On April 8-10, 2011, over 1,200 students and community activists from 152 campuses and over 300 organizations came together for a weekend of workshops, discussions, learning, networking and movement building to revitalize political passions, energy and imagination, and to celebrate our collective leadership and strength.
Breaking Silences: An Abortion Speak Out
Breaking Silences: An Abortion Speak Out grounded the weekend in lived experiences. The standing-room only audience held a space for breaking the silence that surrounds abortion by honoring the various personal stories shared.
Opening Plenary - Speaking Out for Reproductive Freedom
The Saturday morning plenary, Speaking Out for Reproductive Freedom, featured activists and performers from the U.S. and abroad speaking about abortion access, challenging the war on drugs and the increasing surveillance and over-policing of our communities, youth rights and LGBTQQI+ advocacy and organizing, climate change and environmental justice and more. Katsi Cook of the First Environment Collaborative and National Council of Aboriginal Midwives provided an opening invocation that honored the indigenous people who originally stewarded the land on which we were all sharing for the conference weekend.
Watch videos from speakers Paris Hatcher of Spark Reproductive Justice Now; Rebecca Gomperts of Women on Waves and Women on Web; Nia Robinson, climate and environmental justice actvist; and Sara Osgood, CLPP student organizer. Find more videos on our YouTube channel.
The 22 activists and performers who spoke out on Saturday morning helped us connect the many issues and movements from which we all come. Hampshire College's Samba group, Sambalanço, closed out the plenary, allowing everyone in attendance to drum, sing, dance and celebrate the historic strength, courage and resiliency of our communities.
The weekend featured 178 speakers, trainers and facilitators in over 75 workshops and strategic action sessions addressing abortion and health care access, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQQI+ rights, connecting U.S.-based work internationally, gender justice, immigrant rights and reproductive justice, media-making and messaging within the reproductive justice movement, challenging population control and much, much, more!
Live blogging and tweeting provided real-time updates as workshops unfolded. Feministing.com and AmplifyYourVoice.org partnered with us to provide live coverage, and many conference participants documented their experiences as well.
Check out these posts about workshops:
- Colonized Spaces, Criminalized Bodies
- International Reproductive Rights Roundtable
- Moving Beyond the Blog: Advancing Abortion Rights Online
- Sex-Positive Feminism 101
- Sex Work and Feminism
- Written on the Body: Body Politics & the Media
Check out the full blogroll!
Closing Plenary - Bringing the Revolution Home
Sunday's closing plenary featured Anders Wyatt Zanichowsky a CLPP alum working for crossmovement solidarity in Madison, WI; Andrea Ritchie co-author of Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States; Loretta Ross from Sistersong Reproductive Justice Collective; Silvia Henriquez from National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; and moderated by Hira Nabi, a youth video educator.
Speakers addressed personal experiences of home and revolutions. Their presentations opened up into a dynamic discussion among speakers and audience mapping out how we can work together to achieve reproductive justice in our own communities that acknowledges historic contexts and our many intersecting identities.
The plenary was documented by live tweets and blog posts:
- CLPP 2011 Closing Plenary: Bringing the Revolution Home
- CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference: Bringing the Revolution Home
"The environment was so welcoming and accepting and laid back, while still maintaining a fierce approach to incredible issues. I know that I’m always going to do what I can to continue to attend this conference time and time again."
"It was like a rebirth for me, and I think it should continue to energize the workers in the movement and inspire us to continue our activism, networking, and success."
"As a result of one of the speakers in the Saturday morning plenary I am looking now at being a nurse AND abortion provider. I am training to be a nurse now, but abortion was something I planned to refer out to other sources for, and now I am considering taking it on myself."
Thank you to our 30th Anniversary conference sponsors!
Abortion Access Project
Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts
Advocates for Youth
Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice
Black Women for Reproductive Justice
Black Women’s Health Imperative
Center for Reproductive Rights
Center for Sex and Culture
Cherry Hill Women’s Center
Chicago Abortion Fund
Everywoman’s Center, UMass
Feminist Majority Foundation
Fenway Health Center
Five College Women’s Studies Research Center
Groundswell's Reproductive Justice Fund at Tides Foundation
Hampshire College Feminist Studies Program
Hampshire College Lebron-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center
Health Initiatives for Youth
Ibis Reproductive Health
Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
International Socialist Organization (Amherst/Northampton branch)
The Lalor Foundation
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center
The Moriah Fund
Mothers of Color Awareness Initiative
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Advocates for Pregnant Women
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
National Health Law Program
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Network of Abortion Funds
New Orleans Women’s Health and Justice Initiative
Nursing Students for Choice
Oklahoma State University Gender and Women’s Studies Department
Our Bodies Ourselves
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Political Economy Research Institute
Political Research Associates
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Reproductive Health Access Project
Reproductive Health Technologies Project
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender
Sophia Smith Collection
Third Wave Foundation
University of California at Berkeley Women’s Studies Department
Women of Color Leadership Network
Women With a Vision
Women’s Health Specialists, The Feminist Women’s Health Centers of California
Women’s Institute at Omega