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2014 Conference Workshops

Friday 4PM - 6PM

Abortion Access Internationally
Regardless of the legal status of abortion, a woman’s ability to obtain safe services is limited by restrictive laws, cultural and religious taboos, stigma, lack of trained providers, violence, and inadequate economic resources. Nearly 70,000 women die annually from unsafe abortion, almost all in developing countries. Speakers will discuss how the global agenda of the religious right fuels opposition to abortion, and the ways activists in Latin America, the Middle East, and Turkey are working to overcome barriers to access.
Speakers (click to view): Seda Saluk, Rev. Canon Dr. Kapya Kaoma, Cora Fernandez Anderson, Marlene Gerber Fried, Canan Çevik

Abortion Access Internationally

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Seda Saluk

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.

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

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.

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.

Canan Çevik

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.
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FPH East Lecture Hall
Birth Work for Activists!
This collaborative workshop on midwifery and full spectrum doula care is for everyone, including current and future birth workers! We will briefly cover the following areas: abortion care, birth, intrauterine insemination, pelvic self-exam, and sexological body work! With an historical analysis, we will make explicit the connections between birth work and reproductive justice, and how birth work and full spectrum doula care has the potential to interrupt the dynamics of racism, sexism, classism, transphobia, and ableism that are built into the U.S. medical system. We will also collectively share strategies for navigating medical care and holding providers accountable.
Speakers (click to view): Lucia Leandro Gimeno, Ryan E. Pryor, Pati Garcia, Miriam Zoila Pérez

Birth Work for Activists!

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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.

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.

Pati Garcia

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.

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)
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FPH 108
Criminalizing Our Bodies: Drug Use, Sex Work, and Reproductive Justice
Conservative policies are increasingly targeting sex workers: from laws requiring convicted sex workers to register as sex offenders, the use of condoms as criminal evidence, and efforts to restrict access to social or health services based on current or former sex work. And due to politicized funding restrictions, many providers are forced to adopt an “all or nothing” model of care over harm reduction programs with proven results – while the actual voices and experiences of sex workers are silenced. Panelists will speak about their work organizing community health programs and advocating for sex workers’ rights.
Speakers (click to view): Liz Whynott, Dee Borrego, Cyd Nova, Deon Haywood

Criminalizing Our Bodies: Drug Use, Sex Work, and Reproductive Justice

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Liz Whynott

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.

Dee Borrego

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+).

Cyd Nova

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.

Deon Haywood

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.
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FPH 102
Crunk Feminism: Digital Activism for the Real World
Energetic, insightful and provocative, the Crunk Feminist Collective (CFC) aims to “create a space of support and camaraderie for hip-hop-generation feminists of color.” Their view of feminism is unapologetic and in your face, like crunk music. The digital community they’ve created is a space to discuss ideas and feminist goals, to fully express oneself, support one another and create fellowship between feminists. They champion the possibilities of online and digital feminisms. In this session, come join the CFC to hear about their work, and participate in a discussion on questions like: Is Beyonce a feminist? Can online activism make offline change? What does it mean to "get crunk" if you're a feminist? Can you be a feminist and love hip-hop and reality TV?
Speakers (click to view): Eesha Pandit, Susana Morris

Crunk Feminism: Digital Activism for the Real World

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Eesha Pandit

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.

Susana Morris

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.
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FPH 106
Deconstructing the Good Mother Myth
What does it mean to be a mother? Why do we pressure women to be "good mothers?" How have ideals and stereotypes come together to define or limit "motherhood?" Has feminism helped or hindered our collective sense of these attributes? And, how has this definition distracted us from the actual issues facing families today? This workshop will examine a few mothers’ perspectives and elicit workshop participants’ ideas about how to begin to deconstruct myths "Good," "Bad" and otherwise about mothers—for the benefit of all parents.
Speakers (click to view): Avital Norman Nathman, Sarah Buttenwieser, Tope Fadiran Charlton, Natasha Vianna, Deborah Jiang-Stein

Deconstructing the Good Mother Myth

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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.

Sarah Buttenwieser

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

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.

Natasha Vianna

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.

Deborah Jiang-Stein

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.
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FPH 104
Disability Justice, Accessibility, and Movement-Building
Panelists will address the interconnections between disability justice and reproductive justice, including issues of reproductive autonomy, sexual freedom, eugenic practices, and the definitions of beauty, illness, and disorder. We will explore multiple and varied definitions of access that will help us to build community and strengthen our movements. Participants will come away with a better understanding of disability justice as an intersectional framework and practice, and what it means for reproductive justice work.
Speakers (click to view): Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone, Laura Rauscher, Martina Robinson, Sebastian Margaret

Disability Justice, Accessibility, and Movement-Building

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Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone

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

Laura Rauscher

Martina Robinson

Martina Robinson is a freelance writer for Examiner.com, a poet, and an activist on various social justice issues, especially disability justice and LGBTQQI+

Sebastian Margaret

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.
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West Lecture Hall
Imagining Family
What does it mean to be a family and what are our rights to social and economic support? What do families need to survive and thrive? Presenters will discuss reproductive life choices for people living with HIV/AIDS, challenges faced by queer and transgender individuals creating families, the experience of trans-racial adoption, and the needs of Latin@ teen and young adult parents.
Speakers (click to view): Terry Boggis, Myra Durán, Katy Leopard, Susan Harris O'Connor

Imagining Family

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Terry Boggis

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.

Myra Durán

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.

Katy Leopard

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.

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.
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FPH 107
Leading the Fight to Live and Thrive Positive
Everyone has the right not only to the care and conditions of dignity needed to lead healthy lives, but also to thrive, and to be supported as whole, vital members of our communities. Come hear how HIV positive people and allies from diverse communities around the world are working together to fight for testing and prevention services, education and meaningful access to life-saving care, and to make those rights our shared reality.
Speakers (click to view): Dee Borrego, Dazon Dixon Diallo, Amy Britt, Anna Saeger

Leading the Fight to Live and Thrive Positive

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Dee Borrego

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+).

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.

Amy Britt

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.

Anna Saeger

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.
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FPH West Lecture Hall
No Blurred Lines: Getting Clear Consent
Consent requires clear, constant communication. Practicing effective consent is a crucial part of having healthy and enjoyable sexual encounters - but can it be sexy? Yes it can! In this workshop we will explore consent: why it is crucial, what it looks like, and how to incorporate it in your life.
Speakers (click to view): Jill Grimaldi, Aviva Galpert, Sarah Kristy

No Blurred Lines: Getting Clear Consent

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Jill Grimaldi

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.

Aviva Galpert

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.

Sarah Kristy

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.
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ASH 112
Pre-Abortion Speakout Discussion
This safe and supportive space is intended to help those who have had abortions and may be planning to speak (and their friends, partners, and family members) prepare for Friday night’s abortion speak out. Kyle and Colby, the speak out committee co-chairs, are available to facilitate discussion and answer questions. Attendees should feel free to come and go as they wish.
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Pre-Abortion Speakout Discussion

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FPH 104
Re-Centering People of Color in Conversations about Gentrification and Strategies for Moving Forward
Conversations about gentrification in majority-white progressive communities often focus on the experiences of young white people concerned about where to live without being labeled “gentrifiers.” This panel re-centers the experiences of people of color by telling the history of systemic racism in urban planning and housing policy, and discussing how housing, development, HIV/AIDS, and drug policy intersect to displace communities of color and act as a form of reproductive violence. Panelists will discuss alternative development and affordable housing models that center the experiences of low-income people of color.
Speakers (click to view): Shana Griffin, Marcella Jayne

Re-Centering People of Color in Conversations about Gentrification and Strategies for Moving Forward

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Shana Griffin

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.

Marcella Jayne

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.
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FPH 101
Reproductive Justice 101
Heard the term reproductive justice thrown around a lot? Not really sure what it means or where it comes from? As a framework that many social justice organizations and activists base their work on, it’s important for us to understand what it is we are talking about. Join us to have some of those questions answered and engage in a dialogue on the history, meaning, and application of reproductive justice in our work toward achieving reproductive freedom. Hear from facilitators working on reproductive justice in a number of capacities and figure out what it means for you!
Speakers (click to view): Jazmyn Price

Reproductive Justice 101

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Jazmyn Price

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.
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MDB Recital Hall
Resisting the Right
The Christian Right in the U.S. is a dominant force in attacking human and civil rights in this country and internationally. As it reaches middle age, the new Christian Right is undergoing significant changes that will profoundly affect the terrain of social justice struggles in the coming years and decades. Based on their experiences as researchers and activists, panelists will discuss the primary sectors of today's Religious Right, the inroads the right is making in the African American community on abortion and the resistance to them, and highlight how activists in Springfield Massachusetts are addressing the roots of exporting homophobia to Uganada.
Speakers (click to view): Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta J. Ross, Frederick Clarkson, Rachel V. Tabachnick

Resisting the Right

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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.

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.

Frederick Clarkson

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.

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.
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FPH Main Lecture Hall
RingShout for Reproductive Justice: Cultural Arts for Direct Action
RingShout is a performance ensemble that affirms, works and envisions a world that allows black women to be fearless, informed and supported in making moves to choose when, how and what we want to create. This workshop is an interactive arts-based experience that explores rituals and practices for amplifying reproductive health in local communities. We will engage in popular education and theatre of the oppressed methods as well as community dialogue to explore a cultural arts reproductive justice framework. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own framework for utilizing art to enhance their organizing efforts.
Speakers (click to view): Ebony Noelle Golden, Taja Lindley

RingShout for Reproductive Justice: Cultural Arts for Direct Action

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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.

Taja Lindley

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.
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Music and Dance Building, Recital Hall
Roundtable on Philanthropy and Social justice
How can we build a movement for social and economic justice that is inclusive of all of our communities? Join us to discuss how philanthropic advocacy can support and honor young leaders, build power in low-income and immigrant communities and communities of color, fight poverty, and leverage new resources and our collective power to advance gender justice for all people, regardless of income, as a human right.
Speakers (click to view): Coya White Hat-Artichoker, Ginger Hintz, Rye Young, Sara K. Gould, Tuti Scott

Roundtable on Philanthropy and Social justice

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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.

Ginger Hintz

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.

Rye Young

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.

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.

Tuti Scott

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.
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FPH Faculty Lounge
Rural and Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice
We're the center of somewhere, not the middle of nowhere! This panel will address challenges and opportunities for reproductive and social justice organizing in conservative states and rural communities. We'll be highlighting issues such as resisting attempts to restrict abortion access and shining light on the history and ongoing work of taking strong stands for sexuality, race, gender, and class identities within our communities.
Speakers (click to view): Hermelinda Cortes, Melissa Moore, Sandra Criswell, Cherraye Oates, Ricky Hill

Rural and Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice

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Hermelinda Cortes

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.

Melissa Moore

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.

Sandra Criswell

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.

Cherraye Oates

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.

Ricky Hill

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.
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FPH Faculty Lounge
Say What? Talking About Our Pro Choice Values in a Media Savvy Way
When we get loud about reproductive justice, we win! In this workshop, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Young People For will share best practices in values based messaging and storytelling to help advance our causes in intersectional ways. Attendees will deconstruct real world scenarios and learn about grassroots organizers can tap into the power of storytelling to advance our agendas.
Speakers (click to view): Chagan Sanathu, K. Travis Ballie

Say What? Talking About Our Pro Choice Values in a Media Savvy Way

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Chagan Sanathu

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.

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.
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JLC 120
State Violence
State violence is an omnipresent threat for those in our communities visibly marked as “not belonging here” through their race, class or gender presentation - and most often the intersection of all three. Presenters will speak to their activism around NYPD’s stop and frisk policy, fighting ICE deportations, creating communal space for LGBT youths of color, and reclaiming colonized land. We will strategize community-based approaches to respond to state actors and interventions.
Speakers (click to view): Roksana Mun, Naa Hammond, Coya White Hat-Artichoker, Akil Stewart, Doha Amin, Esther Portillo

State Violence

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Roksana Mun

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.

Naa Hammond

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.

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.

Akil Stewart

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.

Doha Amin

Doha is an Egyptian American student living in NYC and a queer feminist radical youth leader.

Esther Portillo

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FPH Main Lecture Hall
State Violence and the Criminalization of our Communities
State-sanctioned violence through increased surveillance, police brutality, and “quality of life” legislation has very deliberately fallen on poor communities, communities of color, and LGBT communities - and most often those living at the intersection of all three. From young queer people of color organizing “Know Your Rights” trainings to advocating a nationwide drug policy that doesn’t reinforce the prison-industrial complex, activists are resisting the criminalization of their lives, bodies, and families from the grassroots on up.
Speakers (click to view): Deborah Peterson Small, Lindsay Rosenthal, Kylee Sunderlin, Sarah Launius

State Violence and the Criminalization of our Communities

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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.

Lindsay Rosenthal

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.

Kylee Sunderlin

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.

Sarah Launius

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.
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FPH East Lecture Hall
Strategic Action Session: Cross-Movement Organizing in the South
How are southern organizers engaging with the various issues that are affecting their cities and communities? In recent months, we have seen the denial of civil rights through voter ID laws, anti-abortion legislation and harsh attacks on immigrant communities and poor families. What strategies are activists in the South using to connect their personal and political lives? Join us as we discuss ways to re-root the struggle for queer, trans, abortion, and immigrant rights in our southern communities.
Speakers (click to view): Ashe Helm-Hernandez, Jazmine Walker

Strategic Action Session: Cross-Movement Organizing in the South

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Ashe Helm-Hernandez

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.

Jazmine Walker

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.
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FPH 107
The Anti-Immigrant Masquerade: Eugenics, Sterilization and Environmental Justice
We’ve heard the ignorance before: “Immigrants are going to cross the border and have ‘anchor babies’, survive off welfare, and ruin the environment.” This scapegoating draws attention away from the institutions making money off of cheap labor, increased deportations, and the expansion of private detention centers. Panelists will share perspectives on how people of color and immigrants truly carry the burden of environmental harm and disasters, how xenophobic rhetoric is being fueled by eugenicists, and what activists are doing to take a stand in their communities.
Speakers (click to view): Candace D. Gibson, Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone, Shivana Jorawar

The Anti-Immigrant Masquerade: Eugenics, Sterilization and Environmental Justice

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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.

Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone

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.

Shivana Jorawar

J.D., Reproductive Justice Program Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
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FPH 105
The Biology of Burnout
The effectiveness of reproductive justice work is directly related to our own spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental health. Participants will increase their ability to recognize the sources of stress in their own life and leave with tools that they can implement for sustainability in their social justice work. Long-term, system-wide changes will be addressed as well as individual strategies to ameliorate burnout in our day to day lives.
Speakers (click to view): April Nishimura, Christine Cruz Guiao

The Biology of Burnout

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April Nishimura

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.

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.
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FPH 101
The Papaya Workshop: An Introduction to Early Abortion
Join us to learn about early abortion options and debunk common myths about abortion care. A health care provider will lead the group through an options counseling session and explain the two forms of early abortion. Participants will watch (and perform!) a manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) on a papaya. Papayas are a natural model of the uterus commonly used for medical training in MVAs. We will also discuss how language and misinformation create stigma and obscure health care options.
Speakers (click to view): Rosann Mariappuram

The Papaya Workshop: An Introduction to Early Abortion

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Rosann Mariappuram

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.
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FPH 103

Post Speak Out

Closed Speak Out Discussion Group
The closed post speak out discussion group is only for people who have had abortions to debrief the event. This space will function as a safer, confidential, and supportive environment for people to talk to other participants and audience members about their experience at the speak out. The conversation will be facilitated by someone with experience in confidential support and facilitation. This is a space for people who are not yet ready to leave the space of the speak out and want to process their feelings and emotions with others who have had abortions.
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Closed Speak Out Discussion Group

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South Lounge, RCC
Open Speak Out Discussion Group
The open post speak out discussion group is for people who have and have not had abortions to debrief the event. This space will function as a safer, confidential, and supportive environment for people to talk to other participants and audience members about their experience at the speak out. The conversation will be facilitated by someone with experience in confidential support and facilitation. This is a space for people who are not yet ready to leave the space of the speak out and want to process their feelings and emotions with others.
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Open Speak Out Discussion Group

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The Bridge Cafe, RCC

Saturday Session 1: 1:15PM - 2:45PM

Access to Healthcare
Although the Affordable Care Act has removed certain legal roadblocks to care for LGBT folks, people living with HIV/AIDS, and poor folks, there are still barriers to overcome for these groups to access effective, competent, and safe(r) care. Our panel of researchers, providers, and activists will talk about their work, from providing reproductive health care to trans patients, to advocating for access in rural communities, to writing and reporting on health care policy at the national level. Participants will learn about the current state of health care reform and the impact it will have on marginalized communities, as well as brainstorm culturally competent and creative solutions to promote access.
Speakers (click to view): Erin Wilkins, Tiffany E. Cook, Kellan Baker, Sean Cahill

Access to Healthcare

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Erin Wilkins

Erin is a queer single mama and works at Family Tree Clinic, a sexual health clinic in St. Paul, MN.

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!

Kellan Baker

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.

Sean Cahill

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.
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FPH 101
After Tiller Screening
After Tiller intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now openly performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients. Directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson have created a moving and unique look at one of the most incendiary topics of our time, and they’ve done so in an informative, thought-provoking, and compassionate way.
Speakers (click to view): Susan C. Robinson, M. D., Wendy Robinson, K. Travis Ballie

After Tiller Screening

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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.

Wendy Robinson

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.

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.
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FPH Main Lecture Hall
Beyond the U.S.: Dispatches of Reproductive Justice from Around the World
Activists who work on reproductive justice internationally will share their diverse experiences and perspectives on abortion access in the Middle East and North Aftrica and Latin America, the global advocacy work of the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights and efforts to link activism with the New Development Agenda, and HIV work in South Africa, a practical approach to addressing women's poverty and economic dependence.
Speakers (click to view): Lara Cousins, Cora Fernandez Anderson, Dazon Dixon Diallo

Beyond the U.S.: Dispatches of Reproductive Justice from Around the World

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Lara Cousins

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.

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.

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.
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FPH East Lecture Hall
Birth Justice
Why does birth matter to reproductive justice? This workshop will explore how control over our own birthing experiences has been part of the broader fight for reproductive rights and body sovereignty. Speakers will discuss the history of medicalized birth, racism's role in creating health disparities and moving birth out of the hands of midwives, and efforts to expand the doula and midwifery models of care, both in the US and in international contexts.
Speakers (click to view): Pamela Stone, Lauren Mitchell, Farah Diaz-Tello, Marianne Bullock

Birth Justice

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Pamela Stone

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.

Lauren Mitchell

Farah Diaz-Tello

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.

Marianne Bullock

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.
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ASH 111
Confronting Femmephobia and Building Femme Power
Join the Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow performers and create a space to examine, confront, and shift fear of femininity to celebrations of all genders and representation of femmes in your community!
Speakers (click to view): Damien Luxe, Heather Ács, Shomi Noise, Sabina Ibarrola, Angel Nafis

Confronting Femmephobia and Building Femme Power

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Damien Luxe

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

Heather Ács

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

Shomi Noise

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.

Sabina Ibarrola

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

Angel Nafis

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
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MDB Recital Hall
Environmental and Climate Justice
This panel will discuss the intersections between environmental, climate, and gender and racial justice, and efforts in the U.S. and internationally to advance just solutions to environmental issues, including climate change. Panelists will highlight how those on the front lines of environmental degradation are taking the lead to fight for just and sustainable communities, and the role of research in struggles for environmental and climate justice, including current studies on coal-fired power plants in the U.S. and carbon offset programs in the Global South.
Speakers (click to view): Martha Pskowski, Adrian Wilson, Jade Sasser, Jacqui Patterson, Heather L. Ramirez

Environmental and Climate Justice

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Martha Pskowski

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

Adrian Wilson

Adrian Wilson is a radical economics doctoral student and longtime antiwar, racial justice, climate justice, and anti-authoritarian activist.

Jade Sasser

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.

Jacqui Patterson

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.

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.
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FPH 106
Food Justice
We can’t have the strength to build better worlds if we’re going hungry. Come hear panelists speak about their visions for securing food justice through local direct service work, agricultural development policy, small-scale farming, and creating resilient communities through food culture. Strategize with us about how to center the experiences of communities that have been shut out of mainstream dialogues about food justice and sustainability, and learn ways to support and take action at home.
Speakers (click to view): Hannah Elliott, Tory Field, Karen Marie Lennon, Hermelinda Cortes, Jaime Hamre

Food Justice

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Hannah Elliott

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!

Tory Field

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.

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.

Hermelinda Cortes

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.

Jaime Hamre

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ASH 221
From Toddler to Adulthood: The "ABCs" of Inter-Generational Movement Building
This intergenerational workshop will close the gap between "adult" and "children's" social justice spaces and explore techniques for integrating young children in social justice movements. Workshop participants of all ages will engage in interactive, expressive, performance-based activities that help to foster inter-generational dialogue. Based on the idea that "Acceptance and Approval, Belonging and Brotherhood, Compassion and Communication ... are the roots for a peaceful world," the workshop will explore the ABCs of creating healthy, thriving communities, which serve as a basis for healthy, thriving social justice movements.
Speakers (click to view): Alea Pierro, Natalie Sowell

From Toddler to Adulthood: The "ABCs" of Inter-Generational Movement Building

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Alea Pierro

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.

Natalie Sowell

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.
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Music and Dance Building, Recital Hall
Health Care Inside: Ensuring Women* Get the Care They Need in Custody
Incarceration can be one of the most disruptive and traumatizing experiences in one’s life - rippling outward from an individual to their family and community. As California’s prison system continues to expand, “realignment” has transferred many women from state prison to local jails which are ill-equipped to handle the complexity of reproductive health care issues women face. This strategic action session features advocates and organizers who have been researching, documenting, and brainstorming ways to improve health care inside. An advocate who helped end shackling in California and organizers who find solutions from the inside out will share their strategies and provide tools for your own local advocacy.
Speakers (click to view): Alicia M. Walters, Courtney Hooks, Misty Rojo, Theresa Martinez

Health Care Inside: Ensuring Women* Get the Care They Need in Custody

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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.

Courtney Hooks

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.

Misty Rojo

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.

Theresa Martinez

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.
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FPH Faculty Lounge
How to Holla Back: An Introduction to Combating Street Harassment
Street harassment happens to many of us - even though we may have a hard time talking about it. But you can fight back! In this workshop, participants will learn effective and nonviolent techniques to combat harassment directed both at themselves and others. We will also strategize ways to bring our communities and campuses together to demand safer spaces
Speakers (click to view): Megan Lieff

How to Holla Back: An Introduction to Combating Street Harassment

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Megan Lieff

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.
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ASH 222
Immigration: Strategic Action Session
Immigration reform has long been a concern for many in our communities impacted by unjust laws - through deportation and the break up of family and community structures, an inability or unwillingness to involve state actors to combat gender-based violence, and the targeting of youth of color through military service as a path to citizenship. Come learn and strategize with undocumented activists, grassroots community organizers, and national advocates.
Speakers (click to view): Christine Poquiz, Roksana Mun, Kazi Fouzia, Sonia Guinansaca , Shabana Sharif, Bliss Requa-Trautz

Immigration: Strategic Action Session

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Christine Poquiz

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.

Roksana Mun

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.

Kazi Fouzia

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.

Sonia Guinansaca

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 .

Shabana Sharif

"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. "

Bliss Requa-Trautz

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FPH 107
International Roundtable: Feminism and Reproductive Rights
Researchers and activists from around the world will share their diverse experiences redefining feminism and promoting reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice. Come hear about our colleagues’ success in different political and cultural contexts, and to discuss strategies for transnational organizing.
Speakers (click to view): Sylvia Estrada Claudio, N.B. Sarojini, Zeinab Eyega, Anissa Hélie

International Roundtable: Feminism and Reproductive Rights

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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.

N.B. Sarojini

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).

Zeinab Eyega

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.

Anissa Hélie

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”
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FPH 108
Making the Connections: Decriminalization and Reproductive Justice
The expansion of the prison industrial complex has had great impacts on issues of bodily autonomy and reproductive justice. From shackling during labor to the use of fetal personhood to criminalize pregnant women, criminalization is a threat to reproductive justice and disproportionately impacts low-income women, immigrant women, and women of color. Join us to discuss how these issues are connected and the different ways communities and advocates are resisting.
Speakers (click to view): Neill Franklin, Liz Chen, Misty Rojo, Lynn Paltrow

Making the Connections: Decriminalization and Reproductive Justice

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Neill Franklin

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).

Liz Chen

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.

Misty Rojo

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.

Lynn Paltrow

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.
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FPH Main Lecture Hall
Mind the Gap: Addressing the Abortion Provider Shortage
The number of abortion providers in the U.S. has declined drastically over the past three decades; right now, 87% of U.S. counties do not have an abortion provider. In this workshop we’ll examine current efforts to train more abortion providers and how we can reduce legislative and policy barriers to abortion care in various settings (including primary care and telemedicine options). Join us as we brainstorm approaches to training more culturally competent and diverse providers who are ready to engage with our activist communities!
Speakers (click to view): Finn Schubert, Jacqui Quetal, Rosann Mariappuram

Mind the Gap: Addressing the Abortion Provider Shortage

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Finn Schubert

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

Jacqui Quetal

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.

Rosann Mariappuram

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.
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FPH 104
Occupy the Patriarchy: Mobilizing Men for Reproductive Justice
While there are many men who are allied to the reproductive justice movement, there are few specific initiatives that actively engage them. For 30 years, Men Stopping Violence has been training men to ally with movements to end violence against women through a model rooted in community accountability and reproductive justice. We will discuss what roles men can play in our movements, and what challenges and benefits collaboration can foster.
Speakers (click to view): Lee Giordano, Eesha Pandit

Occupy the Patriarchy: Mobilizing Men for Reproductive Justice

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Lee Giordano

Eesha Pandit

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.
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FPH 102
Our Voices and Our Bodies Matter: Connecting Youth 2 Youth
Young people have the power to make change in our communities right now! Now is the time to come together to elevate our voices and our stories that not being told or heard around reproductive justice. In this workshop we will explore how to bring back all the knowledge learned at CLPP so that we can support our communities and continue this important work. We will talk about the issues that matter to us! This is our time to share our visions for a stronger youth-led movement, and make connections that will extend beyond conference weekend and just have fun!
Speakers (click to view): Genesis Aquino, Heather L. Ramirez

Our Voices and Our Bodies Matter: Connecting Youth 2 Youth

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Genesis Aquino

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.

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.
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FPH 103
Qs about the T: Talking about Transgender Lives and Experiences
This workshop explores how trans oppression functions on both an institutional and everyday level, how to check or modify our curious inquiries, and how to respect the privacy of those who may identify as trans. We will discuss topics relevant to trans lives and experiences, such as work, education, sexuality, family, and access to care. There will be ample time for Q&A. This workshop is a safe space, and participants from all backgrounds, experience, and exposure are welcome – allies are encouraged to attend.
Speakers (click to view): Kai Devlin, Elyse Quadrozzi

Qs about the T: Talking about Transgender Lives and Experiences

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Kai Devlin

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.

Elyse Quadrozzi

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.
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ASH 112
Queer PoC Southerners Unite: Moving Our Civil Rights Agendas
How are young southern organizers engaging with the various issues that are affecting their cities and communities? In the past election cycle, we have seen the denial of civil rights through voter ID laws, anti-abortion legislation and harsh attacks on immigrant communities and poor families. As queer POCs representing the Global South and the Deep South, what strategies are we using to connect our personal and political lives? Join us as we discuss ways to re-root the struggle for queer, trans, abortion, and immigrant rights in our southern communities, as well as take back our language and re-frame these attacks on civil rights for what they truly are – an attack on “personhood.”
Speakers (click to view): Gabriel Garcia-Vera

Queer PoC Southerners Unite: Moving Our Civil Rights Agendas

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Gabriel Garcia-Vera

Programs and Development Coordinator, Pridelines Youth Services
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FPH 101
Queering Reproductive Justice
Queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people have been deeply involved in movements for bodily autonomy and reproductive justice, but the mainstream reproductive health movement has often been silent on the issues that affect these communities. Hear from panelists on how the movements for reproductive justice and LGBTQ liberation align and inform each other, and ways queer and trans experiences can be brought to the center of reproductive justice advocacy and organizing.
Speakers (click to view): Verónica Bayetti Flores, Reina Gossett, Miriam Zoila Pérez

Queering Reproductive Justice

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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.

Reina Gossett

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.

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)
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FPH East Lecture Hall
Racial Justice 101
Want to know more about what racial justice is and how it pertains to you and your work? Come to this panel to hear multiple activist perspectives. We will explore questions around intersecting identities and privilege, connecting racial justice to other social justice work, methods and tools for learning and engaging, and allyship skills.
Speakers (click to view): Ariel Shahar Burton, Adam Ortiz, Michael Drucker, Shaddae Rodriguez, Aurelis Troncoso, Jesse Graves

Racial Justice 101

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Ariel Shahar Burton

Adam Ortiz

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.

Michael Drucker

Shaddae Rodriguez

Aurelis Troncoso

Jesse Graves

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ASH 111
Reproductive Justice 101
Heard the term reproductive justice thrown around a lot? Not really sure what it means or where it comes from? As a framework that many social justice organizations and activists base their work on, it’s important for us to understand what it is we are talking about. Join us to have some of those questions answered and engage in a dialogue on the history, meaning, and application of reproductive justice in our work toward achieving reproductive freedom. Hear from facilitators working on reproductive justice in a number of capacities and figure out what it means for you!
Speakers (click to view): Rachael Strickler

Reproductive Justice 101

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Rachael Strickler

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.
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JLC 131
Reproductive Justice: A Roundtable Discussion
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the March for Women's Lives and also of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice. This will be an intergenerational conversation among leaders in the field, about the evolution and current state of the Reproductive Justice movement, how the RJ framework has advanced their advocacy, and the challenges facing reproductive justice activists and advocates today.
Speakers (click to view): Marlene Gerber Fried, Monica Raye Simpson, Rye Young, Tannia Esparza, Loretta J. Ross, Shivana Jorawar

Reproductive Justice: A Roundtable Discussion

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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.

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.

Rye Young

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.

Tannia Esparza

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.

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.

Shivana Jorawar

J.D., Reproductive Justice Program Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
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JLC 120
Self Cervical Exam: Abortion, Menstrual Stories, Birth Control, and Self-Examination As Tools for Self-Determination
This workshop seeks to foster a multicultural, multigenerational conversation among feminists, activists and other wise women to share strategies on controlling our reproduction and expressing our sexuality as a means toward liberation. We will discuss the historical context in which women-controlled healthcare and self-examination were developed to combat coercive and abusive population policies, as well as equip participants with practical techniques for self cervical examination.
Speakers (click to view): Kim Robinson

Self Cervical Exam: Abortion, Menstrual Stories, Birth Control, and Self-Examination As Tools for Self-Determination

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Kim Robinson

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.
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FPH 106
Showing Up in Solidarity When Racism and Privilege Are the Co-hosts

The hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen created by Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) is an example of an incomplete dialogue among Black women and white women in the women's rights, feminist, social justice movements and has widened even more where our gender, sexualities and politics intersect. The goal of this workshop is to hear white women share their examples of the ways in which they benefit from privilege on a daily basis. We know that there are white women who are genuinely invested in working towards racial justice and we want to provide a space to discus and generate proactive ways to be in solidarity with black women though brainstorming and story sharing. Many times these discussions are held in a space at the expense of the people who are the subjects of oppression, primarily gender non conforming, women and trans people of color in sharing experiences of their trauma. We want to hear a different discussion where white women are addressing each other in a way that informs women of color about what steps they are willing to actively take to address the ways they benefit as well as actively and passively participate in the benefits of white privilege. Participants will leave workshop with a toolbox of ways to act in solidarity with black women.

Speakers (click to view): Jasmine Burnett, Lindsey O-Pries

Showing Up in Solidarity When Racism and Privilege Are the Co-hosts

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Jasmine Burnett

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.

Lindsey O-Pries

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.
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ASH 112
Stand Up Against Population Alarmism
Many of us learn from school and the media that "overpopulation" is one of the major causes, if not the major cause, of hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, migration and even political instability. "Overpopulation" thinking often leads to harmful policies and campaigns that undermine reproductive freedom and environmental justice. Learn to combat it with fresh, feminist perspectives on population, the environment and organizing. Speakers will discuss how to challenge population alarmism in reproductive justice and environmental justice organizing.
Speakers (click to view): Anne Hendrixson, Betsy Hartmann, Senti Sojwal

Stand Up Against Population Alarmism

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Anne Hendrixson

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.

Betsy Hartmann

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.

Senti Sojwal

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.
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FPH 108
Strategies for Advancing Abortion Access in the U.S.
Despite 40 years of legal abortion, access is severely restricted, especially for the most vulnerable women in society. Panelists will explore barriers and discuss the ways activists are increasing women's access by organizing grassroots abortion funds, opposing racist anti-abortion campaigns, changing public policy, and using a broad call for reproductive justice to mobilize new allies and inspire new generations to be activists and providers.
Speakers (click to view): Lindsey O-Pries, Rose Mackenzie, Marlene Gerber Fried, Malika Redmond

Strategies for Advancing Abortion Access in the U.S.

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Lindsey O-Pries

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.

Rose Mackenzie

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.

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.

Malika Redmond

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!
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FPH West Lecture Hall
Supporting Women in the USA Who Self-Induce Their Own Abortion
Around the world in countries where abortion is legally restricted, women have used misoprostol to safely end an unwanted pregnancy. Many women have brought that knowledge with them to the US, and as more abortion restrictions pass in the states, women are turning to self-induction. This workshop will cover the ways to use the medicines effectively and safely, identify strategies for sharing this information with women within the law, and share models for action from other countries in the Americas that have restrictive abortion laws and good access to safe abortion with medicines.
Speakers (click to view): Susan Yanow

Supporting Women in the USA Who Self-Induce Their Own Abortion

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Susan Yanow

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.
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ASH 222
Texans Organizing for Reproductive Justice
Access to reproductive health care has been under heavy attack in the last few years, leaving many unable to afford the safe and legal health care services they need. But the resistance that Texas has shown has been strong and growing, and from the long-term organizing in the Rio Grande Valley to the surge of support around Wendy Davis' filibuster, Texans are figuring out how to get the health care they need. Come hear from panelists using an intersectional approach to their work in Texas and learn about their efforts to ensure that reproductive justice is a reality for all Texans.
Speakers (click to view): Yatzel Sabat , Jessica González-Rojas, Kimberly Inez McGuire, Rocío Villalobos

Texans Organizing for Reproductive Justice

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Yatzel Sabat

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.

Jessica González-Rojas

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.

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.

Rocío Villalobos

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.
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FPH 102
The Other A-Word: Adoption and Reproductive Justice
Adoption has been co-opted by anti-choice activists as a “solution” to unplanned pregnancy, teen parenting, and poverty, but is almost universally neglected by the reproductive justice movement. This panel will apply a reproductive justice lens to adoption issues, from the struggle of adoptees to access vital documentation and medical history to how race, class, and gender influence the experiences of both birth and adoptive parents. Adoption is a complex process that builds families and engenders loss. Participants will discuss how we can move towards a more ethical, better-supported system of adoption.
Speakers (click to view): Amanda HL Transue-Woolston, Kate Livingston, Gretchen Sisson, Susan Harris O'Connor, Marisa Howard-Karp

The Other A-Word: Adoption and Reproductive Justice

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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.

Kate Livingston

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.

Gretchen Sisson

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.

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.

Marisa Howard-Karp

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.
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FPH 103
The Politics of Adoption: Race, Identity, and Our Families' Lives
Too often adoption is co-opted by the Right as an easy solution to unplanned pregnancies here and in the Global South, young and unwed motherhood, poverty, and displacement. Missing from this political narrative are our stories about how adoption has helped build our families, and also engender loss. In this session, panelists will explore how the politics of transracial and transnational adoption has both shaped our understandings of race, family and nation, and profoundly affected the families, nations and children involved.
Speakers (click to view): Barbara Yngvesson, Susan Harris O'Connor, Yong Chan Miller , Coya White Hat-Artichoker

The Politics of Adoption: Race, Identity, and Our Families' Lives

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Barbara Yngvesson

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).

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.

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.

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.
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FPH 107
Transfeminism
Our panel of trans women academics, activists, professionals, and organizers will explore feminism, gender justice, and the connections between trans liberation and reproductive rights, as well as the tensions and conflicts that have prevented trans women from engaging fully with reproductive justice movements. Panelists will share their perspectives and experiences from working in social justice movements, from challenging assumptions about gender and sexuality to their work advancing more expansive and intersectional politics around feminism and gender justice.
Speakers (click to view): Bamby Salcedo, Katherine Cross, Morgan Robyn Collado

Transfeminism

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Bamby Salcedo

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.

Katherine Cross

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.

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.
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FPH West Lecture Hall
Transformative Justice 101
What alternatives do we have in our communities to address intimate violence when we don’t want to or can’t call the police? In this workshop, we will discuss community-based methods and strategies that center safety and accountability, reduce harm, and facilitate healing in situations of intimate abuse. We will look at intervention approaches that take into account the complexities of personal and generational trauma, gender dynamics, community norms, structural oppression, and state violence. This will be a space to ask questions, build skills, and engage in conversation that helps us build the just world we envision, and create safety from abuse without engaging the prison industrial complex.
Speakers (click to view): Soniya Munshi, Jai Dulani

Transformative Justice 101

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Soniya Munshi

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.

Jai Dulani

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.
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Prescott House Tavern
Unpacking Oppressions: Liberation Through Media Making
What role does the media have in changing culture, advancing sexual freedom, and challenging gender-based oppression? How can we center our often marginalized experiences and perspectives through the creative, dynamic use of media, narrative, and storytelling platforms? Join our panelists as they share personal and organizational successes and strategies for media making as a tool for pushing marginalized social issues.
Speakers (click to view): Eleanor Dewey, Jamia Wilson, Trish Bryant

Unpacking Oppressions: Liberation Through Media Making

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Eleanor Dewey

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.

Jamia Wilson

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.

Trish Bryant

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Art Barn
Using Medicines to End an Unwanted Pregnancy and Empower Women
The right to have an abortion is fundamental to reproductive justice, and access to and knowledge about medicines that can safely end a pregnancy belong to everyone. This workshop will explain how the medicines used to induce an abortion work and how women around the world use them safely, both with clinicians and in situations where abortion is restricted. We will discuss international campaigns by Women on Waves and Women on Web to spread this knowledge, with a special focus on the Middle East North Africa region, where access to safe abortion is severely limited.
Speakers (click to view): Susan Yanow, MSW

Using Medicines to End an Unwanted Pregnancy and Empower Women

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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.
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FPH 105
We Hollaback!: The Intersection of Street Harassment & Reproductive Justice
Street harassment is an attack on women/LGBTQ peoples' bodily autonomy and limits where we go and when. We will ask participants what street harassment has looked like in their own lives and share our vision for a world without street harassment. Together we will brainstorm ways that we can fight street harassment in our own communities. We hope that participants leave with the belief that together, we can create a world without street harassment.
Speakers (click to view): Kate Ziegler, Britni de la Cretaz

We Hollaback!: The Intersection of Street Harassment & Reproductive Justice

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Kate Ziegler

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.

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.
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FPH 104
Young Parents: Know Your Rights
Come strategize with young parents about how to advocate for our rights and break through stereotypes about our families and community. We’ll talk about issues that matter – like education, abortion and healthcare access, parenting autonomy, and custody. Families led by young parents are a vital part of this movement!
Speakers (click to view): Charlie Rose

Young Parents: Know Your Rights

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Charlie Rose

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
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FPH Faculty Lounge

Saturday Session 2 3:15PM - 4:45PM

Abortion Access in Massachusetts: Strategic Action Session
As more limits on abortion coverage under the Affordable Care Act are proposed, state-level challenges and opportunities for expanding access to reproductive health services have become critical. Participants will share information on the affordability and accessibility of abortion under health care reform, and strategies to improve access to care in Massachusetts and their own communities. Though this session will focus on Massachusetts, the solutions generated to ensure abortion care is affordable will be applicable to other states.
Speakers (click to view): Rose Mackenzie, Amanda Dennis, Tiffany E. Cook

Abortion Access in Massachusetts: Strategic Action Session

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Rose Mackenzie

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.

Amanda Dennis

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.

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!
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FPH 106
After Tiller: The Landscape of Later Abortion in America
Later abortions (abortions after 20 weeks) only encompass 1.5% of all abortions in the United States, yet the procedures and those who provide them suffer some of the greatest attacks in reproductive healthcare. There are only four American doctors left who openly include later abortion care in their medical practice. Dr. Susan Robinson is one of these four doctors and she will join us to share her unique perspective. Wendy Robinson will share her advocacy experience around the subject as Director of Voice of Choice. NARAL Pro-Choice America will offer a national political and policy overview around later abortions.
Speakers (click to view): Susan C. Robinson, M. D., Wendy Robinson, K. Travis Ballie

After Tiller: The Landscape of Later Abortion in America

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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.

Wendy Robinson

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.

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.
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FPH Main Lecture Hall
Birth, Parenting, Reproductive Health, and the Prison Industrial Complex - Part 1
What are the realities of being incarcerated while pregnant, during childbirth, and as a parent? Birthworkers, advocates, and activists will explore the impact of incarceration on pregnant, birthing, and parenting folks and strategize about how to use a reproductive justice model in their work with people who are incarcerated – including supporting them in becoming leaders, educators, and doulas themselves. This is a two-part workshop and participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions.
Speakers (click to view): Lillian Hewko, Laural Wheeler, Tina Reynolds, MSW, Victoria Law, Vicki Elson, MA, CCE, CD, Danny Scar

Birth, Parenting, Reproductive Health, and the Prison Industrial Complex - Part 1

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Lillian Hewko

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.

Laural Wheeler

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.

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"

Victoria Law

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.

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.

Danny Scar

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FPH West Lecture Hall
Building Faith and Secular Partnerships in the Fight for Reproductive Justice
Many communities of faith have long been partners in social justice movements. In this workshop, we will talk about why we work to strengthen faith communities engaged in reproductive justice work, such as health care, access to contraception and abortion, and sex education. Participants will gain an understanding of why faith communities can be important partners in this work, how faith leaders are currently engaging with the movement, and see examples of successful faith/secular partnerships from progressive movements. Participants will share their challenges and successes working with faith communities, as well as workshop messaging strategies and best practices so they leave with clear ideas on how to partner with communities of faith.
Speakers (click to view): Rev. Emma Akpan, Heidi Williamson, Jennifer Kinne

Building Faith and Secular Partnerships in the Fight for Reproductive Justice

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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.

Heidi Williamson

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.

Jennifer Kinne

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.
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FPH 107
Careers in the Movement
Can you follow your passion for reproductive justice, and create a career for yourself in the movement? Come hear how our panelists have found opportunities to pursue exciting and creative work advancing reproductive justice in the law, research, advocacy, event planning, and media worlds, and in mentoring and inspiring new feminist activists.
Speakers (click to view): Carly Romeo, Jamille A. Fields, ESQ

Careers in the Movement

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Carly Romeo

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.

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.
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FPH 105
Centering Justice, Centering Our Lives
As abortion fund activists, researchers, doulas, and providers, we have too often seen political advocacy and debate on reproductive rights divorced from the full experiences of people's lives. How are we building community together within our movements, and hearing each other’s abortion stories? Presenters will share their efforts to center respect and support for people who have had abortions in service delivery, advocacy, and movement-building work.
Speakers (click to view): Julia Reticker-Flynn, Poonam Dreyfus-Pai, Steph Herold

Centering Justice, Centering Our Lives

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Julia Reticker-Flynn

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.

Poonam Dreyfus-Pai

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.

Steph Herold

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.
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FPH 108
Contraception 101
Most of us will come into contact with contraception during our lives as sexual beings. However, the conversation around different forms of contraception is not always one that includes all of us. In this workshop we will learn about the most common forms of contraception available and their effectiveness while keeping all bodies in mind. We’ll challenge the often gendered and heteronormative language surrounding much of the information on contraception and sex in order to offer a more comprehensive and welcoming conversation when discussing contraception. This workshop will help also participants understand what contraceptives will best suit their bodies and sexual practices.
Speakers (click to view): CLPP Student Group

Contraception 101

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CLPP Student Group

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FPH 103
Creating a Culture of Consent: Strategies for Bystander Intervention in Our Communities
This workshop will empower participants to take an active role in sexual assault and harassment prevention. Through discussion and audience engagement, we will examine the uncertainty we experience as bystanders, how to identify precursors to power-based violence, and how to respond and overcome hesitation. We will also address common misconceptions, including that sexual assault does not occur in queer communities, and that male assigned or masculine people are not survivors. This workshop is an inclusive and confidential space for people of all identities.
Speakers (click to view): Chloe Collins, Tejal Mankad

Creating a Culture of Consent: Strategies for Bystander Intervention in Our Communities

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Chloe Collins

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.

Tejal Mankad

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.
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ASH 221
Creative Solutions to Abortion Restrictions
In the U.S., as in other countries, where abortion is highly restricted and not accessible, women are determined to get the healthcare they need, and taking matters into their own hands. In this workshop panelists will present an overview about self-induction abortion and conduct a values clarification exercise. We hope to raise awareness about self-induction, challenge myths and assumptions, and look at underlying values.
Speakers (click to view): Susan Yanow, Marlene Gerber Fried, Aimée Thorne-Thomsen

Creative Solutions to Abortion Restrictions

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Susan Yanow

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.

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.

Aimée Thorne-Thomsen

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.
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MDB Recital Hall
Doula Work, Midwifery, and Reproductive Justice: Strategic Action Session
What does birth work really look like? Why does birth matter to reproductive rights? How does the role of the midwife and doula span beyond the birth process itself to best serve the holistic needs of clients and families? The goal of this strategic action session is to discuss birth work as it pertains to a larger reproductive rights and feminist framework, brainstorm new strategies, and create a network for support which can function beyond the conference. Topics will include: home birth, birth worker training, paths to practice, the traditional medical models and full-spectrum doula care.
Speakers (click to view): Symone New, Lizzie Herskovitz

Doula Work, Midwifery, and Reproductive Justice: Strategic Action Session

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Symone New

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.

Lizzie Herskovitz

Lizzie Herskovitz is a Hampshire alum (F'01) and CNM. She currently attends home births all over Connecticut.
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FPH 103
Election Debrief 2012: Reproductive Justice and the Vote
From reproductive rights to voter disenfranchisement, the 2012 elections presented advocates for reproductive justice with a full plate of issues to tackle. Come hear from panelists about strategies they used in this last election cycle to resist, educate, and win on reproductive justice, and the lessons they learned on the way.
Speakers (click to view): Erika Cordova, Liz Chen, Monica Raye Simpson, Katherine Adam

Election Debrief 2012: Reproductive Justice and the Vote

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Erika Cordova

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.

Liz Chen

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.

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.

Katherine Adam

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.
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FPH 101
Empowering Ourselves: Youth Organizing for Reproductive Justice
People inside and outside of our movement continue to assume that young activists are not energized enough or don’t care about social justice issues. Well, they sure are wrong and we are here to share our experiences in advancing reproductive and gender justice in our communities. Come celebrate, learn, strategize, and envision youth empowerment.
Speakers (click to view): Sierra Murray, Myagaa Brown, Jonah Morreale, Heather L. Ramirez, Genesis Aquino

Empowering Ourselves: Youth Organizing for Reproductive Justice

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Sierra Murray

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.

Myagaa Brown

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.

Jonah Morreale

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.

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.

Genesis Aquino

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.
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Music and Dance Building, Recital Hall
Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, and Nuclear Power
It may not be in your backyard, but it’s certainly in someone else’s. Panelists will discuss local anti-fracking efforts, anti-nuclear activism, their experiences in campus organizing, and green energy solutions.
Speakers (click to view): Peter Vickery, Pat Hynes, Katie MacDonald

Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, and Nuclear Power

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Peter Vickery

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.

Pat Hynes

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) .

Katie MacDonald

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.
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ASH 111
Eugenics and Population Control
The right to choose not to have children is only a part of the fight for reproductive freedom. The state has an ongoing history of policing communities of color by denying access to reproductive services, forced sterilizations, and controlling family formation through social services and legislation of those deemed by the state as “unfit to parent.” Panelists will analyze state intervention through an historical and medical lens, experiences of incarcerated women and mothers, and the politicized messaging around immigration as a scare tactic for population control. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the right to birth and parent as an integral component of reproductive justice.
Speakers (click to view): Aline Gubrium, Cheauvon Brown-Nelson, Courtney Hooks , Anne Hendrixson, Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone

Eugenics and Population Control

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Aline Gubrium

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.

Cheauvon Brown-Nelson

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.

Courtney Hooks

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.

Anne Hendrixson

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.

Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone

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.
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FPH 107
Fem/mes Want Revolution: Strategic Action Session
Who is a Fem/me? How do Fem/mes respond to misogyny and femmephobia in our communities to create real, lasting change? How can Fem/mes get together to prioritize femininity and work for gender revolution? Action oriented Fem/mes will come together to strategize and problematize the definition of Fem/me, as well as discuss where our privileges intersect and complicate our identities. Let’s network and create community around the ways in which we embody, perform, create, and exist as Fem/mes.
Speakers (click to view): Cyrée Jarelle Johnson

Fem/mes Want Revolution: Strategic Action Session

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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.
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Prescott House Tavern
Full-Spectrum Doula Practice 101: Starting a Doula Organization or Collective
Since 2007, full-spectrum and radical doula organizations have formed around the country to serve the needs of many communities. This workshop seeks to focus on building the capacity of existing and future full-spectrum and radical doula groups around the country by fostering collaborative learning and strategizing across geographic borders. Leaders of The Doula Project (NY), The Chicago Doula Circle (IL), Cicada Collective (TX), and Bay Area Doula Project (CA) will share personal stories of founding each project while discussing different models for a full-spectrum doula group, conducting trainings, gaining access to clinics and clients, differences in providing support for first/second trimester abortions or medication abortions, inclusivity in care, and finding allies. Participants will have the opportunity to share and strategize around their individual goals with doula group representatives and other allies from their region before reconvening to share visions and plans for a national network of full-spectrum doula projects.
Speakers (click to view): Kate Palmer, Lauren Mitchell, Noreen, Poonam Dreyfus-Pai

Full-Spectrum Doula Practice 101: Starting a Doula Organization or Collective

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Kate Palmer

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.

Lauren Mitchell

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.

Noreen

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.

Poonam Dreyfus-Pai

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.
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FPH East Lecture Hall
Health as a Human Right: New Approaches and Strategies for the Reproductive Justice Movement
This workshop will provide an overview of the Right to Health, and key approaches to implementing, documenting, and holding governments accountable through policy advocacy and community organizing.
Speakers (click to view): Zeinab Eyega, Ellen Liu

Health as a Human Right: New Approaches and Strategies for the Reproductive Justice Movement

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Zeinab Eyega

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.

Ellen Liu

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.
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FPH 102
Invisible: Women in America's Prisons and Jails
Focusing on the lived experiences of women in prisons and jails, this session will expand participants' understanding of how sexism, racism and classism and gender-based violence are integral parts of these systems. Speakers will discuss innovative organizing models that ensure participation at the leadership level by incarcerated women, and will focus on work happening in Massachusetts and around the country now, including the campaign to ban the shackling of pregnant women in prisons/jails, organizing to end money bail, stop the building of new jails and creating community-based wellness alternatives.
Speakers (click to view): Tina Reynolds, Marianne Bullock, Andrea James, Lois Ahrens, Megan Amundson

Invisible: Women in America's Prisons and Jails

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Tina Reynolds

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”.

Marianne Bullock

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.

Andrea James

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.

Lois Ahrens

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.

Megan Amundson

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.
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ASH 112
Linking Abortion Access, Gender Transition-Related Care, and Full Reproductive Health Care for LGBTQQI++ Folks
What are the political connections between the fight for abortion and contraceptive access and safe and competent health care for LGBTQ people? How do cultural ideas about abortion, gender, and reproduction impact barriers to care, research and policy? Panelists will discuss how treatment refusals and conscience clauses have been used historically to limit access to abortion, contraception, and appropriate reproductive health care, including transition-related care, how such care has been stigmatized, and ways in which researchers, advocates, activists, and birth workers are attempting to shift the narratives about reproductive health care to secure access for all of our communities.
Speakers (click to view): Finn Schubert, Laura Nixon, Reina Gossett, Pati Garcia

Linking Abortion Access, Gender Transition-Related Care, and Full Reproductive Health Care for LGBTQQI++ Folks

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Finn Schubert

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

Laura Nixon

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National Center for Lesbian Rights

Reina Gossett

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.

Pati Garcia

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.
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ASH 112
Living and Thriving Positive
All people have the right not only to the care and conditions of dignity we need to lead healthy lives, but also to thrive and be supported as whole, vital members of our communities. HIV positive people and allies are working together around the world to fight for meaningful access to life-saving care and make those rights our shared reality.
Speakers (click to view): Bamby Salcedo, Dee Borrego, Katy Leopard, Deborah Peterson Small

Living and Thriving Positive

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Bamby Salcedo

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.

Dee Borrego

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+).

Katy Leopard

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.

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.
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FPH East Lecture Hall
Masculinities
What does it mean to identify as male and/or masculine and a feminist, and how can we be contributors to activist work without moving in front of others? How has our masculinity been informed by our experiences of race, class, and sexual orientation? How can we problematize, embody, critique, and celebrate masculinity across the gender spectrum? Join our presenters in exploring their experiences and discussing how we can use masculinity to challenge and subvert oppressive structures.
Speakers (click to view): Gabriel Garcia-Vera, Lucia Leandro Gimeno, Adam Ortiz

Masculinities

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Gabriel Garcia-Vera

Programs and Development Coordinator, Pridelines Youth Services

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.

Adam Ortiz

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.
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FPH Main Lecture Hall
Media Making for Change with the Youth Action Coalition
Youth Action Coalition (YAC) is an Amherst-based youth empowerment organization that combines social justice education, quality media arts and youth leadership through their unique Arts-for-Change programming. YAC youth will lead a workshop to share their individual work as well as strategies for making media for change. This workshop will draw upon ‘zine making and in-camera edits as the group works together to create short films. As a part of the workshop YAC youth will have materials to send home with participants so that they can refer to them for future use in media making.
Speakers (click to view): Youth Action Coalition , Brittany Bellefleur, Aolani Whitebear

Media Making for Change with the Youth Action Coalition

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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.

Brittany Bellefleur

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”.

Aolani Whitebear

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!
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FPH Faculty Lounge
Organizing for Justice in Religious Communities
For many of us, our activist work is informed by our religious beliefs. But how can we reconcile this work with leadership structures that are often hostile to our politics? Join panelists from diverse faith backgrounds as we connect our spiritual lives to reproductive justice, abortion rights, and LGBTQ justice, and how we bring those views back to our home communities while respecting others' beliefs.
Speakers (click to view): Rev. Matthew Westfox, Shabana Sharif, Susal Stebbins Collins, Toni M. Bond Leonard

Organizing for Justice in Religious Communities

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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.

Shabana Sharif

"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. "

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.

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.
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ASH 222
Organizing in Red States and Flyover Country - Strategic Action Session
This strategic action session will explore the challenges of, and opportunities for, collaborative reproductive and social justice organizing in red states and flyover country. Participants will highlight the history of taking strong stands for our race, gender, and class identities within our rural and red state homes, and generate ideas for action on regional issues.
Speakers (click to view): Jen Cox, Sandra Criswell

Organizing in Red States and Flyover Country - Strategic Action Session

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Jen Cox

Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice

Sandra Criswell

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.
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FPH 104
Our Reality: A Look at Media Representation of Teen Parents
From reality TV shows to conservative op-ed columnists, corporate media consistently portrays teen moms as irresponsible, incompetent, and immoral - blaming them for conditions such as poverty, or lack of access to education, that make their families’ lives more difficult. But advocates and young parents are interested in creating other platforms to share their stories without the stigma and sensationalism that accompanies most representations of teen parents. Join us to discuss the way teen parents are portrayed in the media, and how we can shape our stories on our own terms.
Speakers (click to view): Avital Norman Nathman, Elizabeth Cintron, Jen Pozner, Carrie Nelson, Brendaliz Rivera, Joan Zayas, Yasmin Figueroa

Our Reality: A Look at Media Representation of Teen Parents

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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.

Elizabeth Cintron

Jen Pozner

Carrie Nelson

Brendaliz Rivera

Joan Zayas

Yasmin Figueroa

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Art Barn
Performing Abortion: Sharing our Reproductive Justice Stories through the Arts
On June 25th, 2013, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis launched a filibuster of the abortion ban bill SB5 by telling the stories of Texans’ personal experiences with abortion. The unprecedented airing of these often untold stories galvanized people across the country. While acknowledging the importance of confidential, safer spaces such as abortion speak outs, this interactive workshop led by artists and activists will focus on different ways to explore reproductive justice narratives in the context of public sharing, both from a personal standpoint as well as a political one.. With the help of prompts and group exercises, participants will generate art projects in various media - visual, prose, and/or performance - and will have the opportunity to share their creations.
Speakers (click to view): Madeline Burrows, Merritt Tierce, Rosemary Candelario

Performing Abortion: Sharing our Reproductive Justice Stories through the Arts

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Madeline Burrows

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.

Merritt Tierce

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.

Rosemary Candelario

Rosemary Candelario is a long-time educator, artist, and activist for reproductive justice.
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FPH 106
Politicizing Black Wombs: the Right’s Racial Reconciliation Movement
The Christian Right’s effort to cultivate support among communities of color is not a new phenomenon, and the Right’s agenda to limit women’s bodily autonomy has been an ongoing threat for decades. But recent years have revealed increasingly sophisticated strategies. Hiding behind the façade of racial reconciliation, the Right is now pressing for dramatic rollbacks on abortion access and family planning — changes that disproportionately impact women of color. Come to hear more about the origins of this narrative and how it has been incorporated into evangelical adoption theology, with particular implications for adoptees of color and biological families in developing nations.
Speakers (click to view): Kathryn Joyce, Tope Fadiran Charlton, Akiba Solomon

Politicizing Black Wombs: the Right’s Racial Reconciliation Movement

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Kathryn Joyce

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.

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.

Akiba Solomon

Akiba Solomon is the editorial director of Colorlines, the online magazine where race matters.
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FPH 108
Queering Reproductive Justice
Queer, trans and gender non-conforming people have been deeply involved in movements for bodily autonomy and reproductive justice, but the mainstream reproductive health and rights movement has often been silent on the issues that affect these communities. Hear from panelists on how the movements for reproductive justice and LGBTQ liberation align and inform each other, and ways queer and trans experiences can be brought to the center of reproductive justice advocacy and organizing.
Speakers (click to view): Ricky Hill, La'Tasha D. Mayes, Lauren Paulk, Verónica Bayetti Flores

Queering Reproductive Justice

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Ricky Hill

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.

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.

Lauren Paulk

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.

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.
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FPH104
Repealing the Hyde Amendment: the All* Above All campaign & the Movement to Ensure Abortion Access
The Hyde Amendment bars the use of federal funds to cover abortion care. Join a group of reproductive justice activists to learn more about All* Above All, the new national movement to repeal the Hyde Amendment and strengthen support for abortion access. We will discuss advocacy from local, state and national viewpoints. Come strategize, connect, and learn about ways to get involved in this work.
Speakers (click to view): Jessica González-Rojas, Ho Nguyen, Jenny Dodson Mistry, Lydia Karch

Repealing the Hyde Amendment: the All* Above All campaign & the Movement to Ensure Abortion Access

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Jessica González-Rojas

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.

Ho Nguyen

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.

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.

Lydia Karch

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.
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ASH 221
Responding to Sexual Assault in our Communities
Sexual violence is not an isolated problem - it exists in all of our communities as a result of structural and power inequalities, limited access to resources and care, and a lack of culturally competent education and models for what healthy relationships can look like. What policies, networks, and accountability processes can we create that are responsive to our community’s needs? Drawing from their diverse backgrounds in immigrant, trans, LGB, indigenous, and youth organizing, our panelists will discuss their work combating sexual violence - from operating crisis hotlines to performance as a vehicle for cultural change - and brainstorm solutions with participants.
Speakers (click to view): Morgan Robyn Collado , Kashif Syed, Bhavana Nancherla, Jill Grimaldi

Responding to Sexual Assault in our Communities

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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.

Kashif Syed

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.

Bhavana Nancherla

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.

Jill Grimaldi

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.
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JLC 131
Secks and Powah: Technology, Reproduction, and Gamer Culture
Reproductive justice begins from a vision of a better future, sired by imagination and dreaming. We will discuss the radical, intersectional history of using science fiction to visualize and promote (or decry) certain uses of reproductive technology and possible futures for reproduction, and explore gaming, particularly roleplaying gaming, as a way to imagine and embrace new technology. We will also look at gaming as an important media source and examine the lack of consent and communication around sex within game storylines, the gendered and hyper-sexualized or hyper-masculine portrayal of characters, whether cis- or trans-, and how gaming communities have both perpetuated and reacted to these issues. Are there games that are exceptions to these rules? And in what ways can we support inclusive, safe spaces in gaming?
Speakers (click to view): Tiffany E. Cook, Katherine Cross

Secks and Powah: Technology, Reproduction, and Gamer Culture

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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!

Katherine Cross

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.
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FPH 102
So You Want to Have Kids
How do we create families as queer, gender non-conforming, and allied folks while still being in solidarity with social justice movements? In this workshop, we will build our knowledge of how the state has controlled the reproductive choices of disabled folks, poor folks, and communities of color, and how this connects to family creation choices we make. Through dialogue and skill sharing we will create strategies to navigate medical technologies and social services. Participants will explore how to embed anti-supremacy analysis and practices into the incredible journey of becoming parents. Please note this is a three hour workshop with participation in both halves strongly encouraged – no second half arrivals please.
Speakers (click to view): Terry Boggis, Sebastian Margaret

So You Want to Have Kids

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Terry Boggis

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.

Sebastian Margaret

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.
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FPH Faculty Lounge
The Revolution Starts with Me!: Recipes, Remedies, Rituals, & Resources for Activist Self Care
Self care is giving ourselves space to name our physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs so that we can engage in healthy practices that allow our needs to manifest in the best ways for us. How can activists practice self care in a world where we’re being pulled in multiple directions? How can community organizations, schools, and our communities support us in prioritizing self care? By using interactive activities, storytelling, and skill-sharing, this workshop will help activists recognize how burnout can manifest in activism and grassroots organizing. Collectively, we will develop recipes, remedies, rituals, and resources to incorporate self care into our daily practices. Participants will also receive "The Revolution Starts with Me! Incorporating Self Care and Preventing Burnout”, a self care zine with tools, exercises, and advice from the presenters.
Speakers (click to view): Adaku Utah, Nicole Clark, MSW

The Revolution Starts with Me!: Recipes, Remedies, Rituals, & Resources for Activist Self Care

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Adaku Utah

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.

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.
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FPH 101
The Unsustainability of The Military Industrial Complex
The U.S. military-prison-industrial-complex is a threat to our health and the future of our planet. The military and the national security state, including U.S. border enforcement and unsustainable prisons, degrade the environment and endanger our health and rights. Learn about how the U.S. military--the biggest culprit behind global environmental degradation--guzzles oil, develops and disposes of weapons, and creates a toxic legacy. Hear how U.S. border enforcement degrades the environment as it tramples on the health and rights of immigrants. And think about how prisons, a key sector of the national security state, strip the rights and health of prisoners through unsafe and unhealthy living and work conditions. This workshop is for peace, environmental and climate justice, and reproductive justice advocates.
Speakers (click to view): Betsy Hartmann, Pat Hynes, Sarah Launius

The Unsustainability of The Military Industrial Complex

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Betsy Hartmann

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.

Pat Hynes

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) .

Sarah Launius

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.
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FPH West Lecture Hall
Toward a Mass Movement for Reproductive Justice: Organizing Working Women in a Period of Austerity
This panel will share their experience working at the intersection of women’s, immigrant, LGBT and labor rights during a period of economic stress, and how to use labor structures to advance demands such as abortion and access to health care. Participants will learn about work in the labor movement, including on-the-ground activism and leading a traditionally structured union, and strategize around how to organize their own workplaces using a reproductive justice framework.
Speakers (click to view): Stephanie Molden, Marie C. Lausch, Kazi Fouzia, Ann Montague, Roksana Mun

Toward a Mass Movement for Reproductive Justice: Organizing Working Women in a Period of Austerity

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Stephanie Molden

Stephanie Molden is a graduate student at UMass Amherst, studying Regional & Urban Planning. Feminist, socialist, labor activist.

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.

Kazi Fouzia

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.

Ann Montague

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

Roksana Mun

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.
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FPH 105
Transforming Masculinities
This workshop is open to ALL and is designed to expand the way we understand gender beyond a binary of femininity and masculinity; and to offer a political framework that looks at the effects of masculinity socially and politically in our movements and organizations. We will look at strategies for addressing masculine privilege by sharing our stories of sexual & gender liberation in order to move masculinity from a place of power and control to a place of gender sovereignty and transformation. This workshop is open to ALL gender expressions and sexual orientations.
Speakers (click to view): Lucia Leandro Gimeno, Sebastian Margaret, Ashe Helm-Hernandez

Transforming Masculinities

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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.

Sebastian Margaret

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.

Ashe Helm-Hernandez

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.
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JLC 120
Wellness Room Yoga
Need a moment to take time out from conference? Join us for this all levels, vinyasa style class. This session is open and affirming for all bodies, abilities, and levels of experience, and is a queer and trans safe space. There will be a limited number of mats, straps, and blocks available – if you are able to bring your own, please do so.
Speakers (click to view): Christie Barcelos

Wellness Room Yoga

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Christie Barcelos

Christie Barcelos is a doctoral candidate in Community Health at the University of Massachusetts.
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Wellness Room, Merrill Living Room

Saturday Session 3 5:15PM - 6:45PM

Abortion How-To: Medication and Surgical Abortion
A large portion of abortion stigma is tied to fear of the procedure itself. This workshop will demystify the process by demonstrating the simplicity and safety of medication abortion, as well as first and second trimester surgical abortion. Participants will examine their own values about abortion, based on personal experience, community norms, and media messaging. Participants will then simulate a medication abortion with pills, as well as first and second trimester surgical abortion. By learning the facts about the physical process of abortion, participants will be able to share this knowledge to increase empathy and solidarity for those seeking abortions, as well as remove barriers for abortion facilitation and support.
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Abortion How-To: Medication and Surgical Abortion

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ASH 112
Access Denied: our new health care law and reproductive (in)justice.
Passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was only part of the fight to obtain access to health care for all. States that do not expand Medicaid, particularly in the South, will force poor people - especially women, immigrants, people of color, young people, incarcerated people, and/or LGBT-identified folks - into a health care limbo, where they will pay fines for uninsurance but will be unable to receive care. Our panel of advocates and activists will explore attacks on our communities through the lens of race and poverty (denial of Medicaid expansion, coercive sterilization), immigration (citizenship requirements to access government health care), criminalization (overmedication, shackling), and LGBT issues (lack of access to competent care). We will share practical examples of how to respond to the law’s shortcomings, and highlight work being done by women in the South.
Speakers (click to view): Malika Redmond, Tiana V. Patterson, Andrea Flynn, Olivia Cappello, Andrea Flynn

Access Denied: our new health care law and reproductive (in)justice.

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Malika Redmond

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!

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.

Andrea Flynn

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.

Olivia Cappello

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.

Andrea Flynn

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.
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FPH 101
At Your Cervix: A Self-Exam Workshop
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about what reproductive health for folks with uteri looks like from the doctor’s side of the speculum, this workshop is for you! We’ll be discussing in unfettered, step-by-step detail what happens during a gyn exam, from chest to pelvis. The star of the show will be the speculum: participants will be given instructions, guidance, and a speculum of their very own. Bring your friends, your questions, and your all around love for demystifying reproductive health!
Speakers (click to view): Lauren Mitchell

At Your Cervix: A Self-Exam Workshop

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Lauren Mitchell

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Music and Dance Building, Recital Hall
Birth, Parenting, Reproductive Health, and the Prison Industrial Complex
What are the realities of being incarcerated while pregnant, during childbirth, and as a parent? Birthworkers, advocates, and activists will explore the impact of incarceration on pregnant, birthing, and parenting folks and strategize about how to use a reproductive justice model in their work with people who are incarcerated – including supporting them in becoming leaders, educators, and doulas themselves.
Speakers (click to view): Lillian Hewko, Laural Wheeler, Victoria Law, Tina Reynolds, MSW

Birth, Parenting, Reproductive Health, and the Prison Industrial Complex

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Lillian Hewko

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.

Laural Wheeler

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.

Victoria Law

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.

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"
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FPH West Lecture Hall
Blogging and Social Justice: A Skills-Building Workshop
This workshop will be an interactive session focused on writing political currents events pieces, how to gain a foot in the blogging world, and touch on how students might begin a political blog at their school. Today, online media is central to the spread of information and political knowledge. Blogging about current events is very connected to the evolving reproductive justice movement, because it provides a realm for people to share and exchange perspectives not represented in mainstream news. Original analysis is crucial for connecting the dots of social justice, and learning to write effectively can enhance activists’ ability to express themselves. We will do short writing exercises, group brainstorms, and hear from political bloggers!
Speakers (click to view): Senti Sojwal, April Grayce Dunlop, Eesha Pandit

Blogging and Social Justice: A Skills-Building Workshop

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Senti Sojwal

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.

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.

Eesha Pandit

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.
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FPH 105
Bringing Social Justice to the Family Table
By empowering people to take more risks when it comes to engaging children, this panel hopes to show that social justice can be part of your life at every stage of development. Tackling issues from reproductive rights, gender, LGBT rights, environment, war, and more, panelists will talk about their own experiences as activists and parents, and how they weave the two together. We will discuss strategies for real-life applications of social justice ideals in the home, and how to help children respectfully bring their awareness into other spaces. Join us as we take a look at how to foster awareness and social justice as a family.
Speakers (click to view): Avital Norman Nathman, Jessica Mason Pieklo, Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser, T.F. Charlton

Bringing Social Justice to the Family Table

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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.

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.

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.

T.F. Charlton

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.
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FPH 103
Careers in Healthcare
Healthcare workers, educators, and providers perform unique roles in the service of reproductive justice and as every day advocates. Our panel of healthcare workers will discuss their careers, entry and training, and highlight their experiences incorporating reproductive justice into their work.
Speakers (click to view): Anna Saeger, Lizzie Herskovitz, Meghan Coquillon

Careers in Healthcare

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Anna Saeger

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.

Lizzie Herskovitz

Lizzie Herskovitz is a Hampshire alum (F'01) and CNM. She currently attends home births all over Connecticut.

Meghan Coquillon

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.
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ASH 222
Careers in the Movement
Can you follow your passion for reproductive justice, and create a career for yourself in the movement? Come hear how our panelists have found opportunities to pursue exciting and creative work advancing reproductive justice in the law, research, advocacy and media worlds, and in mentoring and inspiring new feminist activists.
Speakers (click to view): Carly Romeo, Jacqui Patterson, Jeryl Hayes, Jade Sasser

Careers in the Movement

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Carly Romeo

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.

Jacqui Patterson

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.

Jeryl Hayes

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.

Jade Sasser

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.
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FPH 102
Challenging Abortion Stigma on Campus
From campus activists to directors of abortion funds, from clinic escorts to policy advocates, from hotline volunteers to doulas (and don’t forget bloggers!), young people are fearless, bold, and innovative activists in support of abortion care. In this interactive session presenters and participants will discuss concrete strategies and tactics youth activists have employed to challenge abortion stigma and build support for abortion access on their campuses and in their communities. Each participant will receive a 1 in 3 campus activist toolkit to assist in leading activities in their community.
Speakers (click to view): Julia Reticker-Flynn, Carly Manes, Delilah Gilliam , Jess DeLeon

Challenging Abortion Stigma on Campus

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Julia Reticker-Flynn

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.

Carly Manes

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.

Delilah Gilliam

Jess DeLeon

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.
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FPH 101
Challenging Abortion Stigma on Your Campus
1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime. The 1 in 3 Campaign uses abortion story sharing, media, and activism to decrease the shame and stigma women feel around their own abortions. This session will allow participants to experience some of the stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign as well learn concrete strategies and tactics participants can employ on their campuses and communities to challenge abortion stigma and build support for abortion access.
Speakers (click to view): Amber J. Phillips, Carly Manes, Julia Reticker-Flynn

Challenging Abortion Stigma on Your Campus

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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.

Carly Manes

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.

Julia Reticker-Flynn

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.
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FPH 102
Clinic Escorting and Buffer Zones: Mobilizing for Provider Safety
Clinics and doctors who provide abortions have faced illegal violence, threats, and harassment from the anti-abortion movement. They have also been subjected to unnecessary laws and regulations which make abortion more expensive and have forced many clinics to close their doors, thus restricting abortion access even further. Panelists will share their first hand knowledge and experience, and talk about how activists and providers are confronting these threats.
Speakers (click to view): Esha Bhandari , Megan Amundson , Susan C. Robinson, M. D.

Clinic Escorting and Buffer Zones: Mobilizing for Provider Safety

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Esha Bhandari

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.

Megan Amundson

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.

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.
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FPH 107
Coalition Building: Reproductive Justice in Albuquerque
Come hear organizers from Respect ABQ Women discuss their experiences building a dynamic and effective grassroots campaign to successfully defeat an Albuquerque Anti-Choice ordinance through deep community engagement, mobilization, and social media outreach.
Speakers (click to view): Angela Ferrell-Zabala, Ricky Hill, Tannia Esparza

Coalition Building: Reproductive Justice in Albuquerque

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Angela Ferrell-Zabala

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.

Ricky Hill

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.

Tannia Esparza

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.
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ASH 221
Contraception 101
Most of us will come into contact with contraception during our lives as sexual beings. However, the conversation around different forms of contraception is not always one that includes all of us. Come to this workshop if you want to transform the current dialogue about the different forms of contraception available to us today to one that is more inclusive. We’ll challenge the often gendered and hetero-normative language surrounding much of the information on contraception and sex in order to offer a more comprehensive and welcoming conversation when discussing contraception.
Speakers (click to view): Lizzie Herskovitz

Contraception 101

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Lizzie Herskovitz

Lizzie Herskovitz is a Hampshire alum (F'01) and CNM. She currently attends home births all over Connecticut.
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FPH East Lecture Hall
CoreAlign 30-Year Strategy Conversation
CoreAlign aims to create a space for dialogue and action around the long term future of the reproductive justice movement - one that is inclusive of all our different stories, narratives, and skills. Come be a part of envisioning our 30 year strategic plan to bring our all of work together in a space that encourages curiosity, new ways of framing our activism, and a willingness to use discomfort as a tool to grow. Participants will become part of a network of leaders outside traditional organizational structures who can support, strategize, and inspire each other to take our movement in new and innovative directions.
Speakers (click to view): Alicia M. Walters

CoreAlign 30-Year Strategy Conversation

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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.
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Prescott Tavern
Digital Storytelling for Community Mobilization: An Introduction to the Hear Our Stories Project
In this presentation, we will share the Ford Foundation funded Hear Our Stories project, which uses new media to reveal how diasporic youth in Western Massachusetts experience and negotiate sexual health disparities. We prioritize uprooted young parenting women, whose material conditions and cultural worlds have placed them in tenuous positions, both socially constructed and experientially embodied. Existing programs and policies focused on these women fail to use relevant local knowledge and rarely involve them in messaging efforts. In collaboration with project partners, including the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, we aim to transform assumptions about young parenting women through the novel use of digital storytelling to recalibrate the conversation on young motherhood and sexuality, health, and rights across generations.
Speakers (click to view): Aline Gubrium, Christie Barcelos, Iesha Ramos, Kasey Jernigan, Mim Shafer, Keyla Santiago, Dashira Pomales, Yasmin Figueroa

Digital Storytelling for Community Mobilization: An Introduction to the Hear Our Stories Project

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Aline Gubrium

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.

Christie Barcelos

Christie Barcelos is a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Iesha Ramos

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.

Kasey Jernigan

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

Mim Shafer

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.

Keyla Santiago

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.

Dashira Pomales

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.

Yasmin Figueroa

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.
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FPH 106
Diverse Models for Organizing
Collectives, grassroots organizations, networks, non-profits - the models for organizing, fundraising, and decision-making are as diverse as our movement itself! Speakers with expertise in a variety of different organizational structures will talk about their experiences building and funding reproductive justice work.
Speakers (click to view): Finn Schubert, Gabriel Foster, Marisa Pizii

Diverse Models for Organizing

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Finn Schubert

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

Gabriel Foster

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.

Marisa Pizii

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FPH 108
Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Supporting Kids & Caregivers in Our Movements
How do we bridge the gap between supporting reproductive justice (and right to family in theory) and the sometimes messy and noisy reality of having caregivers and kids in our movements? How can non-parents and others without children in their day-to-day lives support the families in their movements? We will share our own experiences of being caregivers involved (or struggling to be involved) in social justice organizing, the support we received, and the support we needed but did not receive. Then, the floor will be open for participants to discuss their experiences, ask questions, and strategize how to make our events and movements for change more welcoming and inclusive to all ages.
Speakers (click to view): China Martens, Marianne Bullock, Maegan la Mamita Mala Ortiz

Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Supporting Kids & Caregivers in Our Movements

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China Martens

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.

Marianne Bullock

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.

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.
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FPH 103
Empowering Our Communities: Transformative Justice and Alternative Approaches in Addressing Partner Abuse
What barriers do survivors face in accessing community support? How can we best support survivors’ autonomy in our communities? How can we learn from other social justice movements in our efforts? In this workshop, presenters will share the work they are doing to address partner abuse and abuser accountability from an anti-oppressive framework. Together, we will invite questions and conversation on transforming our communities.
Speakers (click to view): Tina Oza, Eleanor Dewey, Soniya Munshi

Empowering Our Communities: Transformative Justice and Alternative Approaches in Addressing Partner Abuse

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Tina Oza

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.

Eleanor Dewey

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.

Soniya Munshi

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.
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FPH 104
Fighting for Contraceptive Safety in a Time of Restricted Access
Contraceptive methods must be both safe and freely accessible, as part of general health care services, including abortion. Advocating for contraceptive safety means insisting that user health and rights come first in the research, development and provision of contraceptive technologies. In this workshop, we will talk about appropriate feminist activism for contraceptive safety in the face of well-funded global partnerships to promote Depo-Provera in Southern Africa and South Asia. We will talk about the problematic trend of positioning long-acting methods as a way to reduce the need for and availability of abortion. We will discuss how to balance advocacy for contraceptive access and safety without undercutting one or the other. We will brainstorm ways to effectively battle the conservative restrictions on access in the U.S., while exposing the resurgence of population control efforts internationally. Come prepared to discuss!
Speakers (click to view): Anu Manchikanti Gomez, Betsy Hartmann, Jasmine Burnett, Loretta J. Ross, Anne Hendrixson

Fighting for Contraceptive Safety in a Time of Restricted Access

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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.

Betsy Hartmann

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.

Jasmine Burnett

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.

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.

Anne Hendrixson

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.
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FPH East Lecture Hall
Food Justice, Sustainability, Worker's Rights
Sustainable food system activists and advocates have long emphasized the environmental consequences of industrialized agriculture. Industrial food systems not only threaten the health of our ecological communities, but also have negative effects on the lives and health of those who work to produce the food we eat – people who are often further marginalized by sexism, racism, poverty, immigration policy, and the forces of global capitalism. This conversation will bring together local and nationally based scholars and activists to discuss the challenges facing workers in our food systems, and recent organizing efforts by these workers and their allies to create sustainable economies and community food systems.
Speakers (click to view): Charlene Galarneau, Jazmine Walker, Catherine Sands

Food Justice, Sustainability, Worker's Rights

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Charlene Galarneau

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.

Jazmine Walker

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.

Catherine Sands

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.
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ASH 111
It's A Class Thing
This interactive workshop will introduce the basics of social class and classism: What is it? Where is it? How does it play out? Group activities, dialogue, and personal reflection will give participants a dynamic way to learn about class, identify systemic examples of classism, and reflect on social class identity in order to bring the topic of class into our communities and movements so we can advance economic and racial justice at its intersection with reproductive justice. Participants will walk away with specific action plans to use in their organizing.
Speakers (click to view): Rachel Rybaczuk

It's A Class Thing

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Rachel Rybaczuk

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).
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FPH 104
It's a Class Thing
This interactive workshop will introduce the basics of social class and classism: What is it? Where is it? How does it play out? Group activities, dialogue, and personal reflection will give participants a dynamic way to learn about class, identify systemic examples of classism, and reflect on social class identity, in order to bring the topic of class into our communities and movements so we can advance economic and racial justice at its intersection with reproductive justice.
Speakers (click to view): Rachel Rybaczuk

It's a Class Thing

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Rachel Rybaczuk

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).
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FPH 105
Medicalized Bodies
The state has a long history of denying agency to people over their own bodily choices through the intersection of racist, classist, transphobic, and ablelist assumptions and the often impenetrable and conservative medical industrial complex. Panelists will discuss their activist work around self-determination through alternative care models, challenging state-sanctioned abortion legislation, and reframing our ideas around whose bodies are deemed in need of medical intervention or “fixing,” and which desires for intervention are “legitimate” or “real.” Together we will strategize ways to acknowledge the integrity and agency of all bodies, both within and outside of existing care frameworks.
Speakers (click to view): Laura Kaplan, Martina Robinson, Monica Raye Simpson, Reina Gossett

Medicalized Bodies

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Laura Kaplan

Martina Robinson

Martina Robinson is a freelance writer for Examiner.com, a poet, and an activist on various social justice issues, especially disability justice and LGBTQQI+

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.

Reina Gossett

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.
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FPH 107
New Horizons In Reproductive Politics
This panel will look at the changing terrain of reproductive politics and what it means for feminist organizing across borders. How do new reproductive technologies, sex selection and the commercialization of surrogacy, and the resurgence of population control challenge us to rethink the role of government regulation and medical ethics? How does the internationalization of the anti-abortion movement influence national struggles for reproductive rights? Panelists will discuss how we can make space in our movements to think through and take action on these critical developments.
Speakers (click to view): N.B. Sarojini, Betsy Hartmann, Sylvia Estrada Claudio

New Horizons In Reproductive Politics

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N.B. Sarojini

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).

Betsy Hartmann

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.

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.
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FPH 106
Organizing for Reproductive Justice in Religious Communities
For many of us, our activist work is informed by our religious beliefs. But how can we reconcile this work with leadership structures that are often hostile to our politics? Join panelists from diverse faith backgrounds as we connect our spiritual lives to reproductive justice, abortion rights, and LGBTQ justice, and how we bring those views back to our home communities while respecting others' beliefs.
Speakers (click to view): Liza M. Neal, Toni M. Bond Leonard, Rev. Emma Akpan

Organizing for Reproductive Justice in Religious Communities

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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.

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.

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.
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JLC 131
Our Voices & Our Bodies Matter: Connecting Youth 2 Youth
Young people have the power to make change in our communities right now! Now is the time to come together to elevate our voices and our stories that not being told or heard around reproductive justice. In this workshop we will explore how to bring back all the knowledge learned at CLPP so that we can support our communities and continue this important work. We will talk about the issues that matter to us! This is our time to share our visions for a stronger youth-led movement, and make connections that will extend beyond conference weekend and just have fun!
Speakers (click to view): Lorena Estrella, Shreya Malena-Sannon

Our Voices & Our Bodies Matter: Connecting Youth 2 Youth

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Lorena Estrella

Shreya Malena-Sannon

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ASH 111
REMIX! People of Color Talk Transforming Masculinities
This workshop is for people color only. Mixed/bi-racial/multi-racial folks welcome! This space was created to have a more intentional space for us to talk with each other. The conversations are designed to expand the way we understand gender beyond a binary of femininity and masculinity; and to offer a political framework that looks at the effects of masculinity socially and politically in our movements and organizations. We will look at strategies for addressing masculine privilege by sharing our stories of sexual & gender liberation in order to move masculinity from a place of power and control to a place of gender sovereignty and transformation. This workshop is open to ALL gender expressions and sexual orientations.
Speakers (click to view): Ashe Helm-Hernandez, Lucia Leandro Gimeno

REMIX! People of Color Talk Transforming Masculinities

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Ashe Helm-Hernandez

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.

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.
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JLC 120
Red Tide Rising: Street Theater as an Organizing Tool for Reproductive Justice
Red Tide Rising is a street performance from the Body Ecology Performance Ensemble centering the experience of Black women, sexuality, and safety. Developed using materials from sexual education, love songs, and personal experiences, this piece was created to incite community discussion. During the workshop, participants will be led by ensemble members to create micro performances around their own experiences of safety, self-love, and envisioning a pleasurable, safe, and affirming world. The workshop will conclude with a conversation about how performance can be used in our local communities to support organizing efforts and popular public education.
Speakers (click to view): Jessica Valoris, Sydette Harry, Taja Lindley

Red Tide Rising: Street Theater as an Organizing Tool for Reproductive Justice

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Jessica Valoris

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.

Sydette Harry

Sydette is a proud member of Body Ecology, a writer, and a lover of Black girls.

Taja Lindley

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/
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MDB Recital Hall
Reproductive Justice 101
Heard the term reproductive justice thrown around a lot? Not really sure what it means or where it comes from? As a framework that many social justice organizations and activists base their work on, it’s important for us to get a hold on what it means. Join us to have some of those questions answered and engage in a dialogue on the history, meaning, and application of reproductive justice in our work toward achieving reproductive freedom. Hear from facilitators working on reproductive justice in a number of capacities and figure out what it means for you!
Speakers (click to view): Casey Shanahan, Senti Sojwal, Mim Schafer, Yasmine El Baggari

Reproductive Justice 101

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Casey Shanahan

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.

Senti Sojwal

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.

Mim Schafer

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.

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.
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Art Barn
Resisting the Right
Attacks by the right on a range of reproductive justice issues have grown steadily more insidious in recent years. From targeting young mothers of color through racist anti-choice billboards to stacking the nation’s highest courts with anti-progressive judges, the right’s new agenda is operating on a multitude of levels. Panelists will discuss their experiences working as lifetime activists, organizers, and policy makers in the movement, and share their strategies for resisting the right’s national and global agenda.
Speakers (click to view): Toni M. Bond Leonard, Marlene Gerber Fried, Tarso Luís Ramos, Melissa Moore, Patricia J. Williams

Resisting the Right

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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.

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.

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.

Melissa Moore

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.

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.
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FPH Main Lecture Hall
So You Want to Have Kids
How do we create families as queer, gender non-conforming, and allied folks while still being in solidarity with social justice movements? In this workshop, we will build our knowledge of how the state has controlled the reproductive choices of disabled folks, poor folks, and communities of color, and how this connects to family creation choices we make. Through dialogue and skill sharing we will create strategies to navigate medical technologies and social services. Participants will explore how to embed anti-supremacy analysis and practices into the incredible journey of becoming parents. Please note this is a three hour workshop with participation in both halves strongly encouraged – no second half arrivals please.
Speakers (click to view): Terry Boggis, Sebastian Margaret

So You Want to Have Kids

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Terry Boggis

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.

Sebastian Margaret

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.
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FPH Faculty Lounge
Strategies for Advancing Abortion Access in the US
Access to safe and legal abortion is becoming increasingly more restricted, especially for the most vulnerable people in our society. Panelists will talk about current threats and barriers to access, including TRAP laws, clinic closings, and parental involvement laws, show the impact on those in under-served and marginalized communities, and discuss activist strategies to resist the threats and increase access by organizing at the grassroots and national levels under the broad call for reproductive justice.
Speakers (click to view): Marlene Gerber Fried, Rocío Villalobos, Agata Pelka

Strategies for Advancing Abortion Access in the US

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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.

Rocío Villalobos

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.

Agata Pelka

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.
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FPH Main Lecture Hall
Strategies for Fighting Abortion Stigma
Policymakers who chime "safe, legal, and rare" leave abortion stigmatized and those who have abortions ostracized, contributing to the vulnerability of providers, advocates and patients. Come to share strategies about how we can create a new dialogue around abortion that is grounded within the context of our lives as young people, parents, community members, allies and friends.
Speakers (click to view): Dallas Schubert, Heather Ault, Poonam Dreyfus-Pai, Katie Stack, Toni Thayer

Strategies for Fighting Abortion Stigma

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Dallas Schubert

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.

Heather Ault

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.

Poonam Dreyfus-Pai

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.

Katie Stack

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.

Toni Thayer

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.
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ASH 112
The Familiar Made Strange: An Exploration of Disability Justice and Access in Our Racial, Economic and Multi-Issue JusticeWork
The collision of disability, economic, and racial justice are inseparable in the lived experiences of poverty, the struggles of First Nations peoples for sovereignty, work-related injuries, homelessness, sterilization, immigration, police brutality and more. Come join members of the national Disability Justice Collective (DJC) as we explore the ways ableism and disability impact our varied communities and discuss tools we can incorporate into our lives and organizing to ensure more effective collaborations with disability community.
Speakers (click to view): Akemi Nishida, Charone Pagett, Collette Carter, Stephanie Infante, Sebastian Margaret, Kay Ulanday Barrett

The Familiar Made Strange: An Exploration of Disability Justice and Access in Our Racial, Economic and Multi-Issue JusticeWork

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Akemi Nishida

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.

Charone Pagett

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.

Collette Carter

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.

Stephanie Infante

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.

Sebastian Margaret

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.

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
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FPH Faculty Lounge
The Intersections of Immigrant Rights and Reproductive Justice
Immigration status has a significant impact on a person’s ability to exercise their reproductive freedom. Current immigration policy puts reproductive justice far out of reach: pulling parents away from their children and forcing them to raise families without dignity, keeping LGBT couples apart, forcing women to deliver children in shackles, and denying people affordable health insurance for up to 15 years. Come learn about the current immigration landscape and strategize about how to make reproductive justice accessible to all, regardless of immigration status.
Speakers (click to view): Shivana Jorawar, Zeinab Eyega, Joy Messinger, Natalie D. Camastra

The Intersections of Immigrant Rights and Reproductive Justice

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Shivana Jorawar

J.D., Reproductive Justice Program Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)

Zeinab Eyega

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.

Joy Messinger

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.

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.
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FPH West Lecture Hall

Sunday 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Changing the Way We Organize: Accessible, Expansive Movements
Activist communities don’t always value the experiences and leadership of people with disabilities, parents, and families. How can we support ourselves and each other in doing this work in a way that is sustainable for everyone? Come hear about different models for organizing and connecting that are making the movement more accessible and expansive.
Speakers (click to view): Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone, Hermelinda Cortes, Victoria Law

Changing the Way We Organize: Accessible, Expansive Movements

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Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone

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

Hermelinda Cortes

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.

Victoria Law

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.
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FPH 104
Confronting Sizeism
This workshop will focus on fatness as a social identity and sizeism as a system of oppression. Participants will learn the basics of fat oppression and it how operates through institutions such as the medical system, media, diet and fashion industries. Participants will examine how fat oppression intersects with other -isms (racism, sexism, capitalism, etc), and give historical context about the rise of fat oppression as an aesthetic concern before fatness was ever considered a medical issue. This workshop will also offer insight into how sizeism operates in activist communities, specifically in food justice movements, and discuss solutions to combat sizeism and make our spaces commit to fighting sizeism.
Speakers (click to view): Irissa Baxter, Cora Segal

Confronting Sizeism

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Irissa Baxter

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.

Cora Segal

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.
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FPH Faculty Lounge
Creating a Full Spectrum Doula Practice
Everyone deserves access to non-judgmental emotional, physical, and informational support when moving through the full spectrum of choice. In recent years, the doula model of care has been expanding to include not only birthing support, but also support for abortion, adoption, and prison reproductive healthcare. Come hear how doulas from different practices are managing this landscape and add your ideas to the conversation.
Speakers (click to view): Lauren Mitchell, Poonam Dreyfus-Pai, Danny Scar

Creating a Full Spectrum Doula Practice

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Lauren Mitchell

Poonam Dreyfus-Pai

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.

Danny Scar

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ASH 112
Economic Justice and Access to Care
We will discuss how this economic downturn has impacted those in our communities who rely on public assistance, and broaden our analysis on how state benefits are inaccessible and inadequate for many. From advocacy work on making the Affordable Care Act (ACA) accessible to people of color, poor folks, and LGBTQ people, to funding abortion in the face of Hyde, to finding space and support for queer folks in shelters, panelists and participants will strategize ways to support our communities in a time of economic crisis.
Speakers (click to view): Almas Sayeed, Lindsey O-Pries, V. Andreani, Melissa Torres-Montoya

Economic Justice and Access to Care

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Almas Sayeed

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.

Lindsey O-Pries

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.

V. Andreani

Melissa Torres-Montoya

JD, MPH, Reproductive Justice Legal Fellow, National Women's Health Network/Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need
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FPH 103
Economic Justice and Worker's Rights
This past year has seen a tidal wave of activism and leadership from the ground up on worker’s rights, from nationwide fast food strikes to the success of domestic worker wage campaigns. With minimum wage legislation becoming a priority agenda item for this administration, the time is right for real and lasting change to the way we pay, benefit, and value the labor of low wage workers. For those of us who are operating as allies, how do we engage with, support, and lift up the voices of the most marginalized in these campaigns? Hear from organizers, funders, and activists at the local, state, and national levels on their work.
Speakers (click to view): Katie Joaquin, Sara K. Gould, Aubretia (Windy) Edick

Economic Justice and Worker's Rights

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Katie Joaquin

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

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.

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.
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FPH 101
Environment and Climate Justice
This panel will explore the intersections between environmental, climate, and gender and racial justice. Speakers will highlight efforts that advance just solutions to environmental problems, including climate change, in the U.S. and internationally.
Speakers (click to view): Asa Needle, Jacqui Patterson, Senti Sojwal, Dr. M. K. Dorsey

Environment and Climate Justice

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Asa Needle

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.

Jacqui Patterson

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.

Senti Sojwal

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.

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.
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FPH 103
Exposing Crisis Pregnancy Centers on a Local, State & National level
Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) are anti-choice centers across the nation that often lie to women about abortion, sex education & birth control. This panel will describe ways that activists can get involved both legislatively and on the ground. Katie Stack, from the Crisis Project, will talk about what she has learned from her undercover investigations of CPCs across the country. Feminist Majority Foundation will cover best practices on raising awareness about CPCs in college environments. NARAL Pro-Choice America & NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts will discuss their extensive research and legislative work around CPCs in addition to talk about their grassroots advocacy.
Speakers (click to view): Celia Segel, Katie Stack, Kristy Birchard, K. Travis Ballie

Exposing Crisis Pregnancy Centers on a Local, State & National level

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Celia Segel

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.

Katie Stack

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.

Kristy Birchard

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.

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.
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If Not Now, When?: Making Space for Your Vision Despite Limited Resources
Student organizers can often feel overwhelmed and unequipped to create spaces on their campus for a reproductive justice focused dialogue. In the face of limited resources, time, and members, this sentiment can be difficult to overcome. Panelists from Students United for Reproductive Justice (SURJ) from UNC-Chapel Hill will discuss their strategies for overcoming resource limitations and ultimately realizing their vision to educate, empower, and energize their campus on reproductive justice issues. By the end of this workshop, participants will have the knowledge and skills to plan an event on their own campus.
Speakers (click to view): Micha’le Simmons, Elizabeth Atwell, Kaori Sueyoshi, Clara Owen, Carissa Morrison

If Not Now, When?: Making Space for Your Vision Despite Limited Resources

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Micha’le Simmons

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.

Elizabeth Atwell

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.

Kaori Sueyoshi

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.

Clara Owen

Carissa Morrison

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FPH 102
Intergenerational Dialogues around Activism
This workshop will explore the need for intergenerational dialogue around reproductive and social justice activism, look at barriers preventing these conversations from happening, and examine best practices for broaching topics across age groups.
Speakers (click to view): Laura Kaplan, Jessica Valenti, Siena Dryden, Jamia Wilson

Intergenerational Dialogues around Activism

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Laura Kaplan

Jessica Valenti

Jessica Valenti is a feminist author and a founder of Feministing.com. She currently writes a weekly column for The Nation.

Siena Dryden

Jamia Wilson

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.
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FPH 107
Lifetimes of Activism
They created the term "reproductive justice", and housing, sex education, international training and capacity building programs; helped run an underground railroad before Roe through which thousands of women safely obtained illegal abortions; founded the first women's HIV/AIDS organization in the Southeast, and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective; and directed the March for Women's Lives, then the largest protest march in US history. They are researchers, writers and academics, radio hosts, service providers and activists, grandmothers and great-grandmothers who are leading global campaigns for women's health, national advocacy for abortion funds and feminist women’s health centers providing contraceptive and reproductive health services and education to all communities, while championing the leadership of women of color, indigenous women, and women living with HIV under the premise that having control over your own body is the most basic of rights. Come to hear about their experiences and what they are doing now.
Speakers (click to view): Laura Kaplan, Toni M. Bond Leonard, Loretta J. Ross, Dazon Dixon Diallo, Katrina Maczen-Cantrell

Lifetimes of Activism

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Laura Kaplan

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.

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.

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.

Katrina Maczen-Cantrell

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.
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FPH Main Lecture Hall
Responding to Sexual Assault on Campus
How does sexual violence fit into the reproductive justice framework? How can we create policies that are responsive to our communities – both on and off campus? Campus leaders from the Five College community and beyond will discuss how we can respond to and prevent sexual violence so everyone can feel safe on campus.
Speakers (click to view): Jill Grimaldi, Tejal Mankad, Sasha Goodfriend, Liya Rechtman, Chloe Collins

Responding to Sexual Assault on Campus

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Jill Grimaldi

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.

Tejal Mankad

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.

Sasha Goodfriend

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.

Liya Rechtman

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

Chloe Collins

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.
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FPH 101
RiseUp! Women’s Reentry from Prison
Women returning from prison face challenges that their male counterparts do not, such as reuniting with children placed in foster care, securing childcare while seeking employment, and healing from past trauma. We’ll discuss some of the many reentry issues that women are faced with and strategize about how to support our formerly incarcerated community members.
Speakers (click to view): Cheauvon Brown-Nelson, Misty Rojo, Tina Reynolds, MSW

RiseUp! Women’s Reentry from Prison

Speakers

Cheauvon Brown-Nelson

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.

Misty Rojo

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.

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"
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FPH East Lecture Hall
Stand up Against Population Alarmism
Many of us learn from school and the media that "overpopulation" is one of the major causes, if not the major cause, of hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, migration and even political instability. "Overpopulation" thinking often leads to harmful policies and campaigns that undermine reproductive freedom and environmental justice. Learn to combat it with fresh, feminist perspectives on population, the environment and organizing. Speakers will discuss how to challenge population alarmism in reproductive justice and environmental justice organizing.
Speakers (click to view): Betsy Hartmann, Anne Hendrixson, Jade Sasser

Stand up Against Population Alarmism

Speakers

Betsy Hartmann

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.

Anne Hendrixson

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.

Jade Sasser

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.
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FPH 106
Taking Root in Flyover Country: Building Networks for Reproductive Justice
Between hostile cultural climates and legislation targeted at the most marginalized, one of a red state organizer’s most pronounced barriers is isolation. Using examples of our own collaboration with each other, other red state organizers, the Take Root conference, and even coastal collaborations, we will facilitate a conversation about the importance of growing networks for red state reproductive justice and best practices for overcoming organizer isolation and nurturing relationships.
Speakers (click to view): Ricky Hill, Sandra Criswell, yucca bianca westrup

Taking Root in Flyover Country: Building Networks for Reproductive Justice

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Ricky Hill

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.

Sandra Criswell

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.

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.
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FPH East Lecture Hall
The Military Industrial Complex and Impacts on Reproductive Health
This panel will focus on the intersections of the military industrial complex and issues of reproductive health. Advocates will cover topics such as the DREAM Act and military as a path to citizenship; how war disproportionately affects marginalized communities, especially women and girls; and the effects of war on the environment.
Speakers (click to view): Kimberly Inez McGuire, Kate Grindlay, Pat Hynes, Jeff Napolitano

The Military Industrial Complex and Impacts on Reproductive Health

Speakers

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.

Kate Grindlay

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.

Pat Hynes

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) .

Jeff Napolitano

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!
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FPH West Lecture Hall
The Revolution Starts with Me: Incorporating Self-Care & Preventing Burnout
Self-care is giving ourselves space to name our physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, and spiritual needs so that we can engage in healthy practices that allow our needs to manifest in the best ways for us. But how can we practice self-care in a world where we’re being pulled in multiple directions? By using interactive activities, storytelling, and skill-sharing, this workshop will help us think more critically about the importance of prioritizing self-care and preventing burnout. Participants will leave with tangible tools to incorporate self-care practices into their lives, and will also receive "The Revolution Starts with Me!" zine.
Speakers (click to view): Adaku Utah, Nicole Clark, MSW

The Revolution Starts with Me: Incorporating Self-Care & Preventing Burnout

Speakers

Adaku Utah

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.

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 info@nicole-clark.com or follow her on Twitter at @MsNicoleClark.
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ASH 111
Transfeminism and Reproductive Justice
This session will explore trans and gender justice activism, reproductive rights and sexual liberation, feminism, and the connections between our movements. Panelists will share their perspectives and experiences challenging assumptions about gender, sexuality, and feminism, and their work to advance a more expansive understanding of gender and gender justice.
Speakers (click to view): Bamby Salcedo, Bet Power, Elyse Quadrozzi, Katherine Cross

Transfeminism and Reproductive Justice

Speakers

Bamby Salcedo

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.

Bet Power

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.

Elyse Quadrozzi

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.

Katherine Cross

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.
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FPH Main Lecture Hall
Understanding New Racialized Attacks on Reproductive Justice - and How to Fight Back
In this workshop, we will unpack the strategies of new right-wing attacks on reproductive justice in communities of color - from racist anti-choice billboards to state violence against transgender people of color - and how to make collective organizing against these efforts work. Panelists will discuss creative opportunities for strategic resistance based on research into the racialization of the abortion debate, as well as the lived experiences of the panelists themselves: “In order for communities of color to best work collectively to fight these abuses, we must first recognize the unique effect of these attacks on ourselves” - Andrea Smith.
Speakers (click to view): Malika Redmond, Christi H. Ketchum, Eesha Pandit, Miriam Zoila Pérez

Understanding New Racialized Attacks on Reproductive Justice - and How to Fight Back

Speakers

Malika Redmond

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!

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.

Eesha Pandit

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.

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)
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FPH 108
We're All Media Makers: Using Storytelling & Creativity to Make Change
Effective storytelling has always been a critical part of messaging, but it is even more important when it comes to engaging people -- especially young people -- on important political issues. People want to get involved with campaigns that reflect their values, and we know that no story exists in a box. We'll discuss how the reproductive justice movement can be strengthened by including and focusing on more than just "abortion stories," but rather stories that reflect the reality of real people with complex lives and identities.
Speakers (click to view): Maegan la Mamita Mala Ortiz, Nayantara Sen, Rogelio Alejandro Lopez, Sarah La Due

We're All Media Makers: Using Storytelling & Creativity to Make Change

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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.

Nayantara Sen

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.

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.

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."
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FPH 102
What If We Let Roe Go?
This is a community conversation to question our orthodoxies, analyze our strategies and brainstorm together about how to build more effective power for abortion access. It is a time for reproductive health, rights and justice activists to explore what our movement would look like if we were willing to step back from the conventional (i.e. legislative, litigation and policy) strategies to protect and expand abortion access. Could we approach the work differently? What would we gain and what would we lose? Is it even possible to re-think the way we do the work, or are we too far down this path?
Speakers (click to view): Angela Ferrell-Zabala, Julia Reticker-Flynn, Kimberly Inez McGuire, Aimée Thorne-Thomsen

What If We Let Roe Go?

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Angela Ferrell-Zabala

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.

Julia Reticker-Flynn

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.

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.

Aimée Thorne-Thomsen

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.
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FPH West Lecture Hall

Friday Afternoon

Abortion Access in the U.S.
Will explore current barriers to abortion access in the U.S., including recent attacks on funding and health care coverage for abortions, and clinic disparities. Come hear how advocates are meeting these threats by organizing grassroots abortion Funds, working to include abortion in family medicine, and using a broad call for reproductive justice to mobilize new allies and inspire new generations to be activists and providers.
Speakers (click to view): Nicole Goss, Kelly Baden, Finn Schubert, Nancy Pitts

Abortion Access in the U.S.

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Nicole Goss

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.

Kelly Baden

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.

Finn Schubert

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.

Nancy Pitts

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.
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4:00-6:00 PM
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Music and Dance Building
Caucus for People of African Descent
Though a collective and group driven process open to people of African Descent, we will explore questions including what the critical conditions are for People of African Descent in our movement(s), what is at stake for our leadership and collective well being, ways the Reproductive Justice movement can better honor Black leadership and our legacy of organizing, and what will be vital to our collective survival as People of African Descent in our movements. This caucus space is held in solidarity with other spaces for Indigenous people and communities of color at the conference.
Speakers (click to view): Cara Page, Tamika Middleton

Caucus for People of African Descent

Speakers

Cara Page

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.

Tamika Middleton

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.
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4:00-6:00 PM
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Cultural Center
Colonized Spaces, Criminalized Bodies
The ongoing legacies of colonialism are tied into the aggressive over-policing of communities of color and criminalization of poor people, immigrants, and sexual minorities. Panelists will talk about activism and personal work to expose and resist the effects of current and historical colonial occupation.
Speakers (click to view): Angel C. Fabian, Coya White Hat-Artichoker, Katie McKay Bryson, Robyn Maynard

Colonized Spaces, Criminalized Bodies

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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.

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.

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.

Robyn Maynard

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.
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4:00-6:00 PM
Location:
FPH MLH
Environmental Justice: Toxic Legacies and Transformative Change
The people of color-led environmental justice (EJ) movement has challenged mainstream environmentalism by centering complex social problems like the disproportionate exposure of communities of color to toxic contamination. Panelists will speak to their personal relationships to environmental health and safety, the EJ movement, and the power of community-based action.
Speakers (click to view): Beata Tsosie-Peña, Diego Angarita

Environmental Justice: Toxic Legacies and Transformative Change

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Beata Tsosie-Peña

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.

Diego Angarita

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.
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4:00-6:00 PM
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FPH 101
From Moral Outrage to Decriminalization: Depolarizing the Debate about Sex Work, Sex Trade, and Trafficking
Having trouble distinguishing between the realities of the sex trade and the media hype? Join student and community leaders examining the race, gender, and class stereotypes that continue to fuel this often over-simplified debate. Together we will challenge and re-frame the current narrative, center the voices of people in the sex trade, and offer a new context for developing justice-based solutions to violence and oppression.
Speakers (click to view): Carol Queen, PhD , Kelli Dorsey, Sandra Chen, Juhu Thukral

From Moral Outrage to Decriminalization: Depolarizing the Debate about Sex Work, Sex Trade, and Trafficking

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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).

Kelli Dorsey

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.

Sandra Chen

Sandra Chen is currently a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College, studying anthropology and gender studies. She is interested in social justice and good food.

Juhu Thukral

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.
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4:00-6:00 PM
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FPH West Lecture Hall
Grounding Ourselves in Our Stories: Participating in the Abortion Speak Out
This safe and supportive space is intended to help those who have had abortions and may be planning to speak (and their friends, partners, and family members) prepare for Friday night’s abortion speak out. Ellen and Summer, the abortion speak out committee co-chairs, are available to facilitate discussion and answer questions. Attendees should feel free to come and go as they wish.
Speakers (click to view): Ellen Green, Summer Hirtzel

Grounding Ourselves in Our Stories: Participating in the Abortion Speak Out

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Ellen Green

Summer Hirtzel

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.
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4:00-6:00 PM
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ASH 221
Healing in Action! Interactive Alternatives at Their Best!
An opportunity to learn a few alternative options for when health care isn’t available. From ear seeds to making your own herbal remedies, there is something here for everybody. Come learn about our healing in action campaign the same way our outreach workers did.
Speakers (click to view): Dominique McKinney, C. Angel Torres

Healing in Action! Interactive Alternatives at Their Best!

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Dominique McKinney

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.”
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4:00-6:00 PM
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FPH 107
International Roundtable on Reproductive Rights and Human Rights
Researchers and activists from different countries will share their diverse experiences redefining feminism and promoting and defending reproductive and sexual health and rights around the world. Come to hear about our colleagues' successes in different political and cultural contexts, and to discuss strategies for transnational organizing.
Speakers (click to view): Anke Kleinemeier, Cora Fernandez Anderson, Jessica Reinholz , Julieta Paredes Carvajal, Laura Briggs, Mirta Rodríguez Calderón , Jaclyn Gilstrap

International Roundtable on Reproductive Rights and Human Rights

Speakers

Anke Kleinemeier

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.

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.

Jessica Reinholz

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.

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.

Laura Briggs

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).

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.

Jaclyn Gilstrap

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.
Time:
4:00-6:00 PM
Location:
FPH ELH
It Takes a Movement: Exploring the Social, Political, and Economic Context of Building and Supporting Families
From sperm donation to adoption, from pregnant and parenting youth to non-gestational co-parenting, this panel will provide a variety of perspectives on what it means to create, raise, and support a family. Hear from both parents and non-parents as we explore the supports we all need in order to care for our families and ourselves, and the broad cross-movement advocacy initiatives that look at child care, health care, family and economic security as racial, gender, and economic justice issues.
Speakers (click to view): Charlotte Capogna-Amias, Ena Suseth Valladares, Gretchen Sisson, Maxwell Ciardullo

It Takes a Movement: Exploring the Social, Political, and Economic Context of Building and Supporting Families

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Charlotte Capogna-Amias

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.

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.

Gretchen Sisson

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.

Maxwell Ciardullo

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.
Time:
4:00-6:00 PM
Location:
ASH 112
Living & Thriving Positive
All people have the right not only to the care and conditions of dignity we need to lead healthy lives, but also to thrive and be supported as whole, vital members of our communities. HIV positive people and allies are working together around the world to fight for meaningful access to life-saving care and make those rights our shared reality.
Speakers (click to view): Jennifer Marshall, Sonia Rastogi, W. Brandon Lacy Campos, Alice Welbourn, PhD

Living & Thriving Positive

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Jennifer Marshall

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.

Sonia Rastogi

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.

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.

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.
Time:
4:00-6:00 PM
Location:
FPH 105
The Revolution Starts with Me: Incorporating Self-Care & Preventing Burn-Out
In order to advocate for someone else, you have to be able to advocate for you first! How can activists practice self-care in a world where we’re being pulled in multiple directions? By using interactive activities, storytelling, and skill-sharing, this workshop will help activists and social justice organizations to think more critically about the importance of prioritizing self-care. You will leave with tangible tools to incorporate self-care practices into your life.
Speakers (click to view): Adaku Utah, Nicole Clark, MSW

The Revolution Starts with Me: Incorporating Self-Care & Preventing Burn-Out

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Adaku Utah

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.

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 info@nicole-clark.com or follow her on Twitter at @MsNicoleClark.
Time:
4:00-6:00 PM
Location:
ASH 111
We’re the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: Justice-Based Campus Organizing
Effective organizing by students in the reproductive rights and justice movements can serve as a model and platform for movement building around issues at the intersection. What are the entry points for student activism on your campus, and how do we engage students who do not identify as activists, and avoid “preaching to the choir”? Come to share your experiences and challenges as student organizers, and to talk about what’s worked and how we can learn from each other.
Speakers (click to view): Deesha Narichania , Sandra Criswell

We’re the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: Justice-Based Campus Organizing

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Deesha Narichania

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.

Sandra Criswell

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.
Time:
4:00-6:00 PM
Location:
FPH 106

Saturday Session 1

1 in 3 Campaign Filming with Advocates for Youth
The 1 in 3 campaign (www.1in3campaign.org) aims to break down the stigma of abortion by encouraging a dialogue where people’s personal experiences are at the center of the conversation about abortion rights and access. The 1 in 3 campaign is collecting both written and video submissions from people who want to share their experiences with abortion. If you are interested in sharing your story with the campaign, we will be filming between 1:15pm and 6:00pm on Saturday. Sign up at the Advocates for Youth table.
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1 in 3 Campaign Filming with Advocates for Youth

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Time:
1:15-2:45 PM
Location:
FPH 216 (Glazer Faculty Lounge)
2012 Elections: Representing Our Communities
From reproductive rights to presidential hopefuls to voter disenfranchisement: the upcoming elections promise to dramatically impact our communities. This panel of advocates and policy makers will tell us where things are at, where they are going, and how we can continue to work to ensure that people of all ages in our communities are represented.
Speakers (click to view): Deborah Peterson Small, Julia Reticker-Flynn, Representative Ellen Story, Sarah Audelo

2012 Elections: Representing Our Communities

Speakers

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.

Julia Reticker-Flynn