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Black Organizing Program

The Black Organizing Program is an organized effort to elevate voices within the Black community and center our advocacy work in civic participation.

Through thoughtful engagement and coalition-building, we work alongside Black leaders, community members, elected officials, and institutions advancing the safety, protection, and wellness of Black Illinoisans.

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action knows that when we support and uplift the political and social power of Black communities through advocacy, education, and resource distribution, we will build an equitable, sustainable, and inclusive movement that centers those who are most impacted.

Get Involved

The sexual and reproductive health care choices of Black women, femmes, and pregnant people have long been politicized. Despite the ongoing threats against their personal safety, Black women have demonstrated a profound commitment to the liberation of all people. But it is not enough to merely acknowledge these structural systems; we must honor the tireless work of Black reproductive justice leaders by eradicating these systems.

Join PPIA’s Black Organizing Program today as we focus on reproductive justice activism by and for Black communities.

Our Goals

The goals of the Black Organizing Program are aligned with Planned Parenthood’s 4 pillars of organizing: 

  • Expand access to legal and safe abortion

  • Improve access to sexual and reproductive health care

  • Ensure comprehensive sex education

  • Build a powerful, intersectional movement

Get to know our Black Organizing Program

We’ve launched our Black Organizing Program to prioritize the voices and needs of Black Illinoisans and advocate for meaningful access to needed resources at every level of government. Our program is led by Mariana Thomas.

Read on to learn more about our staff and their goals for the program.

The Black Action Council

The Black Action Council

PPIA's Black Action Council is a group of Black professionals and grassroots partners, who work together to achieve the program's goals of racial, social, and economic equality. As part of our one-on-one conversation series with Black Action Council members, we discussed a range of topics, including PPIA's current legislative agenda, members' experiences with Planned Parenthood, and how their professional skills and advocacy goals intersect.