading #TrustBlackWomen virally to instigate culture change and provide the framework as a tool for grassroots black women and trans people beyond Trust Black Women membership. The program provides training and resources for these black-women-led organizations and grassroots black women activists to join Trust Black Women work.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Females

SisterSong is strategically sited in the Deep South, ground zero for the War on Women and home to the some of the most marginalized populations. Collaboration is crucial here, for RJ activists are under-resourced and working over vast areas. SisterSong therefore chose Building Southern RJ Synergy as a strategic priority area. Since 2010, SisterSong has led Southern RJ collaboration, first through the Southern RJ Network and now through the Southern RJ Cohort. The Cohort includes RJ organizations from nearly every Southern state, who share insights and peer training and collaborate to build our collective power to advance reproductive freedom across the South. Through the Southern RJ Policy Initiative, the Cohort sets common policy priorities and works collectively to achieve them (but does not conduct any 501c4 activities). The group also engages allies and grassroots women and trans people of color in advancing Cohort work for Southern Reproductive Justice.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Females

SisterSong, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now, Healthy & Free TN, and Women’s Rights Empowerment Network (WREN) joined together in 2018 to launch this Collective Impact model collaboration that will convene reproductive health and rights groups with Reproductive Justice groups to collectively advance abortion and contraception access across the South. This work expands upon SisterSong’s Building Southern RJ Synergy strategic priority area by engaging RJ allies collaboratively in the work for full-spectrum reproductive equity for all people.

Population(s) Served
Females
Victims and oppressed people

In 2016, SisterSong launched our first state-based office to create the first Reproductive Justice organization in North Carolina. SisterSong NC is building and leading a state-based RJ movement by conducting RJ training, leading organizing and advocacy efforts that respond to the state’s RJ issues, and collaborating with diverse intersectional allied organizations. One of SisterSong NC’s first campaigns has been to end the shackling of incarcerated people during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. In 2018, SisterSong dove into continuous state-based work in Georgia, our home state. For example, efforts have included forming a cross-movement collaboration to fight religious exemption policies with Georgia Equality, Women Engaged, and Atlanta Jobs with Justice, as well as engaging faith communities of color to join the Amplify campaign and advocate for RJ.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Females

SisterSong is connected to every RJ organization, issue, and identity, and maintains a huge online base that we draw from when events call for direct action. We prioritize issues with broad or long-term national impact, with intense impact on the South or the most marginalized communities, or needing a rapid response. Strategies include public statements, petitions, sign-on letters, social media campaigns, protests, marches, rallies, and summits. By coupling our actions with publicized RJ analyses, we also leverage them to educate the public and decision-makers about RJ, bringing our framework to mainstream audiences.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Females

The US is experiencing a public health crisis in black maternal mortality. In 2014, SisterSong, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, wrote a shadow report on this issue and presented it to the United Nations, which adopted our recommendations. SisterSong and Center for Reproductive Rights then co-founded Black Mamas Matter to address the issue with 39 organizational members. In 2016, the group evolved into the independent Black Mamas Matter Alliance, which addresses the issue via policy change, research, improving care provision, and culture change. As the Black Mamas Matter “anchor organization,” SisterSong continues to provide fiscal sponsorship and administrative assistance, and our Executive Director serves on the Advisory Committee.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Females

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

RJ Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In the last few years, we have steadily expanded our staff size and training capacity.

Number of members from priority population attending training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

RJ Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Steadily expanded training capacity. Spike is from 2 speeches: March for Black Women 5,000, March for Racial Justice 20,000. Also gave a Women’s March speech before an uncounted hundreds of thousands.

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Media & Collaborative Work to Spread Reproductive Justice

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers include articles written by SisterSong, articles written by others featuring SisterSong, and video and audio interviews publicized on TV, radio, and online.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Females,Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Media & Collaborative Work to Spread Reproductive Justice

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SisterSong continuously builds and communicates with a large online base to spread RJ analyses and awareness of RJ work, engage support, and mobilize organizing both online and in person.

Number of Twitter followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Females,Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Media & Collaborative Work to Spread Reproductive Justice

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SisterSong continuously builds and communicates with a large online base to spread RJ analyses and awareness of RJ work, engage support, and mobilize organizing both online and in person.

Percent of RJ organizations sending leaders to the RJ Leadership Summit

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Females,Victims and oppressed people,Activists

Related Program

RJ Convenings

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

SisterSong hosts the only convening of leaders representing RJ organizations. The entire movement participates.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

SisterSong strives to shift culture, policy, and practice across the US to honor and support every single person’s human rights to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children when and as we choose, and parent our children with adequate resources in safe and sustainable communities. This is the work of Reproductive Justice (RJ). We center this work on achieving RJ for the most oppressed women and trans people of color: people with low incomes, young parents, people with criminalization experience, sex workers, people with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, immigrants etc. We know that when movements center the majority, the most marginalized people are left behind, but when we center the most marginalized people, everyone’s rights are uplifted. SisterSong strives to build the women-of-color-led RJ movement ever stronger, increasing its capacity to advance RJ for all women and trans people of color, particularly the most marginalized. We boost the movement’s size, skills, solidarity, collaboration, efficiency, and partnerships with allied groups and other movements. We also organize and advocate to directly defend human rights and advance RJ for oppressed people. SisterSong strives to make RJ a household term as well known and embraced as civil rights and women’s rights. We aim for RJ to become a framework of powerful decision-makers, organizations, and government entities. It will draw them to correct the nation’s trend of neglecting the importance of advancing personal bodily autonomy and self-determined family creation among oppressed people, including universal access to contraception, abortion, quality maternal care, and parenting resources. It will draw them to focus on listening to the most marginalized people and taking action to care for those people’s needs in ways that address the intersections of oppressions, including life context and how it can create access issues even for legal and free services. We aim to shift US culture to truly see and support women and trans people of color as the equals of white men and all other people. We strive to eradicate the shame and stigma around sex, contraception, abortion, birthing, breastfeeding, and parenting in a self-determined way in any life context. Every human rights and social justice issue impacts people’s ability to maintain personal bodily autonomy and lead a self-determined family life: racial justice, economic justice, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, environmental justice, education justice, criminal justice transformation, and more. Ultimately, therefore, SisterSong strives for full human rights and social justice for all people. We believe it is critical to see these causes through the lens not merely of meeting individuals’ basic needs, but of ensuring that they can create thriving self-determined lives and thriving families.

RJ Thought Leadership As a key RJ movement thought leader, SisterSong identifies and uplifts key issues and strategies to fill gaps and keep our movement growing and learning. We are also often called on by the media, policymakers, the United Nations, and leaders of large mainstream organizations to represent the voice of RJ and US women of color. Holding this role in service to the movement, we use our platform to amplify our RJ analyses and the less-heard voices of our movement sisters. We bring the most current RJ analyses into mainstream media, spread them through our huge social media and email base, and include them in our RJ trainings and convenings. We are also increasingly called to travel internationally to bring RJ to other countries. RJ Training We offer both beginner and advanced trainings across the nation, ranging from speeches and panels to in-depth multi-day trainings. Thus, we help allied groups to integrate the RJ framework into their work or to leverage their membership bases to organize for RJ causes, inspire individual women and trans people of color and allies to join RJ work, and build the capacity of those already engaged with our framework and movement. We provide trainings on request, organize some of our own, and offer a free monthly webinar series. RJ Convenings We host the largest conference of women and trans people of color working on RJ. Called Let’s Talk About Sex, this sex-positive national event convenes RJ leaders to present both beginner and advanced sessions training and building community among women and trans people of color and allies. We also host the annual RJ Leadership Summit, the only convening of leaders from all RJ groups, which builds movement cohesiveness and collaboration through movement-wide strategic planning. Direct Advocacy & Organizing SisterSong organizes with our huge base in online and in-person actions for RJ causes. We also leverage our reputation to advocate for RJ causes by meeting with influential decision-makers, writing and signing letters, making public statements, and signing Amicus Briefs. Facilitating Intra- and Cross-Movement Collaboration To raise the impact of RJ work, SisterSong facilitates large collaborations for black and Southern RJ. They include collective work to support one another’s efforts, shift culture toward RJ, train new leaders, create and spread tools among grassroots groups, and influence policy. We also co-lead RJ collaborations with organizations in intersecting movements, such as: reproductive health, reproductive rights, economic justice, LGBTQ rights, and civic engagement. Arts & Culture for RJ SisterSong facilitates artists of color to create collaborative, replicable artwork that helps shift culture, recruit people to our movement, and advance RJ. Examples include concerts to raise funds and awareness and a play designed to recruit college students to RJ. Please see our Programs section for more detail on how we implement these strategies.

SisterSong was the first organization created to build an RJ movement just after the Reproductive Justice framework was articulated by a group of black women, some of whom were among our founders. We have mentored or seeded nearly every RJ organization and event, and the movement looks to us as a cornerstone leader. Our trainings and events launch many RJ organization founders and staffers into the movement. As the largest multi-ethnic national RJ organization, SisterSong includes and represents every RJ identity and issue. Connected to every RJ group, our fingers are on the pulse of the movement. Based on our intimate knowledge of the movement and movement-wide participation in our programming and in our surveys to inform our strategic planning, we have designed our programming to best fill gaps and boost the impact of the movement as a whole. Over the years, we have developed a huge network of allies and popularized the RJ framework so many allies are now using it and partnering with RJ groups to advance reproductive freedom. Large, influential groups like Planned Parenthood and the Unitarian Universalist Association of America are engaging in RJ work. SisterSong has extensive experience in mentoring allied groups to advance RJ and facilitating collaborations that bring diverse organizations together for insight sharing, consensus decision-making, and collective projects. SisterSong has led many successful organizing actions, including the examples listed in the accomplishments section below. We have also developed a national reputation that enables us to attract the ears of powerful decision-makers and media. We are often called for media interviews and have presented multiple times before the United Nations and advised the White House during the Obama administration. We are increasingly asked to bring RJ international. We have a huge social media and email base; our posts routinely reaching tens of thousands on Facebook, and our events trend on Twitter. Our tactics win support even from people who identify as pro-life – many become SisterSong members when they see that abortion access is integral to bodily autonomy and freedom. We have also won support from a number of foundations who now name RJ as one of their funding priorities, and from reproductive rights and health groups who are now increasingly understanding the importance of healthcare access issues. Our Executive Director Monica Simpson is a highly published and sought after thought leader, trainer, and facilitator who has been named a New Civil Rights Leader by Essence Magazine. Our national, intergenerational Board of Directors represents every RJ issue and region of the US, and we have a staff of talented and passionate Southern women and trans people of color and allies. Our organization is now the largest it has ever been, with offices in North Carolina and Georgia, and must continue to grow to meet the needs of the nation’s oppressed people.

SisterSong gauges our success by: •Attendance, demographics, and evaluation survey results of RJ trainings and convenings •Informal feedback from program participants •Number, nature, activities, and impact of partnerships, initiatives, and campaigns led or joined •Tangible products generated by our work, including: research reports, artwork, videos, websites, and collaborative plans, visions, and platforms •Direct actions, speeches, and conversations reaching powerful decision-makers, such as legislators, government officials, and the United Nations, as well as responses to and results of these actions •Current events to which we respond, and how we engage our base with them •Articles, interviews, and published citations of our work, artwork, perspectives, and models •Our following, reach, and engagement on social media and email action alerts •The results of policies and campaigns whose outcomes were affected by our influence

We have built a movement of dozens of organizations and thousands of passionate activists who say finding RJ was like coming home. We have trained tens of thousands, brought RJ to dozens of media outlets with vast audiences, formed a huge online base we continually engage, and educated many powerful decision-makers. Some organizing and advocacy victories: •Defeated numerous fetal personhood and abortion restriction policies and racist anti-abortion billboards •Influenced the 2004 Washington DC March for Choice to expand beyond “choice” to the March for Women’s Lives, drawing more people of color and becoming the largest march in US history, with 1.2 million attendees •Published a 2014 Open Letter to Planned Parenthood, leading them to hire us to advise their strategic planning and to more proactively honor and support the RJ movement •Connected the RJ and Black Lives Matter movements •Won a 2018 policy change to limit NC shackling of incarcerated people during pregnancy/labor/postpartum Collaboration accomplishments: •Leader of Southern RJ collaboration since 2010, now leading the Southern RJ Cohort with groups representing 10 Southern states •Leader of Trust Black Women since 2010, with 30+ organizational members advancing national black RJ and bringing #TrustBlackWomen viral •Founding member of the Over the Counter Contraception Working Group and the All* Above All Campaign to repeal the Hyde Amendment •With Center for Reproductive Rights and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, wrote a 2014 shadow report on the little-known issue of high maternal mortality among US mamas of color; presented it to the United Nations, which adopted our recommendations •With Center for Reproductive Rights, founded Black Mamas Matter in 2014, which in 2016 evolved into the independent Black Mamas Matter Alliance SisterSong now serves as anchor organization •With SPARK Reproductive Justice Now, Healthy and Free TN, and Women’s Rights Empowerment Network (WREN), in 2018 co-founded the Southeast Alliance for Reproductive Equity (SEARE) Collective Impact model collaboration of RJ, reproductive rights, and reproductive health groups across the South •In 2018, co-founded a collaboration with Atlanta Jobs with Justice, Women Engaged, and Georgia Equality convening RJ, economic justice, and LGBTQ rights groups and faith leaders to combat religious refusals in GA Next, we will continue to: •Spread the RJ framework via media and trainings •Expand movement capacity via thought leadership, training, convenings, collaborations, and expanding our Membership Program benefits •Develop and strengthen current collaborations and create new ones •Organize and advocate for RJ •Expand our state-based work in NC and GA •Consider other possible sites for state-based offices led by local women and trans people of color in areas needing RJ presence •Guide artists of color to create artwork to advance RJ •Expand our budget and size to meet the demand for our work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), community meetings/town halls.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our funders, our community partners.

Financials

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SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Board of directors
as of 8/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Aimee Thorne-Thomson

Advocates for Youth


Board co-chair

Park Cannon

GA State Representative

Amber Phillips

Advocates for Youth

Angela Ferrell-Zabala

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Bekezela Mguni

Dreams of Hope

Charlene Carruthers

Black Youth Project 100

Coya Artichoker

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN

Jessica Byrd

Three Point Strategies

Kaori Sueyoshi

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Katrina Cantrell

Women's Health Specialists

Kelley Robinson

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Lyndsey Godwin

Vanderbilt Divinity School

Sonya Taylor

The Body Is Not An Apology

Staceyann Chin

Poet/Activist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/07/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Keywords

Reproductive Justice, social justice, human rights, movement building, women of color, anti-oppression, LGBTQ, reproductive rights, reproductive health, birth justice, racial justice