The Baltimore Abortion Fund is in solidarity with the workers at All* Above All who were laid off following allegations of anti-Black management. Rather than answering calls for racial equity, the organization’s leadership has joined an ongoing trend of punishing workers who courageously take on the emotional labor of demanding accountability.
All* Above All’s actions did not occur in a vacuum; they represent a broader issue within our collective movement. Its workers are among many who’ve sought accountability from leadership only to encounter retaliation in response. Despite persistent calls from workers and advocates for transformative change, anti-Blackness persists within many reproductive rights organizations. This pattern will continue unless leaders in our movement divest from white supremacy culture and choose solidarity with their workers rather than maintaining the status quo to keep themselves and funders comfortable.
The Baltimore Abortion Fund is working to heed this call. BAF began in 2014 as an entirely white-led effort to fund abortions in Baltimore. While our leadership has since shifted, it remains our deeply held responsibility as a majority-Black and of-color staff and majority-white board to unearth persistent white supremacy culture that remains in our organization and to chart an actionable path toward racial justice. We implore our fellow reproductive health and rights organizations to reflect on how they’ve perpetuated anti-Black racism and to remember that there can be no reproductive justice without racial justice. Employing workers of diverse backgrounds is not enough; we must foster environments where they are valued and given the support and resources needed to thrive.
While BAF is not a member organization of All* Above All, we will no longer uplift All* Above All’s posts and content.
To read former All* Above All workers’ calls for change and calls to action, visit medium.com/@allaboveallisantiblack.