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CLPP's Summer Leadership Institute

Last summer, CLPP and our partners at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the National Center for Lesbian Rights brought together 22 activists from both the reproductive justice and LGBTQ liberation movements for our 2013 Summer Leadership Institute. CLPP, NLIRH and NCLR will be co-anchoring a caucus session at the national Creating Change conference, entitled "An Invitation to Collaborate: Bridging the LGBTQ and Reproductive Justice Movements", on Friday, January 31, at 6:30PM. We will also host a networking session at the CLPP Conference on April 11-13, 2014 - save the date!

Creating Community at the CLPP Conference

Our conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, is a space for learning, collaboration, growth, and supporting one another as we work to create change. We invite all participants to be part of a culture of respect that acknowledges and honors the differences we bring in terms of our identities and our politics, without marginalizing or tokenizing each other. Our differences can be points of strength, and the many diverse identities and perspectives we hold make for a stronger and more vibrant reproductive justice movement.

CLPP Welcomes Verónica Bayetti Flores

We're excited to welcome Verónica Bayetti Flores as our new Assistant Director in charge of CLPP's external leadership projects. Verónica has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, 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, New York City, and Texas. Please join us in welcoming Verónica to CLPP!

2011 will be my 5th anniversary of working with the courageous, dedicated and inspiring students and staff at CLPP

Last fall, I became the CLPP Director after overseeing programming, new collaborations and strategic planning work as the Associate Director of Programs. Joining me on CLPP’s leadership team are my wonderful colleague Amy Crysel, CLPP’s Director of Operations and Finance, and our long-time director Marlene Fried, who transitioned into the role of faculty director (and is currently serving as Hampshire’s interim president). We have been very excited to implement a new model of shared leadership that affirms our commitment to bridging academics and activism, mentoring and developing new leadership and providing leadership opportunities within, and cross-generational dialogues and collaborations.

Earlier this month, we were thrilled when Marlene was honored at the Roe anniversary event hosted by the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts, Tapestry Health and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts:

38 years after Roe v. Wade was decided, it seems incredible that we are now fighting attacks on reproductive and sexual rights that would make abortions out of reach for almost all women. Since the mid-term elections, many of our supporters have asked me if I thought we were losing ground. Although the Right has been emboldened by these legislative gains, we have always been bold. And our movement is now so deep and strong, we have a new capacity to meet these political and cultural battles, on our own terms. The Congressional briefing organized this month by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, with the National Network of Abortion Funds, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and the Black Women’s Health Imperative, shows we have the D.C. presence and power at this moment to ensure our stories are heard.

For 30 years, our students, staff and the community activists we have worked with have refused to segregate abortion from all the other issues that are central to our lives and our exercise of reproductive autonomy. We are now teachers, lawyers, community organizers and leaders, health care providers, filmmakers, bloggers and journalists. Today, our students are organizing rides to join the rally for women’s health in Foley Square on Saturday, in New York. We will not go back. We are ready to rally. Our movement is stronger now than ever before.

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