Adaku Utah is an activist, healer, teacher, and performance artist committed to nurturing authentic expression within folks and transformative and healing community spaces. She is a proud social justice co-conspirator, committed love warrior, and ever-evolving mover and shaker. She is the founder of SouLar Bliss (www.soularbliss.com), a collective space to share, create, discuss recipes, remedies, rituals and resources for healing ourselves and whole communities. She currently works with Project SAFE as a project facilitator, training and supporting youth and adults in educating and organizing around sexual health and reproductive justice issues. Her social justice work is coupled with her inspiring performance art. Her artistry is inspired by love, constructive rage, storytellers, acts of resistance, healing, nature, Nigeria and bridge building.
Adam J. Ortiz
Adam is a House Director at Hampshire College. He is also advisor for the student group Men Against Patriarchy. Adam got his B.A. in Creative Writing at Wheaton College and his M.Ed. at the University of Vermont, but also learned a lot of what he knows from old punk rock albums.
Adam Ortiz is a House Director at Hampshire College. He graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in English in 2005 and from the University of Vermont in 2010 with an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs.
Adrian Wilson is a radical economics doctoral student and longtime antiwar, racial justice, climate justice, and anti-authoritarian activist.
Advocates for Youth
Agata Pelka is the RJ Fellow at the National Abortion Federation and serves as the President of the Law Students for Reproductive Justice Board of Directors. She graduated from UNC School of Law in May 2013. Throughout law school, Agata worked on a project to evaluate the implementation of North Carolina’s judicial bypass laws with the support of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.
Aimée Thorne-Thomsen is Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Advocates for Youth, which champions policies and programs to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. In that capacity, she oversees and coordinates the development, implementation, and evaluation of Advocates’ strategic partnerships with youth activists and colleague organizations, including those in the social and reproductive justice movements.
Akemi is part of Disability Justice Collective, a nation wide organization which promotes disability justice. Akemi is also a part of a NYC disability community and currently a graduate student in the Critical Social Personality Psychology program at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York.
Akiba Solomon is the editorial director of Colorlines, the online magazine where race matters.
Akil is a native of Trinidad and has lived in New York since 2010. Social justice activism was something that was thrust upon them as a result of particular experiences in my life which ultimately led them to become dedicated to community organizing as a member of F.I.E.R.C.E. They were driven by a need for change, improvement and motivation on a large scale.
Alea is an educator currently based in NYC. She is also a natural foods cook, gluten free baker, gardener, and holistic counselor who loves glitter and puppets. She cannot wait to meet you.
Alea Pierro is a person of many occupations (including a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker) but will always be a preschool teacher at heart. She, her puppets, and silly music and movement-making tendencies are currently based in Philadelphia. But all that energy can never sit still for very long, resulting in frequent travels, loaves of fresh bread, and stories she would love to share with you.
Alea is a person of many occupations (including a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker) but will always be a preschool teacher at heart. She, her puppets, and silly music and movement-making tendencies are currently based in Philadelphia. But all that energy can never sit still for very long, resulting in frequent travels, loaves of fresh bread, and stories she would love to share with you.
Alice Welbourn, PhD
Alice is an activist in the area of gender, HIV, and human rights. She is a trainer, activist, and writer. After her HIV diagnosis in 1992, she developed a training program on gender, HIV, communication, and relationship skills called Stepping Stones which, through organic growth, has now spread around the world. She is delighted to be taking part in this meeting and looks forward to meeting many wonderful younger activists.
Alicia M. Walters
Alicia Walters is a consultant through her company Creative Justice Works where she works with reproductive justice organizations in communications, policy advocacy, and movement building. With over ten years of experience in the field, Alicia has worked in classrooms, women’s shelters, correctional facilities, and non-profit institutions. As a consultant with the CoreAlign Initiative, Alicia is overseeing digital strategy and helping build a robust network of risk-taking individuals in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.
Aline Gubrium is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research uses participatory, digital, visual, and narrative methods to work with marginalized women and youth to explore sexual and reproductive health meanings and practices and to craft community-based programs that promote health from a culture-centered/local and social justice perspective. As a methodological innovation, she uses digital storytelling to engage research participants in reflecting on their sexual and reproductive worldviews, and related aspects of lived experience. From early research with African-American women living in a southern rural community, and work with women using Depo-Provera and other long-term provider controlled methods of contraception, to more recent projects working with Latino/a youth to address barriers to sexual communication and sexuality education, the driving question across the board is how participants view and "make sense" of their own experiences, as well as respond to and confront the myriad influences that shape them.
Aline Gubrium, a medical anthropologist by training, brings extensive experience in participatory and arts-based research methodologies to public health and public anthropology, such as narrative, participatory, sensory, and those with a community engagement focus. Gubrium’s research lies at the intersection of ethnography, advocacy, and community-based participatory research endeavors to “ensense” public health.
Almas joined ICLC in September 2012 as a Skadden Fellow, assisting low-income tenants who face habitability issues or eviction in buildings due to foreclosure. Almas is a May 2012 graduate of UCLA Law School’s Public Interest Law and Policy Program.
Amanda Alexander is a student at Yale Law School where she has worked with the Detention & Human Rights and Women, Incarceration and Family Law clinics. She is also a PhD candidate in history at Columbia University, with a research focus on prisons, land & housing, and social movements in the U.S. and South Africa. In 2011 she was an Ella Baker fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights where she worked on stop-and-frisks and alternatives to policing in New York City.
Amanda Dennis leads several research projects at Ibis on access to contraception and abortion for low-income women and women and teens with chronic health conditions. Previously, she worked as a counselor at an abortion clinic and a domestic violence shelter. She holds Doctorate in Public Health from Boston University, a Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire.
Amanda Grace Scheper
Amanda Grace Scheper (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Director of Client Services at Justice Now, a human rights and anti-prison industrial complex organization partnering with people in women’s prisons and local communities to build a safe, compassionate world without prisons. Amanda oversees relationship building with constituents in prison who are interested in working with Justice Now as activists, and oversees peer education efforts and coordinates direct legal services to people inside.
Amanda HL Transue-Woolston
Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston is a social worker, adoptee, and blogger at "Declassified Adoptee" (named one of the “Top 20 Adoption Blogs” by Adoptive Families Magazine) and "Land of Gazillion Adoptees." She is the founder of Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights, a board member of The Adoptee Rights Coalition, and founder of “The Lost Daughters” collaborative writing project for adult women adoptees. Amanda became “declassified” in 2009 when she gained access to her government-held original birth certificate.
Amber J. Phillips
Amber J. Phillips trains and supports young people in becoming activists on their campuses and in their communities as they fight for issues that include: sexual health awareness, LGBTQ rights, gender equality, and ending the stigma around abortion through the 1 in 3 Campaign.
Amy Britt is the Outreach Manager at Tapestry Health, where she organizes community events to provide sexual health education and testing services in all four Western Massachusetts counties, with a focus on engaging youth on college campuses. In 2012, Amy was selected to travel to Brazil as an American Fellow in a U.S. State Department Program focused on Women’s Health Leadership.
Andrea Dre Domingue
Andrea Dre Domingue works at Umass Amherst as the Program Facilitator for Body Politics, a dialogue, creative writing, and performance program through the Women of Color Leadership Network. She is also an instructor and doctoral student within the Social Justice Education program where her research focuses on experiences of leadership, activism, and resistance among undergraduate Black women.
Andrea Flynn is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she researches and writes about U.S. and international reproductive health issues. She has published numerous articles and papers on state and federal laws and programs that impact reproductive health access. Andrea received her MPA/MPH from Columbia University and is a board member of the Third Wave Fund.
Andrea James is the Executive Director of families for Justice as Healing, the founder of AJames Group, and the author of Upper Bunkies Unite. She commits her time to reducing the prison population of women and creating economic opportunity for formerly incarcerated women.
Angel C. Fabian
Angel C. Fabian is a Zapoteco/Xicano, bi, two spirits, immigrant activist and community organizer. For the past 15 years, he has been working in community health in POC communities, has co-founded many Latino LGBTQI organizations in CA and is on a continuous journey as a curandero. He holds a BA from Stanford, a Master's from USF and is pursuing a medical degree in Mexico. He has been part of the First Nation/Two Spirits Collective for the past two years.
Angel Nafis is an Ann Arbor, Michigan native and Cave Canem Fellow. In 2011, she represented the LouderArts poetry project at both the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam. She is an Urban Word NYC Mentor, creator of the quarterly Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon reading series, and author of BlackGirl Mansion (Red Beard Press/ New School Poetics, 2012). angelnafis.tumblr.com
Angela currently serves as the Director of Field Operations for RCRC, where she oversees the organizations community organizing, mobilization and movement building work. Angela is passionate about many social justice issues including reproductive justice, racial justice, education, food justice and LGBTQ equality. In her spare time she serves on the board of Youth Pride Alliance and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective but mostly enjoys spending time with her wife and 12 year old twins.
Anissa Hélie grew up in Algiers, Algeria, and has been involved with various women’s organizations and transnational networks – serving as Director of the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) International Coordination Office for 5 years (2000-2004). She speaks internationally on sexuality, wars and conflicts, religious fundamentalisms and women’s human rights. She has widely published on these topics, including: Documenting Women’s Rights Violations by Non-State Actors: Experiences of Activists from Muslim communities and “The Politics of Abortion Policy in the Heterogeneous Muslim World”
Anjela is a Law Students for Reproductive Justice fellow working at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Her work focuses on reproductive issues faced by immigrants and LGBTQ Latin@s.
Anke Kleinmeier is a gynecologist in private practice and an active member of FIAPAC (Int. Fed. of Professional Abortion & Contraception Ass.) and AKF (Germ. Ass. Women Health) who networks for abortion rights and practicing abortions. In 1999-2000 she trained midwives in Mexico in reproductive health.
Ann Montague is an active rank and file organizer in SEIU 503 (Oregon). She was a leader in two statewide strikes. The 1987 "rolling strike" included the issue of Pay Equity for women workers. She is one of the founders of the SEIU Lavender Caucus which is an activist and advocacy group for LGBTQ members. She created the first union stewards training programs "How To Fight Homophobia In The Workplace". She is the author of "Nine Days That Shook Oregon" http://www.laborstandard.org/Nine_Days_That_Shook_Oregon.html
A Hampshire College and CLPP alumna, Anna Saeger is an advocate and community health educator around issues of sexual health and wellness, HIV/AIDS, youth empowerment, and reproductive justice. Anna is currently an AIDS United AmeriCorps member working as an HIV Health Educator with the Erie Family Health Center of Chicago, IL. Through Erie’s Lending Hands for Life program, Anna provides prevention education, testing, medical and emotional support for people at risk or currently living with HIV/AIDS.
Anna Saeger is a youth activist, feminist, and community sexual health educator. Anna is a 4th year Hampshire student, concentrating in public sexual health education, reproductive justice, and youth empowerment. Anna has cultivated her passion for sexual and reproductive health activism as an intern with the Civil Liberties & Public Policy program, the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, and Planned Parenthood.
Anne is the Assistant Director of PopDev, the Population & Development Program at Hampshire College, a center on peace, population and the environment at Hampshire College.
Anne Hendrixson is a reproductive health advocate, writer, and speaker focused on the politics of global health and population. She is an alumna of Hampshire College (class of '91) and has a Masters from the International Development and Social Change Master's Program at Clark University. As a previous PopDev Coordinator (from 1996 - 2000), she is returning to the program after 12 years. During that time she served as Assistant Director for aids2031 (a project commissioned by UNAIDS to chart a long-term, global response to AIDS) and was a key contributor to recommendations for addressing the underlying social factors of HIV transmission, treatment and prevention.
Anu Manchikanti Gomez
Anu Manchikanti Gomez, PhD is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality at San Francisco State University. Using social science approaches, Anu aims to employ a reproductive justice lens in research relevant to clinical practice and policy, such as exploring the implications of enthusiasm for promoting use of IUDs and implants to “high-risk” women on reproductive autonomy.
Anushka Kapoor is a junior at the Goizueta Business School concentrating in Finance and Accounting. She is from New Delhi, India. She is the founder and Co-President of Sexual Assault Peer Advocates at Emory University. She has been an advocate for sexual assault survivors for two years.
Aolani Whitebear is a thirteen-year-old Peer Leader for GirlsEyeView, Ware and a youth member of the Youth Action Coalition Board. Some issues she’s passionate about are LGBTQIA youth movements, and finding time to read and write. She will turn fourteen on the Saturday of the conference and can’t wait to celebrate by making ‘zines with YOU!
April Grayce Dunlop
April Grayce Dunlop is a femme witch whose academic passions include writing in many forms, feminist, queer, & critical race theory, religious studies, and sexuality education. She is a signer for the student group Sexperts, a Peer Chaplain in the Spiritual Life Office, and a co-editor of PopDev’s political blog, The Black Sheep Journal. April is a last semester Division II student at Hampshire College.
April Nishimura is lead organizer and co-founder of Zenyu Healing, which supports leadership development of Queer people of color and allies through local and national retreats and workshops. She is also a hands-on healer and Structural Medicine practitioner in Seattle, WA.
Ariel Shahar Burton
Asa Needle is member of the Stone Soup Community Center, as well as the Worcester Solidarity and Green Economy(SAGE) Alliance. He has presented at conferences on both coasts on co-operative business, youth empowerment, and environmental justice.
Ashe Helm-Hernandez is a member of Southerners On New Ground, (S.O.N.G.) & Alpha Psi Kappa Fraternity, Inc., the nation's largest nonprofit LGBT Greek organization specifically for dominant lesbians.
Aubretia (Windy) Edick
Aubretia works at Walmart and is a proud member of OUR Walmart. Aubretia has worked at Walmart for 13 years and has spoken out about Walmart for the last 9 or 10 years.
Audrey Silvestre is a queer chicana feminist with chingón politics. She is a fierce community organizer who, through the collectivo Conciencia Femenil, is disrupting heteropatriarchy, sexism, and homophobia by calling out institutionalized ways that violence is produced and reproduced. Audrey is a mentor for ImMEDIAte Justice and one of the co-founders of HollaBackSoCal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Avian Weiswerda is a fourth year student at Hampshire doing thesis work on child abuse deaths in the American public sphere. She has worked with the Prison Birth Project for the last two years and loves to bake without measuring cups and dance without music.
Avital Norman Nathman
Avital Norman Nathman is a writer whose work has been featured in Bitch magazine, The New York Times, RH Reality Check and more. In addition to her blog, The Mamafesto, Norman Nathman helms the series, “The Femisphere,” for Ms. Magazine, and writes the feminist parenting column, “Mommie Dearest,” for The Frisky. Her first book, an anthology that tackles the Good Mother Myth, is forthcoming from Seal Press.
Avital Norman Nathman
Avital Norman Nathman is a writer whose work has appeared in Bitch Magazine, Mothering Magazine, and more. You can catch her musing online about motherhood and feminism at her blog, The Mamafesto, as well as at Gender Across Borders and Bitch Media. Her passion for feminism and gender equality (and fluidity!) can be found in both her activist lifestyle and her body of work.
Avital Norman Nathman
Avital Norman Nathman is a freelance writer and the editor of The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood To Fit Reality (Seal Press 2014). Her work, which places a feminist lens on a variety of topics, from parenting to maternal health and reproductive rights, has appeared in The New York Times, CNN, RHRealityCheck, Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine, The Frisky and more. She tweets @TheMamafesto.
Aviva is a third-year student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studies Social Thought and Political Economy. This is her second semester as an Educator/Advocate at the Center for Women and Community.
Bamby Salcedo is the HIV Prevention Services Project Coordinator with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Bamby is the founder and President of The Trans-Latin@ Coalition. Ms Salcedo is a proud Latina transgender woman who is recognized nationwide for her advocacy work related to trans issues; Bamby is also working with The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) developing a blue print on how to provide health care services for trans people in Latin America and The Caribbean.
Bamby Salcedo is a woman of trans experience who is a nationally recognized activist who advocates for the specific issues and needs of trans people. Bamby is the co-investigator on a report called TransVisible: Transgender Latina Women in US Society.
Barbara Yngvesson is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Her research focuses on the legal production of adoptability, adoptee experiences of identity and belonging, and returns by adopted adults to their nations of origin. She is the author or co-author of numerous articles on transnational adoption, open adoption, and transnational motherhood. Her most recent book is Belonging in an Adopted World: Race, Identity, and Transnational Adoption (Chicago, 2010).
Beata Tsosie-Peña is from Santa Clara Pueblo, NM. The realities of living next to a nuclear weapons production complex have called her into Environmental Health and Justice work with the non-profit organization, Tewa Women United. She believes in the practice and preservation of land-based knowledge, spirituality, language, seeds, our environment, arts and culture. Her intentions are for healing, wellness and sustainability for future generations.
Bet Power is the Executive Director of the Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation and Director/Curator of the Sexual Minorities Archives, a national collection of LGBTQI literature, history, and art since 1974, located in Northampton, MA. He is the founder/facilitator of the East Coast FTM Group, monthly peer support for the full spectrum of trans-masculine persons, since 1992. He is a lifelong social justice organizer/activist.
Betsy Hartmann is the Director of the Population and Development Program and Professor of Development Studies at Hampshire College. A longstanding activist in the international women's health movement, she teaches, writes and speaks about the intersections of population, environment, reproductive rights and security issues. Her books include Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control.
Betsy Hartmann is the director of the Population and Development Program and professor of Development Studies at Hampshire College. She is a longstanding activist in the international women's health movement, and her work focuses on the intersections of population, environment, immigration, peace and security issues. She is the author of Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control and is currently writing a book on the roots and dangers of apocalyptic thinking in the U.S.
Bhavana is a NYC-based activist and nerd who likes to be reminded of how all our movements intersect. She first got involved through anti-violence work, and has since worked on sexual health education, sex worker rights, supporting youth organizing, and supporting kids/families in movements. Bhavana's also been learning about healing/transformative justice, and is excited about building movement spaces with more room for healing and transformation.
Britni de la Cretaz
Britni de la Cretaz is the co-founder and co-director of Hollaback! Boston. She is a social worker by day and social justice activist by night, and received her Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern University and her Master's Degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is a big believer in sequins and sleeping in.
Brittany Bellefleur is a sixteen year old member of GirlsEyeView, Ware and the current president of the GSA advisory at her high school. She’s passionate about LGBTQIA issues and the many faces of feminism. She dreams of going to college in New York City one day and loves the podcast “Welcome to Night Vale”.
C. Angel Torres
C. Angel Torres says “To put yourself in a few words is a difficult task, but if I could sum it up into a few sentences: I dreamt of the movement before I knew it existed to be a part of. It will always be my life’s work. I am a genderqueer youth from Chicago born and raised but I believe there is no real location I can tie myself down to. I currently am employed by the Young Women’s Empowerment Project, but I am an active volunteer for most movements. I have been apart of the LGBTQ movement since I was 13. It’s where my work started. Currently, that is probably one of the closest movements to my heart.”
Canan Çevik is a PhD student in economics at UMass. She was born and raised in Eastern Turkey. Her research interests are gender, inequality across countries and within in a country and ethnic/ racial justice. She has been and she is involved in women movements in Turkey.
Candace D. Gibson
Candace received her J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2012. Prior to law school, she worked at Comunidades Unidas, a Utah nonprofit organization committed to eliminating health inequities. Candace is proud of her Salvadoran background and is a first generation college student. Candace graduated from Smith College in 2007 with a B.A. in Government and in Spanish.
Cara Page is Co-Coordinator of the Kindred Collective (www.kindredhealingjustice.org), based in Atlanta, GA, a network of grassroots healers, health practitioners, and organizers in the South responding to generational trauma and violence in our communities and movements. As a Black queer artist, organizer, and healing arts practitioner living in the South, she works for LBGTIQ liberation, healing & health, and reproductive justice. As a cultural worker and organizer she strives to build public education and strategic action towards intervening and transforming state violence, interpersonal and communal violence and generational trauma.
Carly Manes is currently a Sophmore at the University of Michigan and am a youth activist for reproductive justice. She work with Advocats for Youth, Planned Parenthood, and a variety of other progressive national organizations. She is a member of Planned Parenthood's Young Leaders Advisory Council and the President of Students for Choice at the Univeristy of Michigan.
Carly Manes is a junior at the University of Michigan. She has been a youth activist with Planned Parenthood and Advocates for Youth for the past several years. She is a member of Planned Parenthood’s Young Leaders Advisory Council, Michigan’s statewide Sexual Health Education Youth Council (MY Voice), and a Young People For (YP4) 2013-2014 Fellow. In the fall of 2013, she organized one of the first collegiate abortion speak-outs in the country. She works primarily on issues pertaining to the reproductive rights of young people and abortion stigma.
Carly Romeo is a project manager, freelance photographer, cheerleader for gender equity born in Queens but raised amongst the Appalachian Mountains in Southwest Virginia. In 2010, Carly landed her dream job with Soapbox, Inc, helping schools and organizations across the country put together awesome feminist events.
Carly Romeo is a feminist activist and Jill-of-all-trades born in Queens but raised amongst the Appalachian Mountains in Southwest Virginia. She honed her activist skills while earning her bachelor's degree at the University of Virginia, and since graduating in 2008, Carly has worked at Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and in Gloria Steinem's Office. Her current gigs include owning and operating her own feminist wedding photography business, and working with authors Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner at Soapbox, Inc, the world's only feminist speakers' bureau.
Carol Queen, PhD
Carol Queen is a cultural sexologist noted for her writing (her books include Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture and Exhibitionism for the Shy) and for founding the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit education, archive, and arts organization in San Francisco. She has worked at the women-focused sex shop Good Vibrations for over 20 years. More: ww.carolqueen.com, www.sexandculture.org, www.goodvibes.com (over 18).
Carole A. Eady
Carole Eady has been an advocate for women’s issues relating to the CJS since being released in 1999. She is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the College of New Rochelle. Carole believes the most important issue relating to women in reentry is education -- in school, in the community, and in public policy. When the law affects any one of us – it affects us all.
Casey is a full-spectrum doula, an older sister, a Hampshire student, and an all-around radical gal with her roots in Pioneer Valley activism of all flavors. In her free time, she works at a bar, knits, reads sci-fi, loses at chess, plays in her kitchen, studies herbal medicine, and listens to a whole lot of 90s rap and R&B.
Catherine Sands is a food systems consultant, educator and evaluator, with nearly 30 years experience supporting non-profit organizations nationally and locally in farm to school value chain development, food access and equity, participatory action research and evaluation, food policy and advocacy. She directs Fertile Ground, a regional farm to school initiative, lectures on food justice and policy at U Mass/Amherst, and collaborates with communities to strategize and evaluate community food projects.
Cathy is a member of Stop the Hate and Homophobia Coalition Springfield, LGBT Working Group of the Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, and LGBT Asylum Support Task Force as well as Conservation Commissioner. Cathy is fighting for equality and organizing for change on a variety of social and environmental justice fronts.
Celia Segel joined the staff of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in January 2013. She brings years of organizing experience both in legislative and electoral campaigns.
Chagan Sanathu is the Alumni Program Coordinator with YP4. As a former Fellowship Associate and a 2010 YP4 Fellow, she has a long history of engagement with the YP4 Program. A recent graduate of Goshen College, where she graduated with a degree in Business and Public Relations, she has held numerous leadership positions, including serving as a Senate chair and the International Student Club leader at her school. Last summer, Chagan was selected to participate in the New Leaders Internship program with the Center for Progressive Leadership, where she developed skills to be a part of the progressive movement. Before joining staff, Chagan interned at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, researching the effects of child tax credit and earned income tax credit on low-income communities, especially on women who survived domestic violence. Most of her work and focus has been in women’s issues and raising awareness of domestic violence and sexually abused women in South Asian communities. She is also a Board member for National Asia Pacific American Women's Forum- DC Chapter, where she works on fundraising to continue to help the chapter work on immigration reform, reproductive justice and any other issues the API community faces.
Charlene Galarneau is faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College where her teaching includes feminist bioethics, US public health, and women and health. Her research focuses on health justice and she is writing a book on community justice and US health policy. Charlene is a proud alum of UMass Amherst.
Charlie Rose is a queer, young mama, a former RRASC intern, and a future doctor. Charlie is an advocate for pregnant and parenting minors and a member of Girlmom.com. She lives in Austin, Texas with her girlfriend and "the squid", 8-year-old Cae. She blogs at mamaandsquid.blogspot.com
Charlotte Capogna-Amias is a program coordinator at an academic, career, and personal support program for first generation college students, low-income students, and students with disabilities at Westfield State University. Charlotte is also the proud mama of an energetic toddler and co-founder of the Queer Non-Gestational Parents Group based in Northampton, MA. Charlotte's writing about parenthood has been published in Hip Mama magazine and will appear in the forthcoming web-publication of This Bridge Called My Baby.
Charone Pagett has spent well over twenty years learning and doing human rights work. She joined the Disability Justice Collective and found her home. Having a disability since birth, she is well versed in disability culture and using that culture to bring disabled people to every social justice table.
Cheauvon Brown-Nelson is the first Justice Now Leadership Advocacy Fellow. She is a 2012-2013 Women’s Policy Institute fellow at the Women’s Foundation of California and a longtime member of Women's Aglow Prison Ministries. Ms. Brown-Nelson was incarcerated at Valley State Prison for Women, where she joined Justice Now and created Mother’s to Mother’s Alliance to empower women inside prison. Since returning home in 2011 Ms. Brown-Nelson has been featured in two documentaries, Women and Children Beyond Incarceration, Prison Industrial Complex and one video Equal Opportunity for Women.
Chelsea Sunday Kline
Chelsea Kline centers her work around the body, pregnancy, reproduction, breastfeeding, motherhood, circumcision, consumerism, and how religion informs and influences each of these rich topics. A recent graduate from Harvard Divinity school, Chelsea earned a Master's in Theological Studies with a focus on Women, Religion, Gender and Sexuality. Chelsea became a single mother by choice right after high school, and now, with a teenage daughter, her passion and interest in the full spectrum of reproductive justice has never been stronger.
Cherraye Oats was born in Kilmichael, MS received her B.S. degree from Jackson State University and her Master's Degree in Counseling from San Diego State. Mrs. Oats is a mother of five children, a grandmoth to six and has been married 24 years. She is the Executive Director of the Fannie Lou Hamer Center For Change, a community based organization in Mississippi.
Chiedza C. Mufunde
Chiedza is a graduating senior at Mount Holyoke College and a champion for women’s education and empowerment. Her interests include the intersection of health and education, capacity building, and community development. In 2011, Chiedza worked as a Reproductive Rights Activist Corps (RRASC) intern with the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies in New Orleans, LA, where she promoted policy for sex education. Her work as a RRASC inspired her to consider a career that will enable her to work in policy.
Chiino Rios became an organizer when he was 16 and since then he has dedicated his life to Out Now and the work that they do in their community—from trying to stop the construction of a women's jail down the street from their office, to international solidarity in filing a law suit against a homophobic, hate-preaching pastor living in their city. The work only gets clearer and more exciting. Chiino is also an ensemble member of The Performance Project where they try to create a Ripple Effect of social change through true stories, struggles, and fantasies of youth from different corners of the world.
Chiloe is a final semester div II, transfer, Hampshire student. She studies transformative justice and hip hop studies. Having grown up an activist she aims to incorporate social justice in all of her professional, academic and life endeavors.
China Martens is the author of The Future Generation: The Zine-book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends & Others and the co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities. Since 2003, China has facilitated workshops to create support for parents and children. She is also a co-founder of Kidz City, a radical childcare collective in Baltimore.
Chloe Collins is a senior at Smith College where she is studying Women & Gender and Book Studies. She is a peer sexual assault educator with On Standby, a Smith College student organization dedicated to primary prevention and sexual assault harm reduction.
Christine Soyong Harley is the Policy and Programs Director for the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF). In this capacity, Chris oversees the policy and advocacy efforts of NAPAWF, including the Reproductive Justice, Immigrant Rights, and Nail Salon advocacy programs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Oberlin College and a Master's from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.
Christopher Tinson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Hampshire College. His interdisciplinary research and teaching focuses on the intersections between Africana radical traditions, Ethnic Studies, Hip-Hop culture, race and sports, critical media studies, and community-based education. He has been co-host of TRGGR Radio, a Hip-Hop-rooted social justice radio program, since 2006.
Christi H. Ketchum
Throughout her career she has worked with several organizations and networks focusing on the advancement of Black Women, Reproductive Justice, Dismantling Oppression, Prison Industrial Complex and Social Justice. Currently, she is the founder of Our Rightful, a network for Black Women to come together for positive dialogue, sharing stories, building strong relationships, and creating an open and safe space for WOMEN to become better leaders, mothers, allies, friends and social change agents.
Christian McEwen is a freelance writer, teacher, and workshop leader. She edited Jo's Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, and helped produce the documentary film, "Tomboys!" Her latest book is "World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down" (Bauhan Publishing, 2011). McEwen is currently working on a play about women and money.
Christie Barcelos is a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Christie Barcelos is a doctoral candidate in Community Health at the University of Massachusetts.
Christine Cruz Guiao
Christine Cruz Guiao, is a queer Filipina-American. A veteran of the social justice non-profit world, she has over 10 years experience as a Healer and Spiritual Guide as well as in organizing and leading wilderness retreats. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Zenyu Healing, a unique organization dedicated to the spiritual health of LGBTQI People of Color.
Christine is the Law Students for Reproductive Justice Fellow at the Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF). Christine is deeply committed to reproductive rights and justice, and works to ensure that the needs and voices of immigrant women and women of color are lifted. Christine holds a law degree from UC Davis School of Law and a bachelor's degree from UC Irvine.
Christopher Spurling is a youth activist and is currently a senior at the University of Cincinnati (UC) studying Communications. He is a member of the Ohio Advocates for Youth Leadership Council, a BACCHUS Certified Peer Educator at the UC Student Wellness Center, and a Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT200). He plans on attending graduate school and has goals to work in non-profits and become a college professor.
CLPP Student Group
Collette Carter is a self-identified black queer fat femme activist who believes at the heart of lasting movement-building is the work of making spaces which help us sustain hope and the possibility for survival, as well as transformation. A graduate of Spelman College c96, Collette brings over fifteen years experience with community-led organization, and program and leadership development.
Cora Fernandez Anderson
Cora Fernandez Anderson is a Five College Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Reproductive Politics. Her research focuses on human rights and women’s movements in Latin America. She is currently working on a project to explain the successes and failures of the campaigns for the decriminalization of abortion in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Cora Fernandez Anderson
Cora Fernandez Anderson is a Five College Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Reproductive Politics. Her research focuses on human rights and women’s movements in Latin America. She is currently writing about the campaigns to decriminalize abortion in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Cora Fernandez Anderson
Cora Fernandez Anderson is a visiting professor in Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College. Her research focuses on women’s and human rights movements in Latin America, in particular the current campaigns to decriminalize abortion in the Southern Cone.
Cora Segal is an activist originally from Boston, who is currently studying at Hampshire College in Western MA. She was first introduced to social justice through youth-led community-based groups in the Boston area, such as the City School and Sub/Urban Justice. From here, she developed feminist, fat liberation, anti racist, and anti capitalist perspectives, which she believes all play an integral role in working towards collective liberation. As a fatty, she's very eager to see fat justice and all its intersections with gender, race, disability, queer/trans liberation, class, and anti capitalism, become part of radical movements. She currently organizes with various groups in the Pioneer Valley.
Courtney directs Justice Now’s prison closure and anti-sterilization abuse campaigns. She helped start a syringe exchange program at HIPS, collaborated with imprisoned activists to create a Hepatitis C & HIV guide, and provided support to people experiencing birth, abortion, and miscarriage through The Doula Project. She co-coordinated the CLPP conference in the past, and is currently apprenticing to become a midwife and womens/trans/queer health nurse.
Courtney directs Justice Now’s prison closure and anti-sterilization abuse campaigns. She helped start a syringe exchange program at HIPS, collaborated with imprisoned activists to create a Hepatitis C & HIV guide, and provided support to people experiencing birth, abortion, and miscarriage through The Doula Project. She co-coordinated the CLPP conference in the past, and is currently apprenticing to become a midwife and womens/trans/queer health nurse.
Courtney supported people in the sex trade and helped start up a syringe exchange program at HIPS, supported people experiencing birth, abortion, and miscarriage through The Doula Project and co-coordinated the CLPP conference in the past. She currently directs Justice Now’s prison closure and anti-sterilization abuse campaigns, offers after-abortion counseling through Exhale, and is apprenticing to become a midwife/women’s/trans/queer health nurse. Dislikes: Eugenics. Likes: RuPaul.
Coya White Hat-Artichoker
Coya was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota; she is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been doing activist work in various communities and movements since the age of 15. She or her writing has appeared in: After Stonewall, (After Stonewall Productions) a film; The Advocate; “40 under 40” LGBT Leaders in the United States for 2010; “Sharing Our Stories of Survival” (Altamira Press 2007), the blogs the Bilerico Project; and is a blogger for The Huffington Post.
Coya White Hat-Artichoker
Coya was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota; she is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been doing activist work in various communities and movements since the age of 15. She is a member of the First Nations Two Spirit Collective, which is a collective working to building a stronger political presence for Two Spirit people within the national dialogue of queer rights.
Creating Collective Access
Cyd Nova is the Harm Reduction and Transgender Program Coordinator at St James Infirmary - a clinic for current and former sex workers. A healthcare and human rights activist, he organizes with ACT UP/San Francisco, working on sex worker rights and HIV issues nationally. He writes for HIV and Hepatitis, Pretty Queer, Visual AIDS and his fiction writing was published in Topside Press' 'The Collection: The New Transgender Vanguard' in Summer of 2012.
Cyrée Jarelle Johnson
Cyrée Jarelle Johnson is a Black Femme dyke writer, essayist, zinester, and poet. Cyrée Jarelle is committed to relocating Femme culture from margin to center using writing, non-formal education and communal publication. Hir collaborative zine and blog project, Femme Dreamboat, addresses concepts of gendered homelands, lesbian patriotism, and feminine fabulosity. Cyrée is also a contributing writer for Elixher Magazine.
Dahlia Ward McManus
As a Senior Advocacy and Policy Strategist, Dahlia helps develop and implement the ACLU’s state-based advocacy to advance LGBT rights, women’s rights, and freedom of religion and belief, with a special focus on reproductive freedom. McManus specializes in providing technical assistance and strategic planning support to ACLU affiliates working to defeat anti-choice ballot initiatives. In 2011, she was the director of field operations for Mississippians for Healthy Families, the coalition that defeated the “personhood” ballot initiative in Mississippi. She has also worked to defeat proposed abortion bans in South Dakota and two personhood initiatives in Colorado. Before joining the ACLU in 2006, McManus was Director of Community Organizing for Sacramento Mutual Housing Association in California, a non-profit affordable housing developer. Before that, she was a regional organizer with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union. She graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Dallas Schubert began her reproductive justice activism with clinic defense during high school and campus organizing at Indiana University. She has served on the Board of Directors at Preterm and the Abortion Care Network, and is one of the creators of the My Abortion My Life Campaign. She is particularly interested in addressing abortion stigma and supporting abortion providers. Dallas is also a mother, cook, gardener and public education advocate.
Damien Luxe a/k/a Hadassah D’Luxe, is a Brooklyn-based queer femme liberationist artist, lifelong writer, multi-media producer, community organizer and media justice activist who has been performing theatre and music at cabarets, festivals and literary events all over the continent since 2003 and producing digital communications for artists and activists since 2005.One of her art websites is axondluxe.com. Her blog is femmetech.org
Dashira Pomales is an artist, a recent graduate of the Care Center in Holyoke and the mother a baby son. She loves artwork and has been a part of the Hear Our Stories Project and Women Organizing Across Ages Meetings since June 2013.
David Benzaquen is the Political & Legislative Action Coordinator at NARAL Pro-Choice New York. Previously he managed electoral campaigns for pro-choice women and led campaigns at a national farm animal protection group. He has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from The New School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University.
James David Morgan is a co-founding member of the Groundswell Collective, a loose affiliation of critical cultural producers who work at the intersection of art and activism.
Dazon Dixon Diallo
Dázon Dixon Diallo is a visionary advocate in the struggle for women’s human rights and reproductive justice, and the fight against HIV/AIDS on behalf of communities of women living with HIV and those at risk for HIV and STIs. Dr. Diallo is Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc, established in 1989, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and RJ organization in the southeastern United States.
Deborah Jiang-Stein is a national speaker and founder of The unPrison Project (www.unprisonproject.org,) a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to empower incarcerated women and girls with life skills and mentoring to prepare for a successful life after prison. Born heroin-addicted to an incarcerated mother, Deborah is the author of the memoir, Prison Baby (Beacon Press): “one woman's struggles—beginning with her birth in prison—to find self-acceptance, proving that redemption and healing are possible, even from the darkest corners.
Deborah Peterson Small
Deborah Small, J.D./M.P.P. is the Executive Director of Break the Chains (BTC). The mission of BTC is to build the movement for alternatives to punitive drug policies that disproportionately impact poor of color. We envision a world where substance abuse is addressed as a public health problem with policies grounded in science, compassion and human rights.
Deborah Peterson Small
Deborah Peterson Small is the Executive Director of Break the Chains, an advocacy organization committed to addressing the disproportionate impact of punitive drug policies on poor communities of color. Break the Chains was founded in the belief that community activism and advocacy is an essential component of progressive policy reform. Break the Chains works to engage families and community leaders in promoting alternatives to the failed “war on drugs” by adopting public health approaches to substance abuse and drug-related crimes. Break the Chains is an advocate and voice for those affected most by drug policies but too often unheard in policy debates and decisions.
Dee is an activist, blogger, polyglot, and community leader for the trans* and HIV communities since 2005. A founding member of the Positive Women's Network USA (PWN USA) in 2008, she currently serves on their steering committee. Dee also serves on the boards for the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+).
Deesha believes that social change is rooted in individual awareness and action. She is committed to developing creative practices for healing and safety for all, and in particular for queer communities of color. Deesha works on healing justice, gender justice, and ending sexual violence in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to her work, friends, and family, Deesha loves dancing and hot fudge sundaes.
Deon Haywood is a longtime activist in the city of New Orleans with a history of organizing low-income women of color around Reproductive Health and Justice, and Women’s Rights. She has received countless awards and recognitions for her work in HIV/AIDS and Political Activism. She spearheaded the NO Justice Project and was pivotal in changing the Louisiana Crime Against Nature Law, a law that excessively criminalized sex workers, largely poor women and transgender women of color.
Devarah 'Dee' Borrego
Dee's a 30-year-old transwoman living with HIV who has been actively involved with advocacy since 2008. She currently works with PWNUSA, GNP+NA and a variety of other (inter)national organizations to address the needs of women living with HIV. She's also a translator for Spanish, French, Norwegian and ASL.
Diego Angarita is the Director of Youth Programs and Policy for Nuestras Raices. He previously worked with the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council doing community outreach. He has worked since 2005 in youth programs focusing on art and activism, media production, and LGBTQ support.
Doha is an Egyptian American student living in NYC and a queer feminist radical youth leader.
Dr. M. K. Dorsey
Dr. Michael Dorsey is a recognized expert on global governance and sustainability. For decades Dr. Dorsey has advised governments, foundations, firms and others on the interplay of multilateral environmental, finance and economic development matters. In July 2010 Lisa Jackson, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) Administrator, appointed Dr. Dorsey to the EPA’s National Advisory Committee (NAC). She reappointed him to the US-EPA NAC in 2012.
Ebony Noelle Golden
Houston, TX native, Ebony Noelle Golden, is a public scholar, performance artist and director of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative. She also serves as the artistic director of Body Ecology Performance Ensemble. BDAC specializes in creative workshops, curriculum development, cultural and performance art design for progressive social change. www.bettysdaughterarts.com
Ebony Noelle Golden
Hailing from Houston, TX, Ebony Noelle Golden is a cultural worker, conceptual performance artist, Cave Canem Fellow and creative director of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC. Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative is a cultural arts direct action group that inspires, enlivens and incites justice and transformation of individuals and communities through creativity, cultural arts and radical expressiveness. In 2009, Ebony established Body Ecology Performance Ensemble in New York and currently serves as its artistic director.
Eesha Pandit is a writer and reproductive justice activist. Her writing can be found here at The Crunk Feminist Collective, The Nation, Feministing, Salon, RH Reality Check, Feministe and In These Times. She has also appeared on numerous TV news outlets including CNN, HLN, and MSNBC. She most recently worked as Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence, a social change organization dedicated to ending men’s violence against women.
Eesha Pandit is a writer and reproductive justice activist. Her writing can be found here at The Crunk Feminist Collective, The Nation, Feministing, Salon, RH Reality Check, Feministe and In These Times. She has also appeared on numerous TV news outlets including CNN, HLN, and MSNBC. She most recently worked as Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence, a social change organization dedicated to ending men’s violence against women.
Eesha Pandit is a writer and reproductive justice activist. Her writing can be found here at The Crunk Feminist Collective, The Nation, Feministing, Salon, RH Reality Check, Feministe and In These Times. She has also appeared on numerous TV news outlets including CNN, HLN, and MSNBC. She most recently worked as Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence, a social change organization dedicated to ending men’s violence against women.
Eleanor Dewey is a Co-Executive Director at the Colorado Anti-Violence Program where she heads the youth organizing project Branching Seedz of Resistance. Eleanor is a young Denver raised transwoman with a deep love for youth organizing, media making, movement history and family.
Elizabeth Atwell is a senior Public Policy and Global Studies major at the University of North Carolina from Boone, NC. She is the co-chair of Students United for Reproductive Justice and is also president of EmpowerU, a women’s microfinance 501(c)3 based out of Kumi, Uganda. Elizabeth has worked as an intern for the UNC Law School’s Center on Poverty Work and Opportunity.
Elizabeth is a member of the National Latina Institute's senior leadership team, is responsible for advancing the Institute’s policy agenda and legislative priorities, managing the Washington, D.C. office, and for directing the organization’s dynamic policy team. Elizabeth graduated from Oberlin College with highest honors and holds a Master's degree in international policy from Harvard.
Ellen manages the Ms. Foundation for Women’s reproductive justice grantmaking and capacity building program. She has over ten years of experience supporting and strengthening health and human rights organizations in the areas of reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, TB, ethnic minorities, and mental disability. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins and a BA in History from Georgetown University.
Elyse Quadrozzi is a High School Educator and Transgender rights/visibility advocate. She holds a Masters degree in Education and Teaching from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and a History B.A from The University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently constructing a book which focuses on common themes and struggles throughout medical and social gender transition in hopes to gain both visibility and understanding for the often misrepresented trans* community.
Ena Suseth Valladares
Ena Suseth Valladares is Director of Research at California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ). Ena is responsible for coordinating CLRJ’s research projects and activities that serve to further inform and increase the availability of California-based policy-oriented research that specifically addresses Latinas’ reproductive and sexual health priorities and that is strength-based, culturally appropriate, and reflective of the Latina/o community’s needs.
Erika Cordova is a co-founder of Mi Lola. She is a Honduran activist that has lived in Miami for over 10 years and has made it her mission to raise awareness of the impact that gender, race, and immigration status have in the lives of under-represented communities around the globe. During her free time, Erika enjoys comedy relief, arts and culture, traveling and volunteering.
Erin writes about media at marketingmediachildhood.com to raise awareness of messages directed at children in advertising and other media, and to help parents guide their children through that barrage of messages. Erin is also leading a campaign to pass legislation (S1956) in Massachusetts that would bring comprehensive media literacy education to public schools; the website is www.massmedialiteracyconsortium.com.
Erin is a queer single mama and works at Family Tree Clinic, a sexual health clinic in St. Paul, MN.
Esha joined the Center for Reproductive Rights in 2013 and works on a range of litigation actions, including the Center’s lawsuit against a Texas omnibus bill passed in 2013. She was previously an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants’ Rights Project, focusing on litigation throughout the country to protect the due process rights of immigrants who are detained.
Farah Diaz-Tello, JD, is a Staff Attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Her work has focused on birth justice and using the human rights framework to protect the dignity and humanity of pregnant and birthing people. She is a proud Texan and mama to three small boys.
Felipe was ranked one of the top 20 community college students in the U.S. and best student in Florida in 2008 by the American Association of Community Colleges. He also served as student government president of Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Born to a single mother in the slums of Brazil, Felipe was sent at age 14 to the U.S., where he first dreamed of becoming a teacher, but his immigration status has prevented him from achieving this. Felipe has been accepted by many top colleges, but was barred from getting financial aid. He is currently studying Business and Administration at St. Thomas University and he still hopes that one day he will be able to teach young people, because he believes education is the key to pulling people out of poverty. Currently, he serves his community in finding leaders to speak for the contribution of immigrants in the state of Florida. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, a core leader from Students Working for Equal Rights. He is part of the National Coordinating Committee of United WE DREAM and is an online advocate for the national group Presente.org. He has also walked from Miami to our capital for a project called the Trail of DREAMs, to raise awareness about the plight of undocumented students.
Finn Schubert is the Program Coordinator at RHEDI / Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine. He is a CLPP alum, and currently serves on the board of Sadie Nash Leadership Project and on the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference Working Group on Medical and Alternative Healthcare. Finn is pursuing a Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology at Hunter College. twitter: @finnschubert
Finn Schubert is a CLPP alum who currently works at RHEDI/Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine, and serves on the board of Sadie Nash Leadership Project.
Forrest is 20 years old and a member of Springfield's Out Now. She joined as a youth member in Oct. 2010 and began training as a youth leader a year later. Forrest first started working with Out Now doing Theatre of the Oppressed workshops and is currently learning about HIV harm reduction and how to teach LGBT youth how to protect themselves.
Frederick Clarkson is Senior Fellow at Political Research Associates in Somerville, MA. He is an author and journalist who has been researching and writing about the religious and political Right since the Reagan administration. His work has appeared in magazines and newspapers from Mother Jones, Church & State and Ms. magazines to The Christian Science Monitor and The Islamic Monthly. He is the author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy and editor of Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America.
Gabriel Arkles has been a member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project since 2004. He worked there, providing legal services primarily to imprisoned transgender people, until 2010 when he began teaching in the Lawyering program at NYU School of Law.
Gabriel Foster is a black, queer, trans, ‘momma’s boy’ living and loving in New York. Along with Karen Pittelman, he is one of the co-organizers of the Trans Justice Funding Project. Gabriel is also a staff member doing community organizing at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
Programs and Development Coordinator, Pridelines Youth Services
Gavin is a student at the Amherst Regional middle school and a youth participant in Video Vanguards. Gavin likes to make vines.
Gaylon B. Alcaraz is an activist, organizer and champion of human rights. As the current Executive Director with the Chicago Abortion Fund, she advocates for low-income women seeking to control their reproductive freedom. She sits on the board of directors with Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and the Midwest Access Project. Gaylon is a founding board member of Affinity Community Services.
Genesis Aquino is a former ELLA Fellow at Sadie Nash Leadership Project. where she started her project “Empowering Sunset for Reproductive Justice” focused on education and providing a safe space for young womyn of color in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. As an Afro-Latina activist all her work has been focused on healing from and addressing the systems of oppression that most directly impact all her intersections and experiences as a womyn of color.
Genesis Aquino is currently a 2012- 2013 ELLA Fellow at Sadie Nash Leadership Project. Her ELLA project “Empowering Sunset for Sexual & Reproductive Justice” focuses on promoting sexual andreproductive empowerment from a social justice lens by uplifting the unheard voices and providing a safe spacevfor youth and womyn of color in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, through community education and organizing. As an Afro-Latina activist her work has been focused on addressing the systems of oppression that most directly impact all her intersections,and her experience as a woman of color. Genesis graduated from Lehman College on 2012, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a minor in Urban Community Development.
As the Program Manager at the Women Donors Network, Ginger Hintz supports the donor circles, whose goals are strategic social justice grantmaking. Ginger received a BA in Environmental Policy and an MA in American Culture Studies from BGSU. Ginger credits moving to Cleveland, OH where she was a pro-choice escort through rain, snow and shine, as the place where she cut her sharpest reproductive justice tooth.
Gloria M. Escobar-Chaparro
Gloria has a BS in political science from St. John’s University and an MA in health advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College. As Fieldwork Coordinator in the Health Advocacy Program at SLC, Gloria works with students to find their passion and develop their careers as advocates for health and social change. She also consults for Mossville Environmental Action Now, a Louisiana-based environmental justice organization.
Grace Ebiasah is an organizer for Different Avenues, a Washington D.C. nonprofit working to change, improve, and protect the health, rights, and safety of women and girls in the region.
Gretchen Sisson is a sociologist and researcher focusing on issues of economic and reproductive justice, especially teen pregnancy and young parenthood, infertility, abortion, birth, and adoption. She currently works at ANSIRH at UCSF, and serves on the Board of Directors of Backline, a free talk line providing support for experiences related to pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption.
Gretchen Sisson, PhD, is a sociologist and independent researcher with work focusing on reproductive justice and parenthood, specifically adoption, teen pregnancy and young parenthood, abortion, and infertility. She works at the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy (though her research is separate from this work), volunteers with the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, and serves as a birth doula. You can find her on Twitter @gesisson.
Guru Mantra Khalsa
Guru Mantra Khalsa is the Sacramento Clinic Manager for Women's Health specialist. She has worked for the health center for 9 years, and is an active member of the community.
Gwendolyn Albert is an ally of Romani people fighting for their human rights throughout Europe, especially Romani women who were forcibly sterilized in the former Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic. She has contributed research on this to the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and UN human rights bodies (CEDAW, CERD, HRC).
Hannah is originally from Blue Hill, Maine, and has lived in the area since graduating from Hampshire College in 2007. She is passionate about communicating across differences to find common ground, and giving voice and leadership to those who may often be marginalized or silenced. She has volunteered and worked at Not Bread Alone free community meal program for the past 4 years and is thrilled and honored to be able to share some of what she's learned with the fantastic folks at the CLPP Conference!
Heather M. Ács is a Brooklyn-based, multi-media theatre performance artist, activist, curator, educator and high-femme troublemaker. Her work has been featured in festivals, theatres, and galleries across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Heather is the Co-Producer of the Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow, now in its fifth year. www.heatheracs.com
Heather Ault is an award-winning artist, researcher, and activist for abortion rights and reproductive justice. As founder of 4000 Years for Choice, she created a dynamic visual art series devoted to re-visioning the historical and cultural narrative of abortion and contraception. Since the project’s initial launch in 2009, Heather has presented her artwork and research at art galleries, national conferences, university campuses, and reproductive health clinics across the country.
Heather L. Ramirez
Heather roots in Environmental Justice organizing, this Fierce Tejana began to witness how the root issues of both Reproductive Justice and Environmental Justice intersected. After becoming aware of the lack of organizing among peers for Reproductive Justice, she became an ELLA fellow through the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, and developed a network of student activists to learn, strategize, and work together to achieve reproductive justice.
Heather roots are in Environmental Justice organizing. This Fierce Tejana began to witness how the root issues of both Reproductive Justice and Environmental Justice intersected. After becoming aware of the lack of organizing among peers for Reproductive Justice, she became an ELLA fellow through the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, and developed a network of student activists to learn, strategize, and work together to achieve reproductive justice.
Heidi Williamson is the Senior Policy Analyst for the Women’s Health and Rights Program at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Heidi worked for the Alzheimer’s Association, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, and the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. She has successfully led legislative and advocacy efforts in the South and helped elect more than 20 women legislators to office at the state and local level.
Helen Scharber is a visiting assistant professor of economics at Hampshire College. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political economy, environmental justice and health.
Hermelinda Cortes is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant father and a white factory-workinʼ mama. Raised on a small farm amidst the Southern delicacies of potato salad and mole, she is a working class Xicana Queer from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she organizes with Southerners On New Ground, a gaggle of queer heart throbs workings for racial and economic justice in the South.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Ho is first generation Vietnamese American. She has an MA in Public Policy and Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. Her background is in housing, homelessness, and poverty. She loves spreading the good word of social justice, and believes in raising social consciousness in herself and others through dialogue and self-reflection.
Hye Gyong Park
Hye Gyong Park holds a Ph.D. in women's studies; her research topic is the transformation of intimacy in South Korea. Her many articles, book chapters, and manuscripts address the crisis of the heterosexual nuclear family based on the gender division of labor and criticize the centrality of the position of middle class full time housewives in feminist discourses representing women in the neoliberal society.
Iesha graduated from Hampshire College in May 2013. She is currently working on a Masters of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a fellow on the Hear Our Stories Ford Foundation Project. She also a board member of the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts.
Irissa Baxter is a final semester Div III at Hampshire College working on art history and Holocaust studies. She is a white, fat, cisgender woman who advocates for fat positivity. Our current culture ingrains ideas of a specific idealized appearance that is not conducive to personal growth and self love, and Irissa believes that this model must be shunned and personal diversities in appearance embraced.
J'vaughnii is a farm intern at Urban Roots, an organization that strives to create healthy communities by providing access to healthy food. He recently attended the Rooted In Communities winter institute where he and a group of other youth worked on a youth bill of rights centered around food justice.
Jackson Weird is an awesome homeless queer trans youth living in Portland, OR. He is developing trans competency trainings for homeless youth organizations in Portland and believes in strengthening and empowering low-income trans communities.
Jaclyn works for Ipas, an International NGO that works around the world to increase women's ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, especially the right to safe abortion. She works in the Community Access and Youth units to encourage focusing on women, including young women, as the start to social change. Before working at Ipas, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan.
Currently Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice, Jacqui Patterson, MSW, MPH, has worked on women’s rights, HIV&AIDS, violence against women, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice domestically and internationally with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, IMA World Health, ActionAid, etc.. She serves on the US Climate Action Network Board of Directors and Interfaith Moral Action on Climate Steering Committee.
Currently the Director of Environmental and Climate Justice at the NAACP, Jacqui Patterson, MSW, MPH, has served as a trainer, organizer, researcher, program manager, and policy analyst on international and domestic issues and social justice movements with organizations including Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Baltimore City Healthy Start, IMA World Health, United for a Fair Economy, ActionAid, Health GAP, and the organization she co-founded, Women of Color United. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, on Steering Committees for the ATHENA Network and the Grandmothers Project International, and the US Climate Action Network, and on the National Planning Committee for the US Social Forum.
Jacqueline Patterson is the co-founder and convener of Women of Color United as well as the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. She has a history of working in the areas of gender justice, disability rights, racial justice, economic justice, and health justice domestically and internationally.
Jacqui Quetal, FNP is the Co-Founder of Nursing Students for Choice and a Family Nurse Pracitioner. She believes that nurses should be able to talk to patients about sex, birth control and abortion. The organization promotes women's health and reproductive rights through advocacy, activism, provider education and training.
Jacqui is a Registered Nurse and a Family Nurse Practitioner, as well as co-founder of Nursing Students for Choice. She currently practices in Oregon where she enjoys discussing sexuality with her patients.
Jade S. Sasser
Jade Sasser is completing her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, in the department of Environmental Science and Policy Management. Her research focuses on the ways environmental organizations and activists advocate for global population policies, and their use of women's empowerment discourses as central to this effort.
Jade Sasser, PhD has published articles on gender, population politics, and environmental debates in international development. Her current research is focused on gender, poverty, and climate change in Africa. Professor Sasser teaches courses on women of color in the U.S., women’s bodies, health, and sexuality, and women in global communities.
Dulani has been working at the intersections of LGBTQ, Youth, Immigrant Justice and Anti-Violence Movements for the past 13 years. He is the Co-Editor of the anthology, The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. Currently, he is Co-Director of FIERCE, an organization that builds the leadership and power of LGBTQ Youth of Color in New York City and nationally.
Jamia Wilson is a feminist media activist, organizer, and storyteller. Her words and works have been featured in GOOD Magazine, CBS News, Alternet, GRIT TV, In These Times, Forbes.com, Rookie Magazine, Ms.,The Washington Post, CSPAN, NBC Today Show, Fox.com, and more. She is a contributor to Women of Spirit and Faith's 2011 anthologies Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power, Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, and I Still Believe Anita Hill.
Jamille A. Fields, ESQ
Jamille Fields is the Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National Health Law Program. While in law school, Jamille served as an editor for the Journal of Health Law and Policy and interned at NHeLP. Before law school, Jamille served as communications coordinator on Robin Carnahan’s Missouri Secretary of State campaign. She also interned in the offices of the Missouri Secretary of State and then-Senator Barack Obama.
Jasmine Burnett is a Black Feminist, writer, activist and consultant who focuses on sex, sexuality, and reproductive justice to promote sexual liberation and health access for women/womyn of color. She is an organizer for SisterSong NYC and is the National Mobilization Chair for the Trust Black Women Partnership. She is founder, lover, and creatress of Aunt Betty's Basement, a sex positive community on Facebook for women of color that celebrates our fluid sexualities and gender identities. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, On the Issues Magazine, and Clutch Magazine's 10 Black Women Teaching Us About Sex.
Jasmine is a lover of all that is Black Reproductive Justice. As a social justice consultant, she supports the diverse work of movement, advocacy and direct service based social justice organizations. Jasmine is the writer and narrator of the documentary, “We Always Resist: Trust Black Women.” She is also a founding member of the Trust Black Women Partnership, and led a successful advocacy campaign in NYC to destigmatize and defend the dignity of Black women and girls who choose abortion care.
Jazmine specializes in reproductive and agricultural economic justice in the South. Her dedication to public scholarship and activism is driven by a passion to amplify the importance of rural places and communities within US justice movements. You can find her blogging at Still Furious & Brave and in collaboration with Echoing Ida, a Strong Families project.
Jazmyn is a student at Mount Holyoke College. Her interest include feminist health care, reproductive technologies, and midwifery. She is student co-chair on for CLPP's outreach committee and enjoys tweeting, eating, and Mad Men.
Jeff is the director of the Western Massachusetts program of the American Friends Service Committee. AFSC works in Springfield to help keep people in their homes (No One Leaves Springfield), train youth in non-violence (Help Increase the Peace Program) and military counter-recruitment, as well as other work that resists the tyranny of the state and towards the liberation of humanity!
Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice
Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D.
Jennifer Bryan is a psychologist, educational consultant and the author of From The Dress Up Corner To The Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools. Bryan consults to school communities throughout the country, helping them identify best "good" practices for engaging gender and sexuality. She lives in Northampton, MA, with her partner and two children. (www.jenniferbryanphd.com)
Jennifer Cox works with Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice (OK4RJ) on volunteer and community education projects, in addition to the Community Accountability Project. She also serves on the LGBTQ Program Advisory Board on her campus and teaches workshops on sexual assault prevention and sexuality diversity.
Jennifer Kinne works as a Field Organizer with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. Her organizing work includes building coalitions, volunteer recruitment, and community outreach opportunities in West and Mid-Michigan. She is an alumnus of the Center for American Progress Faith & Progressive Leadership Institute, and is currently working to develop partnerships between faith communities and Planned Parenthood in Michigan.
Jennifer L. Pozner
Jennifer L. Pozner (@jennpozner) is a journalist, public speaker, and the founder/E.D. of Women In Media & News, a media analysis, education and advocacy group. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry called her book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, “required reading for every American woman and girl.” A media literacy educator, she lectures on gender, race, class and sexuality in the media domestically and abroad.
Jennifer Marshall is the Assistant Director at CHOICES in Memphis, TN. She holds a B.A. from Rhodes College in Anthropology and trained as a sexual health educator at the North Atlantic Training Institute for Sexual Health Educators. Jen also runs a cupcake delivery business, BFF Cupcakes, with her partner, Zack, and writes for her blog, The Phat Fashionista, to promote healthy body image for plus size women.
Jenny Dodson Mistry
Jenny Dodson Mistry is the Manager of Local Initiatives at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. She works primarily on the Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health, providing grants and technical assistance to partners across the country to advance innovative and proactive reproductive rights policies on the local level.
Jeryl Hayes is serving as the Reproductive Justice Law & Policy Fellow placed at the Black Women’s Health Imperative, through Law Students for Reproductive Justice’s Fellowship Program. She earned her JD from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011, and recently completed her Masters of Law in Law & Government from American University Washington College of Law, with a concentration in Civil and Constitutional Rights and specialization in Gender and the Law. She enjoys traveling, cooking and singing, and was recently introduced to the world of competitive karaoke in DC.
Jess Deleon is simply dedicated to ensuring a more sustainable and equal system for my own generation, but also for generations to come. So, she loves to be surrounded by people who share the same passion for social justice.
Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health and rights for Latinas. She has been a leader in progressive movements for over 15 years, successfully forging connections between reproductive health, gender, immigration, LGBTQ liberation, labor and Latino civil rights, breaking down barriers between movements and building a strong Latina grassroots presence.
Jessica Mason Pieklo
Jessica Mason Pieklo is a Senior Legal Analyst at RH Reality Check. In addition to her legal advocacy work Jessica writes about parenting and social justice at her own site, Hegemommy.
As the Health Systems Administrative Assistant at Ipas, Jessica supports the training of abortion providers worldwide in order to improve services to women. She has a Master's in Social Work with a focus on social justice and international development. Prior to working at Ipas, she worked as an advocate for affordable housing. She initiated a program in the Sandhills of North Carolina where low-income households become first-time homeowners.
Jessica Valenti is a feminist author and a founder of Feministing.com. She currently writes a weekly column for The Nation.
Jessica Valoris is a visual artist, performing artist, and poet who embraces art as a way to explore our ancestral, cultural, and personal stories and to create new ones. An associate artists with the Body Ecology Performance Ensemble, Jessica believes in the power of art to activate our imaginations and spark inspired action.
Jessica Valoris is a born doodler, poet, and self-experimenting visual and performing artist. Armed with a passion for words, music, and movement, Jessica embraces art as a way to explore our ancestral, cultural, and personal stories. A proud Black woman of Jewish heritage, Jessica is a community activist and educator, who co-founded Roots Rising and Chainless Voices, two organizations that combine youth and community empowerment with performing arts and entrepreneurship. She continues to collaborate with various individuals and organizations to build with others around creative, empowering and healing endeavors. www.jvaloris.com
Jessie Spector is the Program Director at Resource Generation, a national non-profit that organizes young people with wealth to leverage their resources and privilege for social change. She believes wealthy people have a key role to play in organizing and speaking out for justice, and dreams of a world where resources are not hoarded and more attention is given to community-building and resource-sharing.
Jill Grimaldi is the Instructional designer for the Center for Women & Community (formerly Everywoman's Center). She is responsible for co-coordinating the CWC's volunteer Educator Advocates in providing free workshops and events to educate the Hampshire County Community about sexual and relationship violence, as well as working with innovative online tools to spread the CWC's education through the web. Jill is also a volunteer for the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts and a passionate advocate for the Reproductive Justice movement.
Jill is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Women and Community where she is lucky enough to work with a group of passionate and committed volunteers on educating the Hampshire County community about sexual and relationship violence prevention.
Jonah Morreale is a senior in highschool at Charles O. Dickerson high school. He is currently the treasurer of Femtastic!: A Gender Equality Group, and this is his second year in the club. In his freetime he plays soccer, fights sexist bears, and rock climbs.
Joy is a reproductive, birth, and social justice activist working at the intersections of adolescent sexuality and youth development in Chicago, IL. When she’s not working, Joy is active with local and national feminist, LGBTQ, and Asian American organizing and activism. Joy believes in pushing the boundaries of inclusivity, building queer people of color community and chosen family, and cooking delicious food for everyone she knows.
Juhu Thukral is the Director of Law and Advocacy at The Opportunity Agenda. She has been an advocate for the rights of low-income and immigrant women in the areas of sexual health and rights, gender-based violence, economic security, and criminal justice for 20 years.
Julia Reticker-Flynn is the Associate Director of Organizing and Mobilization at Advocates for Youth, where she works with young people across the country to advocate for cultural and policy change that supports young people’s sexual health and rights. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nursing Students for Choice.
Julia is the Program Manager of the Youth Activist Network at Advocates for Youth. She works with young people from across the country to advocate for cultural and policy changes that improve and value young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Her work is driven by her passion for student activism that she developed through advocating for workers and LGBT students’ rights while attending Georgetown University.
Julia Reticker-Flynn is the Associate Director of Youth Organizing and Mobilization at Advocates for Youth, where she works with young people across the country to advocate for cultural and policy change that supports young people’s sexual health and rights. She launched the 1 in 3 campaign to destigmatize abortion and promote access to abortion services. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Nursing Students for Choice.
Julieta Paredes Carvajal
Julieta Paredes Carvajal is an Aymara communitarian lesbian feminist, co-founder of Mujeres Creando (Women Creating) and the Communitarian Feminist Assembly. She lives in La Paz, Bolivia. She is an anti-patriarchal feminist activist, writer, singer, author and poet, and has been involved in feminist training with indigenous and working class women throughout Bolivia and in other parts of Latin America.
K. Travis Ballie
Travis is the Manager of Affiliate & National Programs for NARAL Pro-Choice America. He is responsible for providing support for NARAL’s 22 affiliates, chapter, & choice action team. Travis also runs NARAL’s DC Volunteer Program, as well as the Choice Out Loud – On Campus millennial engagement program. He is a graduate of American University (’10) with a Double B.A. In International Relations & International Business.
Kai Devlin began his activist career in early 2003. For nearly ten years, he has presented workshops and training sessions on LGB and transgender issues in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. When he's not battling oppression and transphobia, Kai is a hiking enthusiast and nature photographer in the Pioneer Valley.
Kaori Crystal Sueyoshi
Kaori is co-chair of Students United for Reproductive Justice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, she is working towards majors in Business and Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. A native to Chapel Hill, she is constantly inspired and energized by the small yet strong reproductive justice community she has found in her hometown.
Kaori Sueyoshi is co-chair of Students United for Reproductive Justice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, she is working towards majors in Business and Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. A native to Chapel Hill, she is constantly inspired and energized by the small yet strong reproductive justice community she has found in her hometown.
Karen Marie Lennon
Karen Marie Lennon works with curriculum development at the Population and Development Program, Hampshire College, and as an adjunct professor at Springfield College. She has worked continually in Bolivia for over 15 years with community health education, indigenous women's cooperatives, food security, gender programs, and sustainable development. Her experience also includes consultancies with the FAO, various NGOs, and with the Department of Nutrition, UMass Amherst.
Karla L. Brollier
Karla Brollier is an Alaska Native (Ahtna Athabascan) born in Alaska, but lived in Northern California, Colorado, and Hawaii during her childhood before returning to her roots in Alaska. Karla holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she is also working on her master’s degree. Alaska Community Action on Toxics has hired Karla to work as the Environmental Health and Justice Organizer.
Jernigan is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the Umass Amherst. Her research is focused on participatory action research with Indigenous and marginalized communities for social justice, health, and well being, focusing on the historical and contemporary social determinants of health. She is currently a Ford Foundation Pre-doc Fellow and a Research Fellow on the Ford Foundation funded project, Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice
Kashif Syed, JD, is currently the Law Students for Reproductive Justice Fellow at Advocates for Youth. There, he focuses on securing confidential access to sexual & reproductive health services for young people. Originally from the Midwest, he likes coffee, knitting, banjos, & bicycles.
Kate Grindlay holds a Master of Science degree in Global Health and Population from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Ibis Reproductive Health, she worked at UCSF’s Women’s Global Health Imperative as a Site Leader and Data Manager Assistant on the MIRA trial to evaluate the diaphragm as a possible method of female-controlled HIV and STI prevention. She has also worked on qualitative research projects in South Asia, including assessing the impact of microfinance on women’s leadership and community development in India, and analyzing reasons for discontinuation among community health workers in Bangladesh. Her current work focuses on expanding the availability and accessibility of reproductive health services for women in the US and internationally.
Kate Grindlay is a Senior Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health. Kate holds a Master of Science degree in Global Health and Population from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She conducts policy-relevant research that aims to expand the availability and accessibility of reproductive health services for women in the US and internationally.
Kate Livingston is a PhD student in the Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Her current research explores how abortion politics shape adoption law, policy and practice in the U.S. Kate is the founder of Ohio Birthparent Group, a community organization committed to supporting the life-long needs of birthparents through peer support, advocacy and community education.
Kate Palmer is a queer, working-class activist and full-spectrum doula originally from Detroit. She currently coordinates the Chicago Doula Circle, which provides abortion doula support in the Chicagoland area. By day, she manages HIV care in the emergency room at Cook County Hospital and works as a consultant for health care providers seeking to improve queer/LGBT patient care experiences. Additionally, she's working on developing a support network for queer people that experience infertility.
Kate Ziegler is an operations professional by day, a designer by night, and Co-Founder and Co-Director for Hollaback! Boston in her spare time. Kate received her BS in International Affairs and Anthropology from Northeastern University, and is perpetually in search of everlasting lipstick.
Katherine serves as the Communications Director to Sonia Chang-Diaz, the first Latina in the Massachusetts State Senate. In this role, she plans and executes the office’s communications strategy and serves as the Senator’s press contact. She also directs several policy and budget areas, including immigration policy.
Katherine Cross is a feminist sociologist and board member at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. She has written and spoken extensively about trans-feminism, reproductive rights, gender on the internet, video games, and trans women's political lives. Her work has appeared in Women's Studies Quarterly, The Occupied Times of London, and Bitch Magazine, and she is a co-editor of the feminist gaming blog The Border House.
Katherine Cross is a core collective (board) member for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and has written extensively about feminist issues with a transgender focus. She co-edits the feminist gaming blog The Border House and is president of her university's Women's Rights Coalition.
Katherine Cross is a sociology Ph.D student at the CUNY Graduate Center who researches gender and virtual space. She's a transfeminist activist, writer, and board member on the Sylvia Rivera Law project who enjoys the opera, video games, and a good book. She is also a columnist at Feministing and her work has been published at RH Reality Check, Women's Studies Quarterly, and other outlets.
Kathryn Joyce is an investigative journalist and author of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption and Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The American Prospect, The Nation, Mother Jones, The Atlantic and many others.
Katie Joaquin was born in the Philippines, raised in a family of domestic workers, and has been organizing immigrant women workers for the past 8 years. As a lead organizer for Filipino Advocates for Justice, she provided leadership development and strategic campaign support for immigrant workers, helping them win wage theft settlements totaling over $1,000,000. Now Campaign Director for the California Domestic Workers Coalition, Katie organized thousands of workers and supporters to win the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. @cadomesticwrker
Katie MacDonald graduated in 2012 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S in Environmental Science. During her time in college Katie co-founded a student-led organization dedicated to promoting community and legislative solutions to climate change called Students for a Just and Stable Future. For her senior thesis, Katie spearheaded the creation of the Summer Institute in Leadership in Sustainability, an academic program for high school students that launched successfully in 2012. Katie is now the New England Fossil Free Organizer for 350.org working to support students and communities in their efforts to divest from fossil fuels.
Katie McKay Bryson
Katie McKay Bryson is the Acting Director of the PopDev program, where she edits the free feminist article series DifferenTakes, works with an annual cohort of undergraduate Political Writing Interns, and collaborates to build the annual activist conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom. Katie grew up on occupied Athabaskan land in Alaska, and has previously worked on issues of environmental justice and military contamination in rural communities, as well as access to housing, education, and free legal aid. She currently teaches a course at Hampshire College called Environmental Justice Issues on Native Land.
Katie Stack is a writer, speaker and advocate with a background in community organizing, abortion care and reproductive health advocacy. In 2010 she shared her own abortion experience on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant special “No Easy Decision”. Katie speaks regularly on college campuses about the importance of reproductive freedom and works as a Patient Advocate at Preterm in Cleveland, OH.
Katie Stack is a writer, speaker and advocate with a background in community organizing, abortion care and reproductive health advocacy. She received an M.A. in 2010 in Gender and Women's Studies and Nonprofit Leadership. In 2011 she called out anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers in a controversial New York Times op-ed. Since then she has investigated anti-choice organizations nationwide through The Crisis Project.
Katrina Maczen-Cantrell, Western Shoshone, serves as Associate Executive Director of Women’s Health Specialists, a coalition of feminist women’s health centers in Northern California. Cantrell works toward the pursuit of cultural self-determination for indigenous and marginalized people while providing contraceptive and reproductive health services including abortion, to all communities.
Katy holds a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She worked for Andersen Consulting, LLP for seven years before leaving the business world to raise her three children. At Choices her work focuses on advocacy, working to create the first statewide coalition in Tennessee to promote sexual health and reproductive rights. She also works on several projects at Choices aimed at integrating HIV and reproductive/sexual health care.
Kay Ulanday Barrett
2013 Trans Justice Funding Project Panelist and 2013 Trans 100 Honoree, Kay Ulanday Barrett is an poet, performer, and educator, as a disabled pin@y-amerikan trans queer amerikan. Featured in Princeton University, The Chicago Historical Society, and various queer collectives nationwide, K. is committed to liberation and art. His work has featured in Poor Magazine, Make/Shift, Asian Americans For Progress, and Bitch Magazine. kaybarrett.net
Kazi Fouzia is a Worker Rights Organizer and Leader at Desis Rising Up and Moving since 2009. She comes from many years of organizing in her home country of Bangladesh.
Kellan is the Associate Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress, where his work focuses on working with the Department of Health and Human Services on a range of LGBT health issues. In addition to his federal policy work, Kellan directs the LGBT State Exchanges Project, which partners with LGBT and consumer health advocates in numerous states to ensure that the benefits of health reform reach LGBT communities.
Kelli Dorsey is the Executive Director of Different Avenues, a membership-based reproductive justice organization in Washington, DC that works with girls, women and transpeople of color who have life experience in street-based economies and/or the criminal justice system. She has worked in harm reduction for over 10 years conducting and developing and implementing various types of sex work and needle exchange programs. She has also organized on human rights, focusing on issues that impact women of color, transgender people, people currently and previously incarcerated and people engaged in street economies.
Kelly Baden is Program and Policy Director at the National Institute for Reproductive Health, where she works with state and local advocates across the country to advance policies and programs to improve reproductive health care. Kelly has previously worked for Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey, and EMILY’s List, and currently volunteers with the New Jersey Abortion Access Fund.
Consistently redefining what it means to be a Jersey Girl, director, educator, performer and writer Kelly Thomas was born and raised in the Garden State. A New York City resident for the past 5 years, Kelly has studied directing and acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Educational Theatre at NYU’s Steinhardt School with a minor in Africana Studies. As a citizen*artist and student of the global classroom, Kelly’s studies in theatre for liberation, the Black Atlantic, education policy, feminist theory, holistic health and hip-hop have taken her around the US and across the continents to the most nontraditional of settings.
Kendell L. Nash
Ms. Nash is from rural Kentucky, received her MPA from University of Kentucky, and is a graduate of the Highlander Research & Educational Center’s Organizing School. She has worked for 10 years with non-profits as a fundraiser, affordable housing advocate, environmental educator, substance abuse counselor, equal pay activist, and women’s rights advocate. She lives in Louisville, KY, with her partner, son, two dogs and cat.
Keyla Santiago is a 22-year-old mother of two girls. She is from Puerto Rico but lives in Holyoke, MA. She is working on getting her GED and is going to college for culinary arts.
Director of Health Services at Women’s Health Specialists, Kim coordinates the provision of reproductive health services to over 35,000 women and men in rural far-northern California annually. Kim conducts workshops and training sessions locally, statewide and nationally. Kim has presented at the national Sistersong Conference; the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom’s Day, at the State Capitol; Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference, Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom at Hampshire College, Amherst Massachusetts and at numerous public forums in Northern California. She is the host of “It’s Your Body”, a WHS sponsored radio show on KZFR community radio in Butte County. Kim is a founding member of Northern California State Budget Alliance and an active member of the Butte County Hispanic Resource Council.
Kimberly Inez McGuire
Kimberly is a queer Latina and reproductive justice leader with nearly a decade of experience in government relations, movement building, and strategic communications. Kimberly serves as the Director of Public Affairs at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she advocates for salud, dignidad, y justicia for the nation’s more than 26 million Latinas. A frequent writer and spokesperson on reproductive health and justice, Kimberly has been featured and quoted in The Washington Post, NBC Latino, and Color Lines. Kimberly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College and has been coming to CLPP since she was 18.
Kimberly Inez McGuire
Kimberly Inez McGuire is the Associate Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Kimberly coordinates the public affairs and communications work of NLIRH, conducts policy analysis and legislative advocacy, and works closely with the NLIRH team to promote salud, dignidad, y justicia for Latin@s nationwide. Kimberly is a reproductive justice advocate and public policy professional with several years’ experience in legislative relations and strategic communications. Previously, Kimberly worked as Senior Associate for Programs and Policy at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, where she managed a ground-breaking research project on Latin@ attitudes on abortion. Kimberly writes and presents on a range of issues, including: abortion access and affordability; immigrant women’s health and rights; health equity; contraceptive technologies; and environmental justice.
Kimberly Jeffrey is a strong advocate for social justice and a community organizer. She co-facilitates a safety committee empowering under-served communities. Kimberley is the subject of several documentary films based on her life experiences in the prison system, human rights violations, and sterilization issues working with Justice Now and other community organizations. She is a formally incarcerated person with a passion and commitment to social justice and human rights.
Kristy Birchard is a National Campus Organizer for the Feminist Majority Foundation. She graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Electronic Media and Political Science. She was a student activist while concentrating on feminist film production and international relations. At FMF, she worked in Albuquerque to help strike down the anti-choice abortion measure and currently works with Mid-Atlantic and Northeast student groups to create strong feminist networks.
Krysten Ella Lobisch
Krysten E. Lobisch is a M.Ed. candidate in Social Justice Education/Feminist Studies at UMass Amherst, where she works primarily with ALANA students. She’s interested in how the body is controlled as a gendered and raced discursive site, particularly through medicine. She also teaches workshops at conferences such as 5-College Queer Sexuality and True Colors, scales rock walls, reads, and hangs out with three awesome cats.
As a 2013 Soros Justice Fellow, Ms. Sunderlin's work at National Advocates for Pregnant Women seeks to dispel misinformation and gross assumptions about medication-assisted treatment while challenging punitive, family-disruptive responses to it. Ms. Sunderlin is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan Law School.
La'Tasha D. Mayes
La'Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM is nationally recognized leader in the field of sexual and reproductive health, Human Rights and leadership development for women and girls of color. La'Tasha is the Founder and Executive Director of New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, a community-based organization dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and girls.
WGNRR is a Southern-based, global network that builds and strengthens movements for sexual and reproductive health, rights (SRHR) and justice. As Advocacy Officer, Lara monitors international policy developments and debates and work to ensure the full inclusion of SRHR within the post-2015 Development Agenda. Lara has a cross-cultural, capacity-building background relating to HIV/AIDS, gender equity, and SRHR, with a focus on youth leadership and engagement.
Laura Briggs is chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst and the author of "Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption" (2012) and "Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science and the US Imperial Project in Puerto Rico" (2002).
Law Students for Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Laural Wheeler has 4 children ages 1. She lives in Olympia Washington. In October 2011 she was sent to prison when she was 5 months pregnant. She is very thankful for the Prison Doula Project. She thanks you for this wonderful opportunity to share her story.
Lauren "LB" Bernstein, MSW is a health educator who coordinates the Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention Education and Response Program in Emory University's Office of Health Promotion in Atlanta, GA. She approaches violence prevention and intervention from both anti-oppression and public health perspectives and believes students deserve to not just survive but thrive. She loves music, yoga, bicycling, breakfast at any time of day, handwritten notes, laughing loudly, being outside, and the occasional dance break. You can follow her on twitter @LBWellExcel.
Lauren Mitchell is a full-spectrum doula, reproductive health counselor, and a practitioner of narrative medicine (meaning: using writing to help providers and patients create meaning and resolution in their experiences). She has worked with over a thousand clients throughout the spectrum of choice, and has trained and mentored hundreds of activists, medical students, and clinicians.
Lauren Mitchell is a doula, a certified gynecological teaching associate, and writer. As one of the founders and coordinators of the Doula Project and an abortion health educator and counselor at a New York City public hospital, she has worked with hundreds of women making decisions across the spectrum of reproductive choice. She is also on her way to finishing a Master’s degree in Narrative Medicine. In her spare time, she is mostly confused at the thought of not having to do anything in particular.
Lauren is the Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she works to improve policies at the intersections of queer liberation and reproductive justice. She graduated from CUNY School of Law in 2013, where she studied the criminalization of sexuality in an international context. Prior to law school, Lauren did dating violence prevention and support work. She hails from the Midwest.
Leah is a sexual health educator and activist. She works in a health clinic and talks to people about their bodies, sexuality, relationships, well-being and safer sex. She also facilitates sex-positive workshops for young people on sexual health and sexuality. The focus(es) of her passions include: racial justice and accountability, power and privilege, youth voice and empowerment, counseling, the body and self-growth, sex and spirituality, and dance.
Leah Sakala is a Policy Analyst at the Prison Policy Initiative. She's a 2011 graduate of Smith College, where she studied American studies and public policy and wrote her honors thesis on sentencing policy and criminal justice ideology in Michigan. She also worked on the intersections between drug policy and reproductive rights through a RRASC internship at the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
Lexi Light is a third year MD/MPH student. She received her BA from Hampshire College in 2006 with a concentration in medical anthropology and photography. Lexi has co-founded a LGBT student group at her medical school, created a pre-clinical sexual health elective, and currently serves as the AMSA national LGBT health education chair.
Lillian Hewko an Equal Justice Works Fellow Attorney at Legal Voice where she leads a project she created to provide legal education to incarcerated mothers and implements legislative strategies to reduce the chances of family separation in Washington State. As a queer, mixed-Latina from a working class background, reproductive justice is integral to her life and led to her desire to use the law as a tool to create social change. During law school Lillian co-founded the Incarcerated Mother’s Advocacy Project (IMAP), a volunteer led project which provides legal information and resources to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Law Students for Reproductive Justice and a board member of Surge Northwest.
As a fellow with the Ms. Foundation for Women, Lindsay Rosenthal's advocacy focuses on increasing access to health care for girls in state custody as a primary strategy for dismantling the abuse-to-prison pipeline. Her work is informed by experience in direct service with girls in the foster care and juvenile justice systems as well as national health policy research and advocacy at the Center for American Progress.
Lindsey O-Pries is the Member Support Manager for the National Network of Abortion Funds, where she focuses her energy on joining member Funds in creating powerful and sustainable organizations from the ground up, while simultaneously defeating the Hyde Amendment. Lindsey is a co-founder of the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, a Network member abortion Fund and also has worked with many other social justice organizations over the past 11 years, she is particularly interested in racial and economic justice, LGBTQ liberation and creating a world without prisons. She lives in Richmond, VA with her partner Nicole and their two dogs.
Lindsey O-Pries is the Member Support Coordinator for the National Network of Abortion Funds, where she focuses her energy on joining member Funds in creating powerful and sustainable organizations from the ground up, while simultaneously defeating the Hyde Amendment. Lindsey is a co-founder of the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, a Network member abortion Fund and also has worked with many other social justice organizations over the past 11 years. She received a BA in Women’s Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, although most of her education has come from the lived experiences of fierce people in this movement and her home, Richmond, VA.
Liya Rechtman is an Amherst College student and co-chair of Amherst Pride Alliance. She served on the Sexual Respect Task Force and the Sexual Misconduct Oversight Committee on her campus. She is also the founding editor and current contributing writer of ACVoice.com, the Amherst online publication and often publishes on issues surrounding sexual respect, queer identity, feminism
Liz Chen is a Policy Analyst for the Center for American Progress’ Women’s Health and Rights Program and a Law Students for Reproductive Justice Fellow. She received her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and her A.B. in public policy from the University of Chicago. Her areas of interest include voting rights, criminal justice, friendship and constructions of intimacy, and equal protection.
Liz Whynott has been in the HIV/AIDS field for over six years and currently directs the Tapestry Health Needle Exchange programs in Holyoke and Northampton, MA. She has played a leading role in getting the Holyoke Needle Exchange off the ground and increasing syringe access in the city since it opened in August, 2012.
Liza M. Neal
Liza Neal is the Director of Spiritual Life at Hampshire College where she labors to explode the boundaries of how we understand ourselves and the world we live in. She studied dance, writing, and religion at Hampshire College followed by mysticism and liberation theologies at Yale Divinity School. She is an ordained UCC minister, writer, partner, and mother.
Lizxnn Disaster is the resident driver/roadie/yoga teacher/door person/bouncer and merch babe of Heels on Wheels. She is also a vagabond, currently back home in New York City. Unable to commit to a single calling, she has had lasting affairs with theater, punk rock, and visual arts, mainly preferring those endeavors in which her hands end up dirty and her mind exhausted.
Lizzie Herskovitz is a Hampshire alum (F'01) and CNM. She currently attends home births all over Connecticut.
Lizzie Herskovitz is a Hampshire Alum (F'01) and a Certified Nurse Midwife. She is currently a home birth midwife in Connecticut.
Lois Ahrens has been an activist and organizer for social justice for almost fifty years. In 2000 she started the Real Cost of Prisons Project, a national organization which brings together activists, artists, justice policy researchers and people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration so that together we can more effectively work to end the U.S. prison nation.
Loren Siegel is an attorney and a consultant specializing in communications and strategic planning for social justice organizations. From 1991-2001 Ms. Siegel served as the ACLU’s Director of Public Education and built an integrated and professional communications program. For the past three years she has been working as an Opportunity Agenda consultant with leaders in the reproductive justice movement on a communications planning project.
Lorena M. Marez
Lorena M. Marez is a Reproductive Justice Fellow at the Washington D.C. office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, where she interned with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Greater Boston Legal Services, MALDEF, and the Brennan Center for Justice. Before attending law school, Lorena worked as a community organizer in Manhattan at the Good Old Lower East Side, an affordable housing and neighborhood preservation not-for-profit.
Loretta J. Ross
Loretta J. Ross was a co-founder and the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012. Ms. Ross is an expert on women’s issues, racism and intolerance, human rights, and violence against women and speaks at many colleges and universities.
Lucia Leandro Gimeno
Lucia Leandro Gimeno is a Social Worker who just moved to Atlanta, GA after working in New York City for 13 years doing organizing with LGBTQ communities of color. He was a founding board member of FIERCE and former staff at The Audre Lorde Project. Lucia Leandro is a graduate of Hampshire and was also part of Ping Chong' s Undesirable Elements play Secret Suvivors, a play about adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Lucia Leandro is also a future full-spectrum doula.
Lucia Leandro Gimeno
Lucia Leandro Gimeno is a social worker who has been doing community organizing with LGBTQ people of color organizations in NYC for over 10 years. He was a founding board member of FIERCE and former staff at The Audre Lorde Project. Lucia Leandro is a graduate of Hampshire and was also part of Ping Chong' s Undesirable Elements play Secret Suvivors, a play about adult survivors of child sexual abuse. He will graduate in May 2013 from Columbia University School of Social Work.
Lucy Panza is a Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress’ Women’s Health and Rights Program. She is a reproductive justice fellow through Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Lucy received her J.D. from Georgetown and her B.A. from New York University. Her areas of interest and expertise include federal legislation, especially in health policy, student insurance, contraceptive coverage, and Latina reproductive rights. Prior to attending law school, Lucy worked as a paralegal in the Equal Employment Opportunity Project at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, where she interviewed civil rights complainants and provided litigation support to plaintiff-side attorneys representing clients in employment discrimination cases.
Lydia holds degrees in Anthropology and Reproductive Health. She hails from Appleton, WI, a town known for making paper and fanatic devotion to the Green Bay Packers. Lydia has taught rape and sexual assault classes in Boston public high schools, worked with HIV and intimate partner violence in Atlanta, and served as a Public Health Education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Peru.
Lynn M. Paltrow
Lynn M. Paltrow, J.D., is the Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW). She has worked on numerous cases challenging restrictions on the right to choose abortion as well as cases opposing the prosecution and punishment of pregnant women seeking to continue their pregnancies to term.
Lynn Paltrow, J.D., is the Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women ("NAPW"). Ms. Paltrow combines legal advocacy with organizing and public education to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing on pregnant and parenting women, especially low income women, women of color, and drug-using women. She is a Gemini and mother of twins.
Madeline Burrows is a Boston-based activist, actor and musician and a member of the International Socialist Organization. Her solo show MOM BABY GOD, based on undercover research on the youth anti-choice movement, is currently on tour across the country. She plays drums and sings in the feminist punk band, Tomboy. A graduate of Hampshire College, Madeline’s writing has appeared at Socialistworker.org and The Nation.
Maegan la Mamita Mala Ortiz
Maegan la Mamita Mala Ortiz is a NYRican in LA mami media maker and coordinator of Undocutech's #11MillionDreams Storython, Los Angeles.
mai c. đoàn
mai c. đoàn is a queer, mixed-race heartworker. As the youth organizer at Forward Together, she works with high-school aged Asian youth around gender, sexuality, heterosexism, and identity, and getting comprehensive sex education in Oakland public schools. She also writes poems, makes crafts, and keeps a journal of her dreams.
Malika A. Redmond
Malika Redmond is the Executive Director at SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW in Atlanta, GA, where she is guiding the mission to develop and sustain women of color and LGBTQ youth of color’s leadership in the movement for reproductive and sexual rights. Her writings are featured in Rh Reality Check, Truthout, The Women’s Health Activist, and AlterNet. She holds a B.A. from Spelman College and M.A. from Georgia State University in Women’s Studies. She was recently listed among Planned Parenthood's Top 98 Dream Keepers.
Malika Redmond has a MA in women's studies and is a longstanding women's health and human rights advocate, researcher, proud Spelman College alumna, and new Executive Director of Spark Reproductive Justice Now!
Marcella Jayne works in collaboration with the Prison Birth Project as a facilitator for the Mothers Among Us (MAU) group at the women's jail in Chicopee Mass. She is currently working on a bachelor's degree in politics and gender studies at Mount Holyoke College and planning to go to law school after. Her interest in working with incarcerated mothers is personal, academic, and political.
Margaret Cerullo, professor of sociology at Hampshire College, has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.Phil. in politics from Oxford, and an M.A. in sociology from Brandeis University. Her areas of interest are social and political theory, including feminist theory and queer theory; sociology of culture; and social movements.
Marianne Bullock is a founder and Lead Doula with The Prison Birth Project. She is apprenticing to be a Certified Professional Midwife and is currently an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College studying motherhood, race and confinement. She has worked with MomsRising.org on economic justice and family policy issues at a state and national level.
Marianne Bullock is a Founder and Director of Programs with The Prison Birth Project. She has worked to stop mandatory minimums in local prisons and jails, fought for paid sick days and equal pay for women, and helped to lead efforts to end the shackling of incarcerated women in Mass. She is a mama and soon to be graduate of the Ada Comstock Programs at Smith College.
Marie C. Lausch
Marie C. Lausch is the current President of Local 222 of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America as well as a member of the National Executive Board. In addition to being a proud union leader, she has been an activist for peace and women's rights for over 40 years.
Marisa Howard-Karp is the parent of two children. She became accidentally and completely devoted to openness in adoption after adopting her first child in 2006. She has spent the past 14 years as a community organizer and trainer in reproductive health, LGBTQ health, and HIV/AIDS. She currently works as the National Program Manager for Health Leads.
Marissa Valeri is Senior Associate, Domestic Program at Catholics for Choice. She conducts the organization’s outreach to pro-choice advocates and activists throughout the US and fosters coordinated and complementary efforts supporting CFC’s mission, including online advocacy. She serves as liaison to progressive Catholic and other religious organizations and is CFC’s representative to Catholic Organizations for Renewal, Women-Church Convergence, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Council of Governors.
Marlene Gerber Fried
Marlene Gerber Fried is a longtime activist and scholar, the CLPP Faculty Director and founding president and board member of the National Network of Abortion Funds. Currently she is a visiting fellow in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School and working on an international abortion advocacy project with Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights. She is a co-author of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice.
Marlene Gerber Fried
A long-time reproductive rights activist, Marlene Gerber Fried (PhD, Brown) is well known nationally and internationally as a writer, lecturer, and advocate for reproductive freedom. She was founding president of the National Network of Abortion Funds and served on the board of the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights for over a decade, where she continues to work closely with their international abortion advocacy project. As Faculty Director, Marlene leads CLPP's academic programming, teaching and student advising; her courses include "The Politics of the Abortion Debate" and "Reproductive Rights: Domestic and International Perspectives." She edited "From Abortion to Reproductive Freedom: Transforming a Movement" and co-authored "Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice", and co-authored the chapter on Abortion in several editions of "Our Bodies, Ourselves." She was the Interim President of Hampshire College in 2010-2011.
Marlene Gerber Fried
Marlene is the Faculty Director at CLPP as well as a professor at Hampshire College and founding president and board member of the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts. She works internationally with the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights. She co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice. In 2010-2011 she was the Interim President of Hampshire College.
Martha Pskowski is a fourth-year student at Hampshire and the Political Research Fellow at PopDev. She is active in environmental and climate organizing. Martha’s Division III (thesis) is on the forest carbon program REDD+ and resistance to it in Chiapas, Mexico from a climate justice perspective. Martha coordinates the Black Sheep Journal, a blog of progressive political writing from the Five Colleges, which can be found at www.blacksheepjournal.org. twitter: @_cotyledon
Martha Pskowski is a 2011 PopDev Political Writing Intern and Hampshire College student, studying political economy with a focus on the environment, labor, race, and migration. Growing up outside DC, she got involved in the environmental movement in early high school. She’s written for the Center for New Community‘s Race, Migration and the Environment series on topics ranging from international climate negotiations to local action against coal. She is also a program leader for Summer of Solutions Pioneer Valley, a local program in sustainable community development, where she gets to farm, work on bikes, and swim in the Connecticut River.
Martina Robinson is a freelance writer for Examiner.com, a poet, and an activist on various social justice issues, especially disability justice and LGBTQQI+
Martina Robinson is an artist, activist, and academic who lives in the Pioneer Valley. She is the Proprietor of Mariposa Endeavors, a company whose mission is to promote politically progressive artistic expression in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
After six years of working on HIV prevention, in D.C. and New York, Maxwell realized that HIV status has more to do with structural oppression—like redlining, urban renewal, and gentrification—than with individual behaviors, like condom use. His master’s thesis focuses on affordable housing models that are accountable to and preserve space for low-income people.
Mazique "the Beast" Salih-Bianco
Zique the Beast is a wheelchair dancing Sudanese American performance artist, writer, and Div 3 student at Hampshire College. Their favorite performance they collaborated on to date was "Open Wounds" in a show called "Let the Body Speak." Zique is an intern with Sins Invalid, a performance project/community non-profit out of Berkeley, CA. They are serious about affinity networks. They do not have any free time but if they did they should like to ride a Pegasus, with hir consent.
Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 30 years. Her latest book is called Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, and she has been campaigning to get lethal drones out of the hands of the CIA.
Megan Amundson is the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. Prior to this position, Megan was the Principal of Megan Amundson Strategies, a political consulting firm focusing on grassroots legislative, electoral, and community relations campaigns. Megan has a Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Minnesota.
Megan Lieff has been learning how to Holla Back, up and down the east coast, since training as a rape crisis counselor back in 2009. Currently her research focuses on narratives surrounding rape and assault in sexual sub-cultures. When this doesn't have her up to her eye-balls in work, she's teaching sex-ed, learning statistics and desperately awaiting some new Dr. Who.
Megan Smith is an artist and activist based in Cambridge, MA. She is the founder of the Repeal Hyde Art Project, a community art project to inspire awareness of and increase dialogue about the Hyde Amendment. Learn more at www.repealhydeartproject.org.
Meghan is a nurse, community organizer and proud Collective Member of the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project in Richmond, VA. She is a former chapter leader for Nursing Students for Choice at Virginia Commonwealth University where she got her BSN and holds a BA in Women's & Gender studies from Stony Brook University.
Meghan Shalvoy is a cum laude graduate of Stony Brook University. Her decision to major in women’s and gender studies at SBU was largely fueled by her desire to advocate for women’s access to a full range of reproductive care and healing. She is a passionate activist for reproductive justice, and hopes to someday serve women globally as a nurse midwife, and travels when available to Haiti to volunteer in medical clinics with the organization Raising Haiti.
Melissa Moore, a native of Charleston, SC, earned a B.S. degree in Sociology from the College of Charleston. She currently serves as the SC Coordinator with Provide, where she works to expand abortion access. She is a consultant for the Miscarriage Management Training Initiative, a project that integrates office-based Miscarriage Management curriculum into family medicine residency programs. She serves as Executive Director for We Are Family, where she provides mentoring and support for LGBT youth. She was published in an anthology called, “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio,” from SC’s first LGBT radio show, and she is a founder of Charleston Gay Pride and annual Reel Grits LGBT Film Festival. She began her social justice career working for Alliance For Full Acceptance and as Field Director with SC Equality. She plays bass in an all-female band, which fulfills her life-long rock-n-roll fantasy.
JD, MPH, Reproductive Justice Legal Fellow, National Women's Health Network/Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need
Meredith Crafton is a Hampshire graduate (04), RRASC/CLPP Alum, and a current JD/MELP student at Vermont Law School. When she's not working on energy justice and exposing the realities of the nuclear industry you might find her jumping rope with the circus to stay "sane."
Meredith Nicholson is currently a senior at Smith College, double-majoring in Spanish & government. They were a 2011 RRASC Intern at Ibis Reproductive Health in Cambridge, MA. Along with contributing to the PopDev blog over at http://popdevprogram.wordpress.com, they also volunteer with Safe Passage, a local anti-domestic violence organization.
Merritt Tierce is a founding board member and Executive Director of the Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA Fund), a 501(c)3 nonprofit abortion fund based in Dallas, Texas. She has volunteered and worked for the TEA Fund for almost ten years, and is also a fiction writer. Merritt co-wrote (with Gretchen Dyer and Victoria Loe Hicks) the original abortion play One in 3 (2009), and her first novel will be published by Doubleday in September 2014.
Mia Giardina is the coordinator of a program for homeless LGBTQ youth in Portland, OR. Mia is a genderqueer New Yorker who strives to create a program which empowers disenfranchised youth to be leaders in social justice movements. They graduated from Smith College and, as an undergraduate, received a grant from CLPP to intern at Justice Now, a prison abolition organization. In addition to working with queer homeless young people, they are working towards becoming a doula for people in prison.
Mia Mingus is a disability justice and transformative justice writer, organizer and community builder. As a queer physically disabled woman of color, korean transracial and transnational adoptee, she believes in community and queer family, resiliency and transformation. Though her work for liberation is constantly evolving and deepening, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence. She currently works at generationFIVE, an organization working to end child sexual abuse within five generations.
Micha'le Simmons is a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health in the Health Policy and Management Department. She is dedicated to building inter-organizational alliances and coalitions within health service organizations in order to improve community health. While an undergraduate student at Yale, she wrote her thesis on Planned Parenthood and analyzed their work through a black feminist lens, which she was awarded the Lily Rosen prize for the best essay in Women's Health. She hopes to bring that same framework to her studies in healthcare management. She has been involved with Planned Parenthood for the past two years as a Campus Action Intern and is continuing her work through Students United for Reproductive Justice as their graduate advisor.
Mim Schafer is a 2011 graduate of Hampshire College where she studied public health and education. She is the Program Coordinator for GirlEyeView Ware, a project of the Youth Action Coalition, an employee of the Care Center in Holyoke MA and the current Alumni Fellow for Critical Studies of Childhood Youth and Learning at Hampshire College. She is an incoming doctoral student in Public Health, Community Health Education at Umass where she is one of the Ford Foundation Fellows for the “Hear Our Stories” Project.
Mim Shafer is an educator for the Youth Action Coalition (coordinating GirlsEyeView, Ware) and a current PhD student at Umass, Amherst working on the Ford Foundation sponsored project "Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice". Much of Shafer's work concentrates on the ways in which media can be used to tell stories related to sexual health, identity and well-being.
Mimi Spalding is a Law Students for Reproductive Justice fellow with the Black Women's Health Imperative.
Minister Louis J. Mitchell
Recently featured in the documentary, “Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen,” Louis is in high demand as a consultant, public speaker, trainer, and preacher. He was recently honored as the recipient of the 2011 Haystack Award from the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC for his work in Social Justice and Social Ministry. He works for Tapestry Health and serves on numerous boards.
Miriam Zoila Pérez
Miriam Zoila Pérez is a queer Cuban-American writer, consultant and activist. She works with reproductive justice and LGBT rights organizations on strengthening their digital communications. and writes about the intersections of race, health and gender on her blog, Radical Doula, and at RH Reality Check, where she is a columnist. (miriamzperez.com)
Mirta Rodríguez Calderón
Mirta is a Cuban journalist, as well as a university teacher of Social Communication in Havana University and Madre y Mestra University in the Dominican Republic. Mirta also works as a correspondent in Dominican Republic of SEMLAC, Servicio Especial de Noticias de la Mujer de América Latina y el Caribe.
Misty Rojo is a survivor of both domestic and state abuse. She served 10 years in a California institution after leaving a violent relationship. While incarcerated she was mentored by some amazing women and taught the true meaning of self-determination and resilience. She was trained and encouraged by Justice Now of which she is a founding board member. With empowerment and love, she support Justice Now in many forms including media work and training the next generations of activists within Justice Now’s walls.
Misty is a 38 year old Native American and a survivor of both domestic and state abuse, who served 10 years in a California Prison after leaving a violent relationship. While incarcerated, Misty was mentored by some amazing women and taught the true meaning of self-determination and resilience, and also learned terms like institutionalized racism modern, reproductive justice and many more. Misty is a founding Board Member and has served as staff of Justice Now and is one of the staff Program Coordinators for California Coalition for Women Prisoner, doing policy, campaign, and fundraising for both organizations. Misty continues to fight with fierceness and love for people still suffering at the hands of the state. Misty is and always will be an abolitionist!
Molly is the Creative Director at CommunicateHealth, working to make important health information accessible and understandable to those who need it most. She is passionate about typography, choosing the right fonts, media literacy, biking, and acrobatics. Molly also designs board games about economic justice and is obsessed with ampersands (&).
Monica Raye Simpson
Monica Raye Simpson has organized extensively against human rights violations, the prison industrial complex, racism and intolerance, and the systematic physical and emotional violence inflicted upon the minds, bodies and spirits of African Americans with an emphasis on African American women and the African American LBGT community. Monica is also a performance artist and is committed to using her talents of in her local community and nationally to address social justice issues.
Monica Raye Simpson
Monica has organized extensively against human rights violations, the prison industrial complex, racism and intolerance, and the systematic physical and emotional violence inflicted upon the minds, bodies and spirits of African Americans with an emphasis on African American women and the African American LBGT community.
As the Advocacy Associate, Morgan provides logistical support for the national Coalition for Abortion Access and Reproductive Equity (CAARE). She also works with to build a strong network of abortion Fund advocates and leaders. Outside of work, Morgan is on the board of the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and a Beyonce fangirl.
Morgan Robyn Collado
Morgan is the latest in a long line of badass bitches. She is walking in the footsteps of Audre Lorde, Sylvia Rivera and her own mother to achieve the collective liberation of all peoples. Morgan hopes to use her poems, essays and stories to challenge, inspire and incite radical action. She uses female pronouns.
Morganne Rosenhaus is a Programs and Policy Associate at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, where she works to promote awareness and activism around the impact of toxic chemicals in our everyday environment on reproductive health. Morganne graduated from the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in public health.
Myagaa Brown is a senior in high school and a founding member of Femtastic!: A Gender Equality Group. She is particularly interested in the role of men and women in politics and how that impacts reproductive rights. Currently, Myagaa is studying plant pathology on Cornell University's campus and would like to pursue a career in Microbiology.
Myra Durán is the Policy Coordinator for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and organizes the digital and social media for CLRJ. Myra graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Women’s Studies with a concentration in Women of Color Feminism and a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies. Myra also served on the Young Women’s Leadership Council for the Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP) to ensure that the interests and voices of young women, transgender & gender non-conforming young people were included.
Myra Gissel Durán
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
N.B. Sarojini is Director of Sama-Resource Group for Women and Health, a Delhi-based women’s organisation. She has been working as a health activist in the field of women’s health for the last 25 years and is actively involved with the women’s movement and health movement. She has actively campaigned against the two-child norm, population control policies, sex-selective abortions, hazardous contraceptive technologies, unethical conduct of clinical trials on marginalized communities, and issues related to human rights and violence (including communal).
Naa Hammond is the Development Coordinator of FIERCE a non-profit organization dedicated to building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color, ages 13 - 24, in New York City.
Nadimpally Sarojini is the director of Sama-Resource Group for Women and Health, a Delhi-based women’s organization. She has been working as a health activist in the field of women’s health for the last 25 years and is actively involved with the women’s movement and health movement. She has been actively campaigning against the two-child norm, population control policies, sex-selective abortions, hazardous contraceptive technologies, unethical conduct of clinical trials on marginalized communities, and issues related to human rights and violence (including communal).
Nancy Pitts is a reproductive justice activist in Ohio, with leadership positions in several organizations. Currently, she serves as the Board Chair of Women Have Options, Ohio’s statewide abortion fund. Additionally, Nancy is the Ohio Regional Coordinator for Raising Women’s Voices, a national initiative that ensures that women’s issues are addressed in health care reform. She also serves on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.
Nancy Razo lives in Portland, OR, and is starting a new life after years of homelessness and domestic violence. She has had personal experience with the prison system and with addiction. She is now focusing on work, housing, and school and wants to speak up for other homeless youth affected by immigration laws, the prison system, and addiction.
Natalie D. Camastra
Natalie D. Camastra serves as Policy Analyst with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) in their Washington, D.C. office. In her role, she advances NLIRH’s national policy agenda by analyzing federal and state legislation, crafting policy solutions, and implementing short- and long-term policy projects. Specifically, Natalie focuses on federal legislation and strategies to advance reproductive health and justice for immigrant Latinas, their families, and communities.
Natalie has been teaching at Hampshire College for 9 years focusing on theatre for young audiences, creative drama, storytelling, applied theatre, and theatre as a means of activism.
Natalie has been teaching at Hampshire College for 8 years focusing on theatre for young audiences, creative drama, storytelling, applied theatre, and theatre as a means of activism.
Natasha Vianna is a Boston-based Latina activist and online organizing aficionado. As a former teen mom, Natasha works with activists and organizations across the country to launch strategic messaging campaigns that dissect the realities of teen pregnancy while eliminating the unnecessary stigmatization of young families. Recently, she took the stage to share a TEDx talk on the culture of shaming young mothers for their reproductive rights.
Nayantara is an Associate Racial Justice Trainer at RaceForward, and a Program Associate at Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, an oral history project about mixed-heritage identity politics. Her research at NYU Gallatin focuses on fiction and storytelling by women of color, postcolonial and immigrant literature and social change movements. Currently she is developing a multi-genre arts collective that explores connections between anti-capitalism, labor and reproductive liberation.
Major Franklin, a 34-year law enforcement veteran, retired from the Maryland State Police in 1999 after rising through the ranks from undercover narcotics agent to Criminal Enforcement Bureau commander. Major Franklin also held command positions with the Baltimore Police Department and the Maryland’s Transit Police. In 2010, he resigned from the Law Enforcement profession to become the executive director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).
Nia E. Robinson
Nia Eshu Martin-Robinson is a femme-identified, queer, black woman originally from Detroit, MI. Since 2000, she has been a strong advocate for Environmental Justice. Possessing the belief that women of color, Indigenous Women and low-income women's reproduction is a revolutionary act, Nia’s more recent work has centered around creating dialogue at the intersections of Climate Justice, Reproductive Justice and Environmental Justice and looking at the reemergence of population control rhetoric in the climate change debate and the dangerous implications that this has on women for WOC, IW and poor women around the world. Much of her work in this realm is being done as the Environmental Justice consultant for SisterSong, a reproductive justice collective working to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights.
Nicole Clark, MSW
Nicole Clark is a social worker, reproductive justice activist, program evaluator and owner of Nicole Clark Consulting, a consulting firm that works with nonprofits, direct service agencies, and community groups to develop, monitor/evaluate and improve culturally relevant and gender-positive programming, and initiatives with a primary focus on sexual health & reproductive justice and its impact on women and girls of color. Nicole is based in New York City.
Nicole Clark, MSW
Nicole Clark is a social worker who works as a consultant, workshop presenter, and speaker for nonprofits and community groups who want to improve their approach to developing culturally relevant and youth and/or gender-positive programming, campaigns, and initiatives for youth, young women of color, women of color, and communities of color. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College and a Masters of Social Work degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work with a practice method centered on direct practice/counseling & program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Nicole is based in New York City.
Nicole Clark, MSW
Nicole Clark is a social worker, consultant, and activist. She works with women and girls of color, communities and organizations, centering on HIV/STI prevention, reproductive rights, sexuality, gender-based violence, spirituality, pro-choice activism, youth empowerment, community organizing, street harassment, self-care, and media imagery. Contact Nicole at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @MsNicoleClark.
Nicole Goss has been involved with the My Voice, My Choice leadership group for over two years. The mother of an energetic three-year-old little girl, she believes that all females should have the right to make their own reproductive health decisions.
Nicole currently lives in Chicago, IL. She has interned and worked as a Fellow for the Center for New Community, where she followed anti-immigrant infiltration into the environmental movement and co-authored a report on coercive sterilization practices. Additionally, Nicole works as a dancer and a bookseller.
Noalanii Karakashian, a first-year student at Cornell College in Iowa, grew up attending CLPP's reproductive rights conference. She has done a lot of community organizing with others her age, and has held leadership positions in many youth groups.
Noreen is a brown queer disabled social justice organizer living in Texas. They are a co-founder of the Cicada Collective, a QTPOC-centered reproductive justice resource center and doula network that began in North Texas. Their other interests include anti-racist and anti-authoritarian community building and exploring the intersections of dis/ability and race/class/gender.
Nuestras Raices Youth
The Nuestras Raices youth group has roots from 20 years ago when Don Teodoro Ortiz and his fellow gardeners started La Finquita to teach children in the neighborhood about agriculture. Since 2009 the youth have been working on changing their school food and learning about the complexities of the commodity food system while practicing sustainable agriculture at La Finca in Holyoke, MA. The youth have utilized multi-media tools to engage parents, students, and administrators in achieving a goal of appetizing, cultural, healthy, and local school food.
Olivia Cappello interned at Raising Women's Voices for the Healthcare We Need in 2013 and 2014. While at RWV, she worked heavily on LGBT inclusion in the New York health insurance exchange. Olivia will graduate from Smith College in May 2014 and plans to continue working for reproductive justice.
Pam Chamberlain, a senior consultant for Political Research Associates (PRA), is lead author of the 2012 PRA report, Who’s Winning: Right-Wing Responses to LGBT Gains. Over her thirteen-year history with PRA, Pam has served as an analyst of the Christian Right, conservative LGBT groups, campus activism, and attacks on reproductive justice and LGBT rights. She has authored various reports, contributed numerous articles to The Public Eye magazine, and served as interim research director. Pam has mentored over 100 interns and is currently working with PRA to expand and train their research team.
Dr. Stone works at the intersections of science and culture to understand how biology is negotiated by culture. Her particular focus has been around childbirth, and her goals are to illuminate patterns of morbidity and mortality in the context of childbirth through biological, cultural, and ethnographic data to understand the complex underpinnings of life stressors that are are exacerbated by pregnancy, but not necessarily caused by it.
Paris is a radical Black queer feminist activist with over 10 years of experience working for justice and liberation. She is the co-founder of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW and currently works at Race Forward as the Better Together Southern Action and Leadership Cohort Manager. She loves the Lorde, her bike, Harriet, her fierce community, and making things with her hands.
Pat Hynes is a retired environmental engineer and Professor of Environmental Health who worked on issues of the urban environment (including lead poisoning, asthma and the indoor environment, safe housing, community gardens and urban agriculture); environmental justice; and feminism at Boston University School of Public Health. For her writing, teaching, and applied research, she has won numerous awards, including the US EPA Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), the 2003 National Delta Omega Award for Innovative Curriculum in Public Health; the US EPA Environmental Merit Award for Healthy Public Housing (2004) project and the Lead-Safe Yard Project (2000); and the 1996 National Arbor Day Foundation Book Award for A Patch of Eden, her book on community gardens in inner cities,. She is the author and editor of 7 books, including The Recurring Silent Spring and, most recently, Urban Health: Readings in the Social, Built and Physical Environments of U.S. Cities. She is currently publishing and speaking on the health effects of war and militarism on society and on women, in particular, and climate justice, renewable energy, and the hazards of nuclear power. She directs the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in western Massachusetts http://traprock.info/index.shtml) .
Pati Garcia aka Chula Doula began the Shodhini Institute as a radical feminist health training to bring back embodied empowerment through self-help/self-exam with a speculum, flashlight and mirror. Garcia also is active in the birth community, speaking up on WOC & QTPOC disparities and accessibility issues; serving as a full-spectrum, full circle doula.
Patricia J. Williams
Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University, was born in Boston in 1951 and holds a BA from Wellesley College and a JD from Harvard Law School. Professor Williams is an American legal scholar and a proponent of critical race theory, a school of legal thought that emphasizes race as a fundamental determinant of the American legal system.
Attorney Peter Vickery practices law in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Oxford University; the University of the West of England, Bristol; Boston University School of Law; and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he received his Master's in Public Policy. Vickery is a member of the State Ballot Law Commission and a former Governor's Councilor. He is active in the Green Party.
Poonam Dreyfus-Pai is a full-spectrum doula, researcher, and co-director of the Bay Area Doula Project, which provides compassionate support to people before, during, and after their abortions. Poonam is also pursuing both an MPH and MSW at UC Berkeley; her graduate research with ANSIRH's Sea Change program focuses on abortion stigma. She is committed to building collaborative networks that work to support all reproductive experiences.
Poonam Dreyfus-Pai is co-director of the Bay Area Doula Project, which is committed to increasing access to compassionate doula care to people having abortions. She is in her final year of the concurrent MPH/MSW program at UC Berkeley; her graduate internships have included abortion stigma research at ANSIRH, as well as program evaluation at Backline and at Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases (WORLD). She is a CoreAlign Generative Fellow (Summer 2013 Cohort), and a board member of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice. Poonam is committed to building collaborative networks that support all sexual and reproductive experiences.
Prison Birth Project
Rachael Strickler is a first year student at Hampshire College. She is studying the intersectionality of oppressions through the lens of politics and philosophy with a focus on Reproductive Justice and the Prison System. She is an intern at CLPP and one of Hampshire's student organizers working with the group Justice for Ayyub.
Rachel Caballero is a Xicana born and raised on the U.S./Mexico border, longtime childcare worker, and kid at heart. Rachel is a collective member and co-founder of La Semilla Childcare Collective de Austin, Texas. Rachel has worked alongside Mamas of Color Rising and as part of To Tell You the Truth tour, growing a community based on mother’s/children’s needs centered in truth telling and indigenous spirituality. Currently she is a radio podcast pirate and doula in training in El Paso, Texas.
Rachel Rybaczuk grew up poor in a racially/ethnically diverse neighborhood in Miami. As the only person in her family to attend college, issues of class and race became the guiding forces of her experience. She consults with and leads trainings/workshops for activists, educators, and students in grassroots organizations, non-profits, and educational settings about oppression with an emphasis on class(ism) and race(ism), highlighting the intersections of all forms of oppression (via makingclassmatter.org).
Rachel Rybaczuk grew up poor in a racially diverse neighborhood in Miami. She is first-generation American and the first in her family to attend college where issues of class and race became the guiding forces of her experience. Rachel consults with activists, educators, and students; and leads trainings and workshops about oppression with an emphasis on class(ism) and race(ism), while highlighting the intersections of all forms of oppression.
Rachel V. Tabachnick
Rachel Tabachnick is an independent researcher, writer, and speaker and a fellow at Political Research Associates. Her focus is on conservative infrastructure, including the intersection of the political and Religious Right.
Reina Gossett lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and believes creativity & imagination are vital in movements for self determination. She is a trans activist & artist blogging at thespiritwas.tumblr.com and works at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Reina’s writing has been featured in Barnard College’s The Scholar & Feminist Online, as well as Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment & The Prison Industrial Complex, Post Post Script Press and Randy Magazine.
Reina Gossett works at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as the membership director. Along with Gabriel Foster she staffs the Movement Building Team, working to develop SRLP’s membership and community organizing work.
Representative Ellen Story
Ellen Story is state representative from the 3rd Hampshire District, comprising the towns of Amherst and Granby. The week of the conference marks her 20th anniversary of her swearing-in as a legislator. Prior to her election, Rep. Story had been Associate Director of Western Massachusetts Family Planning (now Tapestry Health). She has been a long-time champion of equal rights for all.
Rev. Canon Dr. Kapya Kaoma
The Rev. Canon Dr. Kapya Kaoma is an ordained Anglican priest, citizen of Zambia, and researcher on religion and sexuality for the Boston-based Political Research Associates. He is the author of the investigative report Globalizing the Culture Wars: U.S. Conservatives, African Churches, & Homophobia, published by PRA in 2009. His video recordings of the Kampala conference on the “homosexual agenda” can be found at www.publiceye.org
Rev. Emma Akpan
Rev. Emma Akpan is an ordained deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is a activist and writer living in Raleigh, NC and writes on the intersection of spirituality and social justice on her blog emmanism.com.
Rev. Matthew Westfox
Rev. Matthew Westfox has served a ministry of reproductive justice for more than six years as a preacher, activist, organizer and pastoral care giver. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, he serves as Associate Pastor of All Souls Bethlehem Church and as the volunteer chaplain for the Abortion Doula Project. After six years on staff with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice he now serves them, and other justice focused organizations as a consultant.
Rev. Matthew Westfox
Rev. Matthew Westfox serves as Director of Interfaith Outreach for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he also serves as Associate Pastor of All Souls Bethlehem Church.
Ricky Hill is a doctoral student and instructor at the University of New Mexico, focusing on health communication within LGBTQQIA communities. They also coordinate economic justice and peer advocacy workshops at the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. A proud Oklahoman, Ricky blogs about queer things for Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice.
Ricky Hill is a researcher, activist, and community member working on issues related to LGBTQ health equity and justice. Ricky is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of New Mexico, works as a behavioral health researcher assisting LGBTQ people in rural locales access mental health and substance abuse services, and is a rabble-rouser with Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice. Boom.
Robyn Maynard is a writer, radio producer and community organizer based in Montreal. She is is engaged in grassroots movements for justice against the criminalization of youth of color, migrant communities, and sex workers. Her writing can be found at www.robynmaynard.wordpress.com.
Rocío Villalobos is an advisor and the Social Justice Education and Leadership Coordinator at the UT-Austin Multicultural Engagement Center. In addition to her organizing work with Rise Up Texas, Rocío is a board member at the Women’s Community Center of Central Texas and the YWCA Greater Austin. She also volunteers with the immigrant rights coalition Texans United for Families, coordinates a visitation program to a detention center, and is a collective member with MonkeyWrench Books.
Rogelio Alejandro Lopez
Rogelio Alejandro Lopez has worked as a researcher, media maker, and activist at the intersection of media and social justice with the MIT Center for Civic Media. Much of his work has focused on the role of media in activism and social movements among immigrants, people of color, and politically disenfranchised groups. Currently, he works with the Youth and Media research group at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, were he will focus on how media influence participation and engagement among urban youth. Additionally, Rogelio is working with Emerson's Engagement Game Lab to explore how community organizations can use media to connect with constituents and better communicate with local governments.
Roksana Mun is an immigrant New Yorker who was born in Bangladesh. She has been a member of DRUM YouthPower! since 2003 when she graduated the Youth Power! Summer Community Organizing Institute. Roksana is a graduate of Dickinson College with a degree in International Studies concentrating on the Middle East. She has served as a Youth Organizer from 2007-9 and rejoined staff in 2011. Roksana has worked as a Legal Advocate at the Urban Justice Center serving low-income/no income New Yorkers on their right to accessing welfare benefits. She is currently the Youth Organizer building youth leadership to win immigrant rights, law enforcement accountability and education justice.
Rosann Mariappuram is proud to be part of the Reproductive Health Access Project, a non-profit dedicated to integrating contraception and abortion into primary care.
Rosann Mariappuram is proud to be part of the Reproductive Health Access Project, a non-profit dedicated to integrating comprehensive reproductive health services into primary care settings. Originally from Ohio, Rosann now calls NYC her home. She is passionate about reproductive justice and public health. One day she hopes to pursue a career in law and public policy.
Rose MacKenzie is the Director of Health Care Policy at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, overseeing the organization's health care policy work. She has a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Rosemary Candelario is a long-time educator, artist, and activist for reproductive justice.
Ruth Manski, Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health, manages US and international research projects relating to increasing women’s abortion and reproductive healthcare access. Prior to joining Ibis, Ruth completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Sri Lanka where she conducted research on women's kitchen culture and cooking practices. Ruth holds a BA in Sociology from Grinnell College.
Ryan E. Pryor
Ryan Pryor is a white, queer and trans midwife and nurse. He lives in Philadelphia, where he is a Family Nurse Practitioner student.
Rye Young is Third Wave Fund's Director. He began his career as an abortion fund hotline intern at Third Wave Foundation (the organization that became Third Wave Fund). Rye served on staff of Third Wave for five years in various program roles, and dedicated himself to developing systems for impact measurement and grantmaking, while crafting programs that met the needs of Third Wave's grassroots, community-based organizations.
S. Gaines Blasdel
S. Gaines Blasdel is a second year Division II student at Hampshire College studying trans/queer/feminist theory and communities in relation to design, space, and objects. Gaines has been involved with creating institutional policy at Hampshire to support trans* students for over a year, and had increased personal investment in the safety of trans* students after getting into a cissexist altercation with a Hampshire professor in a bathroom in the fall of 2011. They are also passionate about being a DIY-dandy, archives of artistic social justice interventions, and their on-campus work with many student groups including Men Against Patriarchy and the Sexperts peer sexual health advocates.
Sabina is a performance artist and troublemaker. This mixed-race bruja finds the meat and magia of her work in the natural world and urban ecosystems of Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by a brilliant galaxy of queer femme artists and instigators, she explores themes of heartbreak, ancestry, chosen family, femininity, and faith. She has worked as an organizing member of Heels On Wheels since 2013. sabinaibarrola.com
Sabrina is the Director of Campus & Community Programs at Law Students for Reproductive Justice, where she gets to work with fierce, passionate, awesome law students and lawyers around the country who are dedicated to fostering legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice. She is also a proud fatty who blogs about body image, loves hot yoga, and has recently taken up printmaking.
Virginia Field Organizer, Southerns on New Ground (SONG)
Sanaz Shaghaghi is 15 years old, attends Bell Senior High School, and is a part of the ImJ summer program. ImMediate justice has helped her feel comfortable in her own skin.
Sandra Chen is currently a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College, studying anthropology and gender studies. She is interested in social justice and good food.
Sandra Criswell is a Filipina mestiza red state reproductive justice organizer and movement-builder based out of Oklahoma City. She is the Regional Field Organizer for CoreAlign, serving Oklahoma and North Texas and part of the 2013 Generative Fellows Cohort. Sandra is also an organizer for Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference and serves on the boards for Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice and Backline.
Sandra Criswell is a red state organizer who hangs her hat in Wichita and her heart in Oklahoma City. She blogs, edits, and serves on the board at Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice (OK4RJ) and is the Director of Communications at Trust Women. She is also one of the red state weirdos behind Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference.
Sandra is the Executive Director of Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice, where she also blogs and serves as the coordinator for Oklahoma Abortion Hotline and Support Network, a collaboration between OK4RJ and the Abortion Access Project. She primarily focuses on issues surrounding regional access, movement-building, youth activism, and racial justice. In her spare time, she daydreams about Oklahoma turning a different shade of red.
Sara Alcid is a Programs & Policy Associate at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project and Social Media Manager for FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. She writes about queer feminism for Everyday Feminism, The Huffington Post and PolicyMic. She is a 2014 CoreAlign Generative Fellow for movement innovation.
Sara K. Gould
Sara is the Activist-in-Residence at Smith College for the Spring, 2014 semester. She is the former president & CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, where she worked for 25 years. Most recently, she was the associate director of Caring Across Generations, a national campaign led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Jobs with Justice. Sara is on the boards of the National Immigration Law Center and the Proteus Fund.
Sara is a fourth year student at Hampshire where she studies Queer studies, social work, and American history. She's a country tough rural-queer, knitter, musician, Prince-enthusiast, and Hampshire College Counselor Advocate, who loves baking, Carhartts, glitter, kittens, Friday Night Lights, BSG, and feelings. She is finishing up her Division III thesis project about rural LGBTQ people and gay migration to cities.
Sarah Abelow has been working at The Overbrook Foundation since 2011. In this role, she assists with the Foundation’s human rights grantmaking, including its reproductive justice grantmaking, as well as other administrative tasks. She is also a 2014 CoreAlign Generative Fellow.
Sarah Audelo is the Senior Manager of Domestic Policy at Advocates for Youth. She works sexual and reproductive health policy for young people including: comprehensive sex education, GLBTQ rights, HIV prevention, contraceptive access and abortion rights.
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a writer, a Hampshire graduate and a community organizer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, on Salon and RH Reality Check amongst others. She also has four children, preschool to high school. More on her work at standshadows.com
A University of Massachusetts senior Psychology major and Women Gender Sexuality Studies and Education minors. She has been an educator advocate of the Center of Women an Community for two years.
Sarah La Due
Sarah La Due is the Assistant Director of Public Affairs in NARAL Pro-Choice America's San Francisco office. She has a strong background in politics and communications. Sarah is especially proud of her work at NARAL doing Millennial outreach and in the campaign to expose fake clinics, also known as "crisis pregnancy centers."
I am a PhD student in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona and co-founder of the Keep Tucson Together community-based immigration legal clinic. For the last decade I have worked with groups in southern Arizona on border and migrant justice issues.
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser
As a former Hampshire student, CLPP staffperson, and Trustee, Sarah’s ties with Hampshire are long and deep and adoring. Having moved from reproductive justice work to fiction writing, morphing again into freelance writer has allowed her to honor her RJ roots by writing about social change in many forms.
Sasha currently serves as co-director of the Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism at BU. Last year, she won the Sarah Joanne Davis award for Activism for her leadership to bring for a sexual assault prevention and response center to BU, which opened this past Fall.
Savannah is an autistic who is queer, with mental health and chronic health disabilities from rural PA. She does advocacy, blogging, and activism. More on her work at http://crackedmirrorinshalott.wordpress.com
Sean Cahill, Ph.D., is Director of Health Policy Research at the Fenway Institute in Boston. He teaches public policy at New York University, Northeastern, and Brandeis. Cahill serves on the Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Youth, the Massachusetts LGBT Elder Commission, and previously held leadership positions at NGLTF and Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Cahill is author of many books and articles on LGBT and HIV/AIDS issues.
Sebastian Margaret is a disability justice community educator and a disabled Trans* queer immigrant who is kept deliciously exhausted parenting a pair of gorgeous kids. A seasoned facilitator Sebastian’s work seeks to insert disability justice into the progressive left and progressive multi–issue politics into the disability community. Co-founder of the Disability Justice Collective they are passionate about the validity and glory of imperfect bodies and minds.
Sebastian Margaret’s involvement with disability culture and multi – issue community resiliency spans 30 years. Informed by working/welfare class life, values and skills, Sebastian roots his work in racial, class, gender and immigration justice. He has trained and consulted extensively on Disability justice, class justice and anti-racism for grassroots organizations, service providers, conferences’ and community organizing efforts.
She is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests include the relationship of civil society, women's movements, activism and agency in Turkey. She earned my MA degree from Central European University in Gender Studies, and my bachelor's degree from Bogazici University in Psychology. She is also a member of several feminist initiatives in Turkey and currently contributing to Feminist Approaches in Culture and Politics, which is a peer-reviewed feminist activist journal.
Senti Sojwal is a fourth-year student at Hampshire College from NYC concentrating in women's and gender studies and creative writing. She has been involved with CLPP for the past three years and is a co-chair this year for the conference's outreach committee.
Senti Sojwal is an India-born, NYC raised blogger and reproductive justice activist. She loves sassy feminist commentary and finding the perfect avocado.
Seth Freed Wessler
Seth Freed Wessler is a journalist and researcher in New York. He currently works for the Applied Research Center and Colorlines.com. He writes on immigration, criminal justice, the safety net, and inequality.
"Shabana Sharif is a community activist, educator and proud Queens resident. Shabana is a Steering Committee Member of Jahajee Sisters. This past summer, Shabana co-facilitated the first Muslim Sisters' Leadership Institute. The program was a weeklong summer institute, which incorporated reproductive justice, Islamophobia, sex education, STI and teen pregnancy prevention, racism, sexism, immigration, LGBTQ rights, and the intersectionality of these identities and experiences. Shabana’s vision is a rich and engaging environment for future Indo-Caribbean/ South Asian leaders. "
Shana Griffin is a black feminist, researcher, social justice activist, and mother of two, with experience organizing nationally and locally on critical issues at the intersection of racialized forms of gender-based violence, housing, disaster vulnerabilities, prisons, policing, and just sustainabilities. Her current activism challenges punitive social policies, practices, and behaviors that restrict, exploit, regulate, criminalize, and police the bodies and lives of low-income and working class women of color most vulnerable to the violence of poverty, polluting environments, reproductive legislation and population control policies of blame, displacement, and social neglect. Shana is co-founder of the Women’s Health & Justice Initiative, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Women With A Vision, Inc. and Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative.
Shannon Sennott, LICSW is a gender justice activist and psychotherapist. She was clinically trained at the Smith School for Social Work and the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society in New York City. Her clinical orientation is influenced by narrative and dialogical network approaches, which emphasize awareness of societal marginality and oppression. Shannon is a founder of the advocacy and education organization TRANSLATE GENDER, Inc.
J.D., Reproductive Justice Program Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
Shivana is a legal advocate, community organizer, and artist. In May 2011, she graduated from Emory University School of Law, where she was Co-Chair of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, on the executive board of Emory’s LGBTQ legal association, and led service trips for the Emory Public Interest Committee. She has been a legal clerk at the New York State Division of Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. From 2006 to 2008, Shivana worked with Sakhi for South Asian Women, a non-profit dedicated to ending violence against women of South Asian origin, as an intern and then as a Volunteer Coordinator. While at Sakhi, she spearheaded efforts to expand the organization’s reach into neglected communities, namely New York City’s Indo-Caribbean population. In 2007, Shivana co-founded Jahajee Sisters, a New York-based movement-building organization, led by Indo-Caribbean women, that seeks to foster women’s empowerment through dialogue, arts, leadership development, and grassroots organizing. She currently sits on the Jahajee Sisters Steering Committee. Shivana is also a classical Indian dancer and a spoken word poet, who seeks to use her art to illuminate women’s trauma and resilience. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University.
Shivana coordinates NAPAWF's reproductive justice policy priorities. She is passionate about uplifting the status of women in communities she identifies with, and has a background in legal advocacy and community education around issues of gender-based inequity and violence. Her experience includes working with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a legal clerk, working with the the anti-domestic violence organization Sakhi for South Asian Women, co-chairing a chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and co-founding the Indo-Caribbean women’s organization Jahajee Sisters, where she is now a member of the Steering Committee. In August, 2012, Shivana completed a one-year fellowship with NAPAWF through Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Originally from New York, she now works out of NAPAWF’s Washington, D.C. office. Shivana holds a B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
Shomi Noise is a producer, musician, organizing member of Heels on Wheels, and writer. A part-time drag queen and full time queer grrrl, she also currently sings and plays guitar in a queer grrrl punk band and is working on the 4th volume of her zine, which narrates some of her lived experiences based on the intersectionality of culture, race, class, sexuality and punk rock.
Sierra is currently a senior at Charles O. Dickerson High School. Sierra helped found Femtastic!: A Gender Equality Group during her sophomore year, and this has been her second year being president, leading her fellow fierce high school feminists. She is also a member of the Take Back the Night Collective of Ithaca, NY. In her free time she runs cross-country and listens to Beyonce.
Silvia Estrada Claudio
University of the Philippines
Simone D. Jhingoor
Simone D. Jhingoor is an artist and Reproductive Justice activist. She adopts an arts-based and transformative/healing justice approach to her work with women of color, especially Indo-Caribbean women, to heal from the trauma of violence. Along with other members of Jahajee Sisters, Simone is coordinating the Campaign for Healthy Youth in the Indo-Caribbean community to enable young women’s access to comprehensive and holistic sex education.
Sola Stamm is a fourth year student at Hampshire College studying childbirth politics and global systems of maternal health. After graduating Hampshire, she plans on becoming a professional home birth midwife.
Sonia Guinansaca is an undocumented poet, activist. Sonia currently serves as a Board Member of the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC), an undocumented youth led organization .
Sonia Rastogi is the Advocacy Coordinator with U.S. Positive Women's Network, a national membership body of HIV-positive women and allies advocating for federal policy change to improve the lives of women living with and vulnerable to HIV. Sonia is also a Board Member with the Global Network for People Living with HIV - North America chapter.
Soniya Munshi is a NYC-based queer South Asian writer, researcher, and community activist. Soniya's work is invested in building transformative, healing and creative strategies to respond to the various forms of intimate and institutional violence that impact our everyday lives.
Steph Herold is a researcher and advocate with a background in abortion care, abortion funds, and reproductive health advocacy. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Health at Columbia University and spent summer 2012 interning at ANSIRH, researching abortion stigma. Steph founded the website IAmDrTiller.com to celebrate the legacy of Dr. George Tiller and the blog AbortionGang.org as a space for young people in the reproductive justice movement. Her writing has been featured in The Nation, RH Reality Check, Jezebel, and the most recent edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. In May 2011, she was awarded the Rosie Jimenez Award from the Women’s Medical Fund for her use of social media in destigmatizing abortion, and was named one of the top 15 young feminists by Campus Progress. She is a current board member of New York Abortion Access Fund.
Stephanie is part of The Disability Justice Collective, an organization that promotes disability justice and equality. Stephanie is a recent graduate of The CUNY School of Professional Studies, where she obtained a master's degree in Disability Studies. Stephanie is also the Founder of The A.L.L. Campaign, a campaign to help an end to bullying, bigotry and random acts of violence.
Stephanie Molden is a graduate student at UMass Amherst, studying Regional & Urban Planning. Feminist, socialist, labor activist.
Summer Hirtzel has worked on the Speak Out Committee for the past two years because the event is a great source of inspiration and empowerment for her. She is well-acquainted with the diverse thoughts and emotions people experience when discussing their experiences surrounding abortion and is eager to help potential speakers, friends, and family work through some of these at the pre-Speak Out discussion.
Susal Stebbins Collins
Susal has been a Buddhist practitioner and teacher for over 15 years, and a social and environmental activist and teacher for over 25 years. She concentrated on reproductive and GLBT rights as the lobbyist for the Minnesota Chapter of the National Organization for Women from 1989-99.
Susan C. Robinson, M. D.
Dr. Susan Robinson has specialized in abortion care since 2001. She was privileged to work with Dr. George Tiller in Wichita until his assassination in 2009 and is now doing all trimester abortion care with two other docs at Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, NM. Susan lives in California with her wonderful partner and enjoys being a thorn in the side of the anti-abortion fanatics.
Susan Harris O'Connor
Susan Harris O'Connor is the director of Quality Assurance at Children's Services of Roxbury, Inc. She is the author of The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee, autobiographical monologues that explore race, identity, emotional intelligence, adoption and child welfare, and which have been performed around the country in academic, clinical and child welfare settings to wide acclaim over the last sixteen years.
Susan Harris O'Connor
Susan Harris O'Connor, MSW is the director of Quality Assurance at Children's Services of Roxbury, Inc. She is also the author of the recently published book The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee. This book consist of 5 autobiographical narratives that the author has presented throughout the country since 1996.
A long-time reproductive rights activist, Ms. Yanow was the founding Executive Director of the Abortion Access Project. Ms. Yanow is currently a consultant to a number of U.S and international reproductive rights and health organizations that work to advance access to abortion, including ANSIRH (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health) at UCSF, Ibis Reproductive Health, the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP), Women on Web and Women on Waves.
A long-time reproductive rights activist, Susan currently consults to a number of U.S and international reproductive rights and health organizations that work to advance access to abortion.
Susan Yanow, MSW
A long-time reproductive rights activist, Susan Yanow was the founding Executive Director of the Abortion Access Project. Susan is currently a consultant to a number of U.S and international reproductive rights and health organizations that work to advance access to abortion, including ANSIRH (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health) at UCSF, Ibis Reproductive Health, the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP), and Women on Web. She has also consulted to the Byllye Avery Institute for Social Change, Gynuity, ICMA, Planned Parenthood New York City, and SisterSong. She is on the Boards of the ACLU of Massachusetts, NARAL ProChoice Massachusetts, and the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women.
Susana Morris is co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective and teaches African American literature at Auburn University. Her book, Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature, was published earlier this year. Writing as Crunkadelic, she covers a range of topics such as politics, self-care, sizeism, and reality TV on the CFC blog.
Suzanne C. Persard
Suzanne C. Persard, a queer Bronx-born Jamaican writer, is a co-founder and Steering Committee Member of Jahajee Sisters. The first Indo-Caribbean women's organization in the country, Jahajee Sisters is committed to ending gender-based violence. At Jahajee Sisters, Suzanne has worked to create and sustain a movement for addressing domestic, sexual, and intimate partner violence, LGBTQ issues, and reproductive justice in the Indo-Caribbean community.
Sydette is a proud member of Body Ecology, a writer, and a lover of Black girls.
Sylvia Estrada Claudio
Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio is a doctor of medicine who also holds a PhD in Psychology. She is Director of the University of the Philippines Center for Womens Studies and Professor of the Department of Women and Development Studies, College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines.
During her time at Mount Holyoke, Symone served as a CLPP student group member and RRASC recipient. Since graduating, Symone has worked with the Doula Project as a full-spectrum doula and Leadership Circle member. In her full-time life, she is a Legal Advocate at a family/gender violence organization.
Symone is a proud May 2010 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, 2009 RRASC, and former CLPP intern/student group member. Since graduation, in addition to her paid 9-5 work in the education field, Symone has been lucky enough to work with the Doula Project, where she is a spectrum of choice doula and Leadership Circle member.
T.F. Charlton is the founder and editor of Are Women Human?, a religion, media, and pop culture blog from a queer feminist and anti-racist perspective. She is also a freelance writer who has contributed to Alternet, Bitch, EBONY, and Religion Dispatches, among other outlets. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and 4 year old.
Taja Lindley (www.TajaLindley.com) is a courageous truth-telling creatress, visual and performance artist, full-spectrum doula and Founder of Colored Girls Hustle (www.ColoredGirlsHustle.com). She is an Associate Artist with Body Ecology, a member of the Doula Project, and a member of Echoing Ida.
Taja is a self-taught multi-media tactile visual artist, performer, full-spectrum doula and reproductive justice activist inspired by women and girls of color. Taja is the founder of Colored Girls Hustle. http://www.coloredgirlshustle.com/
Taja is a young queer woman of color, daughter of a single mother and the eldest of three sisters. She is acutely aware of the challenges facing women today and is excited about transcending these challenges with art, critical thinking, healing and entrepreneurship. As a self-taught mixed-media artist, performer, full-spectrum doula and activist, Taja is inspiring and aspiring wellness, creativity and reproductive justice. She founded Colored Girls Hustle which uses art, writing and activism to honor the creations, adorn the bodies and affirm the strengths of women and girls of color.
Tameka L. Gillum
Dr. Tameka L. Gillum is an assistant professor in the Public Health department, Community Health Studies division at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Gillum’s research interests are in exploring and addressing intimate partner violence/dating violence (IPV/DV) within racial/ethnic minority and sexual minority populations, development of culturally specific prevention and intervention efforts, health clinic based IPV interventions and the health effects of IPV/DV victimization.
Tamika Middleton is a community organizer, doula, student, and mother. She is passionate about and active in struggles that affect Black women’s lives. She is a co-coordinator of Kindred Collective, a Program Coordinator at Project South, and an active member of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now. She also performs as a member of the NALO Movement.
Tannia Esparza is the Executive Director at Young Women United (YWU), a reproductive justice organization, lead by and for Young Women of Color in Albuquerque, NM. As YWU’s director she ensures organizing, policy, and communications strategies continue to uplift all people in making real decisions about their bodies and lives.
Tarso Luís Ramos
Tarso Luís Ramos is Executive Director of Political Research Associates (www.politicalresearch.org), a think tank that challenges right-wing attacks in the areas of gender, racial, and economic justice. PRA’s recent reports include an exposé such of the Right’s efforts to redefine religious liberties to sanction discrimination, and a reproductive “activist resource kit” being launched at this very conference.
Taylor Kall is a 20-year-old California raised activist passionate about public education, creating safer communities, and ending rape culture. She likes analyzing pop culture, talking to teenagers, and being hopeful for a better world.
Tejal Mankad is a senior at Smith College where she studies post-colonial nationalisms and South Asian ethnic conflict at the intersections of film and identity politics. She is a peer sexual assault educator with OnStandby, a Smith College student organization dedicated to primary prevention and sexual assault harm reduction. She hopes to continue working toward the liberation of communities of color.
I am a student at Amherst Regional Middle School, and a participant at video vanguards. I love music with a passion. Go Pats!
Terry Boggis is the Director of the Ford Foundation-funded Ettelbrick Project for LGBTQ Family Recognition at the Stonewall Community Foundation in New York City. In 1989, she was one of the founders of Center Kids (now Center Families), the family program of the LGBT Community Center in New York. She became the program's director in 1997, a role she held until 2011. She is also a founding and current board member of Queers for Economic Justice.
Thanu Yakupitiyage is a media professional and immigrant rights/racial justice activist in New York City. She has worked to bring issues affecting communities of color to the forefront of the OWS movement. Her research interests are in the intersections of racial justice, global migration, and the impact of neoliberal policies in the United States and globally. Most recently, she is working with DREAMers to get state and federal DREAM Act legislation passed.
The Disability Justice Collective
The Disability Justice Collective(DJC) is a national collective centering the lives and leadership of disabled* people of color, Trans*, queer, poverty class folks and all brilliance from the margins. https://www.facebook.com/DJCollective
The Doula Project
Theresa Martinez is an accomplished human rights and social justice activist, organizer, advocate and a founding board member of Justice Now. While incarcerated for 23 years Theresa trained 219 people in human rights law. She established an underground network of human rights documenters that resisted the inhumane conditions of the prison system and exposed the eugenic practices utilized by the Department of Corrections to target women of color, including sterilization.
Tiana V. Patterson
Tiana is a current Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) fellow at Choice USA in Washington, D.C. Her work focuses on community organizing, policy, advocacy, and political engagement. She is a graduate of DePaul University Law School in Chicago, IL.
Tiffany E. Cook
Tiffany’s reproductive justice framework comes from a hodgepodge of experience in health care, sex education, abortion funding, and full spectrum doula care. She currently works as a Gynecological Teaching Associate, but when she’s not on the table you might find her gaming or posting on social media. Look out for her upcoming blog posts on queer porn and sex education!
Tiffany E. Cook
Feminism might be a dirty word in Idaho, but Tiffany’s college experience there reignited her passion for reproductive justice. Her current work includes sexual health counseling and education (CHA Family Planning), abortion counseling, volunteering with the EMA Fund, and starting a full-spectrum doula project in Boston (she’s trained as a birth and abortion doula). In her spare time, she rock climbs and decorates cakes!
Tiloma is the Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, an anti-domestic violence organization that works primarily with the South Asian community in the New York area. She is currently expecting her second child, so she will be moving quite slowly throughout the conference.
Timothy Purington has worked in the HIV/AIDS field for almost 20 years. He is the Director of Prevention Services at Tapestry Health Systems, Inc. where he helped found the Northampton Needle Exchange Program in 1995. Besides consulting with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and SAMHSA, Tim's advocacy efforts include local, state, and national policy work to expand access to sterile syringes and other harm reduction services. Tim was the first openly gay person in Holyoke to be elected to public office having served as the Ward 4 City Councilor from 2008-2012. He also sits on the board of two Holyoke non-profits and is the Chair of the Holyoke Ward 4 Democratic Committee.
Tina Oza is the Advocate at The Network/La Red, a survivor-led social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender, SM, and polyamorous communities. Tina is a proud alumna of Hampshire College, CLPP, and the Center for Feminisms.
Tina Oza is the Advocate at The Network/La Red, a survivor-led social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender, SM, and polyamorous communities. Tina has found that her work in the reproductive justice movement and the movement to end partner abuse inform and inspire each other. A femme-identified, queer South Asian performer and activist, Tina is a proud alumna of Hampshire College, CLPP, and the Center for Feminisms.
Tina Reynolds is Co-Founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH). Reynolds has received a Master in Social Work from Hunter College and is currently an adjunct professor at York, CUNY in the Behavioral Sciences Department teaching “Impact of Incarceration on Families, Communities and Children” and Human Development. She has written about the abolition of prisons, the impact of incarceration on women and children, formerly incarcerated women and policy change and is an editor of an anthology “Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States”.
Tina Reynolds is Co-Founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH). WORTH is an association of formerly and currently incarcerated women who have been empowered by their own experiences while involved in the criminal justice system and beyond. Through mutual support, leadership development, organizing and telling our stories, WORTH transforms the lives of women who have been directly impacted by incarceration and changes public perception and policy. Reynolds has received a Master in Social Work from Hunter College. She is currently an adjunct professor at York, CUNY in the Psychology Department teaching the “Impact of Incarceration on Families, Communities and Children”. She has published pieces on the abolition of prisons, the impact of incarceration on women and children, formerly incarcerated women and policy change and is an editor of an anthology “Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States”.
Tina Reynolds, MSW
Tina Reynolds is the co-founder and chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) which is an organization run and led by currently and formerly incarcerated women in Harlem NY. Reynolds gained her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College and is an adjunct professor in York, CUNY behavioral sciences department. She is also co-editor of "Interrupted Life:Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States"
tk karakashian tunchez
tk karakashian tunchez is a multi-media artist and community spiritual worker. She works with yerbas, food, water, platica, testimonio, collective liberation analysis, and other arts-based practices to connect with Spirit and support individual and community healing & liberation. Alongside with being a mother and community organizer, she is a trained undoing oppression facilitator & social justice educator, and has been facilitating arts-based empowerment projects with youth & women for over a decade. Her current work focuses primarily on Food Sovereignty, healing & liberation permaculture within the Austin area. Her testimonio-based projects include Permission/Perform, and The New Mythos Project. For more information please see: tktunchez.wordpress.com
Tones Smith is a curriculum developer and workshop facilitator with Translate Gender, a collectively based, consensus run non-profit that works to generate community accountability for individuals to self-determine their own genders and gender expressions. Tones is interested in depathologizing trans and gender non-confoming identities through a model of informed consent and self-determination. He also works as an in home family therapist in Hampshire County.
Toni M. Bond Leonard
Toni M. Bond Leonard is the Co-Founder and former President/CEO of Black Women for Reproductive Justice. Toni was one of several Black women who coined the phrase, Reproductive Justice, which laid the foundation for a whole new framework to advance reproductive health and rights. A skilled strategist, she has served on the boards and advisory committees of numerous organizations, including, the National Network of Abortion Funds, SisterSong, the Trust Black Women Partnership, and the Guttmacher Institute. In addition to her work, Toni is pursing her Masters of Arts in Theological Studies, with a focus on Liberation/Womanist Theology and Religion, Ethics, and Society.
Toni M. Bond Leonard
Toni M. Bond Leonard is the Co-Founder and former President/CEO of Black Women for Reproductive Justice. Toni was one of several Black women who coined the phrase, Reproductive Justice, which laid the foundation for a whole new framework to advance reproductive health and rights. A skilled strategist, she has served on the boards and advisory committees of numerous organizations, including, the National Network of Abortion Funds, SisterSong, the Trust Black Women Partnership, and the Guttmacher Institute. In addition to her work, Toni is completing her M.A. in Theological/Ethics at Claremont School of Theology.
Toni Thayer is a writer, teacher, and mom, as well as abortion clinic staff member and 4th generation women’s health advocate. As director of development and communications at Preterm in Cleveland, she has helped develop the My Abortion, My Life campaign in partnership with previous development director, Linda Jane, and a passionate group of volunteers. Toni holds graduate degrees in literature and creative writing.
Tope Fadiran Charlton
Tope Fadiran Charlton is a writer and researcher whose work addresses the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in American culture. She is a research fellow with Political Research Associates, a progressive social justice think tank. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Salon, Bitch Magazine, and other outlets.
Tory Field is an organizer living in Massachusetts. She worked for many years as a community organizer with Arise for Social Justice, a multi-issue community justice organization in Springfield, MA., where she now serves on the Board of Directors. Tory is currently coordinating a weekly program with women incarcerated in Rhode Island’s state prison and their daughters, and is also a resource trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond Anti-racism trainings.
As a “Spiritual Jock” and women’s sports advocate, Tuti brings the topics of self-care, teamwork, competition, and personal excellence to the women’s rights arena. Tuti has been a speaker and leader in women’s rights, social justice philanthropy and women’s sports for three decades and enjoys supporting activists and organizations in living their values and materializing their visions.
Tynan Power is a progressive Muslim leader and educator, an LGBT and interfaith organizer, and a professional writer. He was a founding member of Al-Fatiha (now defunct). He is currently part of the Queer Muslim Collective and works closely with Muslims for Progressive Values. His writing and expertise cover a range of topics including contemporary Muslim concerns, interfaith understanding, LGBTQ issues, feminist queer parenting, transgender rights and realities, and disability rights.
Valencia Robinson is a native of Jackson, MS, and an organizer and advocate for HIV/AIDS, LGBT and reproductive rights. She began her career in HIV/AIDS as a volunteer at Building Bridges, Inc.; from there she saw a need to work as an advocate to affect policy change in Mississippi. Valencia organized the historical “Walk against AIDS” in 2008 to ask the next President of the United States for a National AIDS Strategy. She worked at the ACLU of Mississippi as Juvenile Justice Intern and worked with the Reproductive Rights program as well. Valencia was the spokesperson for Mississippians for Healthy Families, which worked to defeat the Personhood Initiative in Mississippi.
Vanessa E. Cullins MD, MPH, MBA
Dr. Vanessa Cullins is Vice President for External Medical Affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). She received her BS from Spelman College, MD and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cullins is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and continues to be a pioneer in contraception and reproductive health research.
Verónica Bayetti Flores
Veronica has worked to increase access to contraception, fought for paid sick leave, demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color, and helped to lead social justice efforts in Wisconsin and New York City. She is a Policy Research Specialist at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and she sits on the boards of the National Coalition for LGBT Health and the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Verónica Bayetti Flores
Vicki Elson, MA, CCE, CD
Vicki has been a childbirth educator and doula for 30 years. She volunteers with the Prison Birth Project, and she offers a streamlined, accessible childbirth educator training. Her award-winning film "Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The The Real Thing" is shown worldwide.
Victoria Law is a writer, mother & prison abolitionist. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and the co-editor of Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Supporting Families in Social Justice Movements. She is working with WORTH's Birthing Behind Bars campaign, which links reproductive justice & incarceration issues.
W. Brandon Lacy Campos
Brandon Lacy Campos is a 34 year old Afro-Boricua, African-American, Ojibwe, Euro, poz, writer, blogger, performance poet, policy wonk, organizer, and rabble rouser. His work has appeared in nearly a dozen anthologies ranging from collections of queer Latino poetry to Queer Twin Cities, an academic anthology exploring the queer history of Minneapolis and St. Paul. He has written articles for numerous online and print magazines and newspapers including Gay.com and The Advocate. His blog, MyFeetOnlyWalkForward.com earned him the #2 spot on Queer Latino Bloggers to Watch at MyLatinoVoice.com, and he also blogs at TheBody.com. In 2006, the Minneapolis Star Tribune named him a “Young Wonk to Watch,” for his insane love of breaking down complex public policy issues into language non-Wonks can understand. In addition, Brandon has guest lectured at half a dozen colleges and universities on the intersection of race, sexual orientation and art as a tool for social change. He recently performed Off Broadway as the opening act for Bebe Zahara Benet's Queendom. He is a proud NOC (Nerd of Color), and combines his love of sex, politics, love, science fiction and fantasy, and queerness in his writing. He is the author of the collection of poetry, from Rebel Satori Press, It Ain't Truth If It Doesn't Hurt. His first novel, Eden Lost, will be available in 2012, also from Rebel Satori Press. He lives in Hell's Kitchen with his former partner and artistic collaborator, David Berube, and his dog Mimzy. Brandon is also co-Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ) and a member of the leadership team of the ROOTS Coalition.
Wendy is Director of the all volunteer organization Voice of Choice (vochoice.org and Facebook.com/vochoice) which works to counter anti-choice extremists and hosts the "bullies" rogue gallery. She believes reproductive rights are central to women's autonomy, and that abortion and contraceptives should be safe, legal and accessible.
Wilberthe is a second-year student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Nursing and minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is a certified rape crisis counselor and volunteers as a counselor advocate at the Umass Everywoman's Center. She aspires to become a nurse-midwife and incorporate her passion for feminism and social justice in her future career.
Yasmin Figueroa is a 22-year-old mother of two boys. She attends the Care Center in Holyoke and in my future I am looking forward to studying Criminal Justice.
Yasmine El Baggari
Yasmine El Baggari is a 2nd year at Hampshire College. Coming from Morocco, she focuses her studies in both Socio-political Science and Computer Science. She worked as a CLPP conference coordinator in 2012; she is currently the co-chair for the CLPP conference entertainment committee. She believes that the more people know of one another, the more bridges will be built and social justice can be achieved. During her free time she loves to dance and travel.
Yatzel is a Puerto Rican, anarcha-feminist, queer reproductive/social justice activist and organizer who has lived in Austin, TX for a decade now. Yatzel a founding and active member of RiseUp/LevantaTX, and a co-founder of the Texas Abortion Access Front.
Yevin Roh is a senior at UMass Amherst studying Public Health, Sociology, Pre-Medicine, and Asian & Asian American Studies. As Student Government Association President and activist, he has written better hate crime/speech, sexual assault, and gender-inclusive bathroom policies for UMass. Yevin is also a spoken word artist and actor in the social justice acting troupes The Phallacies, Shaha, and The Not Ready for Bedtime Players.
Yong Chan Miller
Yong Chan Miller is a transnational and transracial adoptee with over 20 years of social justice activism experience. She is a founding board member and past president of Surge Northwest, a reproductive justice organization based in Seattle, WA. She currently lives in Oakland, CA where she is a research director for an organization working on Asian American racial justice issues.
Youth Action Coalition
The Youth Action Coalition is an Arts-For-Change program that engages youth and their allies, encouraging everyone to make art and write as a way to understand communities and address social justice issues. YAC runs 5 programs: Get Up Get Down, Video Vanguards, E'town Rising, GirlsEyeView Ware and GirlsEyeView Amherst, all of which have been exploring a common theme for the 2011-2012 academic year of, "Who are We, The People?" With a board of directors that is 50% youth and a staff of relatively young folks, YAC take great pride in hearing young voices and using art as a catalyst for change.
yucca bianca westrup
yucca is a chican@ queerdo from the borderlands of South Texas and is currently organizing with the Cicada Collective. They are a Generative Fellow with CoreAlign, a full-spectrum doula in training, and have big dreams of learning how to make pottery. yucca’s interests include bridging gaps between reproductive and environmental justice, and staying in Texas for the long run.
Zeinab Eyega, MSc. Executive Director of Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families, a community based social service organization based in the South Bronx, New York. Ms. Eyega manages the day to day functioning of the organizations as well as guiding its strategic directions. In addition to teaching and speaking, Ms. Eyega has facilitated numerous cross-cultural competency training workshops for healthcare providers and reproductive health promotion seminars for immigrant women and girls across the U.S. She has a BA from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont and a Master of Social Science from the New School University in New York.
Zeinab Eyega, MSc
Zeinab Eyega, MSc., is Executive Director of Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families, a community based organization based dedicated to mobilizing African Immigrant women in the United States. www.sautiyetu.org