There is a place in this movement for you. Join Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey through one or more of our organizing programs below.
Black Organizing Program
At Planned Parenthood, it is imperative for our advocacy to be reflective of the barriers faced by the communities most impacted by structural racism and systemic inequity, including disparities in access to health care. The Black Organizing Program seeks to center and reflect the lived experiences of the Black community in our advocacy, organizing, and education. The goal of the Black Organizing Program is to develop a strong, integrated volunteer infrastructure among Black communities to advance capacity building, legislative accountability, and voter mobilization.
The program addresses harmful sexual and reproductive health care disparities that impact the Black community including maternal and infant health outcomes. On a national level, Black moms die at three to four times the rate of their white counterparts as a result of pregnancy-related complications, and in New Jersey, a Black mother is seven times more likely than a white mother to die from maternity-related complications. This alarming reality is a devastating result of the social determinants of health that exist as a result of systemic inequity. Make no mistake, these deaths are preventable. The Black Organizing Program uses the collective voices of members of the Black community, in collaboration with the passionate work of our maternal health partners, to demand change and save Black lives.
Are you passionate about reproductive health and rights? Our Community Action Teams are a chance to come together with people who care about these issues, in your local community. In addition to looking for ways to improve your communities, members of our Community Action Teams, or CATs for short, work to further Planned Parenthood's mission, advance legislative priorities, and uphold a reproductive justice framework in their community organizing and events. These teams are open to anyone passionate about fighting for sexual and reproductive health, and rights. Some activities include:
Monthly in-person and virtual volunteer events
Training and education around the current state of abortion access
Work with Planned Parenthood and local partners on intersectional issues like sex-ed, Black maternal health & LGBTQ+ rights and health care matters
Planned Parenthood Generation Action is a movement for college students across identities and issues that organizes with, by, and for their generation in order to achieve reproductive freedom, with the support of local Planned Parenthood staff. We’ll provide the tools and resources needed and leverage our expertise in youth organizing, leadership development, voter engagement programs, and infrastructure building to motivate, empower, train, and provide resources to support young people across our state and empower tomorrow's leaders to:
Mobilize advocates for reproductive freedom
Raise public awareness about reproductive health and rights
Raiz is a program built by and for members of the Latinx community. This community often faces barriers to health care, including issues of language, stigma, discrimination, and a lack of access to education. As the Latinx population in the United States continues to grow rapidly and as Spanish quickly becomes the most spoken language, systemic change is needed now more than ever. The Latinx community is often neglected when it comes to accessing health care. We have a sacred obligation to fix this, and the Raiz program is driven to do so.
As a program, Raiz has prioritized educating the Latinx community around issues such as COVID-19, abortion access, STI/HIV testing, sex education, and access to health care. To actively engage and mobilize the community, Raiz hosts monthly “cafecito” events. These are bilingual events that bring community members together in a safe space to discuss ways to address obstacles to health care. By mobilizing and engaging the Latinx community around sex education and access to health care, we will slowly but surely begin to undo the barriers that have negatively impacted this community so long.
Storytelling is a powerful way to decrease stigma and center lived experiences in the movement for reproductive freedom. At Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey, we're fighting to improve access to sexual and reproductive health care - and we're celebrating and uplifting stories about why we fight for that care.
Have you had an abortion and want to share your story? Have you benefitted from sex education in schools – or experienced a lack of quality sex ed? Has Planned Parenthood helped you get affordable reproductive health care services?
We work with storytellers to share their experiences with friends, family, the media, legislators, and their community. Examples of types of stories you may want to share could include your personal experience with abortion, birth control, sex education, STI testing and treatment, cancer diagnoses and/or treatment, Medicaid or insurance, and any other general reproductive health experiences.