2015 Conference

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 3:00pm to Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 1:00pm

From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Buidling 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 29th annual conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, took place April 10-12, 2015, at Hampshire College. 1,046 activists, students, academics, and professionals came for a weekend of workshops, performances, networking, and conversations.

Friday Workshops
The conference began on Friday afternoon with workshops sessions, including: El accesso al aborto, legal, seguro y gratuito es un derecho humano! (Safe and Legal Access to Abortion is a Human Right!), Geographies of Race and Sexual Health: Housing Policy Impacts on People Living With HIV and LGBTQ Youth, Sometimes in Washington You Win: Net Neutrality VICTORY and Trans Women and the Reproductive Justice Movement.
 
Breaking Silences: An Abortion Speak Out
After dinner, the Robert Crown Center was filled with people ready to hear and support personal accounts of abortions. Breaking Silences: An Abortion Speak Out provided a safe space for people with experiences of abortion to share their stories in a space intended to honor and support them.
 
Visions of Reproductive Justice
On Saturday morning, 22 activists and performers used words, song, and performance to share their visions for reproductive justice in Speaking Out for Reproductive Freedom, the opening plenary.
 
Building our Knowledge
Throughout the weekend, 151 speakers offered a total of 72 workshops and panels. More than half (55%) of conference speakers were age 30 or younger, and 67% were people of color.
 
In Our Own Voice: Formulating A National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Policy Agenda, Beating Back the Corporate Right on Reproductive Freedom: Innovative Strategies from the Low-Wage Workers’ Rights Movement, Housing, Land, and Reproductive Justice and Mobilizing Against State Violence In Our Communities  were just a few of the sessions.
 
Working across movements
The conference concluded with Sunday’s plenary, Working Across Movements for Reproductive Justice. Speakers shared their experiences in their respective movements, and offered advice and insight toward the most effective and proactive ways to become collaborative allies within all facets of the social, environmental, economic, and reprodcutive justice networks.

Thank you!
We're very grateful for the support of our generous sponsors and the Hampshire community. The CLPP student group devoted countless hours, boundless energy, passion, and humor to make our 2015 conference run smoothly. Student group committee chairs coordinated the Speak Out, accessibility, childcare, entertainment, hospitality, outreach, and transportation. All conference speakers donated their time and energy, which is a huge contribution to building the movement for reproductive freedom!

We can't wait to see you at our next conference April 8-10, 2016!

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