On April 12th, 2013, we convened 50 members of the New Leadership Networking Initiative (NLNI) to discuss the connections between immigrants’ rights and reproductive justice, and to brainstorm ways that participants could work at these intersections. The day began with a grounding exercise by members of Seattle’s Zenyu, a grassroots, multicultural organization that cultivates the holistic wellbeing and leadership of LGBTQI people of color.
The fall NLNI meeting convened in Los Angeles on October 27 and 28, 2011. In response to participant suggestions, this meeting centered black women’s experiences with racism in reproductive health, rights, and justice work. The meeting also provided the opportunity for participants to reflect on NLNI’s history and mission, and the network’s core values, infrastructure, and planning processes.