Signal Boost – The Afiya Center
I’ll be doing this roughly once a month, and I’ll be featuring one account in each post. I’m also inviting you to share YOUR favorite IG accounts in the comments, so you’ll want to save this post.
This month’s feature is The Afiya Center, “the only Reproductive Justice (RJ) organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black womxn.”
They are doing, and HAVE been doing, the important work of decriminalizing the Black female body—through HIV Programming that addresses the socioeconomic disparities among Black women who are at risk or living with HIV; maternal mortality research & funding; and reproductive health (including abortion access).
Did you know… Texas has the highest rates of maternal and infant mortality? (This was already true before the recent bans went into effect.) And lawmakers continually refuse to provide comprehensive sexual health education in schools, or full Medicaid expansion beyond 6 months.
If you are wh.te and of a certain socioeconomic status, the reality is that the new law isn’t really going to affect you as much as it will affect Black & brown women. It’s one of those situations where our privilege really blinds us to what’s it’s like to live in a body that is literally in danger all day, every day, 24/7/365. No matter how empathetic and/or woke you feel, there are just some things we’ll never fully understand.
There are plenty of causes & organizations to donate one’s time & money to; I chose The Afiya Center because of who runs it, the communities it serves, and the integrity of their donation process. And I recommend you do the same.
Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work.
She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, cultofpersonality.co. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.
Emails for cult thought leaders.
Want to learn how to craft emails that inspire action and engagement WITHOUT the “tried and true” (cough: patriarchal) norms we’ve all been taught?
I’m doing it, and I can show you how to do it, too.
(But sometimes, I also like to write about the books I’m reading, or the creative process, or the entrepreneurial experience, or why I hate Steve Jobs, or how I met my BFF. I’ll send you emails like that, too.)
*Just kidding. It’s only an email list.
Books. Cats. Rants. Drawrings.
(and every couple months or so, an unexplained absence 🤷🏻)