Conference Workshops

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Friday 4:30PM - 6:00PM

Beyond Inclusivity: Understanding Trans Identities for Cisgender Allies
This interactive workshop will help cisgender people begin to understand the intersections of transgender health and reproductive justice. This workshop will serve as a space for people to ask and get answers to difficult, often uncomfortable questions. Participants will leave this workshop with solid, hands-on strategies for making reproductive justice spaces, as well as other work and educational environments, a place where transgender people feel welcome to exist. We will thoroughly cover terminology, discuss the nuances of gender specific spaces, and learn about what reproductive health care means for transgender individuals.
Speakers (click to view): Emmett DuPont

Beyond Inclusivity: Understanding Trans Identities for Cisgender Allies

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Emmett DuPont

Emmett DuPont (they/them) is a final semester Hampshire College student, studying public engagement in public health. Emmett's work at Hampshire has ranged from transgender birth and parenthood, to teaching high schoolers about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to conference workshops on a variety of public health and harm reduction topics. Emmett is excited to open the next chapter of their life.

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Countering Project Blitz -- the State Legislative Agenda of the Christian Right
Sometimes even formidable opponents give us a gift that keeps on giving. Project Blitz is an aggressive state legislative program by elements of the Christian Right, comprising 20 model bills. In 2016, about 70 were introduced, and some passed. Scores of state and national organizations have come together across issue areas to find common approaches to fight this. But their 16 page legislative manual, first exposed by workshop organizer Frederick Clarkson, provides a one-document crash course in how the Christian Right connects the dots of its issues and religious/political vision. The Project Blitz playbook provides talking points and the background research they use to justify and advance their agenda. Come hear how veterans of social justice activism are learning from and using this material in this year's state legislative sessions -- and how you can connect to the ongoing organizing campaigns.
Speakers (click to view): Frederick Clarkson, Heron Greenesmith, Samantha Sokol

Countering Project Blitz -- the State Legislative Agenda of the Christian Right

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Frederick Clarkson

Frederick Clarkson has been writing about politics and religion for almost 40 years. He is the author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy and editor of Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America. He broke the story about Project Blitz, a Christian Right state legislative campaign with long range theocratic intentions.

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Heron Greenesmith

Heron Greenesmith has worked in LGBTQ advocacy for over a decade with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. They specialize in advocacy for bisexual and pansexual people. Heron is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and American University, Washington College of Law. Heron is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts bars. They are a former board secretary of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, a former board member of the National LGBT Bar Association, a former Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

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Samantha Sokol

Sam is the Public Policy Advocate at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, working on state and federal legislation, regulations, and policy. We advocate for policies to protect religious freedom for all Americans, and prevent religion from being used as an excuse to discriminate against women, LGBTQ people, members of minority religions, and others.

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Decentering the binary: manifesting affirming safe, healthy & informed periods and selves
Pop culture, “feminine hygiene” and healthcare industries reinforce and are guided by limited, antiquated and exclusionary understandings and considerations of QTGNCNB health-issues, including menstruation. Menstruation is a unique, biological function that does not correspond to sameness in experiences, nor to particular gender body parts or bodily functions. From the moment a person starts their first period, we are taught to have an overly sanitized relationship and understanding of our periods. We are inundated with ciscentric and overly-gendered messages that insist we buy and use products that should make us feel fresher, better, clean, sexier or even “proper”. But the truth is, these products not only are packed with stigma, but also contain hidden, unregulated and harmful chemicals and contaminants. With lack of current, accurate and affirming resources, research and products for QTGNCNB folx, how do we vision and manifest safe, healthy and informed periods and selves? This is a closed space for people who identify as queer, trans, GNC, and/or non-binary.
Speakers (click to view): Ash Chan, Sarada Tangirala

Decentering the binary: manifesting affirming safe, healthy & informed periods and selves

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Ash Chan

Ash practices as an organizer, educator, designer, and maker dedicated to popular education, collective liberation & gender, sexuality and health equity. As a young, queer femme of color, Ash deeply believes in the power of storytelling, leadership development, relationships, and creativity as tools to cultivate efficacy, self-expression, healing, joy, wellness and community. In their free time, Ash enjoys cooking, drinking tea, spoiling their dog - Kujo, and is an anti-racist, yogi-in training with YogaRoots on Location.

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Sarada Tangirala

Sarada is the director of corporate accountability at Women’s Voices for the Earth where she leads corporate campaigns aimed at eliminating toxic chemicals from products that harm our health and communities. Before joining WVE she led market-based change efforts at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Her professional history also includes managing Project Underground’s Chevron Nigeria campaign and conducting strategic corporate research at the Data Center for environmental justice campaigns around the country. She lives in Oakland, CA.

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Dreams Detained, In Her Words: the effects of detention and deportation on Southeast Asian American women and families
The AAPI community remains consistently overlooked in larger conversations about immigration policy and reform. Many Southeast Asians (SEA) with old criminal records have been targeted and quietly detained and deported in large numbers due to laws that were passed two decades ago. Immigration detention and deportation is a well discussed and explored topic in today’s political climate. However, there is an element to this topic that rarely comes to the forefront: the families left behind. SEA women who experience detention or deportation in their family are forced to make hard decisions for the well-being of their families and often suffer a huge gap in their financial, emotional, and physical security. The outcomes of these separations have devastating effects on the families affected. This is the silent suffering of AAPI women and children who are left to pick up the pieces after their loved one is torn from their lives.
Speakers (click to view): Mariah Lindsay, Kristina Tendilla

Dreams Detained, In Her Words: the effects of detention and deportation on Southeast Asian American women and families

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Mariah Lindsay

Mariah Lindsay is an If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow at NAPAWF. Mariah graduated from the University of California, Irvine School of Law. During law school, Mariah served as a research assistant to Professor Michele Goodwin and participated in UCI Law’s Reproductive Justice and Domestic Violence Clinics. She also interned at the California Women’s Law Center and served as a Spitzer Intern at NHLP.

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Kristina Tendilla

Kristina Tendilla (she/they) is the National Field and Campaigns Manager at National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. They work alongside other organizers/advocates/community leaders to fight for reproductive justice!

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EC Breezy Beautiful - Build Your Own Community EC Network
In a antichoice political climate that continues to curtail abortion rights and access across states, emergency contraception networks are a way to support reproductive choice and justice. In this interactive workshop, we hope to challenge and empower folx to start their own community based EC networks by discussing logistics, from resources needed to fundraising to local partnerships to operational frameworks.
Speakers (click to view): Dan Chan, Pearl Ricks

EC Breezy Beautiful - Build Your Own Community EC Network

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Dan Chan

Dan Chan (they/them/theirs) is a queer nurse originally from the Philippines but living happily in New Orleans. They are a proud member of the Reproductive Justice Collective Action Collective (ReJAC) and helped launch Plan B NOLA, an emergency contraception hotline :)

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Pearl Ricks

Pearl Ricks lives in New Orleans, LA and is a boots on the ground and in the office advocate. Playing a hands-on role when possible, their primary focus is bridging the gap between the people, the programming, its funding, and partnership opportunities. With sharing information freely and collaborative efforts, Pearl hopes to make connections that will move the work forward.

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How to Have (Un)Righteous Conversations with Conservatives & Liberals
For too long, the debate surrounding abortion and sexuality has been polarized and politicized. This interactive training seeks to cut through the noise by helping participants assess their values and communicate more effectively with those of differing beliefs. Based on the latest research in moral foundations theory, participants will engage in a variety of exercises to challenge conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike.
Speakers (click to view): Elaina Ramsey, Rev. Dr. Chris S. Davies

How to Have (Un)Righteous Conversations with Conservatives & Liberals

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Elaina Ramsey

Elaina serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. With a decade of campaign, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and communications experience at the intersections of faith and politics, Elaina has worked for various nonprofits and campaigns, including Sojourners, Women’s Action for New Directions, and Obama for America. She holds master's degrees in both Theological Studies and International Peace & Conflict Resolution.

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Rev. Dr. Chris S. Davies

Rev. Dr. Chris S. Davies is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She is a white cisgender queer femme pastor serving on the board for Preterm, an abortion and sexual health clinic in Cleveland. Chris curates the @queerclergytradingcards, highlighting the awe and absurdity of faith work. Chris bridges the institutional church of today with the movements of the Gospel in the world outside of traditional congregations.

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Leave No One Behind: Equitable Advocacy 101
It is well understood that inequitable abortion access creates a public health dilemma, but what is the impact of inequitable access to advocacy? In this workshop, we’ll define the terms advocacy, equity, and reproductive justice; reflect and discuss participation in past advocacy actions; explore the many boundaries to advocacy; and brainstorm ways we as individuals and organizations can incorporate equity into our advocacy efforts. Participants will also learn more about Patients to Advocates — an innovative, patient-centered, leadership development fellowship for people who have had an abortion and reside in Northeast Ohio.
Speakers (click to view): Jennifer Adjua, Greta Cawley

Leave No One Behind: Equitable Advocacy 101

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Jennifer Adjua

Jennifer Adjua is a Patients to Advocates fellow and co-founder of the Black Girl Magic Collective, a group of mothers and students supporting intergenerational healing for people of color through the exploration of personal care regimens, plant medicine, civic engagement and reproductive health. She is also a Comprehensive Sex Educator serving school-aged children in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

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Greta Cawley

Greta Cawley is from Cleveland, Ohio where she works at a local abortion and sexual health clinic and is raising her rambunctious and curious toddler. She is passionate about sharing her own abortion story, reducing stigma, and advocating for comprehensive reproductive health care access.

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Queering Reproductive Justice
This workshop is a robust discussion about how we already are—and will continue—“queering” RJ. Many folks in our movement identify as lesbian, gay, bi or pansexual, trans, non binary, queer, and more! How do we bring those identities to the RJ movement in a way that translates identity to action, makes our movements more inclusive, and helps us to win liberation for our communities? We hope participants walk away with a better sense of how to bring a queer analysis to our RJ work and spaces and how to bring some of our RJ values to queer organizing.
Speakers (click to view): Danielle Gilmore, Kimberly Inez McGuire, Kiyomi Fujikawa, Candace Bond-Theriault

Queering Reproductive Justice

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Danielle Gilmore

Danielle Gilmore is a speaker, facilitator and wellness activist. Her commitment to wellness has allowed her to travel across the US, Canada, and England promoting mindfulness and holistic health. Her desire to change the patterns that have plagued her own lineage are what fuel her commitment to doing the work.

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Kimberly Inez McGuire

Kimberly Inez McGuire is an award-winning communications strategist, queer Latina reproductive justice advocate, and policy wonk. As Executive Director of URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, Kimberly builds power with young people in the South and Midwest to transform the political and cultural landscape and win sustainable victories for our communities. Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors for the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and is a birth doula and cat person.

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Kiyomi Fujikawa

Kiyomi Fujikawa is the co-director of Third Wave Fund. She is a Seattle-based, mixed-race queer trans femme who has been involved with movements to end gender- and state-based violence since 2001. She is currently on the board of Groundswell Fund and is a Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Leadership Development Fellow.

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Candace Bond-Theriault

Candace Bond-Theriault is the Senior Policy Counsel for Reproductive Rights, Health and Justice, and the Democracy Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. She works through a black queer feminist lens to create change and shift culture towards intersectional liberation through increasing abortion access, contraceptive equity and ensuring religious exemptions don’t override civil rights protections. Candace received her LL.M. degree in gender and legislation from the American University Washington College of Law, her J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and her B.A. in Human Rights with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality from the College of William and Mary. She is a yoga teacher, writer, lawyer makeup enthusiast, and aspiring optimist. Her writing has appeared in SELF magazine, Blavity, Rewire, Ms. Magazine, the Advocate, the Grio, Medium, and the Huffington Post. She lives in Northern Virginia, with her partner and the cutest yorkie you’ve ever seen.

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Reproductive Justice 101
Reproductive justice was coined in 1994 by Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice, a group of Black women who recognized that the white-led women's rights movement was not prioritizing issues critical to women of color, and that we must represent our own communities. This workshop will discuss some of the history of RJ as well as give participants a chance to express their RJ stories.
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Reproductive Justice 101

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The Bystander Toolbox
Bystander intervention is an imperfect art; there is so much that we cannot predict or account for, especially when we acknowledge that safety looks different for every person based on their unique set of values, histories, experiences, and identities. Taking all of this into consideration, in this workshop we offer skills and tools to utilize when witnessing a potentially harmful interaction, whether it is an instance of sexual harassment, a racist micro-aggression, or a harmful joke. We don't have to be heroes or saviors or put ourselves at risk to be accountable community members. Effective intervention is all about recognizing the unique obstacles we face, and identifying strategies to get around them, connect to others, and enhance safety.
Speakers (click to view): Charity O'Connor, Catherine Hodes

The Bystander Toolbox

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Charity O'Connor

Charity found her passion for survivor support and violence prevention work during her first year of college, and now almost 8 years later, continues to dedicate her professional (and much of her personal) life to this work. She is a committed facilitator, focusing on consent, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention, through the lens of intersectional culture change. She loves to day-dream about what a better world could look like as far as the community responses to both experiencing and perpetuating harm.

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Catherine Hodes

Catherine (Ryn) Hodes relocated to western Massachusetts after 25 years as an advocate with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in New York City, where she was the director of the Safe Homes Project. In addition to her work at Hampshire as the director of Survivor Supports, Ryn teaches at the Smith and New York University schools of social work.

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UnKoch My Campus
Join Jasmine Banks, Executive Director of UnKoch My Campus, to explore the ways in which radical Libertarian billionaires are using public education institutions to leverage their strategy to roll back economic and social progress. Growing resistance of faculty and student activists are organizing against the undue donor influence exerted by these billionaires. Learn how LGTBQ, women, and vulnerable communities are in the crosshairs of the radical Right's stealth takeover of institutions of the common good.
Speakers (click to view): Jasmine Banks

UnKoch My Campus

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Jasmine Banks

Jasmine Banks is a queer Black feminist and mother of 4. She leads UnKoch My Campus in disrupting undue donor influence in an effort to preserve our democracy through protecting Higher Education from actors whose expressed intent is to place private interests over the common good.

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We are Uprooted & Rising: Reproductive Justice and the fight for Food Sovereignty
Food reflects how our communities have learned to survive and thrive throughout the ages. It is the seed we hid in our hair as we were removed from our homelands. It is the worn and bent recipe cards handed down from generation to generation. It is a meal made with the spices and flavors that remind us where we come from. Beyond providing us with physical sustenance, food is often our greatest tie to culture, community, and the earth. While access to nutritious, nourishing, and safe food and water is a human right, our current food system places a higher value on profits and corporate control than on human health, dignity, and the right to be nourished by and connected to land, culture, and community. People of color and Native communities are deprived of their right to maintain their bodies and thrive in their environment. In this workshop, we will consider questions such as: what effect does our current food system have on our reproductive lives, how can the reproductive justice movement invest in food sovereignty, and what tools do we possess as a movement to make food sovereignty a reality?
Speakers (click to view): Mina Aria

We are Uprooted & Rising: Reproductive Justice and the fight for Food Sovereignty

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Mina Aria

Mina Aria is based in St. Louis and serves as the Midwest Regional Coordinator for Real Food Generation, a food justice organization. They also organize against sexual violence as a Communications Organizer with Know Your IX. Mina organizes for Palestinian liberation locally with the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee and nationally as a Steering Committee member at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

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Saturday Session 1: 1:15PM - 2:45PM

Blizzard - Juggling the Double Identity of Part Time Activist, Full Time High School Snowflake
We tend to talk about dismantling oppressive systems in an adult lens. But what happens when you’re still in the throes of high school? Gen Z has made itself known for speaking out against injustice. With that reputation comes more discredibility and attacking from our peers and our family. Which days do you have the energy to call folks in and which days do you just want to get through third period? Why do we read the comments section and fume the entire scroll down? When is it okay to admit your doubt? Your insecurity? Your fear? Join four high schoolers of color (and their white history teacher) as we talk about what it means to advocate for others when no one gives a damn. This workshop is open to anyone interested in high school dynamics, but we push for teenage activists.
Speakers (click to view): Adia SQ, Janae Brown

Blizzard - Juggling the Double Identity of Part Time Activist, Full Time High School Snowflake

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Adia SQ

Adia SQ is into radio, political science, advancing the black queer agenda, and ending white supremacy. She is equally into eating sushi with her partner Lyric. Up until this point, she was only a teenager who sometimes posted about social justice, but duality is a magnificent part of life, n’est-ce pas? Follow her @adia.mind on IG and @indieratchet on Twitter for that.

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Janae Brown

My name is Janae Brown, I am currently a high school student. And the world can be a really scary place, but in the wise words of Kendrick Lamar, "we gon' be alright."

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Blood, Memories and other Brujerias: The Role of Cultural Preservation and Menstrual Education in Reproductive Justice
Memories are carried between generations in various ways. Many of us, cultural workers, full spectrum birth workers and Reproductive Justice organizers of color understand the need to (re)learn and (re)member traditional medicine as we work towards body literacy, autonomy and freedom. Menstruation can be a tool to better understand our bodies, track natural cycles, control fertility and also learn about cultural and familial traditions. In this gathering, we will talk about the importance of cultural preservation and menstrual education in reproductive justice, and we will share knowledge and experiences around holistic menstrual care. This is a closed space for POC.
Speakers (click to view): Loba, NikoTiare

Blood, Memories and other Brujerias: The Role of Cultural Preservation and Menstrual Education in Reproductive Justice

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Loba

La Loba Loca (Loba/They) is a Queer, Chocolla, Andina, South American migrant, artist, researcher, writer, handpoke tattooist, full spectrum companion/doula, aspiring midwife student, seed-saver, gardener and yerbetera. Loba is currently based in Los Angeles, CA but constantly travels across Turtle Island and Abya Yala to facilitate shares and circles on herbalism, plant relations, social justice, healing justice and autonomous health. IG: @lalobalocashares Patreon.com/lalobaloca

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NikoTiare

NikoTiare is a shapeshifting queer of color from San Francisco, CA. NikoTiare's work currently centers on serving queer and trans homeless youth in Los Angeles. At the core of their work, NikoTiare aims to create an honest display of healing through written and performing arts. NikoTiare believes a healthy, sustainable community begins with developing an understanding of ourselves and each other.

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DIY Feminist Coloring Book Workshop
This workshop with Jacinta Bunnell is like diving into the craft cabin at your favorite feminist summer camp. Using found images from pop culture, you will transform these ordinary images into your own gender-tastic and feminist coloring book. Because so much of children’s media does not include Transgender, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Gender-fluid and Feminist characters and ideas, we will deliberately work to change this. Hundreds of these D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) coloring books exist around the country as Jacinta has left behind a trail of inspiration in every place she's traveled. Don't miss the chance to make friends, cut-n-paste with a real glue stick, and change the direction of pop media. No longer will there be a shocking lack of narratives for gender outlaws! We will make truths to set children and other people free. No artistic experience necessary.
Speakers (click to view): Jacinta Bunnell

DIY Feminist Coloring Book Workshop

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Jacinta Bunnell

Jacinta Bunnell is the author of four coloring books (The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book, Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon, Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls Will Be..., and Girls Are Not Chicks). Jacinta's books offer a fresh way for people of any age to take a look at stereotypes and oppression by challenging gender norms and encouraging the reader to form deeper critiques of common children's media.

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Free the Pill: Making a birth control pill available over the counter that is accessible to all
The Free the Pill campaign strives to make a birth control pill available over the counter (OTC) in the US that is low cost, covered by insurance, and accessible to people of all ages. This workshop will introduce Free the Pill’s vision of access and share key initiatives that our coalition of advocates, health care providers, and researchers are working on to help improve access for under-served communities such as people living in rural areas, people of color, transgender and gender-expansive individuals, and young people. Attendees will contribute to the development of strategies to ensure that a future OTC pill is available to all and speak to how their own communities could benefit from OTC access through a collaborative brainwriting activity as they ask themselves, “How could my community benefit from an OTC birth control pill, and what do we need to explore in order for that to happen?”
Speakers (click to view): Niara Lezama, Carmela Zuniga

Free the Pill: Making a birth control pill available over the counter that is accessible to all

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Niara Lezama

At Ibis Reproductive Health, Niara provides support on the Free the Pill Project to move oral contraceptives over-the-counter. Prior to joining Ibis, Niara worked on reproductive health projects at NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri and Uganda Development and Health Associates. Niara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis in Anthropology and a minor in Biology.

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Carmela Zuniga

Carmela is a Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health working on the Free the Pill project to make birth control pills available over-the-counter. She has also conducted research on increasing access to contraceptives through telemedicine and pharmacist-prescribing services. In addition to projects on contraception, she also works on projects documenting the impact of policies that restrict access to abortion care in the United States.

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Living Our Values: Envisioning New Leadership and Organizing Models in the Sexual & Repro Health, Rights, and Justice Movement
This workshop is for anyone who has had to fight toxic dynamics inside their workplace while organizing for liberation outside their workplace. We are working within conditions oriented toward displacement, dispossession, detention, deportation, incarceration, and surveillance of our communities. How does this environment impact the structures and dynamics we observe within the RHRJ community? What are internal dynamics we are facing as workers and activists within this movement? Through sharing our journeys as workers and activists working toward RJ, sourcing wisdom from the experiences we carry, and breaking down isolation and marginalization, we grow our capacity to survive and remain in the movement even after conflict and loss. Join us to identify toxic behaviors and dynamics that occur within our workplaces and movements, learn how to support each other, and envision new ways of working together.
Speakers (click to view): Lily Bolourian, Diali Avila, Kebé, Maria Peeples

Living Our Values: Envisioning New Leadership and Organizing Models in the Sexual & Repro Health, Rights, and Justice Movement

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Lily Bolourian

Lily Bolourian is a Persian punk feminist organizer, writer, and speaker from Maryland. She has led numerous rallies, direct actions, and digital campaigns in support of abortion access and climate action.

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Diali Avila

Diali Avila is originally from Mexico and migrated with her family when she was 11 years old. She started organizing when she was 17 and took it full-time when she joined a campaign to enroll Latinx communities to the ACA. She has joined various campaigns since then around reproductive health care access and immigration justice advocating for better child care policies.

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Kebé

Kebé is the Program Coordinator for the SIA Legal Team. She uses both legal advocacy and grassroots organizing as tools to shape law that supports all people in determining if, when and how we will become pregnant and create family in safe communities, free from the threat of state and interpersonal violence. She hails from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and lives in New York City.

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Maria Peeples

Maria Peeples is a queer, white writer and community organizer. Outside of her day job, her work focuses on de-escalation and creating/supporting safety without police. She was raised and politicized in the Midwest and currently lives with her chosen family in Washington, DC.

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Mobilizing at the Local & State Levels
How can we exercise our power locally? What does it mean to mobilize at the state level? This panel will delve into the ways in which we can organize around reproductive justice issues from the grassroots level to the state legislature. We will discuss ways in which young people can promote their voices in their local and state governments, as well as how pro-reproductive justice legislation can be brought to the floor. In this session, panelists will share their experiences with movement organizing, as well as the work they have done to promote reproductive justice and youth power at the local and state levels. Participants will leave with a sense of how to exercise their own voice and power through electoral politics.
Speakers (click to view): Jaira Burke, Lindsay N Sabadosa, Kimberly Inez McGuire

Mobilizing at the Local & State Levels

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Jaira Burke

Jaira Burke is a community activist who is passionate about utilizing grassroots advocacy as a vehicle to attain social and economic justice for disenfranchised communities. She served as Coalition and Communications Organizer with the Fight for $15 and contributed to the city of Atlanta's adoption of a $15 minimum wage for all municipal employees. In her spare time, Jaira is a grassroots lobbyist for the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). Currently, Jaira Burke is Campaign Manager for AMPLIFY GA, a joint campaign of 6 Atlanta nonprofits working to affirm abortion, in which she’s developed a multi-issue, value-based platform to be adopted by Georgia municipalities and educates community members and stakeholders about the need to expand and protect abortion access. Burke also enjoys empowering students through civic and public policy education in her work as Director of Programs and Outreach for Georgia Close Up Foundation. Jaira Burke has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and has a professional certification in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Lindsay N Sabadosa

Representative Sabadosa has a long history of activism and advocacy around reproductive rights and equality issues. Recently elected to the Massachusetts State House, her legislative priorities include Medicare for All, of which she is the lead sponsor and founder of the newly formed Medicare for All caucus, as well as health equity for pregnant persons, requiring MassHealth to cover doula services, and requiring medication abortions to be available at all pubic college campuses.

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Kimberly Inez McGuire

Kimberly Inez McGuire is an award-winning communications strategist, queer Latina reproductive justice advocate, and policy wonk. As Executive Director of URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, Kimberly builds power with young people in the South and Midwest to transform the political and cultural landscape and win sustainable victories for our communities. Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors for the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and is a birth doula and cat person.

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Not a Monolith. Not Model. Not Silent. Not Yours.
Asian / Americans (AAs) and Native Hawaiians / Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) contain multitudes but you wouldn’t know it from the way mainstream media and policymakers portray AAs and NHPIs as a monolithic group, and only discuss us in the context of model minorities or cultural representation. This caucus is a brave space to share, learn, challenge, and grow together as we discuss the nuance and contradictions, and honor and weight of the AA and NHPI identities in the United States. We’ll share strategies and approaches to navigating white, people of color, and AA and NHPIs spaces, including how to organize for a racial equity initiative, and build and implement programming and advocacy for and by AAs and NHPIs at reproductive health and rights organizations. If you’ve ever felt unseen, alone, or like you didn’t fit in, this is a space for you. This is a closed space for people who identify as Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.
Speakers (click to view): Winnie Ye, Dee Srivastava

Not a Monolith. Not Model. Not Silent. Not Yours.

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Winnie Ye

Winnie Ye is a Brooklyn born and bred policy advocate, activist, and organizer. She currently works in policy and strategic partnerships at the National Institute of Reproductive Health (NIRH) and serves on the board of the New York City chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

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Dee Srivastava

Dee is the Policy Manager at Planned Parenthood. In addition to her work on the Policy Team, Dee serves as a race equity coach and as co-chair of PP’s Asian/Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group. Dee is also on the board of the DC Abortion Fund, a large abortion fund serving patients in DC, Maryland, and Virginia who cannot afford the cost of their abortion care.

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Pipelines, Toxins, & Environmental Racism: Reproductive and Environmental Justice
Commercial personal care products are funneling toxins into the bodies of women of color. Pipelines are being built through sacred land and then leaking into the earth, into our water, and into our bodies. Gas and oil industries infiltrate communities, with disproportionate impacts on people of color and Native communities. This panel of activists will delve into how these and other urgent environmental issues are functioning within the larger framework of environmental racism. We will consider questions such as: what role do toxins play in our reproductive lives, why are people of color at the greatest risk of having their homes and bodies impacted by pollutants and pipelines, and how can the reproductive justice movement invest in environmental justice?
Speakers (click to view): Jen Deerinwater, Elizabeth Caretti Ramírez, Sylvan Bachhuber

Pipelines, Toxins, & Environmental Racism: Reproductive and Environmental Justice

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Jen Deerinwater

Jen Deerinwater is a Tsalagi-citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Bisexual, Two Spirit, multiply-Disabled journalist, speaker, and organizer who covers the myriad of issues her communities face with an intersectional lens. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Crushing Colonialism, an international Indigenous multi-media collective.

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Elizabeth Caretti Ramírez

Elizabeth Caretti Ramírez, Hampshire class of F'87 is a Spanish teacher at a local public high school. During her time at Hampshire, she was involved in both anti-racism and environmental work. She left environmental activism in the early 90s to focus exclusively on anti-racism and anti-poverty campaigns until she went to Standing Rock in 2016. She spent most of her time there at the Two-Spirit camp and clearly saw the intersections of race, environment, gender, class and sexuality. Since returning from Standing Rock she has dedicated herself to environmental justice and has been involved in organizing and participating in non-violent direct action at Otis State Forest in MA and now in Holyoke, MA, where she lives, fighting the Columbia Gas "reliability" project. Elizabeth is a member of Neighbor to Neighbor in Holyoke and the Sugar Shack Alliance (SSA), which is based in Northampton. Neighbor to Neighbor is a multiracial, working-class-focused group that is the lead organization fighting the proposed "natural" gas pipeline, slated to run from Agawam to Holyoke. SSA is a majority-white environmental organization that fights new fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Western Massachusetts. Elizabeth has been part of a group that has challenged SSA to move from being an environmental organization to being an environmental justice organization.

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Sylvan Bachhuber

Sylvan Bachhuber is a first year Div II student studying global reproductive health and justice, anthropology, Spanish, and Arabic. She is focusing on the future of FP2020, an international family planning organization as a PopDev intern.

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Reproductive Justice 101
Reproductive justice was coined in 1994 by Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice, a group of Black women who recognized that the white-led women's rights movement was not prioritizing issues critical to women of color, and that we must represent our own communities. This workshop will discuss some of the history of RJ as well as give participants a chance to express their RJ stories.
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Reproductive Justice 101

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Reproductive Justice Beyond Bars
Panelists will delve into our criminal justice and child welfare systems to learn how historically and currently, low-income, immigrant, queer and native peoples are forced to navigate systems that make the right to have a family a matter of proving their fitness to parent, specifically focusing on barriers used to criminalized pregnant people who are currently using drugs or have used drugs in the past. Panelists will discuss the rights and injustices faced by currently and previously incarcerated people seeking adequate reproductive health care. Participants will learn about transformative legal and community based strategies for change including policy, & advocacy activities aimed at building leadership and mobilizing currently incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons to ensure their right to justice and individual liberty.
Speakers (click to view): Nataley Neuman, Crystal M. Hayes, MSW, Yveka Pierre Esq.

Reproductive Justice Beyond Bars

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Nataley Neuman

Nataley Neuman is the Wisconsin Organizer for Reproaction, a direct action group formed to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. As a UW-Milwaukee undergraduate, Nataley founded and presided over Panthers Against Sexual Assault (PASA) for just under two years. She is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Crystal M. Hayes, MSW

Crystal M. Hayes, MSW is a doctoral student (ABD) at the School for Social Work at the University of Connecticut. She is a writer, teacher, and public speaker who believes reproductive justice theory (RJ) is a powerful progressive anti-racist tool for social change. Crystal believes that good theory does more than just tell us something about the world, but that it challenges power. Crystal believes RJ has the power to change the world because it challenges power and privilege through centering the experiences of the most marginalized.

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Yveka Pierre Esq.

Yveka Pierre is a Haitian born system fighting lawyer, and litigation counsel at SIA Legal Team. She is a proud trouble-making litigator who cut her teeth in the legal field as a public defender. She strives every day to uphold the dignity and humanity of folx navigating systems that were created to dehumanize.

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Speaking Truth to Power: Public Testimony & Comments for RJ
In 2017, Senator Charles Schwertner drew headlines when he broke a glass table while trying to silence an advocate testifying against an anti-abortion bill in Texas. In 2018, Parkland survivor Aalayah Eastmond and disability rights advocate Elizabeth Weintraub testified before the Senate about the devastating impact Judge Kavanaugh would have if appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Public testimony draws media attention to critical issues, influences law and policymakers, and facilitates cross-movement work. This workshop will explain how federal, state and local legislative and administrative agencies are structured, where to find the notice/comment opportunities, and how public testimony can be effective. The session will also provide participants an opportunity to brainstorm in groups on potential opportunities for public testimony and notice/comment campaigns.
Speakers (click to view): Jill Heaviside, Mariah Lindsay, Mashayla Hays, Rosann Mariappuram

Speaking Truth to Power: Public Testimony & Comments for RJ

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Jill Heaviside

Jill is an If/When/How RJ-HIV Law and Policy Fellow with SisterLove, Inc. She received both her J.D. and B.A. from Vanderbilt University. During law school, Jill participated in the Medical Legal Partnership Clinic; externed with ThinkTennessee, a progressive, non-partisan think tank, and led legislative advocacy efforts for Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality. Jill lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her cat, Justice Ruth Bader Kittensburg.

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Mariah Lindsay

Mariah Lindsay is an If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow at NAPAWF. Mariah graduated from the University of California, Irvine School of Law. During law school, Mariah served as a research assistant to Professor Michele Goodwin and participated in UCI Law’s Reproductive Justice and Domestic Violence Clinics. She also interned at the California Women’s Law Center and served as a Spitzer Intern at NHLP.

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Mashayla Hays

Mashayla Hays is an If/When/How Reproductive Justice State Fellow at New Voices for Reproductive Justice and the Women’s Law Project in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law where she was awarded the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Award. Mashayla is from Louisville, KY, enjoys reading teen fiction novels and spending time with her family and friends.

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Rosann Mariappuram

Rosann Mariappuram (she/her) is a lawyer and reproductive justice advocate based in Seattle, WA. Rosann worked at the Reproductive Health Access Project in NYC for several years before attending the University of Texas School of Law. While in Texas, she volunteered with the Lilith Fund, Jane's Due Process and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.

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Storytelling and Strategy Sharing from Student Organizing for Reproductive Justice on Catholic Campuses
In this open caucus space, students and staff from Catholic colleges and universities gather to share stories and lessons from their experiences organizing for reproductive justice on their campuses. This caucus invites student leaders and their allies to connect with one another, discuss the cultural traditions and power structures unique to Catholic campuses, and share strategies that work to advance reproductive justice within those environments. Topics include: censorship; restricted access to sexual health information and care; LGBTQ*-related policies; and gender-based and sexual violence.
Speakers (click to view): Kerry Bergin, Maggie Bouvier

Storytelling and Strategy Sharing from Student Organizing for Reproductive Justice on Catholic Campuses

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Kerry Bergin

Kerry Bergin is an adjunct professor, young adult mentor, and community practitioner living in Providence, Rhode Island. She teaches courses on vocation, community organizing, and social change.

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Maggie Bouvier

Maggie is finishing her last semester at Providence College. She is a double major in Public & Community Service and Women’s Studies. As president of Women Will, the feminist group on her conservative campus, she is an activist fighting for gender equity. Her current focus is improving the Title IX resources for students, so that her campus is a place where everyone’s rights are protected.

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Survivor Justice & Direct Action: Building Power to Win Change for Survivors
We exist at a collective tipping point, at the intersection of the survivor movement, transforming accountability, solidarity, healing, and progress for survivors, and the Trump administration’s attacks on vital rights and protections for survivors and marginalized people. Now more than ever, we need a powerful, intersectional, informed, and active survivor justice movement. In this interactive workshop, the facilitator will lead a direct action organizing training tailored to activists, advocates, and newcomers working against sexual, intimate partner, and gender-based violence at the campus and grassroots community level. Using trauma-informed scenarios, participants will learn key tools to mobilize their own community or organization, create and sustain a successful campaign, hold decision-makers accountable, build power, and win real change for survivors. Together, we can advance the movement for survivors and build the future we believe in. *Open to folks of all a/genders a/sexualities. Open to survivors & allies.
Speakers (click to view): Priya Ghosh

Survivor Justice & Direct Action: Building Power to Win Change for Survivors

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Priya Ghosh

Priya Ghosh is a survivor activist, advocate, organizer, and trainer with a background in movement building, direct action, consent and relationship education, and advocacy for survivors of sexual, intimate partner, and gender-based violence. Priya is the Founding Director of the Survivor Justice Project, a grassroots organization empowering and training people to take action, build power, and win real change for survivors. As the former President of CERC at UMass Amherst, she led a 2 year campaign for the institution of a Survivor’s Bill of Rights policy to expand and protect Title IX rights. Priya is deeply invested in the collective building of a transformative, intersectional, and healing-centered movement for survivors. Priya currently works at Safe Passage and lives and organizes in the Pioneer Valley community.

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Taking Control of our Reproductive Health - Self Managed Abortion, Safe and Supported
Abortion restrictions in the U.S. are proliferating at a frightening speed and legal abortion itself on the line in the face of a conservative majority in the Supreme Court. In this political context, it is urgent that we widely distribute Information about abortion pills, and build strategies to put these directly into our own hands. In this workshop, participants will learn about how the pills work, and receive information about how they are used safely with and without medical supervision. Focusing on the U.S., we will discuss legal issues, and ways to mitigate legal risk for those using abortion pills outside of the medical system. We will also distribute resources for those interested in learning more. We will collectively brainstorm innovative strategies for spreading information to vulnerable communities in the USA, learning from models used in other countries.
Speakers (click to view): Marlene Gerber Fried, Susan Yanow

Taking Control of our Reproductive Health - Self Managed Abortion, Safe and Supported

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Marlene Gerber Fried

Marlene Gerber Fried is a nationally and internationally known activist scholar. She was founding president of NNAF (National Network of Abortion Funds), and currently works on abortion access internationally with Women Help Women. She edited From Abortion to Reproductive Freedom: Transforming a Movement, and co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice. She was the interim president of Hampshire in 2010-2011. She is co-authoring a book on abortion with Loretta Ross.

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Susan Yanow

Susan Yanow is a cofounder of Women Help Women, an international organization that provides medication abortion services. She is the spokesperson for WHW’s USA project SASS (Self-managed Abortion; Safe and Supported). Susan also founded EASE (Expanding Abortion Services in the South) and coordinates the Later Abortion Initiative at Ibis Reproductive Health. She serves on the Boards of the ACLU of Massachusetts and Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health.

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The Christian Right’s Successful Strategies to Stop Abortion Access, Attack LGBT Rights, & Codify Conservative Religious Values
The Christian Right is one of the most successful social and political movements of modern times, yet its persistence and effectiveness has repeatedly caught those defending LGBT and reproductive health, rights, and justice off guard. Understanding the scope and resilience of this dynamic movement is essential. To defeat the Christian Right and secure bodily autonomy for everyone, we must understand what has made the Christian Right so successful, and we must be willing to rethink the infrastructure and strategies that LGBT and reproductive justice movements employ. This interactive workshop will provide a history and analysis of the Christian Right’s tactics and strategies, at the state-level, to systematically curtail abortion access, attack LGBT rights, and codify conservative religious values. Participants will come away with the tools to integrate an understanding and analysis into their work of the forces that strip away access to LGBT and reproductive health, rights and justice.
Speakers (click to view): Heron Greenesmith, Teddy Wilson

The Christian Right’s Successful Strategies to Stop Abortion Access, Attack LGBT Rights, & Codify Conservative Religious Values

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Heron Greenesmith

Heron Greenesmith has worked in LGBTQ advocacy for over a decade with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. They specialize in advocacy for bisexual and pansexual people. Heron is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and American University, Washington College of Law. Heron is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts bars. They are a former board secretary of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, a former board member of the National LGBT Bar Association, a former Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

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Teddy Wilson

Teddy Wilson is a Research Analyst for reproductive justice, focusing on the conservative movement and Religious Right’s strategies and discourses to restrict access to reproductive health and rights. Wilson previously worked as a reporter for Rewire.News, Free Speech Radio News, and the American Independent News Network.

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Transgender Awareness for Pregnancy, Birth and Lactation
A short primer on key issues for Birth Workers in caring for transgender and gender non-conforming parents during pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and lactation.
Speakers (click to view): Abi Fletcher, Delmar Bauta, Jamarah Amani

Transgender Awareness for Pregnancy, Birth and Lactation

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Abi Fletcher

Abi Fletcher is a non-binary birth worker and parent of a gender fluid 4 year old. This is their 10th year working as a Licensed Midwife in Florida, providing out-of-hospital birth services. Abi is passionate about Birth Justice and is a proud board member of the Southern Birth Justice Network.

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Delmar Bauta

Delmar is a queer, transgender, disabled, latinx of mixed race birthworker in South Florida. Combining their passions for social justice and holistic health, midwifery was the perfect fit when Delmar literally and serendipitously stumbled upon it 19 years ago. Since then, they have been involved in various projects, including reproductive rights advocacy, advancing access and equity in midwifery, and training and mentoring new doulas. Currently, Delmar works to promote health equity and autonomy as a staff member at Southern Birth Justice Network and a full-time doula at Spiral Harbor.

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Jamarah Amani

Jamarah Amani is a community midwife and organizer who believes in the power of birth and that every baby has a human right to be breastfed/chestfed. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally, nationally and globally. She is currently the director of Southern Birth Justice Network, a non-profit organization working to end of shackling of pregnant people and make full spectrum midwifery and doula care accessible to all. She is also the co-founder of National Black Midwives Alliance.

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Saturday Session 2: 3:15PM - 4:45PM

#AbortionWithoutPunishment: Shifting Law and Narratives to Support People Who Self-Manage Abortions
With increasingly hostile legislatures and emboldened prosecutors mobilizing to control and punish people’s reproductive decisions, it is critical to develop proactive strategies to protect targeted communities. This panel will provide insights into the state’s role in driving people toward unsafe means of abortion, how prosecutors are punishing people for self-managing their abortions, and how to reframe wrongs by the State into rights people have. The panel will discuss strategies to shift narratives to focus on how can we work collectively to protect communities targeted by the state.
Speakers (click to view): Kebé, Rebecca Wang, Yveka Pierre Esq.

#AbortionWithoutPunishment: Shifting Law and Narratives to Support People Who Self-Manage Abortions

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Kebé

Kebé is the Program Coordinator for the SIA Legal Team. She uses both legal advocacy and grassroots organizing as tools to shape law that supports all people in determining if, when and how we will become pregnant and create family in safe communities, free from the threat of state and interpersonal violence. She hails from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and lives in New York City.

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Rebecca Wang

Rebecca Wang joined the SIA Legal Team in September 2018 with the launch of their legal helpline. She continues to oversee the operation of the helpline and support the work of their law and policy team.

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Yveka Pierre Esq.

Yveka Pierre is a Haitian born system fighting lawyer, and litigation counsel at SIA Legal Team. She is a proud trouble-making litigator who cut her teeth in the legal field as a public defender. She strives every day to uphold the dignity and humanity of folx navigating systems that were created to dehumanize.

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Abortion Access: Overcoming Barriers and Removing Obstacles
Efforts to restrict access to safe and legal abortion persist, disproportionately affecting the most marginalized people in our society and worldwide. Join us to hear from a distinguished panel of advocates and providers working at the frontlines in hostile climates to discuss the current landscape of (in)access to abortion care. Panelists will talk about current barriers to accessing care and discuss multi-pronged strategies to reduce stigma and add nuance to the conversation about abortion.
Speakers (click to view): Jordyn Close, Kanthi Dhaduvai, MD, Marlene Gerber Fried, Quita Tinsley

Abortion Access: Overcoming Barriers and Removing Obstacles

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Jordyn Close

Jordyn Close, an intern organizer for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, a storyteller with Youth Testify, a leadership program of the National Network of Abortion Funds and Advocates for Youth. She also serves on the board of Women Have Options- Ohio, an abortion fund, and she has had an abortion.

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Kanthi Dhaduvai, MD

Dr. Dhaduvai is a family medicine physician currently completing a fellowship in Reproductive Health and Advocacy at Tufts University Department of Family Medicine. She provides integrated abortion and contraception services in addition to general family medicine care. At CLPP 2019, she will be co-presenting a workshop on surgical abortion.

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Marlene Gerber Fried

Marlene Gerber Fried is a nationally and internationally known activist scholar. She was founding president of NNAF (National Network of Abortion Funds), and currently works on abortion access internationally with Women Help Women. She edited From Abortion to Reproductive Freedom: Transforming a Movement, and co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice. She was the interim president of Hampshire in 2010-2011. She is co-authoring a book on abortion with Loretta Ross.

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Quita Tinsley

Quita Tinsley is a fat, Black, queer femme that writes, organizes, and works to build sustainable change in their home, the South. They currently serve as the Deputy Director of Access Reproductive Care - Southeast; and they're an alum of Echoing Ida, a Black women and non-binary folks' writing collective of Forward Together.

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Advocating for Non-Coercive LARC Policy
Reproductive coercion targeting incarcerated individuals, people with disabilities, low-income people, young people, and people of color has been documented well into the 21st century and actively shapes how vulnerable communities interact with public health initiatives today. In this session, presenters from SisterReach, the National Women’s Health Network, and National Institute for Reproductive Health will place state-based reproductive health policies, including LARC policies, in the context of coercion past and present, and discuss strategies, partnerships, and resources to mobilize for good policies and against coercive ones.
Speakers (click to view): Lauren Coy, MPH, Sarah Christopherson, Tijuana Jefferson

Advocating for Non-Coercive LARC Policy

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Lauren Coy, MPH

Lauren Coy, MPH is the LARC Project Manager at the National Institute for Reproductive Health, where she provides strategic guidance and technical assistance to states that are working on systems and policy barriers to providing the full range of contraception. She has worked in the reproductive health and rights field for five years. She is a Latina from Miami who still can’t drive.

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Sarah Christopherson

Sarah is responsible for leading the NWHN’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts. She previously worked for Congress from 2005 to 2015, serving as the Washington Director to Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) from 2010 to 2015. She has bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from Arizona State University and a graduate degree in foreign policy from George Washington University.

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Artivism 101: How Arts and Culture Are Integral to Our Fight for Reproductive Freedom
In order to build new futures, we must first imagine them. And it will take creativity to address long-standing problems facing our communities. Now more than ever the role of artists and cultural workers are essential in our social movements. In this interactive workshop we will identify and discuss how artists and cultural workers are partnering with institutions and work on their own to create performances, illustrations and other works that advance reproductive freedom. Using the technology of improvisation and freestyle, the workshop will culminate with the sacred tradition of the cypher. We will devise mantras, call and responses, poetry, rap, rhythm and movement to co-create a collective freedom song that honors our visions for bodily autonomy and reproductive justice.
Speakers (click to view): Taja Lindley

Artivism 101: How Arts and Culture Are Integral to Our Fight for Reproductive Freedom

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Taja Lindley

Taja Lindley is an artist creating socially engaged artwork that reflects and transforms audiences, shifts culture and moves people to action. She is the founder of Colored Girls Hustle, and a member of Echoing Ida and Harriet's Apothecary.

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At the Intersection of Immigration and Reproductive Justice
Immigrant communities are facing a multitude of deadly anti-immigrant policies prohibiting them from accessing the basic safety, support, and healthcare that they need. Immigrant communities are constantly being destabilized by the ICE raids, detainments, and deportations; as well as widespread violent anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from all sides of the United States. How are immigrants and undocumented folks being impacted by the social and political climate of today? How can our movements center the experiences and needs of immigrants, their families, and their communities? Join this panel of activists working across movements to hear about the impacts of detention and deportation, the role of sanctuary movements, and the state of healthcare access in immigrant communities. Participants will learn multi-pronged strategies to use at the intersection of immigration justice and reproductive justice.
Speakers (click to view): Diali Avila, Guadalupe Ambrosio, Isatou Bittaye, Andrea Schmid

At the Intersection of Immigration and Reproductive Justice

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Diali Avila

Diali Avila is originally from Mexico and migrated with her family when she was 11 years old. She started organizing when she was 17 and took it full-time when she joined a campaign to enroll Latinx communities to the ACA. She has joined various campaigns since then around reproductive health care access and immigration justice advocating for better child care policies.

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Guadalupe Ambrosio

Guadalupe Ambrosio is an undocumented queer woman of color organizing in the intersections of Immigrant Rights, Gender Justice and Body Liberation. She is an expert in her field, doing this work for over a decade.

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Isatou Bittaye

Isatou Bittaye is a feminist and Reproductive Justice Advocate; a Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate student at CUNY Graduate Center, and works with the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She volunteers as Communications Manager of The Girls' Agenda - a young women’s-led organization where she is a founding member that promotes the sexual and reproductive health rights of girls and women in The Gambia.

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Andrea Schmid

Andrea Schmid is a lead organizer at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a grassroots organization that builds the collective power of workers and immigrants in Western Massachusetts and beyond. PVWC’s worker leaders develop and organize grassroots campaigns for food chain workers’ rights, including winning wage theft protections, stopping deportations, and building new worker cooperatives. Before attending Smith College, Andrea grew up in Honduras and Miami.

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Birth Justice 101
This workshop will introduce participants to the Birth Justice framework through examining how pregnancy, birth and parenting intersect with social, racial and economic justice. Participants will have the opportunity to get involved with interactive methods and tools to engage with building the Birth Justice movement, and will hear from midwives, doulas, and advocates about issues like expanding access to doula care, supporting parents and families through perinatal loss, and the crisis of rising maternal and infant mortality rates in the US.
Speakers (click to view): Delmar Bauta, Jamarah Amani

Birth Justice 101

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Delmar Bauta

Delmar is a queer, transgender, disabled, latinx of mixed race birthworker in South Florida. Combining their passions for social justice and holistic health, midwifery was the perfect fit when Delmar literally and serendipitously stumbled upon it 19 years ago. Since then, they have been involved in various projects, including reproductive rights advocacy, advancing access and equity in midwifery, and training and mentoring new doulas. Currently, Delmar works to promote health equity and autonomy as a staff member at Southern Birth Justice Network and a full-time doula at Spiral Harbor.

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Jamarah Amani

Jamarah Amani is a community midwife and organizer who believes in the power of birth and that every baby has a human right to be breastfed/chestfed. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally, nationally and globally. She is currently the director of Southern Birth Justice Network, a non-profit organization working to end of shackling of pregnant people and make full spectrum midwifery and doula care accessible to all. She is also the co-founder of National Black Midwives Alliance.

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Building Student Power & Organizing for Reproductive Justice.
This workshop will be a space for students to share skills, tools, strategies, and experiences related to organizing for reproductive justice on college campuses. Participants will leave with a communication network and a collaborative list of tangible strategies and tools for our organizing work. We will go back to our campuses with a stronger sense of our identities and of ways in which we can center womxn and people of color in our movements. We will also critically examine our own organizing work to ensure we are embodying the reproductive justice framework and centering the voices and lived experiences of those most impacted by reproductive injustices.
Speakers (click to view): Nargis Aslami, Namrata Jacob

Building Student Power & Organizing for Reproductive Justice.

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Nargis Aslami

Nargis Aslami is a 22 year old Afghan-American woman. She graduated from UMass Amherst in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a 5C Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. During her time as an undergrad, she worked with CLPP for 2 years as one of the Student Group Co-Coordinators. She is currently working as a Civilian Advocate for victim/survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Nargis is in the midst of preparing for the LSAT/law school applications (keep her in your thoughts!!) and wants to pursue public interest law.

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Namrata Jacob

Namrata Jacob is a diasporic Desi, a Virgo, and a reproductive justice educator and advocate focusing on the intersections of race, gender, and state violence.

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Cultivating Spirituality & Faith-Based Strategies in the Fight for Reproductive Justice
Faith and reproductive justice: we don’t often hear these words in the same sentence. Yet, more and more people are fighting for human rights and bodily autonomy because of their faith — not in spite of it. In this interactive caucus session, join people of faith from diverse spiritual/religious traditions as we discuss bringing our whole selves to the work for reproductive, racial, and economic justice. Together, we will explore strategic challenges and opportunities; glean wisdom from one another on mobilizing clergy and communities of faith; and gain encouragement and inspiration for the journey ahead.
Speakers (click to view): Elaina Ramsey, Gaby Garcia-Vera

Cultivating Spirituality & Faith-Based Strategies in the Fight for Reproductive Justice

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Elaina Ramsey

Elaina serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. With a decade of campaign, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and communications experience at the intersections of faith and politics, Elaina has worked for various nonprofits and campaigns, including Sojourners, Women’s Action for New Directions, and Obama for America. She holds master's degrees in both Theological Studies and International Peace & Conflict Resolution.

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Gaby Garcia-Vera

Gaby Garcia-Vera is the States Program Manager at Catholics for Choice (CFC), where he coordinates CFC’s strategic engagement at the state and local level by working with prochoice Catholic policymakers and state partners. Gaby has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of organizing experience forging and sustaining coalitions, mobilizing grassroots activists and engaging state policymakers. In 2016 he co-founded the Coquí Language Collective, a Florida based collective working to promote social justice throughout Florida and the country through interpretation and translation service.

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Funding the Movement: Strategies for Foundation Fundraising and Rapid Response Resources for Reproductive Justice Activists
Reproductive Justice and social justice organizations rely heavily on funding from foundations. Yet, if all of US foundation giving were represented by one dollar, only seven cents would go to organizations that work on issues connected to women and girls. Even fewer than seven cents is allocated to organizations that are grassroots, lack 501(c)(3) status, are led by young people, are led by women of color and indigenous women, are led by transgender or non-binary people, and/or are located in rural areas and/or red states. However, these areas and communities are often most impacted by reproductive injustice and oppression. Third Wave Fund is a national funder of youth-led reproductive and gender justice organizing, activism, and healing, with a focus on issues and communities that have traditionally been left out of philanthropy. This workshop will provide an introduction to philanthropy, tips on how to seek foundation funding, and an overview of the research, proposal, and follow-up processes. Participants will have an opportunity to practice skills, ask questions, and get the info they need to build grants resources for their groups, communities, and movements!
Speakers (click to view): Joy Messinger, mai doan

Funding the Movement: Strategies for Foundation Fundraising and Rapid Response Resources for Reproductive Justice Activists

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Joy Messinger

Joy Messinger is a queer, disabled, femme organizer of spreadsheets, funding, and people to build sustainability, healing, wellness, and power for reproductive justice, queer and trans liberation, and disabled, migrant, and POC communities. As Third Wave Fund's Program Officer, she oversees Third Wave's rapid response, multi-year general support, and capacity building grantmaking, and supports its cross-sector funder advocacy.

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mai doan

mai doan is the Program Associate for Third Wave Fund and coordinates their rapid response grantmaking through the Mobilize Power Fund. For the past 10 years, mai has worked with young women, queer and trans people of color to heal, create, and resist as as a writer, youth worker, community organizer, and energy work practitioner. At Third Wave, she is excited to continue supporting the work and visions of communities who have historically been left out from the field of philanthropy.

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No One Is Free Until We Are All Free: Palestine Solidarity and Reproductive Justice
The struggle for justice in Palestine is a reproductive justice issue, but it is critically missing from many of our organizing agendas. In this workshop, we will deepen our analysis of US imperialism, Israeli apartheid, and Palestinian liberation using a framework of reproductive justice to build up our foundational knowledge, and brainstorm ways we can take action in the reproductive justice movement to integrate solidarity with Palestine into our work. We'll also share case studies about coalition building and use our collective wisdom to talk through barriers to doing this work and deepening solidarity between our movements.
Speakers (click to view): Mina Aria, Eman Abdelfadeel, Sabrina Ghaus

No One Is Free Until We Are All Free: Palestine Solidarity and Reproductive Justice

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Mina Aria

Mina Aria is based in St. Louis and serves as the Midwest Regional Coordinator for Real Food Generation, a food justice organization. They also organize against sexual violence as a Communications Organizer with Know Your IX. Mina organizes for Palestinian liberation locally with the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee and nationally as a Steering Committee member at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

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Eman Abdelfadeel

Eman is an Afro-Arab Muslim woman committed to antiracist organizing. She is an alumna of Georgetown University, where she was involved in Students for Justice in Palestine and cofounded a divestment campaign to cease the University's complicity in state violence by divesting their endowment of companies involved with the private prison industry and companies enacting human rights abuses in Occupied Palestine. In her free time, Eman enjoys subtweeting the President of the United States on her locked Twitter account with 70 followers.

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Sabrina Ghaus

Sabrina is a Pakistani-American Muslim organizer based in Boston by way of the Bay Area. They first learned to organize through post-9/11 anti-Islamophobia and anti-war movements, and became grounded in movements for collective liberation through joining Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine. For the past four years, they have worked at the National Network of Abortion Funds, supporting grassroots networks of people transforming the abortion access landscape with revolutionary care and love. They can usually be found snuggling with their cat, Rumi, or outside digging in the garden.

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Reproductive Justice on the Frontlines: Showing up for Indigenous Communities
This workshop is intended to further educate non-Indigenous people on the reproductive justice impacts of resource extraction on Native communities and how to stand in solidarity with Native nations. I'll begin by giving a brief historical overview of Indian law and policies that have led to the high rates of violence against Native Women and Two Spirits and the connection to resource extraction. Supreme Court case law, and federal and state policies will be discussed and how they have led to broken treaties, dehumanization of Native women and LGBTQIA2S people, and the ongoing battle for sovereignty. From this I will move to the present day consequences of these policies on our fight for reproductive justice through the battles against environmental racism. I'll end with concrete, actionable steps of how non-Native people may incorporate the fight for Indigenous sovereignty and rights into their daily lives and activism. Coupled with existing statistical data from outside sources, I'll include the research that I have gathered from my travels to pipeline resistance camps. This research will consist of photos, videos, and interviews with Indigenous people, tribal leaders, grassroots activists, and elected officials.
Speakers (click to view): Jen Deerinwater

Reproductive Justice on the Frontlines: Showing up for Indigenous Communities

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Jen Deerinwater

Jen Deerinwater is a Tsalagi-citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Bisexual, Two Spirit, multiply-Disabled journalist, speaker, and organizer who covers the myriad of issues her communities face with an intersectional lens. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Crushing Colonialism, an international Indigenous multi-media collective.

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Talking About Mental Health Justice
Mental health justice is a human rights issue. Caregivers experience stigma, institutional trauma, and toxic stress while navigating broken systems that fail to meet their children’s needs. This caucus is an opportunity to participate in a wisdom-collective of individuals touched by children’s mental health and the policies and practices that make up the school-to-prison pipeline within the United States. We will discuss mental health justice including: 1) unequal access to quality mental health care for children and families of color; 2) disciplinary policies that criminalize symptoms as “behaviors” rather than provide appropriate health care and educational supports; and 3) ‘stigma-jumping’ that occurs in advocacy communities. Members of Mothers on the Frontline will discuss the power of storywork for healing and advocacy and invite activists to contribute to a new “Digital Stories for Social Justice” archive.
Speakers (click to view): Dionne Bensonsmith, Tammy Nyden

Talking About Mental Health Justice

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Dionne Bensonsmith

Dionne is a gender and public policy professor, an advocate, and mother of four who works at the intersections of reproductive justice, disability rights, and mental health justice. She is the co-founder of Mothers on the Frontline, a non-profit that focuses on mental health justice and the promotion of children’s mental health advocacy and caregiver healing.

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Tammy Nyden

Tammy Nyden is President & Co-founder of Mothers on the Frontline, a non-profit dedicated to children's mental health advocacy and caregiver healing through storytelling. She is also an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Grinnell College.

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Towards a Culture of Consent : Transformative Justice Toolkit for LGBTQ+ Communities and Beyond!
This workshop will explore sexual violence as a phenomenon that is structurally and culturally upheld. By examining media representation of recent sexual assault cases, we will identify the danger in a single narrative. We will provide background on how sexual violence manifests in marginalized communities, particularly amongst LGBTQ+ folks. Observations from community based and grassroots violence prevention will lead us to restorative and transformative justice principles. Using these, we will prepare toolkits that will outline both individual and community strategies towards a culture of consent.
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Towards a Culture of Consent : Transformative Justice Toolkit for LGBTQ+ Communities and Beyond!

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Transforming Culture by Talking Back to Your Parents
Growing up in multicultural community can mean individuals feel stuck between two worlds of embracing traditions while advocating for progressive and social change. When our communities are under attack or targeted by law enforcement, we instinctively want to protect our families. Even as we work to protect and preserve our cultural traditions, we are challenged with how to transform outdated attitudes and beliefs. Respecting elders is a cultural norm that is passed down through the generations. The respect of elders sometimes includes being silent around sexist, xenophobic, racist, and classist attitudes. How can we talk back to our parents to transform culture? Join us for an interactive workshop where we will share our experiences and best practices for changing culture while navigating tradition. We will also brainstorm to create collective tools to use to continue to improve our communities.
Speakers (click to view): Jaspreet Chowdhary, Winnie Ye

Transforming Culture by Talking Back to Your Parents

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Jaspreet Chowdhary

Jaspreet Chowdhary is the State Legislative Manager at the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center. Her professional experience includes uplifting the voices of women living with HIV at the 30 for 30 Campaign. She was part of the inaugural class of the If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellowship program and was placed with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. She has conducted public health research at Duke University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jaspreet received a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Goucher College, an M.P.H. with a concentration in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. She is licensed by the State Bar of Maryland.

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Winnie Ye

Winnie Ye is a Brooklyn born and bred policy advocate, activist, and organizer. She currently works in policy and strategic partnerships at the National Institute of Reproductive Health (NIRH) and serves on the board of the New York City chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

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Youth Organizing, better than sex.
We hope to bring attention to the importance that youth organizing has had and continues to have in the fight for reproductive justice. Due to ageism, youth may often feel excluded from feeling empowered to create the change they seek. Our goal is to make youth feel empowered to organize within their communities unapologetically. This workshop is open to all youth; however, will be prioritizing youth of color.
Speakers (click to view): Monserrat Ambrosio

Youth Organizing, better than sex.

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Monserrat Ambrosio

Monserrat Ambrosio is seventeen years old and an active member at the New York State Youth Leadership Council. As someone who is directly impacted by a variety of social justice issues, she believes in the power of advocacy within her community. “Advocacy welcomes conversation, change, and healing for communities. Hence, I will continue investing herself in the power of the people,” she says.

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Sunday 9:00AM - 10:30AM

A Discussion of the Punishment and Criminalization of Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes: Dispelling the Myths, Providing the Fact
This panel will address criminalization of pregnant people, and other punitive approaches used to target pregnant women including misuse of the civil child welfare and medical systems. Presenters will discuss the increased use of arrest, detention and criminal charges against populations targeted for state control including women of color, low income women and women who use drugs. Presenters will provide information about the repercussions people face in relation to their pregnancies or pregnancy outcomes such as ending a pregnancy outside of a medical setting or alleged substance use during pregnancy. Participants will be equipped with organizing strategies, fact sheets and other resources that will assist in resisting and defending against these abuses of power.
Speakers (click to view): Nataley Neuman, Kendall D. Bentsen, MSW, Victoria St. Clair

A Discussion of the Punishment and Criminalization of Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes: Dispelling the Myths, Providing the Fact

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Nataley Neuman

Nataley Neuman is the Wisconsin Organizer for Reproaction, a direct action group formed to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. As a UW-Milwaukee undergraduate, Nataley founded and presided over Panthers Against Sexual Assault (PASA) for just under two years. She is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Kendall D. Bentsen, MSW

Kendall is a graduate of Columbia School of Social Work where she studied social policy and contemporary social issues. Kendall is a 6th generation Texan and alumna of the Congressional Research Institute of Social Policy (CRISP) Political Bootcamp; she hopes to one day run for elected office in her home state.

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Victoria St. Clair

Victoria St. Clair is a graduate of CUNY Brooklyn College where she studied Sociology, Health and Nutrition, and Public Health. She became very involved on campus to bridge the gap between available resources and students' access to them. She acted as a peer mentor and a tutor at the college. She has assisted various administrative departments in higher education to create a process that provides the most efficient services to her peers.

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Communities Need Clinics : Abortion provision in the US, mapping 2019 and intersections
This session is aimed to examine the current landscape of current available abortion provision, contraception, and sexual education in the US under the threat of Roe Vs Wade being overturned, continued changes in the ACA, and Title X. Access to reproductive healthcare is a central issue of bodily autonomy and a human right. What, where, and who is impacted will rely on how intersectional the "movement" is willing to be in its analysis of what legal, social, and community strategies are mobilized in 2019. Speakers will focus on advocacy, current criminalization of pregnancy, gaps in healthcare services, communities impacted and possible resistance strategy.
Speakers (click to view): Emma Schubert, Lexi J. White

Communities Need Clinics : Abortion provision in the US, mapping 2019 and intersections

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Emma Schubert

Emma Schubert is a junior at Smith college studying Sociology and Urban Studies, with a strong interest in urban planning and social science research. As an intern for the Abortion Care Network, she has gathered and analyzed data for the Community Needs Clinics report, the first-ever published report on Independent Abortion Care Providers.

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Lexi J. White

Lexi White, MPP is a feminist sociopolitical innovator, writer, advocate, and analyst whose work focuses on health policy, reflective democracy, reproductive justice and the experiences, full wellness and liberation of Black Women, Women of Color and Queer and Trans People of Color.

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Curls and Condoms: What’s Your Sexual Health Regimen?
History shows us that women of color (WOC) were often met with shame, stigma and violence because their aesthetic did not appeal or conform to white hegemonic standards of beauty. Historically and currently, we see this reccurring theme present in conversations about WOC bodies, reproductive choices, and sexual health. We aim to bridge these two distinct but overlapping conversations as a creative tool for liberation. The natural hair community offers a space that encourages women to unapologetically reclaim who they are by embracing their natural curls, kinks and coils. Through multiple outlets such as meetups and social media, women have honest, open, informational and supportive dialogue about their hair care regimens. What if we used this same approach to foster an environment where women can feel just as empowered, liberated and supported to talk about their sexual and reproductive experiences from birth control and condoms, to abortion and relationships? To this end we ask, what if conversations about our curls happened in tandem with our conversations about condoms? This workshop is for women and femmes who identify as Black and/or of the African diaspora.
Speakers (click to view): Brittany Brathwaite, Kimberly Huggins, LSW, MPH, MEd

Curls and Condoms: What’s Your Sexual Health Regimen?

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Brittany Brathwaite

Brittany Brathwaite is a reproductive justice activist, youth worker and scholar with a deep-seated commitment. Currently, she is co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at KIMBRITIVE, an organization for sex education and training that centers and celebrates Black and Brown women and girls. Brittany holds a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University, and a Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work from Columbia University.

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Kimberly Huggins, LSW, MPH, MEd

Kimberly is a licensed Social Worker, sexual health educator and co-founder of KIMBRITIVE, LLC. She has graduate-level education in Public Health, Human Sexuality Education and Social Work. When she’s not balancing the highs and lows of adulting, you can find her in a makeup store, at the gym or trying out a new restaurant.

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Demystifying MVA Abortions: The Papaya Workshop
A common perception of the Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) abortion is that the procedure is scary, complicated and intense. The purpose of this Papaya workshop is to debunk this myth through education and hands-on activities for a non-clinical audience. Using papayas as uterine models, participants will be introduced and perform their own MVA abortion. In addition to physically practicing the procedure, the audience will also learn and role play patient-centered language. This workshop is an excellent way to bridge the gap between abortion providers and abortion advocates with no clinical experience. By gaining a comprehensive understanding of the actual medical procedure, audiences will be better informed and equipped as abortion activists and advocates. Participants will then take their newfound knowledge to help demystify abortion in their organizations and broader communities.
Speakers (click to view): Hailey Broughton-Jones, Jordan E Silverman, Silpa Srinivasulu, Kanthi Dhaduvai, MD

Demystifying MVA Abortions: The Papaya Workshop

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Hailey Broughton-Jones

Hailey earned her B.A. in African American Studies from Wesleyan University. She joined the Reproductive Health Access Project in August 2018. Hailey is particularly committed to fostering coalitions within reproductive health, rights, and justice fields to address systematic reproductive oppression in marginalized communities.

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Jordan E Silverman

Jordan Silverman started as the Program Manager with the Reproductive Health Access Project in August 2018. Prior to joining the RHAP team, Jordan has worked in expanding access to sexual health services, creating safer and more affirming spaces for LGBTQI+ young people, and improving sexual health education. She got her Masters of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health with a focus on sexuality, sexual, and reproductive health.

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Silpa Srinivasulu

Silpa is a Program Manager at the Institute for Family Health and Reproductive Health Access Project where she coordinates abortion and contraception training programs for primary care clinicians. She manages monitoring and evaluation activities for RHAP’s programs to increase access to abortion, miscarriage, and contraception care in primary care. She has an MPH from Columbia University in Population and Family Health and Public Health Research Methods.

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Kanthi Dhaduvai, MD

Dr. Dhaduvai is a family medicine physician currently completing a fellowship in Reproductive Health and Advocacy at Tufts University Department of Family Medicine. She provides integrated abortion and contraception services in addition to general family medicine care. At CLPP 2019, she will be co-presenting a workshop on surgical abortion.

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Getting Started, Scaling, and Building Power: Resources for Young Activists
For 25 years, Peace First has invested in young people's ability to work for justice in their communities. On its digital platform, PeaceFirst.Org, Peace First offers planning tools, mentors, and $250 grants to a community of young people (13-25) working to solve the world's injustices. In this session, we'll be talking about the opportunities Peace First can offer to young people who want to make a difference in their community, as well as young people who have already taken action. We'll also be letting people of all ages know about these resources--young people and adults are welcome!
Speakers (click to view): Fish Stark

Getting Started, Scaling, and Building Power: Resources for Young Activists

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Fish Stark

I'm the Youth Activation Manager at Peace First, a global nonprofit that supports youth activists around the world. Founded BELONG, which organizes students to create inclusive school climates from the ground up, after facing gender-based bullying as a kid. Board member, International Bullying Prevention Association. Live in Central Appalachia and enjoy cooking, stand-up comedy, & supporting local youth organizing efforts in my spare time.

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How We Win: Using Direct Action to Increase Access to Abortion and Advance Reproductive Justice
If we want to stop losing, we need to make it clear we're unwilling to lose. In this interactive workshop we will lead a direct action training tailored to reproductive justice activists and advocates working at the grassroots level. Using examples and clear definitions, we'll cover what direct action is, and how it's effective in bringing about change. We'll spotlight the work of intersectional social change activists, and lead a training for those interested in leading direct actions in their own communities.
Speakers (click to view): Pamela Merritt, Shireen Rose Shakouri

How We Win: Using Direct Action to Increase Access to Abortion and Advance Reproductive Justice

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Pamela Merritt

Pamela Merritt is Co-Founder/Co-Director of Reproaction, a direct action organization formed to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. Pamela is a founding member of the Trust Black Women Partnership, and was a 2017 Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice Fellow at the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Her writing has been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, The Guardian, and Rolling Stone. Pamela studied Anthropology at Bard College at Simon's Rock and Brandeis University.

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Shireen Rose Shakouri

Shireen is speaking as Campaign Lead at Reproaction, but also serves as Media Coordinator for The Doula Project. Formerly a foreign policy analyst, she turned to reproductive justice work in early 2017 after spending years volunteering for pro-choice and sexual health causes in college (GWU '13) and thereafter. She is Iranian and Italian-American, and loves to cook those cuisines and almost everything else.

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Imposters, Tokens, and Sellouts: Young Women of Color in White Dominated Social Justice Space
Young women of color are the future and at the forefront of social justice movements yet still get burned by white supremacist and sexist dominant culture that exists in the social justice movement at large. This interactive workshop, focused on activists and advocates within the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements, will unpack the cultural and structural barriers young women of color are subjected to and present tools and strategies on how to navigate and challenge toxic work environments. This will also be a brave space to share experiences and approaches to taking meaningful action. This is a closed space for young women of color. Please note the facilitators identify as non-Black people of color.
Speakers (click to view): Winnie Ye, Sadie Hernandez

Imposters, Tokens, and Sellouts: Young Women of Color in White Dominated Social Justice Space

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Winnie Ye

Winnie Ye is a Brooklyn born and bred policy advocate, activist, and organizer. She currently works in policy and strategic partnerships at the National Institute of Reproductive Health (NIRH) and serves on the board of the New York City chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

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Sadie Hernandez

Sadie Hernandez is a reproductive and immigrant justice organizer, writer, public speaker, and digital communications specialist born and raised in the border town of Brownsville, Texas. She currently works at United We Dream doing youth focused communications about elections, and immigration rights in Texas. In her off time, Sadie is a comedian, dog mom, and artist.

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Latinx Unidos: Healing Through Community Building and Storytelling
From school to the workplace, navigating predominantly white spaces can be tiring. This workshop lead by Latinx, for Latinx hopes to build community and provide each other with a support group, as a way to deal with the struggles of being people of color just trying to make it. Through a mini presentation and a hands on activity, we hope to promote healing and empowerment in this space. We do welcome other people of color, but as this space is meant for Latinx issues we ask that everyone is aware that Latinx are a priority at this workshop.
Speakers (click to view): Berlyann Rivera, Leslie Lopez, Sheila Suarez

Latinx Unidos: Healing Through Community Building and Storytelling

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Berlyann Rivera

I am a first-generation Latina Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) student at Ramapo College of New Jersey. I major in Law and Society & minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. I serve as the Student Office Manager and a Queer Peer Services Coordinator within the Women's Center. I am an intersectional feminist who is passionate about women's rights, youth work, reproductive justice, and dismantling bi phobia/the stigma surrounding bisexuality.

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Leslie Lopez

Leslie Lopez is the founder and Co-President of the Reproductive Rights Organization of Student Educators (ROSE), a group of students at the University of North Texas that works to create a space for individuals who want to educate others about reproductive justice issues. Leslie’s ultimate dream is to become an art therapist and provide individuals with accessible and affordable mental health services in her hometown.

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Sheila Suarez

Sheila Suarez is a Social Work and Critical Sexuality Studies student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and also a member of the 2018 RRASC cohort.

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Linking White Supremacy and Anti-Abortion Movements
Do you know how white supremacists on the right are strategizing to advance their movements? How are white nationalist movements linked to gender-based violence and anti-abortion politics? How much of our higher education has been infiltrated by far right funders and how can we reclaim the state of our knowledge production? Panelists in this session will discuss their research into the Right and the ways in which white supremacist movements are linked to movements against reproductive justice. Join us for a deep dive into the connections between racism, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and reproductive politics.
Speakers (click to view): Carol Mason, Jalessah Jackson, Jasmine Banks

Linking White Supremacy and Anti-Abortion Movements

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Carol Mason

Carol Mason is professor of gender studies at University of Kentucky and author of several books on the rise of the right, including Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-life Politics.

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Jalessah Jackson

Jalessah Jackson is the Georgia Coordinator at SisterSong and a Lecturer of Interdisciplinary studies at Kennesaw State University. As an educator, facilitator, and organizer; her research and teaching explores the connections between critical theories of race, gender, class, sexualities, and social inequity.

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Jasmine Banks

Jasmine Banks is a queer Black feminist and mother of 4. She leads UnKoch My Campus in disrupting undue donor influence in an effort to preserve our democracy through protecting Higher Education from actors whose expressed intent is to place private interests over the common good.

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Our Abortions, Our Stories (closed session)
Young people have always been at the forefront of change. Historically, young people have been the ones to envision and create a freer and more compassionate future. In this closed session, leaders of Youth Testify, a program of Advocates for Youth and the National Network of Abortion Funds will create a space where young people who have had abortions can be in community with each other, discuss the specific barriers young people face when accessing abortion care, and collaboratively create a vision for young people’s access to abortion care. After this meeting, staff and young leaders at Advocates and NNAF will work with participants to help realize concrete action steps the group wants to take to make abortion care more accessible for young people. This workshop is open to young people under 25 who have had an abortion.
Speakers (click to view): Angie Marie Luna, Veronika V Granado, Jordyn Close, Elizabeth Maria

Our Abortions, Our Stories (closed session)

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Angie Marie Luna

I am originally from Chicago, IL but have relocated to Cleveland, OH for graduate school. I am working on my masters of science in Medical Physiology at Case Western Reserve University. I hope to get accepted into medical school within the upcoming years.

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Veronika V Granado

Veronika, a Hispanic woman, a storyteller with Youth Testify testifying to her own abortion, a program created by the National Network of Abortion Funds along with Advocates for youth. A NARAL Next Gen leader. A Jane Mentor for Jane's Due Process about the judicial bypass process.

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Jordyn Close

Jordyn Close, an intern organizer for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, a storyteller with Youth Testify, a leadership program of the National Network of Abortion Funds and Advocates for Youth. She also serves on the board of Women Have Options- Ohio, an abortion fund, and she has had an abortion.

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Elizabeth Maria

Elizabeth Maria is a Youth Testify storyteller with National Network of Abortion Funds. She is a first generation xicana from The Bay with interests in reproductive justice, education, youth power, food, pleasure, art, podcasts, and more!

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Parents and Families in Our Movements
Jaspreet and Katie will facilitate a generative, open conversation as we did the 2017 iteration of this workshop. Centering the experiences of parents, caretakers, and families, workshop participants will share and vision about (1) parenting for collective liberation, (2) creating activist spaces that welcome multigenerational activism, and (3) activism for the complex, intersectional needs of parents, caretakers, families, and children/youth. This workshop is founded in the belief that we are all experts in our own lives. Jaspreet and Katie will hold space for participants to share ideas, fears and desires, and resources that uplift parenting, families, and family creation. Topics brought to the workshop by the facilitators and previous participants have included conception, birth, foster parenting, nonviolent parenting, parenting for body autonomy, racial justice for children/teens and their families, coparenting, parenting and abortion, social justice in our families and neighborhoods, working outside the home while parenting, bringing activist work into our children's schools and upbringing, the ongoing struggle for institutional support of parenting (paid sick leave, parental leave, pay equity), and more.
Speakers (click to view): Jaspreet Chowdhary, Katie McKay Bryson

Parents and Families in Our Movements

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Jaspreet Chowdhary

Jaspreet Chowdhary is the State Legislative Manager at the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center. Her professional experience includes uplifting the voices of women living with HIV at the 30 for 30 Campaign. She was part of the inaugural class of the If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellowship program and was placed with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. She has conducted public health research at Duke University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jaspreet received a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Goucher College, an M.P.H. with a concentration in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. She is licensed by the State Bar of Maryland.

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Katie McKay Bryson

Katie McKay Bryson is a white single parent living in the Dena’ina homelands in Alaska. Active in environmental, social, and reproductive justice organizing since her early teens, she’s in love with evolving foster parenting, intentional ancestorship, and amplifying young people’s power. Katie’s a founding board member of Alaska’s queer community youth host homes provider, and coaches current and future foster parents through the Corvid Center.

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Pro-Voice Abortion Conversations: How to build relationships across difference
Exhale provides post-abortion peer counseling support for individuals through our virtual platform and facilitates abortion story sharing and pro-voice conversations on abortion within diverse communities. In this workshop, we will share the curriculum and facilitation methods we use in virtual and in-person community conversations through our Pro-Voice Ambassadors program. Our mission is to shift the culture of abortion in this country away from stigma and towards well-being with an intersectional identity framework. We know that deep and authentic human relationships are key to developing alliances across difference and ultimately transforming culture. Through deep listening, vulnerable sharing and joining together to support joy-filled creative space - Exhale's pro-voice approach comes alive.
Speakers (click to view): Roxanna (Rox) Curiel, Rev. Susan Chorley

Pro-Voice Abortion Conversations: How to build relationships across difference

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Roxanna (Rox) Curiel

Rox is a student, educator, and community organizer. She is a member of the Utah RJ Community Advisory Board, co-founder of the Utah Abortion Fund Project, participates with the National Network of Abortion Funds, and volunteers with Exhale, a post-abortion support org. She is an aspiring full-spectrum doula and believes in the power of storytelling as an ingredient for collective healing. ¡Chinga la Migra!

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Rev. Susan Chorley

Susan Chorley is a feminist mom of a teenage son, a Baptist minister whose soul could not be contained by the church, and a Southerner with a good sense a humor and a strong commitment to justice in action. She is interested in creating communities of care and healing following abortion.

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Sex Work is Work!
People engaged in sex work face unique barriers in seeking housing, healthcare, and freedom from incarceration and state violence. Law enforcement policies are set up to intensely police sex workers, while social and health services are set up to restrict access for current or former sex workers. All of these barriers come together to institutionalize the reproductive oppression of those engaged in sex work; or perceived to be engaged in sex work. So, how is our movement recognizing and combating this? Do we have the knowledge and tools to shift our movement towards destigmatizing, supporting, and centering those engaged in sex work? Do we value sex work as work? In this session, we will hear about the current state of sex workers rights and the move towards decriminalization.
Speakers (click to view): Jaira Burke, Jenna Torres

Sex Work is Work!

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Jaira Burke

Jaira Burke is a community activist who is passionate about utilizing grassroots advocacy as a vehicle to attain social and economic justice for disenfranchised communities. She served as Coalition and Communications Organizer with the Fight for $15 and contributed to the city of Atlanta's adoption of a $15 minimum wage for all municipal employees. In her spare time, Jaira is a grassroots lobbyist for the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). Currently, Jaira Burke is Campaign Manager for AMPLIFY GA, a joint campaign of 6 Atlanta nonprofits working to affirm abortion, in which she’s developed a multi-issue, value-based platform to be adopted by Georgia municipalities and educates community members and stakeholders about the need to expand and protect abortion access. Burke also enjoys empowering students through civic and public policy education in her work as Director of Programs and Outreach for Georgia Close Up Foundation. Jaira Burke has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and has a professional certification in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jenna Torres

Jenna Torres is a Community Advocate and Human Rights Supporter. She is a Published Author, Spoken Word Artist, Entrepreneur, and above all a proud mother to three beautiful children! She believes people have agency to make the best decisions possible in order to survive. She defends them and works with communities to build realistic solution to real life problems like violence, poverty, and discrimination.

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Stand Up to Population Alarmism
Many of us learn from school and the media that "overpopulation" is one of the major causes, if not the major cause, of hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, migration, and even political instability. "Overpopulation" thinking often leads to harmful policies and campaigns that undermine reproductive freedom and environmental justice. Learn to combat it with fresh, feminist perspectives on population, the environment, and organizing.
Speakers (click to view): Anne Hendrixson

Stand Up to Population Alarmism

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We are Fat Not Invisible
Creating space for FAT (sizes 16 and up) Women, to meet and network with other FAT women. Even in social justice spaces we may feel isolated and erased. This session is a safe space to network, build community, and hold space for collective healing. Collective healing spaces are important for fat bodies when we usually are the ones holding so much for not just ourselves but our community. The impact of Fatphobia in our daily lives is exhausting. We also deserve to be prioritized and cared for. This space is intended to network and build community to help us feel held and valued. Collective healing spaces are important for fat bodies when we usually are the ones holding so much for not just ourselves but our community.
Speakers (click to view): Guadalupe Ambrosio

We are Fat Not Invisible

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Guadalupe Ambrosio

Guadalupe Ambrosio is an undocumented queer woman of color organizing in the intersections of Immigrant Rights, Gender Justice and Body Liberation. She is an expert in her field, doing this work for over a decade.

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