We are TIDES.
Statement on the SCOTUS Decision:
Tides’s mission has always been clear to us: we serve those who need abortions and are not reached by the other Massachusetts funds. Years ago, when we first came together, we sat in one of our living rooms and discussed who our community is. Who are the people we keep at the forefront of our minds while building this organization?
We had many answers to that question. QTBIPOC. Non-english speakers. Undocumented immigrants. Houseless folks.
Anyone who might face barriers white-led organizations weren’t thinking of were the people we came together to serve. People across the matrices of oppression and marginalization. Tides formed in order to build an organization that centered the voices of those it sought to serve—not the voices of donors.
In the years that have passed, we’ve organized ourselves and put in the work to make ourselves official…and Roe vs. Wade has been struck down by SCOTUS.
As such, our community hasn’t changed—but it has grown. As the newest abortion fund in Massachusetts, and as a group of people who came together with the mission of serving those that are not being reached, we consider every single person who might want an abortion and lives in a state where they cannot get one our community.
If it sounds idealistic to you—we disagree. In a state like ours, with the laws we have in place, with the amount of access created for abortion, it would be remiss for us to focus only on building up our community here. Borders are imaginary lines drawn across maps, anyway—it would go against our reasons for coming together to let them limit us now.
Massachusetts cannot rest easy in the knowledge of its wealth of funding, resources, and providers, plugging its ears to the cries of the rest of the country. We at Tides firmly believe the fall of Roe marks Massachusetts’s responsibility to the rest of the country: to share what we have in order to protect abortion access for everyone and anyone who wants one.
We are only four people currently, but however small we might be, we are not intimidated by the size of the task in front of us. In solidarity with the other three Massachusetts funds, we go into this fight in full confidence.
We have your back.
We are the first abortion fund in MA founded and led by Queer, Black, and Indigenous People.
Tides for Reproductive Freedom is dedicated to providing practical and financial support for people across race, gender, sexuality, spirituality, ethnicity, ability, and history seeking access to abortion services. Our goal is to fill the funding and practical support gaps across the state by working directly with frontline communities. As members of these communities, we find ourselves equipt to do the necessary work of centering and working with people from our communities, while also investing in their leadership.
We are committed to working strategically with our fellow Massachusetts abortion funds to meet our people where they are through sustainable system building to ensure equitable access to reproductive health, services, and justice.
First and foremost, Tides for Reproductive Freedom exists to strategize abortion access for all people- we aim to organize with our communities, clinics, funds, and values aligned organizations to ensure that no person is turned away from accessing abortion services.
Amplifying our Communities
As a majority Queer and BIPOC organization, we know the importance of elevating the voices of our communities, who have for so long been left out of the conversations and decision making on abortion access.
It is essential to name that our leadership includes people who have had abortions and that we are committed to upholding the voices and experiences of them as we all do this work.
Tides is dedicated to building a comprehensive and accessible system in Massachusetts, in coalition with EMA, JANE, and ARFWM, to make abortion access in our state smooth and responsive to the needs of those seeking care in our state.