Authors' note: Hearing the news of George Tiller’s murder brought all of us here at CLPP and our sister program, PopDev, to work this week with immense sadness and fear. We had many questions about the place of abortion in our communities and movements and felt a drive to step outside the current debate to engage in a new dialogue free from violence and rooted in justice. Over the past two days, we discussed together our own reactions and our responsibilities as members of our local community. Here is our response, originally published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette (June 3, 2009).
On April 5th, 2009, participants at CLPP's annual conference sat down together to close out the weekend, link movements, and create a common vision. No small feat. I was honored and privileged to moderate a panel of inspiring, incredible, critical, knowledgeable, real live activists from all over the U.S. and abroad.
2008 was an incredible year for RRASC interns! From coast-to-coast and in the Fuyang & Hefei provinces in China, interns crafted and taught workshops, conducted research, designed web content, and built relationships with activists and organizers that will surely outlast their summers.
In this session activists from the U.S. and abroad talked about organizing for reproductive freedom and social justice. Speakers addressed a range of issues including abortion rights, LGBTQ issues, youth liberation, disability rights, HIV/AIDS, and more. The power of this session came from the individual voices and from the interconnections made between issues and movements. Hear the audio recording here!