“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
Angela Y. Davis
"Justice is what love looks like in public." Dr. Cornel West
"Sharing statistical data about racial inequalities but failing to explicitly name how racism caused these inequalities, allows people to overlook the power of institutional racism. It happens so much in schools, in the media, and in books, that when BIPoC begin to describe how many of the inequities we face are caused by racism, our reality is questioned. Often by people who were taught that BIPoC just happen to be in the predicament we are in. Share the why." Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu
Kavisa's work is centered around justice and health equity. Her mission is to help nourish the wellbeing of Black families and ALL who want to engage in nourishing J.U.S.T.L.Y. and dismantling unjust systems.
ACTIONS TO TAKE
Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act
The United States has the worst maternal mortality rate in the developed world, and it continues to rise. It's even worse for Black women who are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from a pregnancy related cause than white women. Racism and misogyny are fueling a maternal public health crisis -- Black mothers and parents deserve quality, anti-racist, and accessible health care.
Not only are Black women far more likely to experience pregnancy-related deaths than white women, but Black women face more generally preventable complications and are more likely to receive lower-quality treatment in hospitals. And oftentimes, Black women, who report symptoms are not believed.
In order to address this public health crisis, Rep. Lauren Underwood and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus introduced comprehensive legislation, the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act, to save Black pregnant parents’ lives. Now that Democrats have full control of Washington, we're confident the Momnibus has a path toward becoming law -- but that doesn't mean it won't come without hurdles. That's why we're building public support of this legislation.
Add your name to become a citizen co-sponsor of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 and let's save Black pregnant parents’ lives.
Momnibus Act and BREATHE Act
"Racism, not race, is killing Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in our maternity care system", learn about BirthJusticeNow.org - a movement to pass the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act (H.R. 6142/S.3424) and the BREATHE Act
Provide legal guarantees to respectful, non-discriminatory maternity care and transparent mechanisms that hold health systems and government accountable for incidents of obstetric violence, mistreatment, and human rights violations in childbirth.
Redirect resources to amplify, promote, and implement solutions developed by Black, Brown,and Indigenous leaders addressing maternal health disparities.
Transform training requirements for all health professionals to deliver anti-racist, culturally humble care rooted in human rights.
The Break Time for Nursing Mothers law, passed in 2010, provided critical protections to ensure that employees have reasonable break time and a private place to pump during the work day. However, nearly one in four women of childbearing age are excluded from coverage and have no clear right to break time and space.
The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act (S. 3170/H.R. 5592) would close this gap in two important ways:
Ensuring that ALL breastfeeding employees are covered by the Break Time law
Creating a clear mechanism for holding employers accountable when they do not comply.