2016 Conference Speakers

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Adaku Utah
Hailing from Nigeria, Adaku Utah is an award winning liberation educator and organizer, healer and performance ritual artist committed to healing and liberation within oppressed communities. For over ten years, her work has been centered in movements for radical social change, with a focus on gender, sexuality, race, youth, and healing justice. She is the founder and director of Harriet's Apothecary, a healing village led by Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans folks committed to living out Harriet Tubman's legacy of liberation in our tissues and our lineage. She is also the founder of BeatBox Botanicals, a local sliding-scale, love-centered, and community-inspired plant medicine and healing practice. Her greatest desire is to embody the sacredness and wholeness of love and support herself, humanity and our larger ecosystem in garnering and using our tools of love, healing, and liberation to fashion just and sustainable realities
Adina Giannelli
Trained as a lawyer, Adina Giannelli is a writer, teacher and activist. She lives, works, and agitates in western Massachusetts with her four year old child, where she is at work on her first book, a family memoir titled Ghosts That Haunt Us.
Alexandra Duncan
Alexandra Duncan’s life is driven by the belief that knowledge and authority over a person’s body belongs to them. She gave her kindergarten class ‘the talk’; studied medical anthropology; and was an EMT, yoga teacher, full-spectrum doula, and gynecological teaching associate. She founded Praxis Clinical to provide universities, hospitals, and communities with clinical skills and health literacy workshops built around justice, access, and patient empowerment.
Alicia Jay
Alicia Jay is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director of Make It Work, a campaign to bring about change on the economic security issues that impact women and working families. She is also the Principal of Rabble Up Coaching for emerging social change leaders, and brings a background in gender justice, philanthropy, and leadership development to all of her work. She proudly sits on the Advisory Board of the Third Wave Fund.
Allison Glass
Allison Glass first got connected to reproductive freedom after the home birth of her son as a young, single woman. She now serves as the State Director of Healthy and Free Tennessee where she leads a statewide coalition in shaping policy and fighting for reproductive freedom and sexual health. She has the honor and the challenge of working with, educating, and mobilizing opposition to Tennessee's (very, very red) legislators who far too often work against the interests of women and families.
Allison Scott
Allison Scott is a creative queer Bay Area babe who recently moved to the Pioneer Valley to explore all the wonderful art and activism! With consent and open communication as leading values, Allison works to build healthy relationships, support youth empowerment and grow and expand community. Creating safe and supportive spaces for people to express and explore themselves is Allison's passion.
Amy Arrington
Amy Arrington is a Boston native pursuing a career in nurse midwifery. She wants to be involved in work that shatters health disparities for people of color. Amy is a full spectrum doula who believes that all people experiencing abortion, birth, adoption or pregnancy loss should receive compassionate and informative care.
Andrea L. Alford
Andrea L. Alford is the former Director of Media Relations at FitzGibbon Media. Before joining FitzGibbon Media, Andrea was a media strategist at the ACLU where she worked on a variety of issues, including racial profiling, voting rights, and immigration. She also developed and implemented strategic communications plans to amplify and promote federal and state legislative initiatives for lobbyists and affiliates. Prior to the ACLU, she worked in the communications departments at the National Abortion Federation, NAACP, PowerPAC, and The U.S. House of Representatives. Based in D.C., Andrea grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and an American University alumna, where she received a degree in print journalism and history.
Andrea Ritchie
Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian attorney and organizer whose work has focused on profiling, policing and police violence, and criminalization of women and LGBTQ people of color over the past two and a half decades. She is a Senior Soros Justice Fellow, co-author of Say Her Name, A Roadmap for Change, Queer (In)Justice and Law Enforcement Violence Against Women and Transgender People of Color: An Organizer's Toolkit.
Angy Rivera
Angy Rivera is a Colombian immigrant and the proud daughter of a single teen mom. She serves as the New York Field Coordinator at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.
Anne Hendrixson
Anne Hendrixson is the Director of the Population and Development Program (PopDev) at Hampshire College.
Annie Krol
Annie Krol is a queer Jewish convert who grew up east of Cleveland, Ohio, and returned in 2014 to work as NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio's Northern organizer. Annie has served as a doula and advocate for the Buffalo refugee community and is also employed as a freelance political puppeteer, stilt artist, and street performer. She is extremely extroverted and works enthusiastically with hundreds of volunteers in five cities.
Ashley Nicole McCray
Ashley is a proud Oglala Lakota (Bad Face Band), Sicangu Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, & Absentee Shawnee (Horse(Deer) Clan - Healer division) woman. She is a single mother of 3, a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma where she founded Indigenize OU, and a community organizer fighting for restorative justice for indigenous peoples through decolonization and reindigenization. She was recognized by the White House as a 2015 WHO Champion of Change for Young Women Empowering Communities for her efforts toward diversity & inclusion on campus, the recipient of the Norman Human Rights Commission's 2015 Norman Human Rights Award for her efforts in indigenous justice, and a CoreAlign Speaking Race to Power fellow.
Aubrey Meneses
Aubrey Meneses is an accomplished and creative Latinx artist, photographer and coffee enthusiast. Born and raised in Mexico, she has devoted her time to school and her passion for fine arts. She is currently a junior in high school, concurrently enrolled at the Oklahoma City Community College pursuing a major in photography. She is an intersectional feminist and activist for the transgender community. She has been a member of Making Herstory since 2015. Her vision and main goal is to give back to the community and inspire others through her content.
Avital Norman Nathman
Avital Norman Nathman is a freelance writer and editor of The Good Mother Myth. Her work has appeared in the NY Times, CNN, The Daily Dot, Cosmopolitan, The Establishment and more. She is also a co-founder of COFFEE.
Bamby Salcedo
Bamby Salcedo is a nationally recognized transgender activist and figure. Bamby has started several projects and organizations like Angels of Change and The TransLatin@ Coalition. Bamby is a dynamic speaker and has spoken at several national conferences and multiple colleges. Bamby has been invited to speak at the White House three times to address the issues related to Trans Women of Color
Beata Tsosie-Peña
Beata Tsosie-Peña is an educator and poet from Santa Clara Pueblo. The realities of living next to a nuclear weapons complex has called her into environmental health and justice work with the local non-profit organization, Tewa Women United. She believes in the practice and preservation of land-based knowledge, spirituality, language, seeds, and family. Her intentions are for healing, wellness and sustainability for future generations.
Bethany Van Kampen
Bethany Van Kampen serves as the Policy Analyst at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where she is responsible for the abortion access and affordability portfolio. Prior to joining NLIRH, Bethany worked as a legislative fellow in the office of Senator Barbara Boxer (CA). She received her law degree and Master of Social Work from Tulane University where she co-founded and served as president of the Tulane Law Students for Reproductive Justice and was a member of the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic. Prior to graduate school, Bethany served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica.
Bianca Campbell
Bianca Campbell is the Movement Building Coordinator at the National Network of Abortion Funds, where we believe in funding abortion + building power. She writes with the Echoing Ida crew and is a board member of ARC-Southeast, a new reproductive fund and advocacy organization in Atlanta, GA. She's previously been an abortion counselor and labor doula. Connect with her @biancaacamp.
Brenda Hernandez
Brenda Hernandez is a law school diversity professional and a feminist activist. She is a trained abortion doula through the Boston Doula Project, and she writes for her blog, BoricuaFeminist.com. She has a BA in Women’s Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a JD from Pace University School of Law. Connect with her @boricuafeminist.
Brittany Brathwaite
Brittany Brathwaite is a feminist youth worker, reproductive justice activist, black girl genius from Brooklyn, NY. She is currently a fellow at Rock the Vote and a social justice educator at the Sadie Nash Leadership Project.
Cara Page
Cara Page is a Black queer feminist cultural worker & organizer. She is the current Executive Director of the Audre Lorde Project, an Organizing Center in NYC for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Two Spirit, Trans & Gender Non-Conforming People of Color. For the past 20+ years she has worked within the LGBTSTGNQ liberation movement, and the reproductive, racial and economic justice movements.
Cecilia Sáenz Becerra
Cecilia is a bilingual immigrant, queer, Chicana, y desmadrosa! She has grassroots, community organizing, coalition building and management experience on various issues and campaigns, including labor rights, education, economic justice and immigration justice. Raised in PHX she now lives in ATL, providing support, strategy and technical assistance to front-line advocates and grassroots organizers across the country who exist along a varied spectrum of reproductive rights and reproductive justice politics.
Che Johnson-Long
Che J. Long is a Queer Black Femme, community organizer, and trained herbalist who hails from Los Angeles. She is currently the Program Director of Georgia Womens Action for New Directions developing Black Rural strategies for challenging the Nuclear Industry.
Cherisse Scott
Cherisse Scott is the founder and CEO of SisterReach, Tennessee’s only reproductive justice organization. Under Ms. Scott’s leadership, SisterReach has released a 2015 report on the need for comprehensive sex ed for southern youth of color, rolled out their ProWoman Billboard campaign and presented to the United Nations Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice (UNWGDAW) on the impact of the fetal assault law on TN women.
Chiara Forrester
Chiara is a senior at Hampshire College where she studies the ecology of plant-fungal symbioses as well as how Participatory Action Research could be used to make Citizen Science research projects more meaningful and empowering. She was part of the CLPP student group for two years, serving as a Childcare Co-Chair last year.
Christa Douaihy, Esq.
Christa Douaihy, Esq is a supervising attorney in the Civil Action Practice and leader of one of the interdisciplinary teams at The Bronx Defenders. She provides advocacy and direct representation to Bronx residents who are fighting life-altering civil consequences of police contact and court involvement.
Christina Martinez
Christina Martinez is an early childhood educator and community correspondent for Sacramento Voices, a project of the Maynard Institute for Journalism. In her work and writing, Christina is dedicated to elevating the stories of young parents & their children.
Claire Herrmann
Claire Herrmann is a third year student at Hampshire College studying reproductive health with a focus on public policy and access. She has been working with the CLPP student group to help run the childcare program during the conference since her first year at Hampshire.
Cole Parke
Cole Parke is the LGBTQ & Gender Justice Researcher at Political Research Associates, a social justice think tank based in Boston. Their research and activism focuses on exposing and challenging right-wing propagators of U.S. culture wars both here and abroad through the Know Your Neighbors campaign (www.kynship.org).
Constance C. Luo
Constance organizes with immigrant families and youth to build power for at-risk communities, including undocumented people. Her members are leaders who fight for racial, gender and language justice. Constance is a proud member of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) & alumni of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center and Chicago Votes.
Cora Fernandez Anderson
Cora Fernandez Anderson is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Latin American Politics at Hampshire College. Her research focuses on human rights and women's movements in Latin America. She is currently researching the campaigns to decriminalize abortion in the Southern Cone countries.
cortez wright
Cortez Wright is a Black Southern Non Binary Queer Femme feminist, digital organizer, writer, and communications professional with over 5 years of experience working at the intersection of racial justice, queer & trans liberation, and reproductive justice in Georgia and the South. Currently, they are the Digital Communications and Development Coordinator at SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, where they lead SPARK's digital engagement, social media presence, and communications strategy.
Coya White Hat-Artichoker
Coya was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota; she is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been doing activist work in various communities and movements since the age of 15
Cristina Quintanilla
Dana Asbury
Dana Asbury has family in many places. She lives in Memphis, TN with her partner, puppies, cat, and amongst a beautiful community of freedom fighters.
Daphne Chang
Daphne Chang cares deeply about social justice that is intersectional and inclusive of all identities and life experiences. She organized for Mount Holyoke's Divestment from Fossil Fuels campaign and has been involved in environmental justice activism. She is developing her politics by educating herself on gender, racial, disability, sexuality, economic, reproductive, and immigrant justice.
Dora Mejia
Teodora Mejia Gaspar is a Mexican woman who has lived in Phoenix for 8 years. She is a grandmother and immigrant whose daughters receive DACA, a woman of faith, an activist, and program coordinator for Familias developing support, leadership, and family acceptance. She volunteers at AZ-QUIP/Arcoiris Liberation Team working for health of our communities.
Dr. Krystal Redman
Dr. Krystal Redman brings over 10 years of experience in managing low-income and women focused public health access and community-based youth development programs. Previously, Dr. Redman served as the Senior Project Director, Maternal and Child Health, at the Georgia Department of Public Health, where she worked on creating greater healthcare access for women throughout the state of Georgia. Dr. Redman received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology from University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Health Administration from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and her Doctorates of Public Health from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.
Emily Spangler
Emily Spangler is a student activist in rural Illinois. She is passionate about mental health awareness, reproductive health, the LGBT+ community, and other social justice issues.
Emma O'Brien
Emma O'Brien was drawn to work as a full-spectrum doula and herbalist after her own experiences with chronic illness and our dehumanizing medical system. She has been involved with the Boston Doula Project since it's founding in January 2014. Emma loves being queer, spinning wool, mullein growing out of vertical stone walls, and the work folks are doing to make the world a better place.
Erin Bourgault
Erin Bourgault is an abortion doula, birth doula, mindfulness practitioner and feminist activist. She believes in compassion, radical empathy and self-care. She has been a case manager at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center for over four years and also supervises the AmeriCorps Care Navigation program at EBNHC. Erin has a BA from Bates College in Women and Gender Studies and Environmental Studies.
Erin Matson
Erin Matson is co-founder and co-director of Reproaction, a new group forming to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. An organizer and writer, Erin lives in Virginia and has a young daughter.
Eshani Dixit
Eshani Dixit is a senior at Rutgers University studying Political Science, Economics, and Women's and Gender Studies. She has served as a member of the Young Women of Color Leadership Council for the past four years and has been involved in reproductive health, rights, and justice advocacy for the past five.
Farah Diaz-Tello
Farah Diaz-Tello, JD, is a Senior Staff Attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW). Her work focuses on the rights to medical decision-making and birthing with dignity, and on using the international human rights framework to protect the humanity of pregnant women regardless of their circumstances. A proud Texan, she is an alumna of UT Austin & the CUNY Law School.
Frederick Clarkson
Frederick Clarkson is Senior Fellow for Religious Liberty at Political Research Associates in Somerville, MA. He is an author and journalist who has been researching and writing about the religious and political Right since the Reagan administration. He is the author, most recently, of a report titled: When Exemption is the Rule: The Religious Freedom Strategy of The Christian Right.
Gabby Weiss
Gabby Weiss is a field organizer for NARAL Pro-Choice America, where she is passionate about knocking on doors and surprising folks with conversations about abortion and reproductive freedom. She loves chihuahuas, New Mexican food and long conversations about race and gender representation in pop culture.
Gabrielle (GG) deFiebre
Gabrielle (GG) deFiebre works as a Research Associate at the Reproductive Health Access Project where she manages research studies about abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care. GG is also pursuing a Doctor of Public Health degree at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Gloria Malone
Gloria Malone is a writer, social media consultant, and speaker. She is a member of Echoing Ida, co-founder of #NoTeenShame, and the founder of TeenMomNYC.com. Connect with her on twitter @GloriaMalone.
Gusty Catherin
Gusty Catherin is a second year division two Hampshire college student. She is studying biology and public health through an environmental lens. Gusty has worked with CLPP, Climate Justice League, and Climate Action Now in the past.
Gykyira Shoy
Gykyira is 32 year old transwoman who has been fighting as an activist for 17 years. She graduated at the top of her class from Trans Justice Community School and is a core member of the Disability Justice Collective. She is the president and CEO of Trans Liberation United.
Hannah Crand
Hannah Crand is a leader of the International Women's Rights Club at her high school, where she works primarily on educating the student body and changing the climate of my school. As an intersectional club, the International Women's Rights Club frequently collaborate with the GSA, SOCA, and Environmental Club.
Ignacio Rivera
Ignacio Rivera is a trans-gender fluid activist, writer, educator, filmmaker, performance artist and mother. Ignacio has over 20 years experience on multiple fronts including economic justice, anti-racism, anti-violence, and feminist and LGBTQ movements. Ignacio is a 2016 Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow. JBC is a movement building platform, initiating, cultivating and funding strategic efforts to end child sexual abuse.
Indra Lusero
Indra Lusero is a reproductive justice attorney and entrepreneur and proud to have been named “All Around Reproductive Justice Champion” by the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights. Indra is the founder and director of Elephant Circle and the Birth Rights Bar Association.
IonaPearl Reid-Eaton
IonaPearl Reid-Eaton is a third year at Hampshire College studying reproductive justice with a focus on abortion and sexuality education, as well as journalism. Currently one of the organization's Student Group co-coordinators, IonaPearl was introduced to the reproductive justice movement when she began working for CLPP her first semester of college (F13). IonaPearl is the 2016 RRASC intern at the Reproductive Health Access Project and plans to become an abortion provider after finishing at Hampshire.
Jamarah Amani
Jamarah Amani is a Licensed Midwife who believes in the power of birth and that every baby has a human right to be breastfed. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally, nationally and globally. A community organizer from the age of sixteen, Jamarah has worked with several organizations across the United States and in Africa on various public health issues, including HIV prevention, infant mortality risk reduction, access to emergency contraception, access to midwifery care and an end to shackling of incarcerated pregnant/birthing people.
Jamila Jackson
Jamila Jackson is a dancer and the co - facilitator of The (So)ul Connected Project. The project uses movement as a way to build community, develop leadership skills, provide college access, and access our inner healing and creative resources.
Jasmine Burnett
Jasmine Burnett is a national organizer, writer and strategist in the Reproductive Justice movement. She serves as the Field Director with New Voices for Reproductive Justice. She leads and expands their work in the "Rustbelt Region," home to the most politically volatile and racially conservative Northern states in the U.S.
Jena Duncan
Jena Duncan is an art maker and youth worker that builds life in the abundant pioneer valley with a heart warming community. Her creative endeavors explore the meaning and production of identity and culture. She teaches on a variety of topics and is interested in creating safe and supportive spaces for all identities to engage in something with passion. Her faithful sidekick is a cat named Sophie.
Jessica DeGroot
Joy Messinger
Joy Messinger is a passionate community advocate whose life and career is guided by a commitment to social and reproductive justice. Currently calling Chicago home, she has also lived and worked in Central North Carolina and Western New York. Joy is Third Wave Fund's Program Officer and also devotes time to local and national feminist, adoptee justice, Asian American, and LGBTQ community building.
Julia Reticker-Flynn
Julia Reticker-Flynn is the Director of Youth Organizing and Mobilization at Advocates for Youth, where she works with young people across the country to advocate for cultural and policy change that supports young people’s sexual health and rights. In 2011, she launched the 1 in 3 campaign to destigmatize abortion and promote access to abortion services. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nursing Students for Choice.
Justina Nicole Trim
Justina Trim is a recent college graduate from Georgia State University with a degree in Sociology and a concentration in Race and Urban studies. She now holds the membership and program associate position at SisterSong: National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.
Kai Devlin
Kai is a queer educator, activist, and youth advocate working toward improving the lives of youth and young people. A Smith College alum, Kai is an M.Ed. candidate at Springfield College in the School Counseling program. He currently serves as a Middle School Advisor for the GEAR UP grant in Springfield Public Schools, a speaker with SpeakOUT Boston, and a freelance LGBTQ consultant and trainer in Massachusetts and beyond.
Karyna Jaramillo
Karyna Jaramillo is a transgender woman from Cuernavaca, México who emigrated to Phoenix, AZ in 1989 to pursue work. She has spent years living the realities of racism, homophobia, and discrimination in Phoenix from society and from the police. She has been detained by ICE three times, and knows first hand how the government and those in power try to destroy the dreams of tod@s nosotr@s (all of us). Currently, Karyna coordinates Arcoiris Liberation Team/Arizona Queer Undocumented Immigrants Project (AZ QUIP), a project defending LGBTI migrant communities. She works with her community both outside and inside detention centers to fight for the rights and liberty of her community, and more broadly for the autonomy and power de cada un@ de nosotr@s (of each of us).
Kenyon Farrow
Kenyon Farrow is a writer and activist. He is the US & Global Health Policy Director with Treatment Action Group. His writing has appeared in many books and publications, and he's working on a collection of essays and a new book on global health and racial justice.
Kerry McDonald
Kerry McDonald is a full spectrum Doula. She works with Prison Birth Project, where she facilitates a childbirth education group in prison and provides Doula services to incarcerated folks. Kerry is based in Boston and in the Hudson River Valley.
Kiara St. James
Kiara St. James is Community organizer who believes that in order to have sustainable change, it goes deeper than just changing policies -- it starts with healing communities.
Kimberly Inez McGuire
Kimberly Inez McGuire is a queer Latina reproductive justice advocate and communications strategist with nearly a decade of experience building and leading innovative, values-based projects and campaigns for progressive nonprofits. She has brought her critical analysis around race and gender and deep knowledge of public policy to issues ranging from reproductive health and rights to immigration policy, LGBTQ liberation, and environmental justice.
La Loba Loca
La Loba Loca is a Queer sudaca, radical health educator, seed-saver, yerbetera, gardener, companion (doula), student-midwife, molestosa, malhablada, tatooadora, and choliperri. She is invested in learning and disseminating information, knowledge and resources with the hope that self-knowledge and (re)cognition of abuelita knowledge will create a future where we can depend on ourselves and communities. Connect with her at lalobaloca.com, on Instagram @lalobalocashares, and on facebook.com/lalobaloca.
Lani Blechman
Lani Blechman is currently a Western Massachusetts elementary school librarian and social justice facilitator, commonly focusing on white privilege and gender diversity. Often, her worlds collide. Lani is formerly a CLPP conference coordinator and always excited to come home.
Laura Huss
Laura Huss is Editorial and Research Associate at RH Reality Check. Laura received her Master’s from the University of Cape Town in South Africa studying social movements, activism, and community-based development. After graduate school she worked as a researcher in South Africa on issues relating to the incarceration of women, gender-based violence, and sexual assault. Prior to joining RH Reality Check, Laura worked at National Advocates for Pregnant Women where she advocated against punitive attacks on pregnant people, documented hundreds of arrests of pregnant people across the U.S., and conducted research on media misinformation about pregnancy and drug use.
Laura Kaplan
Laura Kaplan is the author of The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service and was a member of Jane. A lifelong activist, she was a lay midwife, an advocate for battered women and an advocate for nursing home residents. She has worked on public policy for consumers covered by managed care plans and served on the board of NWHN.
Laura Riker
A background in Women’s Studies and abortion advocacy led Laura Riker to grad school, where she interned at a community health center and became interested in the clinical side of reproductive rights. At RHAP, she organizes primary care clinicians from across the country to work together to expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care. Laura holds a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University.
Lauren Mitchell
Lauren Mitchell is one of the founders of The Doula Project, and part of the leadership team of Trans Buddy. She is also co-author of the upcoming book, The Doulas!: Radical Care for Pregnant People. It is her honor to have served over a thousand clients and have trained hundreds of activists, students, and clinicians over the past ten years.
Lexi J. White
A graduate from the University of Pennsylvania who currently lives in Philadelphia, Lexi is a health and wellness human rights advocate, community organizer, writer-poet, and social justice scholar-activist. She focuses on Reproductive Justice and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Policy, rooting her work in the experiences and liberation of Black Women, Women of Color, and LGBTQ People of Color.
Lill Hewko
Lillian Hewko is an attorney at the Incarcerated Parents Project in Seattle, WA. They use the reproductive justice framework to bring incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals together to advocate for systemic change. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Lillian identifies as a queer mixed-Latinx from a working-class background. Lillian is a board member of Surge, a reproductive justice collaborative.
Lindsay Schubiner
Lindsay Schubiner is the Senior Program Manager at the Center for New Community, where she works to counter organized nativism in the U.S. Lindsay previously served as a Congressional staffer handling immigration, housing, and health policy, and managed advocacy for sexual rights at American Jewish World Service. She holds a Master of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz
Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz is the Vice President of Programs and Development for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She has worked in several movements for social justice with a particular emphasis on building grassroots political power across movements, issues, identities and communities. As a capacity builder, movement builder, cultural worker and writer Weiner-Mahfuz has dedicated much of her organizing life to challenging oppression at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. Her writings can be found in Colonize This! Young Women of Color and Feminism (Seal Press, 2002), Fireweed Magazine's “Mixed Race Issue” (Issue 75), and through on a Web-based project titled BustingBinaries, which she co-authors with Ana Maurine Lara.
Lisette Engel
Lisette Engel is co-founder of the #NoTeenShame movement. She's an advocate, public speaker, blogger and mama based in the Washington, D.C area. Lisette has lobbied on Capitol Hill for programs that support young families and is active in promoting policies that support young women to make their own reproductive choices.
Loretta J. Ross
Loretta J. Ross is a former National Coordinator of SisterSong, where she worked from 2005-2012. She helped create the theory of "Reproductive Justice" in 1994 and co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice in 2004.
Louisa Bernarbane
Louisa Benarbane is a first year student at Hampshire College studying international politics and law with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. She currently co-leads for Students for Justice in Palestine and is a CLPP student group member. She looks forward to working and meeting with all of our wonderful conference attendees as we navigate the intersections of systemic, social and of course, reproductive justice.
Lucia Leandro Gimeno
Lucia Leandro Gimeno is an Afro-Latinx, trans masculine femme bruja/organizer based in Atlanta, GA. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work, LL lived in New York City for 15 years organizing with queer and trans people of color communities. A current member of Black Lives Matter – Atlanta chapter, LL is also a future full-spectrum birthworker doing capacity building with The Queer & Trans People of Color Birthwerq Project to help mend the disconnect between trans justice and reproductive justice.
Lucien Baskin
As a student at Northampton High School, Lucien Baskin has been involved in creating dialogues around issues of social justice within his school community. As a leader of the International Women's Rights Club, he has worked with other student activists to form an annual social justice week, and has sought to make the school curriculum more inclusive of groups that have traditionally been excluded from classes.
Madeline M. Gomez
Madeline M. Gomez is the LSRJ Federal Policy Fellow at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she works on a range of issues related to reproductive healthcare access, judicial monitoring, and state legislation. Her student note "Intersections at the Border: Immigration Enforcement, Reproductive Oppression, and the Policing of Latina Bodies in the Rio Grande Valley" was published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2015 and holds a B.A. from New York University. She is originally from Texas.
Maggie Potter
Maggie is a Social Worker in the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. She advocates for parents to safely maintain or regain custody of their children. She received a joint Master in Social Work (MSW) and Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Philly with her husband and their two year old daughter.
Mahroh Jahangiri
Mahroh Jahangiri is a Deputy Director of Know Your IX, a national survivor-run, student-driven campaign to end sexual violence in schools. Before joining KYIX, Mahroh was a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research on immigration detention in Washington, DC and work in Cairo, Egypt has focused on the ways in which American militarization, racism, and sexual violence impact non-white communities transnationally.
Marcela Howell
Advocate and policy strategist Marcela Howell is the founder and current Executive Director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, a non-profit organization devoted to lifting up the voices and leadership of Black women on national and state policy issues. With over 35 years of experience advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, she is recognized for her expertise in strategic communications, leadership development and policy forecasting.
Marianne Bullock
Marianne Bullock is one of the founders and Directors of The Prison Birth Project. She is an organizer and full spectrum doula.
Marlene Gerber Fried
Marlene Gerber Fried is a long time activist for abortion rights and reproductive justice. She is the professor and faculty director of CLPP, the founding president of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western MA. Marlene is a co-author with Silliman, Ross and Gutierrez of Undivided Rights. She is a recipient of the 2015 NNAF Vanguard Award, the 2014 Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award (APHA), and the SisterSong Warrior Woman Award.
Marlo Barrera
Marlo Barrera is a New Orleans native doing reproductive rights work in her hometown. As Intake Coordinator of the New Orleans Abortion Fund, she organizes volunteers to answer the hotline and works directly with clients to assist them in funding their abortions. She also works with her hands—cooking, zine making, and poetry making.
Mary Mahoney
Mary Mahoney, LMSW, is the Founder and Board Co-Chair of The Doula Project. She is co-author of THE DOULAS! Radical Care for Pregnant People, forthcoming Fall 2016 from The Feminist Press.
Megan Smith
Megan Smith is an artist, activist, and social worker. She founded the Repeal Hyde Art Project in 2011 to raise awareness and create dialogue about abortion access and interconnected issues. Since then, she has created over 100 shareable graphics and facilitated 25 university-based Repeal Hyde Art Project installations. Megan has designed artwork and materials for organizations like Advocates for Youth, Backline, Ibis Reproductive Health, the National Network of Abortion Funds, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and Provide. Megan is also the recipient of the 2015 Arts and Healing Network Award for Arts and Social Change.
Melissa Madera
Melissa Madera, Ph.D., is a story-listener, story-sharer, multi-media historian, full-spectrum doula, and bilingual reproductive justice advocate. She is the founder and director of The Abortion Diary, a space for sharing and listening to personal abortion experiences. Currently, Melissa is also the Laura C. Harris fellow in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Denison University.
Mianta McKnight
Mianta McKnight is a formerly incarcerated juvenile offender tried as an adult who is passionate about incarcerated women. She knows firsthand what the prion experience is like since she served 18 years & 1 day on a 15 year to life sentence and essentially grew up within the prison industrial complex. As a fellow for Justice Now and activist for social change, she is dedicated to challenging inhumane conditions and being a voice for those who are unable to speak for themselves. She attends SFSU and is majoring in dance, which she plans to use to work along with holistic medicine to promote longevity, self-awareness, and self-care.
Michelle Batchelor
Michelle S. Batchelor, M.A. is the Deputy Director for In Our Own Voice: Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda; developing, promoting and partnering with organizations to advance a strategic policy agenda supporting Black women’s reproductive health and justice. Michelle has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. Prior to IOOV she oversaw domestic and global programming at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors. Michelle worked at the Chicago Department of Public Health, managing several programs across the STD/HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health divisions.
Michelle Teus
Michelle Teus is a growing Mexican-American lesbian womyn, born in Pomona, California and raised in south side OKC. She currently resides in Orlando, Florida as an acting barista at Starbucks. When she is not brewing coffee, she is spreading the love and knowing of the real feminism to her peers who lack knowledge that social media feeds them. While in high school, in the city of Moore, Michelle, and a few other high school students from different schools found Making HERstory - a community organization that works around women of color feminism, ethnic studies, and personal narratives. We pride it on being youth-led. Making HERstory helps her take pride in her true identity, fight for the silenced, and question the social norms.
Micky Bee
Micky Bee is a magical Black transfemme army brat turned performance artist. She has worked four years in Atlanta on HIV/AIDS prevention and Co-directs the “Southern Fried Queer Pride” festival. Currently, she is the Regional Organizer for the Transgender Law Center at Southerners on New Ground collaboration. She is determined to get “10s” across the board for Trans/GNC people in the South.
Misty Rojo
Misty Rojo is part of a collective leadership structure at Justice Now, where she is the first co-director that has lived experience with incarceration. In the 3 years that Misty has come on board, she worked to helped the push to get SB 1135 passed to protect against coercive sterilizations in California women's prisons in 2014. In 2015, after 3 years of campaigning, she got a bill passed to expand access to an alternative custody program. Misty is a hardcore abolitionist believing all aspects of the criminal justice system and PIC need to be dismantled.
Monica Raye Simpson
Monica Raye Simpson is the Executive Director of SisterSong, and has organized extensively against human rights violations, reproductive oppression, the prison industrial complex, and the systematic physical and emotional violence inflicted upon Black people with an emphasis on Black Southerners and LGBTQ people. She is also a singer, full circle Doula and was named a New Civil Rights Leader by Essence Magazine & a 40 under 40 leader by the Advocate.
Morgan Hopkins
Morgan Hopkins creates synthesis between the state, federal, and field work of the All* Above All public education campaign. Previously, she worked at the National Network of Abortion Funds. Morgan has a B.A. with Honors in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Masters in Psychology with a certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Morgan Meneses-Sheets
Morgan Meneses-Sheets has more than 15 years of experience leading programs for a range of reproductive and social justice organizations. Currently, she is a consultant working with nonprofit advocacy groups to create effective communications and public affairs strategies to raise awareness and cultivate support for social, culture and policy change.
Morgan Robyn Collado
Morgan Robyn Collado is a fat trans Latina whose writing focuses on leaving a legacy for girls like us. Morgan has published a book of poetry, Make Love to Rage.
Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa
Born in Kenya, Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa is a 24 year old Black, Immigrant, Queer, Womyn poet and organizer based in New Orleans, LA. She is Co-Chair of the New Orleans Chapter of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), on the coordinating committee for the New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM), the Open Studio Afterschool Writing Program Coordinator for Big Class, a member of Team Slam New Orleans (Team SNO), an African Culture/Fashion Blogger with Noirlinians and a Reproductive Justice Advocate with Women With A Vision. You can view more of her work at www.FreeQuencySpeaks.com and www.Noirlinians.com.
Nakita Shavers
Nakita Shavers is a native of New Orleans and has a long history of community advocacy and education. She is the Sexual Reproductive Health Coordinator at Women With A Vision, LLC. She is also the founder and executive director of the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund (DSEF), and co-founder of Silence Is Violence Anti-Violence Organization.
Namrata Jacob
Namrata is a third year student at Hampshire College studying legal anthropology and reproductive justice, a restless piece of the South Asian diaspora, a lover of dogs and ironic jokes that got too serious and permanent, and a fan of karaoke. She lives for potentially witnessing the anti-capitalist social revolution and Mary Mary releasing another album together, maybe, someday.
Natasha Camille
Natasha Camille is a Senior at Barnard College majoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a Concentration in Race and Ethnicity. She is an ELLA Fellow with the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, through which she has created and implemented a social justice project at a Brooklyn high school for black girls to have transformative discussions about the body, sexuality, and violence.
Natasha Vianna
Natasha Vianna is a rebelde in tech, a repro justice activist, and co-founder of #NoTeenShame.
nia weeks
Nia Weeks is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. After completing her secondary education at Ursuline Academy, she received her bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Women's studies at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. After completing her undergraduate education, Ms Weeks embarked on a career doing public relations for a non profit organizations in Gainesville, Florida. Ms. Weeks began her legal career at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida in 2007 and transferred to Loyola School of Law New Orleans in 2009. After passing the Louisiana Bar, Ms. Weeks served as a law clerk and was the director of a supervised visitation center for victims of domestics violence named Harmony House. She now is at Women with a Vision as the Director of Policy and Advocacy after serving as a public defender in Orleans Parish for 2 years.
Nicole Clark
Nicole Clark lives in New York City as a licensed social worker, program designer and evaluator, reproductive justice activist, and owner of Nicole Clark Consulting. Grounded in the reproductive justice framework, Nicole leads evaluation projects for organizations, provides in-person and remote trainings/technical assistance on program and workshop design, facilitates workshops, and participates in speaking engagements related to reproductive justice and women and girls of color.
Nikki Zaleski
Nikki Zaleski is the Education and Arts Justice Director at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, where she manages a participatory performance cadre called For Youth Inquiry (FYI) as well as other ICAH educational programs.
Nimra J. Chowdhry
Nimra Chowdhry is the Federal Law and Policy Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). She holds a law degree and a master’s certificate in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Houston. Nimra earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Government and Women and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.
Nina Martin
Nina Martin is a reporter for the nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica, covering sex and gender, with a special interest in issues involving pregnancy and maternal health and well-being. She lives and works in Berkeley CA.
Noreen Khimji
Noreen Khimji is a disabled queer & trans south asian femme artist, activist, doula, and poet whose work embodies survival as resistance. They are the co-founder of cicada collective, a grassroots abortion doula and volunteer practical support program in North Texas.
Nourbese Flint
Nourbese Flint is a blerd with a background in reproductive justice, journalism, all things X-Men and Batman related, matte lipsticks, Bob's Burgers, and Star Trek. She is currently working at Black Women for Wellness where she directs policy, RJ programs, civic engagement graphics, and keeping markers and crayons organized.
Oriaku Njoku
Oriaku Njoku, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Access Reproductive Care - Southeast, works at the intersection of meaningful abortion access, queer liberation and reproductive justice. Currently, she ensures funding for families seeking abortion care and advocates for individuals and their chosen families in the Southeast. As a big advocate of self-care, Oriaku uses her time off with the love of her life, her ragamuffin dogs, and cupcakes. Connect with her @oreawku on twitter - all views her own.
Oriana López Uribe
Oriana López is a Mexican feminist who advocates for sexual and reproductive rights of young people and women at national, regional and international levels. She is the Deputy Director of Balance, a feminist organization in Mexico, and since 2009 she has coordinated the MARIA Fund. She is a member of the feminist alliance Resurj - Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice.
Pamela Merritt
Pamela Merritt is an activist and writer committed to empowering individuals and communities through reproductive justice. A proud Midwesterner, Merritt is dedicated to protecting and expanding access to the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare.
Paulina Helm-Hernandez
Paulina Helm-Hernandez is a queer femme cha-cha girl, artist, trainer, political organizer, strategist & trouble-maker-at-large from Veracrúz, México. This Chicana grew up in rural North Carolina, and is currently growing roots in Atlanta, GA. She has been the Co-Director of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) for 9 years.
Prina Patel
Prina Patel grew up in rural Oregon and attended Smith College for undergraduate education. At Smith, Prina began her studies in neuroscience, but by her senior year realized that she wanted to pursue a career in reproductive justice policy and activism. Prina would like to attend law school in the near future, and continue advocating for minoritized populations.
Rachael Strickler
Rachael Strickler, Division III student at Hampshire College, is one of CLPP’s Student Group Coordinators. She hopes to ensure everyone, from student group members to conference speakers, not only has a positive experience but also an empowering one in an atmosphere explicitly intended to fight oppressions and encourage growth. Rachael critically analyzes issues of injustice and oppression using a reproductive justice lens as her guide and focusing on the carceral state.
Rachel Evans
Rachel Evans recently graduated from college with several degrees that she's not sure what to do with, but is having a great time figuring it out! Rachel's passionate about reproductive health care, working to end violence against women, and turtles. She recently moved to New York City and, while she thinks she might be a true Michigander at heart, she has really been enjoying exploring new places and taking advantage of all of the opportunities out there, and is hoping to keep it up!
Rachel Roth
Rachel Roth is passionate about advancing reproductive justice and reducing imprisonment through research, policy analysis, and advocacy, partnering with the Prison Birth Project, Pretrial Working Group, and others. She is the author of the book Making Women Pay: The Hidden Costs of Fetal Rights and articles about abortion access, (un)safe childbirth, sterilization abuse, and shackling in prison. She blogs for MomsRising and lives near Boston.
Rachel Tardiff
Rachel Tardiff is the Deputy Outreach Director at Media Matters for America. A graduate of American University, Rachel worked to help pass California’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the state’s recent landmark equal pay legislation, and brought the stories of military rape survivors to Capitol Hill to push for unprecedented military policy change on the issue.
Rebecca Gorena
Rebecca Gorena is an unapologetic queer & feminist activist and Texas State Organizer with URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, where she does civic engagement, training and mobilizing young Texans for reproductive justice. A 2012 University of Texas at Austin alum, she served as an Americorps VISTA with the Girls Empowerment Network before moving to Philadelphia to join the development team at WOMEN’S WAY.
Reia Chapman
Reia Chapman, Southern Organizer for SisterSong-The National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, activist, organizer, trainer and consultant. Based in Charlotte, NC, Reia works within communities of color and across movements to reduce mental health stigma, advocating for and providing culturally appropriate treatment, and building southern synergy to increase collective awareness about Reproductive Justice to address intersectional oppression.
Renae Taylor
Renae Taylor is a community organizer and activist working for trans communities, communities impacted by HIV/AIDS, and Black liberation.
Rev. Jason Lydon
Rev. Jason M. Lydon is a Unitarian Universalist community minister and the National Director of Black and Pink, an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and 'free world' allies who support each other.
Ricky Hill
Ricky Hill is a Jewish, chronically ill, transmasculine rabble-rouser originally from Oklahoma, radicalized in New Mexico, and currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Their work at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination uses network science to target and integrate prevention, as well as create structural and community-specific interventions on the South Side of the city. They are passionate about understanding the ways in which social determinants of health impact LGBTQI health access and equity, as well as building sustainable service structures in resource deserts. They also believe that bolo ties are infinitely better than bow ties.
Rikkia Pereira
Rikkia Pereira is a third year dance concentrator at Hampshire College. She is currently doing research based in leadership and emotional theory that explores how dance can be used to navigate the body in community.
Rj Robles
Rj is a trans, disabled, Latinx living in the rural south. They love to write and perform their poetry through the art of spoken word. They work mostly in the trans community helping trans people get access to all forms of healthcare. They are academically interested in transgender studies, transgender theology, and pastoral care. They are a fierce community organizer and a student in seminary at Vanderbilt Divinity School. They are currently working on their M.Div, preparing for a life in ministry as an ordained Unitarian Universalist and as an aspiring academic.
Rye Young
Rye Young is the Executive Director of Third Wave Fund (www.thirdwavefund.org) which supports and strengthens youth-led gender justice activism focusing on efforts that advance the political power, well-being, and self-determination of communities of color and low-income communities. He serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund and Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and serves on the advisory board of A is For. Rye is passionate about expanding opportunities for communities who are most affected by oppression yet remain marginalized in our movements and in philanthropy. He is an avid cook, and ferocious lover of bingo.
Sabia C. Wade
Sabia Wade is a full spectrum doula, a reproductive justice advocate and aspiring home birth midwife. As a queer woman of color, she finds it imperative to create health related infrastructure that is accessible to all members of every orientation and identity - across every socio-economic status.
Sadia Arshad
Sadia Arshad is a reproductive justice nerd working in health communications during the day and doing youth empowerment and community engagement work at night. She fell into this work by accident, but couldn't be happier.
Sandra Criswell
Sandra Criswell is a mixed race Pinay high holy femme from Oklahoma City, OK. As the CoreAlign Field Building Manager, she works with brilliant organizers to co-create generative spaces and innovative solutions in the Central and South. Sandra plays with graphic recording, space creation, and cooking her thoughts and feelings and serving them up to her friends and family to unlock imagination’s potential to solve the impossible.
Sarah Chichetti
Sarah Chichetti is a third year at Hampshire College studying agricultural labor history with a focus on U.S.-Mexico immigration policies. She has been a part of the CLPP student group for two years and is one of the co-chairs of the Abortion Speakout committee. Sarah uses her passion for speakouts as a form of activism as a framework for her studies in labor history as well as her current work in sexual assault prevention and reproductive justice.
Sarah Coburn
Sarah Coburn works in the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia where she serves indigent parents in the child welfare system, helping them maintain or regain custody of their children. Prior to joining CLS as a Staff Attorney, Sarah worked as a public defender in Philadelphia and was previously employed by the ACLU of PA’s Reproductive Rights Project. She is a CLPP and NLNI alum.
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a Hampshire alum. Former CLPP staff, she organized the first years of this very conference. Now, she's a writer whose emphasis includes family issues.
Sasha Conley
Sasha Conley is a fourth-year Division III student at Hampshire College studying Disability Studies, Art, and Creative Writing. She engages in work to improve accessibility on Hampshire's campus both physically and academically.
Sean Saifa Wall
Sean Saifa Wall is an intersex artist and activist whose goal is to create a world that is safe for Black bodies and intersex bodies to exist in. You can connect with him on social media or through his website, saifaemerges.com.
Selena P Adetunji
Selena Adetunji has been working in RH/RJ since 2002. She has worked in a variety of roles within health education, advocacy, direct service, and research. Raised in NC, she has recently relocated from San Francisco to Atlanta to continue to working in reproductive justice as Lab Director at Summit Medical Associates and Co-Founder and Assistant Director of ARC Southeast.
Sevonna Brown
Shana M. griffin
Shana griffin is a black feminist, mother, applied sociologist, activist, and artist based in New Orleans. Her work explores critical issues at the intersection of race and gender-based violence; housing rights and affordability; sexual health and reproductive autonomy; carceral violence and criminalizing policies; climate justice and sustainable ecologies; gender and disaster; reproductive violence and population control; and art and reimagination. Rooted in radical black feminist thought and organizing traditions, Shana’s research and activism challenges policies, practices, and behaviors that restrict, exploit, and regulate the bodies and lives of low-income and working class black women most vulnerable to the violence of poverty, carcerality, polluting environments, reproductive legislation, economic exploitation, and housing discrimination
Shomya Tripathy
Shomya Tripathy is the Youth Activist Network Manager at Advocates for Youth and works with young people around the country to fight abortion stigma on their campuses.
Shoshana Marchand
Sienna Baskin
Sienna Baskin is Managing Director of the Sex Workers Project (SWP). The Sex Workers Project provides client-centered legal and social services to individuals who engage in sex work, regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion, while engaging in policy advocacy to protect their rights.
Simran Kaur
Simran Kaur was born, raised, and educated in Salt Lake City, Utah. With degrees in gender studies and chemistry, she is currently pursuing an MD at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Simran hopes to deliver and engage in culturally-relevant reproductive and sexual health care to minoritized populations.
Sina Sam
Sina Sam is a Khmer American community organizer from Washington State. With intersectional education in Women's Studies and Public Policy, her advocacy work centers around violence prevention, reproductive health and SE Asian community needs. She is an experienced facilitator, lobbying for policies that benefit communities of color, orientation, immigration status and poverty. Passionate about intersectional justice, she is dedicated to strengthening and healing all our communities.
Sofía Monterroso
Sofía Monterroso is a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College, where she is currently working on a double major in Gender Studies and Romance Languages. As a queer Latina feminist with a passion for violence prevention, Sofia has found an incredible community within CLPP. When she’s not learning about reproductive justice at Hampshire, Sofia enjoys running workshops on partner abuse, applying feminist theory to every-day interactions, creating non-institutional pathways to safety, and crafting.
Sondra Dantzic
As a physician and a Hampshire College Alum (F81), Sondra Dantzic is delighted to return to the campus for CLPP Conference this year to share her passions: safe & legal provision of abortion and family planning for all, integrative medicine, and motherhood.
Sophia Dantzic
As the daughter of an abortion provider and OB/GYN, Sophia Dantzic has always been interested in social justice. She's excited to attend this conference both to share her experiences and to learn more about CLPP and student activism.
Stephanie Blaufarb
Stephanie Blaufarb became passionate about reproductive health during her Peace Corps service where she worked as a community health organizer for adolescent and women's health. Stephanie earned a BA/BS in international affairs from Northeastern University and an MPH from the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. Her focus at the Reproductive Health Access Project has been communications, patient decision aids, and provider training in reproductive health.
Stephanie J. Alvarado
Stephanie J. Alvarado is a radical queer Latina feminista poet born and raised in the Bronx, NY by way of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Since becoming politicized in her early adolescence around the power of community organizing, cultural, and artistic activism, she has worked at the intersections of youth organizing, reproductive justice, immigrant rights, racial justice, queer liberation, transnational feminism, and language justice. ¡Pa’lante Siempre Pa’lante!
Susan Yanow MSW
A long-time reproductive rights activist, Susan Yanow works to expand access to abortion domestically and internationally through consulting projects with organizations including Ibis Reproductive Health, the Reproductive Health Access Project and Venture Strategies (VHSD). She is a cofounder of Women Help Women, an international organization that provides abortion and contraception services, and of the EASE Project (Expanding Abortion Services in the South) which is based in Alabama and Mississippi.
Sylvia Venus Shread
Sylvia Shread is a 16 year old Northampton High School student who participates in all social justice clubs at her school, including Environmental Club, Students of Color Alliance, Gender Sexuality Alliance, and International Women's Rights Club. She is also a co-leader of IWRC. With the help of other leaders she is organizing Social Justice Week which connects the clubs and works to teach NHS students about intersectionality.
Symone A. New
Symone New is The Doula Project's External Partnerships Coordinator and has practiced as a full-spectrum doula since 2010. In addition to her passion for reproductive justice, Symone enjoys cooking, reading, farmers markets, tea, and theater. In equal measure, Symone is a proud native New Yorker, CLPP and RRASC alum.
T. Omi Pennick
T. Omi Pennick, MPH is currently the Communications and Development Coordinator for SisterLove, Incorporated. She is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and received her Master of Public Health from Tulane University in 2002. In the past, Tiffany has worked in the field of women’s and adolescent reproductive health with various private and non-profit entities including Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, the National Institute of Health, Messages of Empowerment Productions, LLC, Agenda for Children, and HERO for Children. She has helped to design, implement, and disseminate various Evidenced Based Interventions both nationally and internationally in Atlanta, Georgia, St. Marteen, Netherland Antilles, and in Cape Town and Durban, South Africa.
Tamika Middleton
Tamika Middleton is an organizer, birthworker, and homeschooling mama. She is passionate about and active in struggles that affect Black women’s lives. She sometimes performs as a member of The NALO Movement. She is also passionate about birthing and healing, and is the coordinator of Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective.
Tiffany Cook
Tiffany E. Cook’s reproductive justice framework comes from a hodgepodge of experience in health care, medical and sex education, abortion funding, and full spectrum doula care. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is the Training and Professional Development Coordinator for Diversity Affairs at NYU School of Medicine. When she’s not passionately advocating for social justice might find her cake decorating, gaming or posting on social media.
Tiffany Tai
Tiffany Tai is the Member Support Coordinator at the National Network of Abortion Funds, where she provides organizational development and capacity-building support to abortion funds across the country. She is also a founding member of the Boston chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. Tiffany is a RRASC alum and UMass Amherst alum.
Toni M. Bond Leonard
One of the founding RJ mothers, Toni Bond Leonard has been an advocate for reproductive health, rights and justice since 1990. A scholar, Toni's current scope of work focuses on creating theologies of RJ and the ethics of reproduction.
Tope Fadiran
Tope Fadiran is a writer and researcher whose work addresses the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in American culture. She is a research fellow with Political Research Associates, a progressive social justice think tank. Her work has been featured on TIME.com, The Guardian, Salon, Bitch Magazine, and other outlets.
Willie J. Parker
Dr. Willie Parker is an advocate of reproductive, social, racial, and gender justice who seeks to model healthy, inclusive, non-patriarchal masculinity while working for change.
Yamani Hernandez
Yamani Hernandez is the Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), an organization that builds the capacity and power of grassroots member organizations and leverages their direct access to abortion seekers across the country for cultural and political change. She is a member of the Strong Families leadership team and a writer for Echoing Ida, a program of Forward Together.
Yana Tallon-Hicks
Yana Tallon-Hicks is a sex writer and educator, former CLPP RRASC grant recipient, and a Hampshire graduate. Yana studies Marriage & Family Therapy at Antioch University on her path to becoming a sex therapist. Her sex writing has been published locally and nationally and can be found weekly in her sex column, The V-Spot, in the Valley Advocate. Connect with her at yanatallonhicks.com, and on Instagram @the_vspot.
Yaneris González Gómez
Yaneris González Gómez has been an activist for over 15 years working with grassroots organizations and community groups on issues such as human rights, gender based violence, youth’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS and vulnerabilized communities, LGBTQQI+ rights, racism, immigrant rights, and more. Yaneris is an “artivist” using arts for justice.
Yong Chan Miller
Yong Chan Miller lives in Oakland, CA, and is the executive director of Surge. She has worked in social justice movements for over 20 years primarily at the intersections of race, class, and gender.
Zil Goldstein
Zoe Ridolfi-Starr
Zoe Ridolfi-Starr is an activist, writer, and educator focused on sexual violence, health, pleasure, and power. Zoe is the Deputy Director at Know Your IX, a survivor- and youth-driven organization working to end gender violence in schools. She graduated from Columbia University in 2015, where she was a complainant in the Title IX complaint against her school and involved in organizing against violence on campus.