Building on the theme of this year’s Women’s Week—“strength through solidarity”—a panel discussion last night held in Harvard Hall examined the link between environmental factors and reproductive health.
Billed as “mother/earth,” the event focused on the detrimental effects of pollution and other toxins on maternal health, and featured advocates for social justice Lani Blechman of Hampshire College’s Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program and Trina Jackson of Roxbury-based Alternatives for Community and Environment.
The two panelists touched on issues ranging from controlling overpopulation to placing power plants in low-income areas, which they said affected women’s reproductive health.
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April 6, 2010
Contact: Ellen Gattozzi
Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program, Hampshire College
Reproductive Rights Conference Builds New Strategies, New Momentum
In the summer of 2009, Unika Shrestha, a current student at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, participated in CLPP's Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC). Through RRASC, she completed a ten-week internship at the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Unika Shrestha's work at the Center for Reproductive Rights was recently featured in the Mount Holyoke College News. The article provides a snapshot of her experience with quotes like this one: "By translating Nepali documents and doing crucial research, I felt I was really contributing to the organization," Shrestha said.
We are excited to be partnering with Feministing this year for live blogging at the conference as well as pre-conference guest blogs from conference speakers and organizers. Between CLPP’s long legacy of bringing together a community of reproductive justice activists and Feministing.com’s pioneering work in creating community online, this spring’s conference provides an excellent opportunity to establish a robust relationship between CLPP and the feminist blogosphere.
Visit Feministing often to see what's happening with conference organizing!
Check out Sarah Buttenwieser's blog on getting educated at the CLPP conference: Career Counseling for Evan Bayh.
Sarah is one of the original organizers — and a long time supporter — of the conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom. Her radical media work is often showcased at the conference.
Local newspaper covers the national protest over the anti-abortion ad scheduled to run during the Super Bowl. The article highlights CLPP's participation in the protest through interview material with CLPP Associate Director/Programs, Mia Kim Sullivan.
Sign the petition to Stop CBS Attack on Choice.
By Kristin Palpini
AMHERST - Hampshire College has signed on to a protest of an anti-abortion ad slated to run during the Super Bowl.