2016 Conference

From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom

"I am overwhelmed with the experience I have had at this conference.
I feel inspired to take action."

CLPP’s 35th anniversary annual conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, took place April 8-10, 2016 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Over 1,200 activists, students, academics, and professionals came for a weekend of workshops, performances, networking, and conversations. Read 2016's conference vision statement for more information.

Building Our Knowledge

Over 150 speakers conducted more than 80 workshop sessions on throughout the conference weekend. The Friday afternoon session comprised of workshops including A Pocketbook Issue: Abortion Access is Economic Justice, Appropriate Whiteness, Reproductive Justice 101, Survival and Resilience in the Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Criminal Justice Systems, and many more.

Breaking Silences: An Abortion Speak Out

After dinner on Friday evening, conference participants joined together to witness and share personal stories of abortion at Breaking Silences: An Abortion Speak Out, a supportive environment to affirm the lived experiences of those who have had abortions.

Speaking Out for Reproductive Freedom

On Saturday morning, 16 activists, performers, students, and leaders from across the US engaged words, song, and performance to share their experiences in this movement and their passion for building community and advancing reproductive justice for everyone in Speaking Out for Reproductive Freedom, the opening plenary.

Working Across Movements

Workshops continued throughout the day Saturday featuring discussion, knowledge building, and skill sharing on a variety of topics as they related to a larger vision of reproductive justice. Workshops included Disability Justice and Reproductive Justice: Clarifying Our Values, Don't Drink the Water: Water Access Is a Human Right and Reproductive Justice Issue, Queering Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution, Abortion Access in Latin America/El acceso al aborto en América Latina, Reproductive Justice in Indigenous Communities, HIV Criminalization as a Reproductive Justice Issue: DIspatches from the South, and many more.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Workshops concluded on Sunday morning with sessions including Centering the Leadership of Trans Women of Color, Immigration Policy and Reproductive Justice: An Intersectional Dialogue, Mental Health and Families: No Road Maps Provided, and many others. Sunday morning's closing plenary reflected on how the movement for reproductive freedom has grown and transformed. For CLPP's 35th anniversary, speakers held an intergenerational conference on where reproductive justice has been in the last three-and-a-half decades—and where it is headed.

Here's what people are saying about our 35th anniversary conference:*

Reproductive Justice and Child Sexual Abuse, Ignacio Rivera, The Heal Project

CLPP Morning Plenary Recap, Lexie Leigh

Abortion Access Threats and Resistance Strategies, Lexie Leigh

RHAP presents at #CLPP2016, Reproductive Health Access Project

It's been wonderful to witness everyone participating in deeper conversations about reproductive justice and continuing those conversations in their communities once they've returned home. Thanks to everyone who brought their hearts, work, and dreams to this space! You made #CLPP2016 what it is.

Thank you!

We're incredibly grateful of the support and energy demonstrated at our 35th anniversary conference. The weekend would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors and sponsors, conference speakers, and student group conference organizers. The CLPP student group dedicated countless hours to planning the Abortion Speakout, accessibility, childcare, entertainment, hospitality, outreach, safety, and transportation. Thank you for your presence as organizational leaders, community members, families, activists, and students. Take a moment to fill out our 2016 conference evaluation.

We can't wait to see you next year, April 7-9, 2017! As you're waiting for next year's conference, check out photos, videos, and more from our 2016 conference.

*Please note that statements made by bloggers are views held by individuals and may not reflect the positions of CLPP or Hampshire College on these issues. We have shared them here with the intent to continue conversations.

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