The summer was jam-packed with exciting tales from RRASCs who joined staff at reproductive rights and social justice organizations all over the country. In ten short weeks, they did everything from launching their own research projects to designing their own workshops: this summer, RRASCs attended national conferences, saw babies being born, supported patients through abortions, documented human rights abuses in immigrant communities across the country, made documentary films, visited activists incarcerated in California women's prisons, and met President Barack Obama.
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.