Northland Family Planning stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and with the protestors, organizers, and activists who demand an end to systemic racism, anti-Black violence at the hand of white people, state-sanctioned anti-Black murder and violence, and white supremacy. We stand in support of reproductive justice organizations. Northland Family Planning believes that the right of people to choose when and how to have a child must include the right to raise those families without fear of violence, and with access to fair wages, health insurance, clean water, and community support free from white supremacy. Northland Family Planning will take the following actions to be anti-racist:
- Listen to and engage with our staff on issues relating to racial discrimination and social injustice.
- As an organization, learn more about racial justice, and how to engage and act as an organization.
- Create an environment in which employees feel able to have open dialogue and raise issues they encounter.
- Review our recruitment practices and diversity and inclusion to identify where we can do better.
We understand that it is not enough to be “not racist” but that we must be actively anti-racist. We recognize that, without hard work and learning, white individuals will remain complicit in the problem of racism, either consciously or subconsciously. Racism can manifest through anti-black violence or the use of slurs, and in subtle displays like micro-aggressions and unequal access to opportunity. We commit to learning, listening, and doing better.