On April 8-10, 2011, over 1,200 students and community activists from 152 campuses and over 300 organizations came together for a weekend of workshops, discussions, learning, networking and movement building to revitalize political passions, energy and imagination, and to celebrate our collective leadership and strength.
Breaking Silences: An Abortion Speak Out grounded the weekend in lived experiences. The standing-room only audience held a space for breaking the silence that surrounds abortion by honoring the various personal stories shared.
The Saturday morning plenary, Speaking Out for Reproductive Freedom, featured activists and performers from the U.S. and abroad speaking about abortion access, challenging the war on drugs and the increasing surveillance and over-policing of our communities, youth rights and LGBTQQI+ advocacy and organizing, climate change and environmental justice and more. Katsi Cook of the First Environment Collaborative and National Council of Aboriginal Midwives provided an opening invocation that honored the indigenous people who originally stewarded the land on which we were all sharing for the conference weekend.
Watch videos from speakers Paris Hatcher of Spark Reproductive Justice Now; Rebecca Gomperts of Women on Waves and Women on Web; Nia Robinson, climate and environmental justice actvist; and Sara Osgood, CLPP student organizer. Find more videos on our YouTube channel.
The 22 activists and performers who spoke out on Saturday morning helped us connect the many issues and movements from which we all come. Hampshire College's Samba group, Sambalanço, closed out the plenary, allowing everyone in attendance to drum, sing, dance and celebrate the historic strength, courage and resiliency of our communities.
The weekend featured 178 speakers, trainers and facilitators in over 75 workshops and strategic action sessions addressing abortion and health care access, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQQI+ rights, connecting U.S.-based work internationally, gender justice, immigrant rights and reproductive justice, media-making and messaging within the reproductive justice movement, challenging population control and much, much, more!
Live blogging and tweeting provided real-time updates as workshops unfolded. Feministing.com and AmplifyYourVoice.org partnered with us to provide live coverage, and many conference participants documented their experiences as well.
Check out these posts about workshops:
Check out the full blogroll!
Sunday's closing plenary featured Anders Wyatt Zanichowsky a CLPP alum working for crossmovement solidarity in Madison, WI; Andrea Ritchie co-author of Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States; Loretta Ross from Sistersong Reproductive Justice Collective; Silvia Henriquez from National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; and moderated by Hira Nabi, a youth video educator.
Speakers addressed personal experiences of home and revolutions. Their presentations opened up into a dynamic discussion among speakers and audience mapping out how we can work together to achieve reproductive justice in our own communities that acknowledges historic contexts and our many intersecting identities.The plenary was documented by live tweets and blog posts:
"I want to jump into the feminist movement and the reproductive justice movement!"
"The environment was so welcoming and accepting and laid back, while still maintaining a fierce approach to incredible issues. I know that I’m always going to do what I can to continue to attend this conference time and time again."
"It was like a rebirth for me, and I think it should continue to energize the workers in the movement and inspire us to continue our activism, networking, and success."
"As a result of one of the speakers in the Saturday morning plenary I am looking now at being a nurse AND abortion provider. I am training to be a nurse now, but abortion was something I planned to refer out to other sources for, and now I am considering taking it on myself."
Abortion Access ProjectAbortion Rights Fund of Western MassachusettsAdvocates for YouthAsian Communities for Reproductive JusticeBlack Women for Reproductive JusticeBlack Women’s Health ImperativeCenter for Reproductive RightsCenter for Sex and CultureCherry Hill Women’s CenterChicago Abortion FundChoice USADandelioness HerbalsEverywoman’s Center, UMassFeminist Majority FoundationFenway Health CenterFive College Women’s Studies Research CenterFree PressGenerations AheadGroundswell's Reproductive Justice Fund at Tides FoundationGuttmacher InstituteHampshire College Feminist Studies ProgramHampshire College Lebron-Wiggins-Pran Cultural CenterHealth Initiatives for YouthIbis Reproductive HealthIllinois Caucus for Adolescent HealthInternational Socialist Organization (Amherst/Northampton branch)IpasJustice NowThe Lalor FoundationLaw Students for Reproductive JusticeMabel Wadsworth Women's Health Centermake/shiftThe Moriah FundMothers of Color Awareness InitiativeNARAL Pro-Choice AmericaNational Advocates for Pregnant WomenNational Asian Pacific American Women’s ForumNational Health Law ProgramNational Latina Institute for Reproductive HealthNational Network of Abortion FundsNew Orleans Women’s Health and Justice InitiativeNursing Students for ChoiceOklahoma State University Gender and Women’s Studies DepartmentOur Bodies OurselvesPathfinder InternationalPlanned Parenthood of Northern New EnglandPolitical Economy Research InstitutePolitical Research AssociatesPopulation CouncilReligious Coalition for Reproductive ChoiceReproductive Health Access ProjectReproductive Health Technologies ProjectRobert Sterling Clark FoundationSmith College Program for the Study of Women and GenderSoapbox, Inc.Sophia Smith CollectionTapestry HealthThird Wave FoundationTranslate GenderUniversity of California at Berkeley Women’s Studies DepartmentWomen of Color Leadership NetworkWomen With a VisionWomen’s Health Specialists, The Feminist Women’s Health Centers of CaliforniaWomen’s Institute at Omega