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How is Planned Parenthood an Anti-Violence Organization? CALL TO ACTION ....Example

Updated: Dec 19, 2022



Rochester, NY Mayor Malik is proposing to allocate a portion of funds to Planned Parenthood (In Control) as part of an anti-violence initiative called the Rochester Peace Collective that will give $5 million to 20 organizations that "prevent violent crime" of which Planned Parenthood is one.

There’s still time to REJECT this deceptive proposal.

See Videos and News coverage at the bottom



HOW IS PLANNED PARENTHOOD AN ANTI-VIOLENCE ORGANIZATION?

Planned Parenthood has been exposed to not report human sex-trafficking, child abuse and NOT disavowing the violence of Jane's revenge against pregnancy resource centers.


SPEAK OUT

CALL TO ACTION: Express opposition to the city allocating funds to Planned Parenthood.


Make an appointment, Write and Call: City Council Members (585) 428-7538, Malik Evans 585-428-7045 AND project leader, Victor Sanchez, at 585-428-8849

#1

Call and see if you can get an appointment to meet with Mayor Malik and/or a city council member, preferably yours if you live in the city.


EITHER WAY

#2

Call AND Email City Council Members


#3

Attend the Dec. 20th City Council meeting.

For those comfortable sign up to speak.


https://www.cityofrochester.gov/citycouncil/


Email Addresses:

council@cityofrochester.gov, LaShay.Harris@CityofRochester.gov, Miguel.Melendez@cityofrochester.gov, Mitch.Gruber@cityofrochester.gov, Willie.Lightfoot@cityofrochester.gov, Stanley.Martin@cityofrochester.gov, Kimberly.Smith@cityofrochester.gov, Mary.Lupien@cityofrochester.gov, Michael.Patterson@cityofrochester.gov, Jose.Peo@cityofrochester.gov


Simply say:

"Hi, my name is ______ and I live __(address)___ OR in the city of Rochester. I would like to express my strong opposition to the city’s allocation of funds to In control via Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood is an organization that promotes violence on women, the unborn, and our families. Planned Parenthood has a history of violence and racism. Please tell Victor Sanchez, Mayor Malik and members of city council that Planned Parenthood should be removed.


click here to email the Mayor’s office with your statement of opposition.


FYI Information: The Issue, Example Letters, Talking Points


Re:The Rochester Peace Collective

I am asking that Mayor Malik Evans remove Planned Parenthood from the list of agencies to be considered for anti-violence funding.


I am asking the members of the Rochester City council remove Evans remove Planned Parenthood from the list of agencies to be considered for anti-violence funding.


(Call for candidates, April 27, 2022)

Grant Proposal Site – NOTE: requirement to be “trauma informed”

Grant Proposal Details- NOTE: Specifications regarding harm reduction as detailed in “proposal content”

53 Proposals were received


Why is Planned Prenthood getting “grant” funding for an Anti-Violence initiative?

Requirement for grant is that the proposal is “trauma informed”

20 potential candidates listed for inclusion

All other candidates offer specific benefit for community youth:

Recovery services for children who have suffered abuse

After-school programs/tutoring options

Multiple job training programs

Support for both men and women who have not had proper family support

Support for those entering adulthood after foster care

Aid for families who have lost someone to violence

Aid both for those who have incarcerated family members and those re-entering the community after incarceration

Programs which provide opportunities for creative arts/culinary/etc

“In Control”, the program chosen for inclusion, is a Planned Parenthood teen pregnancy prevention program partnered with two other orgs- one of which is also receiving an award themselves (Baden House), and RCTV (which partners with a number of other initiatives, one of which is Baden House), and doesn’t offer the same level of benefits other orgs do. There are a number of arts programs they offer, but which are/could be offered by other, similar non-profits without the connection to PP.

Rochester also has its own teen pregnancy prevention initiative- RISE- where taxpayer dollars could go towards funding projects the people have a voice in- why isn’t money going directly to RISE?

Inclusion in this Peace coalition is a redundancy which seems to be focused on connecting kids with Planned Parenthood. Home page includes a link to “Book an appointment at Planned Parenthood”.

Every aspect of the employment process involves Planned Parenthood and reproductive health. Those applying to work for this org, including teen peer-mentors, will be employed by Planned Parenthood.

They are listed as “Planned Parenthood” on every website they are connected with- In Control is essentially a “front” for PP.


Stacy Richards – 8 year Planned Parenthood Employee, 3 years w/In Control- (CAPP grant writer for In Control)

On that note: Intake at “In Control” is invasive and most likely is not protected under HIPPA Laws. (There is no HIPPA warning on the site itself, but it is an arm of Planned Parenthood so may be covered under their requirements?). If not, the information requested can legally be utilized by anyone – including those without a background as licensed mental health care providers, or who have an official capacity in the public school system/dept of social services.

In-Take-Form-1.pdf (myincontrol.org)



Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY Press Release

Rochester City leader proposes global multi-billion-dollar giant to receive local anti-violence initiative funding.

Rochester, NY –

With the recently introduce anti-violence initiative, known as "The Peace Collective," Mayor Malik Evans and anti-violence initiative liaison Victor Sanders encourages small grassroots local organizations to apply for funding they desperately need to address the devastating violence happening across the City of Rochester. However, contrary to that sentiment, when their proposed list was released, a behemoth was one of the top noted request-for-proposal (RFP) winners.

This injustice has mobilized a very diverse group of local leaders and citizens, dedicated to ending violence and promoting prosperity in the City of Rochester.


We emphatically question the merits of multi-billion-dollar-global abortion giant Planned Parenthood scarfing up local anti-violence initiative funds. Considering what they do, how is Planned Parenthood an anti-violence organization? Why did they make it on the list, when other actual local anti-violence groups did not?




Example Letters / Talking Points to consider

Sample Letter #2


Dear Mayor Malik Evans,

Hope you are well. It has come to my attention that you are proposing allocating funds to twenty organizations that promote anti-violence including Planned Parenthood. I applaud you for wanting to strengthen groups that are anti-violent. Obviously, we want to strengthen our community, families, and identity. I am devastated that 7 children have been killed and 30 have been injured this year in the city. I agree something seriously should be done about it. However, I am trying to understand how Planned Parenthood is considered a non-violent organization, seeing as how:

  • According to the vital statistics of the County, African Americans make up 37.1% (2019) of all abortions in the City of Rochester.

o Abortion is a disincentive for taxes going toward social programs to families

in need.

o Abortion helps erode the economic power of African Americans.

o In 1960 the African American population was 18,871,831. To date, over

20 million African American babies have been aborted, so we have aborted

the entire African American population from the year 1960.

  • There are numerous lawsuits nationwide against Planned Parenthood regarding their failure to report alleged rapes of minor clients and sexual abuse of minor clients.

  • They have been exposed for failure to report human sex-trafficking, according to the Washington Times.

  • Women that have had abortions are at increased risk of suicide and mental health complications, which promotes long-term trauma.

  • According to a letter released to the public in the New York Times, Planned Parenthood was accused by more than 600 current and former employees of racist practices. I question whether the vestiges of racism and roots in their founder Margaret Sanger do not continue to impact the organization and influence their goals.

o Up until 2018, it was shown that you could still donate to Planned

Parenthood for the abortion of an African American baby.


I know that we come from different religious backgrounds, but in my religion, Mother Teresa has said,

“And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another.”


I truly applaud you for wanting to address the violence in our city, however, the other organizations are better suited than Planned Parenthood to addressing the violence we are facing in the City of Rochester.

I hope you will remove Planned Parenthood from funding consideration for the anti-violence initiative.






Sample Letter #2

Dear Mayor Malik Evans,


Nothing pleases us more than to have representation at City Hall that reflects the demographic of the promising young girls and boys of the City of Rochester who have an upward climb out of poverty before them. Seeing faces that our children can identify with gives them hope that they may someday be successful leaders of their communities as well. Nonetheless, the recent formation of your initiative known as “The Peace Collective,” raises some serious concerns about your fidelity to the commitment to the safety of our children and community.

  • How is it that you funded several organizations with multi-million-dollar budgets, when your initial call for applicants encouraged small grassroot organizations and churches to apply?

  • Of the multi-million-dollar organizations that were awarded ARPA funding, you funded Planned Parenthood and it’s In Control program, which is transparent about their priority of “SEX EDUCATION.” Additionally, Planned Parenthood was founded by well-known eugenicists, Margaret Sanger. Is it your objective to assist in preserving the legacy of an organization with such racist and hateful origins, or were you ignorant to this detestable history? With many modern-day corporations still benefiting from slavery and bigotry, we are alarmed that you have chosen to be a participant in the exclusion of Black and Brown people having access to wealth and greater opportunities through funding Planned Parenthood.

  • Lastly, we would like to know if your priorities are focused on reelection or a true commitment to our area’s most disenfranchised organizations and communities. Is it more important for you to be reelected Mayor or to employ those who have never had a chance? Is it more important to hire those who have already been employed at City Hall or to open doors for those with promising futures? Is it more important for you to see familiar faces in your cabinet or for you to give the youth of our future opportunities for success?


Our intentions are pure: we seek equity, diversity, and inclusivity. We hope that your leadership is not beyond reproach. We hope that you are for the little man, the little people, and the little children; because make no mistake about it, the children are watching, and they are our future. We hope you can open more doors with whatever time you have in office. We hope that you have the courage to open doors that have historically denied access to small grassroots organizations full of youth and vibrancy.

Thank you,





Other Talking Points to Consider:

Planned parenthood literally performs violence daily on the most vulnerable and breathes out the very spirit we need uprooted out of our city. We are called to be a city that values life.


Financing death when we want to see violence end in our City seems quite wrong. I have to believe you want the best for Rochester and I pray that your decisions be made with divine wisdom that is pure, peaceable and without hypocrisy.


  • Women that have had abortions are at increased risk of suicide and mental health complications, including PTSD which all promote long-term trauma. We know that long-term trauma plays a significant role in the proliferation of violence.

  • These things coupled with the fact that Planned Parenthood was founded by well-known eugenicists, Margaret Sanger. Is it your objective to assist in preserving the legacy of an organization with such racist and hateful origins, or were you ignorant to this detestable history? With many modern-day corporations still benefiting from slavery and bigotry, we are alarmed that you have chosen to be a participant in the exclusion of Black and Brown people having access to wealth and greater opportunities through funding Planned Parenthood. According to a letter released to the public in the New York Times, Planned Parenthood was accused by more than 600 current and former employees of racist practices. I question whether the vestiges of racism and roots in their founder Margaret Sanger do not continue to impact the organization and influence their goals.

o Up until 2018, it was shown that you could still donate to Planned Parenthood for the abortion of an African American baby.



I hope that you have the courage to protect the most vulnerable, say no to playing politics, and truly assist those wanting to positively address the violence we are facing in the City of Rochester.


I am praying for Righteousness and justice work together.



CALL TO ACTION: Make an appointment with City Council Members, Write & Call City Council Members and finally attend the Dec. 20th City Council meeting.

For those comfortable sign up to speak.

https://www.cityofrochester.gov/citycouncil/

council@cityofrochester.gov, LaShay.Harris@CityofRochester.gov, Miguel.Melendez@cityofrochester.gov, Mitch.Gruber@cityofrochester.gov, Willie.Lightfoot@cityofrochester.gov, Stanley.Martin@cityofrochester.gov, Kimberly.Smith@cityofrochester.gov, Mary.Lupien@cityofrochester.gov, Michael.Patterson@cityofrochester.gov, Jose.Peo@cityofrochester.gov



Thank you All!!

Please Share and do not forget to sign up and become a member of the Frederick Douglass Foundation

www.fdfnational.org



Links to News Stories


https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/groups-say-no-to-planned-parenthood-funding-for-roc-peace-collective/


https://13wham.com/news/local/rochester-residents-speak-out-on-citys-use-of-american-rescue-plan-funding#


https://www.whec.com/top-news/anti-violence-groups-scrutinize-rochester-peace-collective-funding-allocations/

HERE Are the links to the full remarks of some of those who spoke at our recent Press Conference


https://fb.watch/hvt5wSn8q5/?mibextid=cr9u03 https://fb.watch/hvt8Vtwpqe/?mibextid=cr9u03

https://fb.watch/hvt7ac904w/?mibextid=cr9u03

https://fb.watch/hvt80kteP5/?mibextid=cr9u03


https://fb.watch/hvt9VBojnD/?mibextid=cr9u03

https://www.facebook.com/chaplainayesha.kreutz/videos/675714404211184/?mibextid=v7YzmG


Council Office

City Hall, Room 301A 30 Church Street Rochester, New York 14614-1265 (585) 428-7538 council@cityofrochester.gov

Leadership

President: Miguel A. Meléndez, Jr., At-Large Vice President: Mary Lupien, East District


At-Large Councilmembers

Miguel A. Meléndez, Jr., President

30 Church Street, Room 301-A

Rochester, NY 14614

(585) 428-6056 (O)

Chief Community Engagement Officer, Ibero-American Action League, Inc.

B.A. St. John Fisher College

Miguel.Melendez@cityofrochester.gov


Mitch Gruber

30 Church Street, Room 301-A

Rochester, NY 14614

(585) 428-6924 (O)

Chief Partnerships Officer, Foodlink

B.S. Binghamton University

Ph.D. University of Rochester

Mitch.Gruber@cityofrochester.gov

Willie J. Lightfoot

30 Church Street, Room 301-A

Rochester, NY 14614

(585) 428-7538 (O)

B.S. Empire State College

Willie.Lightfoot@cityofrochester.gov



Stanley Martin

30 Church Street, Room 301-A

Rochester, NY 14614

(585) 428-6935 (O)

Stanley.Martin@cityofrochester.gov

Kim Smith

30 Church Street, Room 301-A

Rochester, NY 14614

(585) 428-7538 (O)

M.P.A. SUNY Brockport

Kimberly.Smith@cityofrochester.gov

District Councilmembers


LaShay D. Harris, South District

30 Church Street, Room 301-A

Rochester, NY 14614

(585) 428-7538 (O)

A.S. Monroe Community College

B.A. Roberts Wesleyan

LaShay.Harris@CityofRochester.gov


Mary Lupien, East District

30 Church Street, Room 301-A

Rochester, NY 14614

(585) 428-7513 (O)

B.S. Rochester Institute of Technology

Mary.Lupien@cityofrochester.gov


Michael A. Patterson, Northeast District

30 Church Street, Room 301-A

Rochester, NY 14614

(585) 451-2024 (C)

Michael.Patterson@cityofrochester.gov

Jose Peo, Northwest District

30 Church Street, Room 301-A

Rochester, NY 14614

(585) 428-7554 (O)

President, TLS Funding Solutions, LLC

President, Built on the Roc, LLC

Director of Marketing, PlayerzZone, LLC

B.S. SUNY Brockport

Jose.Peo@cityofrochester.gov




Thank you All!!

Please Share and do not forget to sign up and become a member of the Frederick Douglass Foundation

www.fdfnational.org


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