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Abby Jo Krobot (She/Her)
Abby Jo Krobot is a Former Refugee AmeriCorps Member at JFSWM. Her duties included being a non-bilingual interpreter, a community advocate, and an ESOL teacher. She is a graduate of Bay Path University.
Hailing from Nigeria, Adaku Utah is an award winning liberation educator and organizer, healer and performance ritual artist committed to healing and liberation within oppressed communities. For over ten years, her work has been centered in movements for radical social change, with a focus on gender, sexuality, race, youth, and healing justice. She is the founder and director of Harriet's Apothecary, a healing village led by Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans folks committed to living out Harriet Tubman's legacy of liberation in our tissues and our lineage. She is also the founder of BeatBox Botanicals, a local sliding-scale, love-centered, and community-inspired plant medicine and healing practice. Her greatest desire is to embody the sacredness and wholeness of love and support herself, humanity and our larger ecosystem in garnering and using our tools of love, healing, and liberation to fashion just and sustainable realities
Adaku Utah (She/He/They)
Hailing from Nigeria, Adaku Utah is an award winning liberation educator and organizer, healer and performance ritual artist committed to healing and liberation within marginalized communities. For over ten years, her work has centered in movements for radical social change, with a focus on gender, sexuality, race, youth and healing justice. She is the founder and director of Harriet's Apothecary, a healing village led by Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans folks committed to living out Harriet Tubman's legacy of liberation in our tissues and our lineage.
Trained as a lawyer, Adina Giannelli is a writer, teacher and activist. She lives, works, and agitates in western Massachusetts with her four year old child, where she is at work on her first book, a family memoir titled Ghosts That Haunt Us.
Alex Andrews (She/Her)
As a formerly incarcerated sex worker and the co founder for SWOP Behind Bars, Alex Andrews knew it was critical to start reaching men and women who were experiencing the harm of the criminalization of sex work. As the North American Representative for NSWP, Alex hopes to amplify the voices of incarcerated sex workers around the world.
Alexandra Duncan’s life is driven by the belief that knowledge and authority over a person’s body belongs to them. She gave her kindergarten class ‘the talk’; studied medical anthropology; and was an EMT, yoga teacher, full-spectrum doula, and gynecological teaching associate. She founded Praxis Clinical to provide universities, hospitals, and communities with clinical skills and health literacy workshops built around justice, access, and patient empowerment.
Alice Wong (She/Her)
Alice Wong is a sociologist, research consultant, and disability activist based in San Francisco, CA. Her areas of interest are accessible healthcare for people with disabilities, Medicaid policies, storytelling, and social media. She is the Founder and Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture.
Alicia Jay is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director of Make It Work, a campaign to bring about change on the economic security issues that impact women and working families. She is also the Principal of Rabble Up Coaching for emerging social change leaders, and brings a background in gender justice, philanthropy, and leadership development to all of her work. She proudly sits on the Advisory Board of the Third Wave Fund.
Allie Cislo (She/Her or They/Them)
Allie Cislo works at Justice Now, where she raises funds to dismantle and abolish the prison-industrial complex in solidarity with people in CA women's prisons. A queer Jewish anti-occupation organizer, full-spectrum doula, and sex educator, Allie is passionate about bringing attention and energy to the intersection of reproductive justice and the many manifestations of incarceration worldwide.
Allison Glass first got connected to reproductive freedom after the home birth of her son as a young, single woman. She now serves as the State Director of Healthy and Free Tennessee where she leads a statewide coalition in shaping policy and fighting for reproductive freedom and sexual health. She has the honor and the challenge of working with, educating, and mobilizing opposition to Tennessee's (very, very red) legislators who far too often work against the interests of women and families.
Allison Scott is a creative queer Bay Area babe who recently moved to the Pioneer Valley to explore all the wonderful art and activism! With consent and open communication as leading values, Allison works to build healthy relationships, support youth empowerment and grow and expand community. Creating safe and supportive spaces for people to express and explore themselves is Allison's passion.
Amy Arrington is a Boston native pursuing a career in nurse midwifery. She wants to be involved in work that shatters health disparities for people of color. Amy is a full spectrum doula who believes that all people experiencing abortion, birth, adoption or pregnancy loss should receive compassionate and informative care.
Amy Arrington (She/Her)
Amy Arrington is a medical assistant, doula, lactation counselor, aspiring midwife sailor, songwriter and movie nerd. She is Boston born and raised with time spent in Seattle and New Yok. She wants to do work that supports people of color in their reproductive experiences and that makes the world more sex positive.
Andrea L. Alford
Andrea L. Alford is the former Director of Media Relations at FitzGibbon Media. Before joining FitzGibbon Media, Andrea was a media strategist at the ACLU where she worked on a variety of issues, including racial profiling, voting rights, and immigration. She also developed and implemented strategic communications plans to amplify and promote federal and state legislative initiatives for lobbyists and affiliates. Prior to the ACLU, she worked in the communications departments at the National Abortion Federation, NAACP, PowerPAC, and The U.S. House of Representatives. Based in D.C., Andrea grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and an American University alumna, where she received a degree in print journalism and history.
Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian attorney and organizer whose work has focused on profiling, policing and police violence, and criminalization of women and LGBTQ people of color over the past two and a half decades. She is a Senior Soros Justice Fellow, co-author of Say Her Name, A Roadmap for Change, Queer (In)Justice and Law Enforcement Violence Against Women and Transgender People of Color: An Organizer's Toolkit.
Angy Rivera is a Colombian immigrant and the proud daughter of a single teen mom. She serves as the New York Field Coordinator at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.
Anne Hendrixson is the Director of the Population and Development Program (PopDev) at Hampshire College.
Annie Krol is a queer Jewish convert who grew up east of Cleveland, Ohio, and returned in 2014 to work as NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio's Northern organizer. Annie has served as a doula and advocate for the Buffalo refugee community and is also employed as a freelance political puppeteer, stilt artist, and street performer. She is extremely extroverted and works enthusiastically with hundreds of volunteers in five cities.
Ash Chan (She/Her)
Ash Chan, a Pittsburgh transplant by way of the Bay Area, is a queer youth organizer dedicated to education justice, equity and holistic wellness. Through leadership development and the sharing of lived experiences, Ash aims to create brave, youth-centered spaces to educate, affirm, and empower young folx of color with the skills and resources to become leaders in their schools, communities, and lives. Ash aspires for a long-term career in public health at the intersections of reproductive justice, human rights & environmental sustainability
Ashley Nicole McCray
Ashley is a proud Oglala Lakota (Bad Face Band), Sicangu Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, & Absentee Shawnee (Horse(Deer) Clan - Healer division) woman. She is a single mother of 3, a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma where she founded Indigenize OU, and a community organizer fighting for restorative justice for indigenous peoples through decolonization and reindigenization. She was recognized by the White House as a 2015 WHO Champion of Change for Young Women Empowering Communities for her efforts toward diversity & inclusion on campus, the recipient of the Norman Human Rights Commission's 2015 Norman Human Rights Award for her efforts in indigenous justice, and a CoreAlign Speaking Race to Power fellow.
Aubrey Meneses is an accomplished and creative Latinx artist, photographer and coffee enthusiast. Born and raised in Mexico, she has devoted her time to school and her passion for fine arts. She is currently a junior in high school, concurrently enrolled at the Oklahoma City Community College pursuing a major in photography. She is an intersectional feminist and activist for the transgender community. She has been a member of Making Herstory since 2015. Her vision and main goal is to give back to the community and inspire others through her content.
Aurelis Troncoso (She/Her)
Aurelis Troncoso is an Afro-Dominican woman and a Bronx native whose studies at Hampshire College included Multicultural Education, Gender Studies, and African Diaspora Studies. Her capstone research explored the resistance of Black Cuban womxn in the Yoruba spiritual tradition, Lukumi. She currently resides in Holyoke and is an educator and advisor at LightHouse Holyoke.
Avital Norman Nathman
Avital Norman Nathman is a freelance writer and editor of The Good Mother Myth. Her work has appeared in the NY Times, CNN, The Daily Dot, Cosmopolitan, The Establishment and more. She is also a co-founder of COFFEE.
Avital Norman Nathman (She/Her)
Avital Norman Nathman is the editor of The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality, and a freelance writer who reports on everything from parenting to pop culture and pot. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan.com, Rolling Stone, The Establishment and more.
Bamby Salcedo is a nationally recognized transgender activist and figure. Bamby has started several projects and organizations like Angels of Change and The TransLatin@ Coalition. Bamby is a dynamic speaker and has spoken at several national conferences and multiple colleges. Bamby has been invited to speak at the White House three times to address the issues related to Trans Women of Color
Beata Tsosie-Peña is an educator and poet from Santa Clara Pueblo. The realities of living next to a nuclear weapons complex has called her into environmental health and justice work with the local non-profit organization, Tewa Women United. She believes in the practice and preservation of land-based knowledge, spirituality, language, seeds, and family. Her intentions are for healing, wellness and sustainability for future generations.
Bethany Van Kampen
Bethany Van Kampen serves as the Policy Analyst at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where she is responsible for the abortion access and affordability portfolio. Prior to joining NLIRH, Bethany worked as a legislative fellow in the office of Senator Barbara Boxer (CA). She received her law degree and Master of Social Work from Tulane University where she co-founded and served as president of the Tulane Law Students for Reproductive Justice and was a member of the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic. Prior to graduate school, Bethany served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica.
Bianca Campbell is the Movement Building Coordinator at the National Network of Abortion Funds, where we believe in funding abortion + building power. She writes with the Echoing Ida crew and is a board member of ARC-Southeast, a new reproductive fund and advocacy organization in Atlanta, GA. She's previously been an abortion counselor and labor doula. Connect with her @biancaacamp.
Bianca Campbell (She/Her and They/Them)
Bianca Campbell works with the National Network of Abortion Funds, prompting members to not only fund abortion, provide rides and lodging -- but also to build power that wins the hearts, minds and support of communities and shifts policy. Locally, she helps grow the Access Reproductive Care - Southeast as well!
Bré Anne Campbell (She/Her)
Bré Anne Campbell is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Trans Sistas of Color Project – Detroit. She is a board member of Positive Women's Network USA, a 2015 Victory Fund Empowerment Fellow, a National Advisory Board member of Positively Trans and a member of the 2016 Brown Boi LGBT Executive Director Training Program. She is featured in the Greater Than AIDS "EMPOWERED: Trans Women & HIV" campaign. She also serves as an Executive Producer of a forthcoming documentary exploring the narratives of TWOC in Detroit.
Brenda Hernandez is a law school diversity professional and a feminist activist. She is a trained abortion doula through the Boston Doula Project, and she writes for her blog, BoricuaFeminist.com. She has a BA in Women’s Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a JD from Pace University School of Law. Connect with her @boricuafeminist.
Briana Perry (She/Her)
Briana Perry is a Black feminist born, raised, and currently situated in the South. Her work centers around Black feminism, reproductive justice, storytelling, and punitive disciplinary policies within schools. She is in community with the official Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter, the Nashville Feminist Collective, and Healthy and Free Tennessee.
Brittany Brathwaite is a feminist youth worker, reproductive justice activist, black girl genius from Brooklyn, NY. She is currently a fellow at Rock the Vote and a social justice educator at the Sadie Nash Leadership Project.
Brittany Brathwaite (She/Her)
Brittany Brathwaite is a reproductive justice activist, youth worker and community accountable scholar with a deep-seated commitment to supporting the leadership, organizing, and healing of girls of color. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University. When she’s not attempting to save the world, you can catch her in Brooklyn curating The Homegirl Box and making outfits for her social justice fashion blog, Movement Fly.
Caitlin Hays Gaffin (She/Her)
Caitlin Hays Gaffin is representing WV FREE, a reproductive health, rights, and justice organization based in southern West Virginia.
Cara Page is a Black queer feminist cultural worker & organizer. She is the current Executive Director of the Audre Lorde Project, an Organizing Center in NYC for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Two Spirit, Trans & Gender Non-Conforming People of Color. For the past 20+ years she has worked within the LGBTSTGNQ liberation movement, and the reproductive, racial and economic justice movements.
Cecilia M. Gentili (She/Her)
Originally from Argentina, Cecilia Gentili started working as an intern at the LGBT Center where she found her passion for advocacy and services and after that she ran the Transgender Health Program at Apicha CHC from 2012 to 2016. She currently serves as the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at GMHC. She was a contributor to Trans Bodies Trans Selves and is a collaborator with Translatina Network.
Cecilia Sáenz Becerra
Cecilia is a bilingual immigrant, queer, Chicana, y desmadrosa! She has grassroots, community organizing, coalition building and management experience on various issues and campaigns, including labor rights, education, economic justice and immigration justice. Raised in PHX she now lives in ATL, providing support, strategy and technical assistance to front-line advocates and grassroots organizers across the country who exist along a varied spectrum of reproductive rights and reproductive justice politics.
Che J. Long is a Queer Black Femme, community organizer, and trained herbalist who hails from Los Angeles. She is currently the Program Director of Georgia Womens Action for New Directions developing Black Rural strategies for challenging the Nuclear Industry.
Cherisse Scott is the founder and CEO of SisterReach, Tennessee’s only reproductive justice organization. Under Ms. Scott’s leadership, SisterReach has released a 2015 report on the need for comprehensive sex ed for southern youth of color, rolled out their ProWoman Billboard campaign and presented to the United Nations Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice (UNWGDAW) on the impact of the fetal assault law on TN women.
Chiara is a senior at Hampshire College where she studies the ecology of plant-fungal symbioses as well as how Participatory Action Research could be used to make Citizen Science research projects more meaningful and empowering. She was part of the CLPP student group for two years, serving as a Childcare Co-Chair last year.
China Martens (She/Her)
China Martens is a Baltimore writer and single mother of a 29-year-old. She is the author of “The Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends and Others” and the co-editor of "Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways To Support Families In Social Justice Movements & Communities" and "Revolutionary Mothering: Love On The Front Lines."
Christa Douaihy, Esq.
Christa Douaihy, Esq is a supervising attorney in the Civil Action Practice and leader of one of the interdisciplinary teams at The Bronx Defenders. She provides advocacy and direct representation to Bronx residents who are fighting life-altering civil consequences of police contact and court involvement.
Christina Martinez is an early childhood educator and community correspondent for Sacramento Voices, a project of the Maynard Institute for Journalism. In her work and writing, Christina is dedicated to elevating the stories of young parents & their children.
Christina Martinez (She/Her)
Christina Martinez is an early childhood educator with the Sacramento City Unified School District & a co-founder of #noteenshame. Through her work she advocates for families & youth in the culturally & linguistically diverse communities of California’s capital.
Christina Tesoro (She/Her)
Christina Tesoro is a sex educator and writer from Queens, NY. She works with youth at Mount Sinai's Adolescent Health Center, focusing on sexual violence awareness and prevention, healthy sexuality and relationships, and strives to provide comprehensive sex ed particularly for QTPOC youth.
Claire Herrmann is a third year student at Hampshire College studying reproductive health with a focus on public policy and access. She has been working with the CLPP student group to help run the childcare program during the conference since her first year at Hampshire.
Cole Parke is the LGBTQ & Gender Justice Researcher at Political Research Associates, a social justice think tank based in Boston. Their research and activism focuses on exposing and challenging right-wing propagators of U.S. culture wars both here and abroad through the Know Your Neighbors campaign (www.kynship.org).
Cole Parke (They/Them)
Cole Parke is the LGBTQ & Gender Justice Researcher at Political Research Associates, a social justice think tank based in Boston. PRA is dedicated to supporting organizers and activists on the Left with info and analysis about right-wing opposition to our collective struggle(s) for liberation.
Constance C. Luo
Constance organizes with immigrant families and youth to build power for at-risk communities, including undocumented people. Her members are leaders who fight for racial, gender and language justice. Constance is a proud member of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) & alumni of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center and Chicago Votes.
Cora Fernandez Anderson
Cora Fernandez Anderson is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Latin American Politics at Hampshire College. Her research focuses on human rights and women's movements in Latin America. She is currently researching the campaigns to decriminalize abortion in the Southern Cone countries.
Cortez Wright is a Black Southern Non Binary Queer Femme feminist, digital organizer, writer, and communications professional with over 5 years of experience working at the intersection of racial justice, queer & trans liberation, and reproductive justice in Georgia and the South. Currently, they are the Digital Communications and Development Coordinator at SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, where they lead SPARK's digital engagement, social media presence, and communications strategy.
Coya White Hat-Artichoker
Coya was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota; she is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been doing activist work in various communities and movements since the age of 15
Coya White Hat-Artichoker (She/Her)
Coya is a wandering rogue activist who lives in the Midwest. She's involved in several movements and enjoys planning the resistance with her cat EmJay.
Crystal M. Hayes (She/Her)
Crystal Hayes is a troublemaker who refuses to be silent in the face of oppression. She can be reached via Twitter @motherjustice. She's also working on her doctorate in social work. Her research focuses on the birthing experiences of incarcerated women as a feminist and human rights issue.
Cyntia Domenzain is a queer brown femme born in Mexico. She migrated from Mexico City to be reunited with her parents. Cyntia has been involved in the movement since 2012 with Trans Queer Pueblo.
Dana Asbury has family in many places. She lives in Memphis, TN with her partner, puppies, cat, and amongst a beautiful community of freedom fighters.
Danny Boucher (She/Her)
Danny Lee Boucher is a fat, white, femme, queer, 35-year-old, non-indigenous Texan recently relocated to Carrboro, NC with her partner and two kids. She is currently a stay-at-home-mom trying to figure out how to handle two toddlers with extreme parenting-related sleep deprivation. Danny is also an artist, fat activist, a home chef, and rabble rouser.
Daphne Chang cares deeply about social justice that is intersectional and inclusive of all identities and life experiences. She organized for Mount Holyoke's Divestment from Fossil Fuels campaign and has been involved in environmental justice activism. She is developing her politics by educating herself on gender, racial, disability, sexuality, economic, reproductive, and immigrant justice.
Teodora Mejia Gaspar is a Mexican woman who has lived in Phoenix for 8 years. She is a grandmother and immigrant whose daughters receive DACA, a woman of faith, an activist, and program coordinator for Familias developing support, leadership, and family acceptance. She volunteers at AZ-QUIP/Arcoiris Liberation Team working for health of our communities.
Dori Midnight (She/Her)
Dori Midnight practices community-based intuitive healing that weaves together plant and stone medicine, ancestral and queer magic, and anti-oppression work. Drawing on traditions from her mixed ancestry (Sephardi/Ashkenazi/Roma) and her training as a clinical herbalist and interfaith minister, Dori's work is grounded in self-determinism and collective liberation and is inspired/supported by the works/magics of disability and healing justice and Jewish earth-based practices.
Dr. Krystal Redman
Dr. Krystal Redman brings over 10 years of experience in managing low-income and women focused public health access and community-based youth development programs. Previously, Dr. Redman served as the Senior Project Director, Maternal and Child Health, at the Georgia Department of Public Health, where she worked on creating greater healthcare access for women throughout the state of Georgia. Dr. Redman received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology from University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Health Administration from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and her Doctorates of Public Health from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.
Dr. Krystal Redman (She/Her)
Dr. Redman brings over 12 years of experience in managing low-income and women focused public health access and community-based youth development programs. Prior to her current tenure as Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now, Dr. Redman served as the Senior Project Director of Maternal and Child Health, at the Georgia Department of Public Health, where she worked on creating greater healthcare access for women throughout the state of Georgia. Dr. Redman received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology from The University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Health Administration from The University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She received her Doctorates of Public Health from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California.
Elisabeth Lamar (She/Her)
Elisabeth Lamar is a volunteer with the Sierra Club, The Climate Reality Project, and the ACLU. She advocates for reproductive, gender and climate justice.
Ellen E. Foley (She/Her)
Ellen Foley is trained as a medical anthropologist and works on reproductive justice and sexual and reproductive health in Senegal.
Emily R. Champlin (She/Her)
Emily R. Champlin is a lifelong feminist and social justice advocate. After receiving her BA in Feminist Studies, she worked as a domestic violence advocate focusing on LGBTQ survivors. Throughout law school, she was avidly involved in studying and promoting reproductive justice. As a Fellow, her work focuses on the intersecting barriers of racism, limited English proficiency, immigration status, and cultural competency in accessing comprehensive health care.
Emily Spangler is a student activist in rural Illinois. She is passionate about mental health awareness, reproductive health, the LGBT+ community, and other social justice issues.
Emma Cohen Westbrooke (She/Her)
Emma Cohen Westbrooke works as a sexuality educator for Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes in Ithaca, NY providing justice-oriented sexuality education for rural middle and high school aged folks. Her energy goes towards uplifting and celebrating LGBTQ youth and being a white co-conspirator for racial justice work in her community.
Emma O'Brien was drawn to work as a full-spectrum doula and herbalist after her own experiences with chronic illness and our dehumanizing medical system. She has been involved with the Boston Doula Project since it's founding in January 2014. Emma loves being queer, spinning wool, mullein growing out of vertical stone walls, and the work folks are doing to make the world a better place.
Emmett DuPont (They/Them)
Emmett DuPont (they/them) is an undergraduate at Hampshire College and lifelong unschooler. Emmett's previous work includes interning at CLPP as well as with local sex educator Yana Tallon-Hicks. They also work closely with COLAGE, the nation's largest organization for queerspawn (children of LGBTQ+ parents), where they facilitate programming teaching queerspawn about everything from self-expression to trans identities.
Erika Derkas (She/Her or They/Them)
Erika Derkas has a long history of activism/academics focusing on race and gender justice, particularly examining national and international population control targeting poor women, indigenous women and women of color. Her current scholarship investigates reproductive justice in Occupied Palestine. She is a longtime ally member of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and a member of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women.
Erin Bourgault is an abortion doula, birth doula, mindfulness practitioner and feminist activist. She believes in compassion, radical empathy and self-care. She has been a case manager at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center for over four years and also supervises the AmeriCorps Care Navigation program at EBNHC. Erin has a BA from Bates College in Women and Gender Studies and Environmental Studies.
Erin Matson is co-founder and co-director of Reproaction, a new group forming to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. An organizer and writer, Erin lives in Virginia and has a young daughter.
Erin Matson (She/Her)
Erin Matson is co-founder and co-director of Reproaction, a direct action group formed to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. She lives in Arlington, Va. She is a proud mom.
Eshani Dixit is a senior at Rutgers University studying Political Science, Economics, and Women's and Gender Studies. She has served as a member of the Young Women of Color Leadership Council for the past four years and has been involved in reproductive health, rights, and justice advocacy for the past five.
Farah Diaz-Tello, JD, is a Senior Staff Attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW). Her work focuses on the rights to medical decision-making and birthing with dignity, and on using the international human rights framework to protect the humanity of pregnant women regardless of their circumstances. A proud Texan, she is an alumna of UT Austin & the CUNY Law School.
Farah Diaz-Tello (She/Her)
Farah Diaz-Tello is Senior Counsel for the SIA Legal Team, where she wields law and policy tools to ensure that people can end their pregnancies with dignity without fear of arrest. Her career as a lawyer has been dedicated to the service of Reproductive Justice and Birth Justice. She’s a proud Texpat and mother of boys who love CLPP and justice.
Frederick Clarkson is Senior Fellow for Religious Liberty at Political Research Associates in Somerville, MA. He is an author and journalist who has been researching and writing about the religious and political Right since the Reagan administration. He is the author, most recently, of a report titled: When Exemption is the Rule: The Religious Freedom Strategy of The Christian Right.
Frederick Clarkson (He/Him)
Frederick Clarkson is Senior Fellow at Political Research Associates. He is surprised that he has been researching and writing about the Religious and Political Right for about 3 decades.
Gabby Weiss is a field organizer for NARAL Pro-Choice America, where she is passionate about knocking on doors and surprising folks with conversations about abortion and reproductive freedom. She loves chihuahuas, New Mexican food and long conversations about race and gender representation in pop culture.
Gabrielle (GG) deFiebre
Gabrielle (GG) deFiebre works as a Research Associate at the Reproductive Health Access Project where she manages research studies about abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care. GG is also pursuing a Doctor of Public Health degree at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Glenn H. Northern (He/Him)
Glenn Northern, domestic program senior associate at Catholics for Choice, builds strategic relationships with prochoice Catholics, policymakers, reproductive health providers, activists and collegial organizations, to promote CFC’s activities and strengthen prochoice advocacy, from a Catholic perspective on the local, state and national levels. Mr. Northern uses his extensive experience in public policy, training and technical assistance to help CFC inform and influence debates on sexual and reproductive rights and health, social justice and religious liberty.
Gloria Malone is a writer, social media consultant, and speaker. She is a member of Echoing Ida, co-founder of #NoTeenShame, and the founder of TeenMomNYC.com. Connect with her on twitter @GloriaMalone.
Gloria Malone (She/Her)
Gloria Malone is a reproductive justice advocate and co founder of #NoTeenShame. She can be found online at GloriaMalone.com and on social media as @GloriaMalone.
Gusty Catherin is a second year division two Hampshire college student. She is studying biology and public health through an environmental lens. Gusty has worked with CLPP, Climate Justice League, and Climate Action Now in the past.
Gykyira is 32 year old transwoman who has been fighting as an activist for 17 years. She graduated at the top of her class from Trans Justice Community School and is a core member of the Disability Justice Collective. She is the president and CEO of Trans Liberation United.
Hannah Crand is a leader of the International Women's Rights Club at her high school, where she works primarily on educating the student body and changing the climate of my school. As an intersectional club, the International Women's Rights Club frequently collaborate with the GSA, SOCA, and Environmental Club.
Hannah Davidson (She/Her)
Hannah Davidson studies maternal health at Hampshire College from a foundation of reproductive justice, anthropology, public health, and biology. She envisions a reproductive justice movement that is sensitive to the needs and voices of families, and hopes to become a Nurse-Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner after graduating in 2018. She currently serves as the CLPP Student Group Co-Coordinator.
Ignacio Rivera is a trans-gender fluid activist, writer, educator, filmmaker, performance artist and mother. Ignacio has over 20 years experience on multiple fronts including economic justice, anti-racism, anti-violence, and feminist and LGBTQ movements. Ignacio is a 2016 Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow. JBC is a movement building platform, initiating, cultivating and funding strategic efforts to end child sexual abuse.
Indra Lusero is a reproductive justice attorney and entrepreneur and proud to have been named “All Around Reproductive Justice Champion” by the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights. Indra is the founder and director of Elephant Circle and the Birth Rights Bar Association.
IonaPearl Reid-Eaton is a third year at Hampshire College studying reproductive justice with a focus on abortion and sexuality education, as well as journalism. Currently one of the organization's Student Group co-coordinators, IonaPearl was introduced to the reproductive justice movement when she began working for CLPP her first semester of college (F13). IonaPearl is the 2016 RRASC intern at the Reproductive Health Access Project and plans to become an abortion provider after finishing at Hampshire.
Jack Qu'emi Gutierrez (They/Them)
Jack Qu'emi Gutierrez is a queer, nonbinary, femme writer with too many feelings to carry so they blog about them.
Jade S. Sasser (She/Her)
Jade S. Sasser is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is currently writing a book about why population debates are becoming popular in the context of climate change. Her broader research interests include climate justice, international development, women’s health, and the intersections between gender and technology.
Jamarah Amani is a Licensed Midwife who believes in the power of birth and that every baby has a human right to be breastfed. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally, nationally and globally. A community organizer from the age of sixteen, Jamarah has worked with several organizations across the United States and in Africa on various public health issues, including HIV prevention, infant mortality risk reduction, access to emergency contraception, access to midwifery care and an end to shackling of incarcerated pregnant/birthing people.
Jamila Jackson is a dancer and the co - facilitator of The (So)ul Connected Project. The project uses movement as a way to build community, develop leadership skills, provide college access, and access our inner healing and creative resources.
Jamila Umi Jackson (She/Her)
Jamila Jackson is a dancer and community organizer. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and a Hampshire College Alum, her work focuses on youth leadership, embodiment, healing, and community building.
Janhavi Madabushi (They/Them)
Janhavi Madabushi is a South Indian immigrant, queer and nonbinary person. They are a full-spectrum doula, a racial justice organizer and a yoga teacher trainee who works in the Boston metro area.
Jasmine Burnett is a national organizer, writer and strategist in the Reproductive Justice movement. She serves as the Field Director with New Voices for Reproductive Justice. She leads and expands their work in the "Rustbelt Region," home to the most politically volatile and racially conservative Northern states in the U.S.
Jasmine Burnett (She/Her)
Jasmine Burnett is a writer, consultant, social justice strategist, and entrepreneur who works as Director of Community Organizing with New Voices for Reproductive Justice. As a writer with Echoing Ida, a Black women's writing collective and program of Forward Together, she has been published on issues reflecting the range of Black women's leadership and visibility. As a creative, Jasmine is currently in the 7th cohort of Generative Fellows with the CoreAlign Generative Fellowship. She is also a 2017 fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Fellowship for Leaders in Reproductive, Health, Rights, & Justice.
Jasmine Errico (She/Her)
Jasmine Errico is a full spectrum doula, childbirth educator and proud parent. A student at Holyoke Community College, she is a RRASC alumni and currently works with Prison Birth Project in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Her reproductive justice activism focuses on providing free accessible support to parents at the intersection of poverty, incarceration and substance use.
Jasmine Jones (She/Her)
Jasmine Jones is an archivist at Smith College's Special Collections and works with information systems. Jasmine serves as an advisory archivist on the People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland and as a member of the Inclusivity Committee for the Digital Library Federation Forum. She holds an M.S. in Library Science, Archives Concentration and an M.A. in History from Simmons College.
Jaspreet Chowdhary (She/Her)
Jaspreet Chowdhary received a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Goucher College, a M.P.H. in Epidemiology from Tulane University, and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. She is currently the Senior Policy Specialist at the 30 for 30 campaign. She was part of the inaugural class of the If/When/How Fellowship program and was placed at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.
Jaz Walker (She/Her)
Jazmyne Walker organizes with Black On Both Sides, which addresses issues of state violence against black mothers and the Foster Care systems of funneling black youth into the juvenile justice system. Jazmyne is passionate about the work being done and the mentor(s) who model and guide her through this struggle. Through political education and self-awareness, Jazmyne is adamant about applying what she is learning to heal herself along with her community.
Jeff Napolitano (He/Him)
Jeff Napolitano has been the director of the Western Massachusetts program of AFSC for over 8 years, working on issues ranging from antiwar organizing to civil disobedience trainings to sanctuary cities.
Jena Duncan is an art maker and youth worker that builds life in the abundant pioneer valley with a heart warming community. Her creative endeavors explore the meaning and production of identity and culture. She teaches on a variety of topics and is interested in creating safe and supportive spaces for all identities to engage in something with passion. Her faithful sidekick is a cat named Sophie.
Jennifer Warren (She/Her)
Jennifer Warren brings her passion for reproductive justice and her talent for connecting people to CoreAlign in her role as a regional organizer. Based in Memphis, TN, she works to build and strengthen relationships within the southern repro movement. Prior to joining CoreAlign, Jennifer educated young people on their reproductive health, accumulating more than 20 years of experience working with adolescents, and more than 15 years of experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS, STI and pregnancy prevention. When not organizing and convening, she is either spending time with her loving family, singing at church, or cooking delicious meals.
Jessica Riggs (She/Her)
Jessica Riggs is a passionate advocate for reproductive and birth justice and has made it her mission to provide compassionate and culturally appropriate doula care to the families in her community. She is committed to working in the intersections of indigenous women’s health, reproductive justice, environmental justice, and ending violence against girls, women, and Mother Earth. She lives in rural Northern New Mexico, where she is a co-parenting mother of a beloved son.
Joy Messinger is a passionate community advocate whose life and career is guided by a commitment to social and reproductive justice. Currently calling Chicago home, she has also lived and worked in Central North Carolina and Western New York. Joy is Third Wave Fund's Program Officer and also devotes time to local and national feminist, adoptee justice, Asian American, and LGBTQ community building.
Juana Peralta (She/Her or They/Them)
Juana Peralta is a queer, fat hard femme Latinx who has been educating and organizing around issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability for 10 years. In 2012, Juana was named one of Chicago’s “30 Under 30” by the Windy City Times. Currently, Juana resides in NYC, and serves as the Director of Outreach and Community Engagement at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. At SRLP, she co-directs the Movement Building Team, and works to strengthen the leadership of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) people; leads cultural/community organizing; and fights for trans liberation, specifically prioritizing the leadership of formerly-/incarcerated, low-/no-income, immigrants, people with different abilities, and TGNCI people of color. Juana has a deep commitment to abolition and organizing around the intersections of prison justice and reproductive justice, and works alongside SRLP’s Prisoner Advisory Committee, using public education to organize around the harms of the prison industrial complex and prisons as centers of reproductive oppression.
Judy Dow (She/Her)
Judy Dow teaches science and history through art to all age levels. She teaches her students how to read the land and do the research necessary to decolonize the science and history they have learned. Mapping the story then creates a new replacement narrative.
Julia Reticker-Flynn is the Director of Youth Organizing and Mobilization at Advocates for Youth, where she works with young people across the country to advocate for cultural and policy change that supports young people’s sexual health and rights. In 2011, she launched the 1 in 3 campaign to destigmatize abortion and promote access to abortion services. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nursing Students for Choice.
Justina Nicole Trim
Justina Trim is a recent college graduate from Georgia State University with a degree in Sociology and a concentration in Race and Urban studies. She now holds the membership and program associate position at SisterSong: National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.
Kai is a queer educator, activist, and youth advocate working toward improving the lives of youth and young people. A Smith College alum, Kai is an M.Ed. candidate at Springfield College in the School Counseling program. He currently serves as a Middle School Advisor for the GEAR UP grant in Springfield Public Schools, a speaker with SpeakOUT Boston, and a freelance LGBTQ consultant and trainer in Massachusetts and beyond.
Karyna Jaramillo is a transgender woman from Cuernavaca, México who emigrated to Phoenix, AZ in 1989 to pursue work. She has spent years living the realities of racism, homophobia, and discrimination in Phoenix from society and from the police. She has been detained by ICE three times, and knows first hand how the government and those in power try to destroy the dreams of tod@s nosotr@s (all of us). Currently, Karyna coordinates Arcoiris Liberation Team/Arizona Queer Undocumented Immigrants Project (AZ QUIP), a project defending LGBTI migrant communities. She works with her community both outside and inside detention centers to fight for the rights and liberty of her community, and more broadly for the autonomy and power de cada un@ de nosotr@s (of each of us).
Katherine M. Koster (She/Her)
Katherine M. Koster has been involved in community organizing, education, and advocacy for women for over 6 years. In addition to working for SWOP-USA, she serves on the board of SWOP Behind Bars where she manages responding to letters from and meeting the needs of incarcerated women with sex trade experience.
Katie Klabusich (She/Her)
Katie Klabusich is a writer, radio host, and social justice activist whose work often focuses on sexuality, reproductive health, mental health, disability, and poverty.
Katie McKay Bryson (She/Her)
Katie McKay Bryson is a single mom & foster parent living on traditional Dena'ina territory in Alaska. Active in environmental, reproductive, and social justice movement work since her early teens, she's currently a grant writer for an Alaska Native tribal coalition, and works to build embrace of Indian Child Welfare Act rights among non-Native activists and foster/adoptive parents.
Katie O'Connell (She/Her)
Katie O'Connell is a queer disabled femme who is committed to radical and intersectional organizing that amplifies the voices of folks who are marginalized in social justice movements. She has worked at the NAF Hotline Fund, Planned Parenthood, and Reproaction.
Kebé is an organizer who has used both legal advocacy and community organizing to build toward reproductive justice. She has worked with legal advocates to oppose state punishment of marginalized pregnant and parenting people, and sees community organizing as a powerful tool to increase access to abortion and oppose state violence in our communities.
Kenyon Farrow is a writer and activist. He is the US & Global Health Policy Director with Treatment Action Group. His writing has appeared in many books and publications, and he's working on a collection of essays and a new book on global health and racial justice.
Kenzie Johnson (She/Her)
As a formally incarcerated woman, being restrained during labor and deliver has made Kenzie Johnson want to stop others from this cruelty. Along with solitary confinement during pregnancy. Incarceration or not, we still have rights and dignity!
Kerry McDonald is a full spectrum Doula. She works with Prison Birth Project, where she facilitates a childbirth education group in prison and provides Doula services to incarcerated folks. Kerry is based in Boston and in the Hudson River Valley.
Kiara St. James
Kiara St. James is Community organizer who believes that in order to have sustainable change, it goes deeper than just changing policies -- it starts with healing communities.
Kimberly Inez McGuire
Kimberly Inez McGuire is a queer Latina reproductive justice advocate and communications strategist with nearly a decade of experience building and leading innovative, values-based projects and campaigns for progressive nonprofits. She has brought her critical analysis around race and gender and deep knowledge of public policy to issues ranging from reproductive health and rights to immigration policy, LGBTQ liberation, and environmental justice.
Kimberly Mckenzie (She/Her)
Kimberly Mckenzie, Trans Woman of Color. SRLP Intern., Organizer and Advocate Dedicated to organizing around housing, healthcare and economic justice.
Kwajelyn Jackson (She/Her)
Kwajelyn Jackson serves as the Community Education & Advocacy Director at Feminist Women's Health Center, where she manages volunteer engagement, leadership development, community outreach & education, and legislative advocacy to improve reproductive health, rights and justice in Georgia. Kwajelyn also sits on the board of directors for Backline, Abortion Care Network, Soul Food Cypher, ProGeorgia, and the steering committee for the Black Mamas Matter Alliance.
La Loba Loca
La Loba Loca is a Queer sudaca, radical health educator, seed-saver, yerbetera, gardener, companion (doula), student-midwife, molestosa, malhablada, tatooadora, and choliperri. She is invested in learning and disseminating information, knowledge and resources with the hope that self-knowledge and (re)cognition of abuelita knowledge will create a future where we can depend on ourselves and communities. Connect with her at lalobaloca.com, on Instagram @lalobalocashares, and on facebook.com/lalobaloca.
La Loba Loca (She/They/Loba)
La Loba Loca is based in so-called Los Angeles. Loba is a Queer Machona South American Migrant, zine maker, writer, tattooist, crafter, full spectrum companion, aspiring midwife student, seed-saver, and gardener. La Loba Loca is invested in disseminating information with the hope that self-knowledge and (re)cognition of #abuelitaknowledge will create a future where we can depend on ourselves and communities. La Loba Loca’s core philosophy is based on (re)claiming and (re)membering Abuelita Knowledge and learning how to use our roots as a tool for liberation and transformation. IG:@lalobalocashares,lalobaloca.com, facebook.com/lalobaloca, lalobaloca.bigcartel.com
Lael Greenstein M.D. (She/Her)
Lael Greenstein, M.D. is the Reproductive Health and Advocacy Fellow at the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance, where she is being trained to become a provider and teacher of full spectrum reproductive health within family medicine. Her areas of interest are underserved medicine, women’s health and improving access to reproductive health within the community health care setting.
Lani Blechman is currently a Western Massachusetts elementary school librarian and social justice facilitator, commonly focusing on white privilege and gender diversity. Often, her worlds collide. Lani is formerly a CLPP conference coordinator and always excited to come home.
Lani Blechman (She/Her)
Lani Blechman is a Western Massachusetts elementary school librarian and social justice organizer, commonly focusing on white privilege and gender inclusion. She loves it when her worlds collide. Lani is a former CLPP conference coordinator who excitedly re-joined the CLPP Conference Planning Team last May.
Laura Huss is Editorial and Research Associate at RH Reality Check. Laura received her Master’s from the University of Cape Town in South Africa studying social movements, activism, and community-based development. After graduate school she worked as a researcher in South Africa on issues relating to the incarceration of women, gender-based violence, and sexual assault. Prior to joining RH Reality Check, Laura worked at National Advocates for Pregnant Women where she advocated against punitive attacks on pregnant people, documented hundreds of arrests of pregnant people across the U.S., and conducted research on media misinformation about pregnancy and drug use.
Laura Kaplan is the author of The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service and was a member of Jane. A lifelong activist, she was a lay midwife, an advocate for battered women and an advocate for nursing home residents. She has worked on public policy for consumers covered by managed care plans and served on the board of NWHN.
Laura Penney (She/Her)
Laura Penney has been working in the field of domestic and sexual violence for over eight years. She received her BA from UMass Amherst in Social Thought and Political Economy, and is currently an MSW candidate at Westfield State University. Laura is presently the Director of Community Engagement at Safe Passage, and serves as the Project Director for the prevention initiative Say Something.
A background in Women’s Studies and abortion advocacy led Laura Riker to grad school, where she interned at a community health center and became interested in the clinical side of reproductive rights. At RHAP, she organizes primary care clinicians from across the country to work together to expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care. Laura holds a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University.
Laura Riker (She/Her)
A background in Women’s Studies and abortion advocacy led Laura Riker to social work school, where she interned at a community health center and learned about about the clinical side of reproductive rights. At the Reproductive Health Access Project, she organizes primary care clinicians from across the country to work together to expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care.
Lauren Mitchell is one of the founders of The Doula Project, and part of the leadership team of Trans Buddy. She is also co-author of the upcoming book, The Doulas!: Radical Care for Pregnant People. It is her honor to have served over a thousand clients and have trained hundreds of activists, students, and clinicians over the past ten years.
Lexi J. White
A graduate from the University of Pennsylvania who currently lives in Philadelphia, Lexi is a health and wellness human rights advocate, community organizer, writer-poet, and social justice scholar-activist. She focuses on Reproductive Justice and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Policy, rooting her work in the experiences and liberation of Black Women, Women of Color, and LGBTQ People of Color.
Lexi J. White (She/Her)
Lexi White is a health and wellness human rights advocate, community organizer, writer-poet and social justice scholar-activist. She focuses on Reproductive Justice and sexual and reproductive health and policy, rooting her work in the experiences and liberation of Black Women, Women of Color, and LGBTQ+ People of Color.
Lillian Hewko is an attorney at the Incarcerated Parents Project in Seattle, WA. They use the reproductive justice framework to bring incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals together to advocate for systemic change. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Lillian identifies as a queer mixed-Latinx from a working-class background. Lillian is a board member of Surge, a reproductive justice collaborative.
Lill M. Hewko (They/Them or She/Her)
Lill Hewko, an attorney and activist, uses the reproductive justice framework to bring incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals together to advocate for systemic change. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. Lill identifies as a queer, mixed-Latinx from a working-class background.
Lindsay Schubiner is the Senior Program Manager at the Center for New Community, where she works to counter organized nativism in the U.S. Lindsay previously served as a Congressional staffer handling immigration, housing, and health policy, and managed advocacy for sexual rights at American Jewish World Service. She holds a Master of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz is the Vice President of Programs and Development for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She has worked in several movements for social justice with a particular emphasis on building grassroots political power across movements, issues, identities and communities. As a capacity builder, movement builder, cultural worker and writer Weiner-Mahfuz has dedicated much of her organizing life to challenging oppression at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. Her writings can be found in Colonize This! Young Women of Color and Feminism (Seal Press, 2002), Fireweed Magazine's “Mixed Race Issue” (Issue 75), and through on a Web-based project titled BustingBinaries, which she co-authors with Ana Maurine Lara.
Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz (She/Her)
Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz is the Executive for Program and Strategic Partnerships at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She began organizing around racial and gender justice at Wheaton College in Massachusetts in the early 90’s. After college she began a 25 year journey as a movement builder, cultural worker and writer working across issues of LGBT liberation, racial, disability and gender justice. She was on the first LGBTQ delegation to Palestine in 2012 and has been a frequent blogger and writer for many feminist and racial justice publications. In 2002, she was a contributing author to the groundbreaking anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism.
Lisette Engel is co-founder of the #NoTeenShame movement. She's an advocate, public speaker, blogger and mama based in the Washington, D.C area. Lisette has lobbied on Capitol Hill for programs that support young families and is active in promoting policies that support young women to make their own reproductive choices.
Lorena García Zermeño (She/Her)
Lorena García Zermeño is the Program Coordinator for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice where she spearheads their long-term initiative, Justice for Young Families (J4YF). She studied Anthropology and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz with a concentration in Law, Politics, and Social Change. RJ has helped her learn to channel her voice and passion for social justice into advocacy work and be unapologetically chingona.
Loretta J. Ross
Loretta J. Ross is a former National Coordinator of SisterSong, where she worked from 2005-2012. She helped create the theory of "Reproductive Justice" in 1994 and co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice in 2004.
Loretta J. Ross (She/Her)
Loretta J. Ross was the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012. She helped create the theory of "Reproductive Justice" in 1994 and led a rape crisis center in the 1970s. She co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice in 2004, and Reproductive Justice: An Introduction in 2017.
Louisa Benarbane is a first year student at Hampshire College studying international politics and law with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. She currently co-leads for Students for Justice in Palestine and is a CLPP student group member. She looks forward to working and meeting with all of our wonderful conference attendees as we navigate the intersections of systemic, social and of course, reproductive justice.
Louisa Thanhauser (She/Her)
Louisa Thanhauser earned her MSW with a concentration in social and economic development and a specialization in policy. She has a background in state-level reproductive health policy and is currently the State Policy Associate at the National Abortion Federation, the professional organization of abortion providers, where her policy and advocacy work is informed by macro-level social work and reproductive justice perspectives.
Lucia Leandro Gimeno
Lucia Leandro Gimeno is an Afro-Latinx, trans masculine femme bruja/organizer based in Atlanta, GA. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work, LL lived in New York City for 15 years organizing with queer and trans people of color communities. A current member of Black Lives Matter – Atlanta chapter, LL is also a future full-spectrum birthworker doing capacity building with The Queer & Trans People of Color Birthwerq Project to help mend the disconnect between trans justice and reproductive justice.
Lucia Leandro Gimeno (They/Them or He/Him)
Lucia Leandro Gimeno is an Afro-Latinx, trans masculine femme counselor/bruja/organizer. Lucia Leandro lived in New York City for 15 years organizing with queer and trans communities of color. He is the Director of the Queer & Trans People Of Color Birthwerq Project, an organization dedicated to mending the disconnect between trans justice and reproductive justice. An expert chilaquiles maker, fashion queen and movement builder, some people say you can even hear his laugh from a mile away.
As a student at Northampton High School, Lucien Baskin has been involved in creating dialogues around issues of social justice within his school community. As a leader of the International Women's Rights Club, he has worked with other student activists to form an annual social justice week, and has sought to make the school curriculum more inclusive of groups that have traditionally been excluded from classes.
Lyndon Cudlitz (He/Him)
Lyndon Cudlitz trains healthcare providers, community organizations, and others in providing relevant services for queer & trans individuals. As a result of this work, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Upstate NY are now successfully providing hormone access, as well as other trans-affirming reproductive healthcare. Lyndon’s 16 years in social justice advocacy and LGBTQ health education is strongly informed by his transfeminist and working-class perspectives.
Lynn Roberts (She/Her or They/Them)
Lynn Roberts’ current activism and scholarship examines the intersection of race, class and gender in adolescent dating relationships, juvenile justice and reproductive health policies; as well as the impact of models of collaborative inquiry and teaching on civic and political engagement. She is honored to be the mother of four amazing human beings (ages 19-37) and is in constant awe of her four grandchildren.
Madeline Blodgett (They/Them)
Madeline Blodgett is a researcher, advocate, and facilitator working to create sustained culture change around reproduction. Madeline is the Capacity Building Director at the Sea Change Program, partnering with artists, researchers, activists, and organizations to conceptualize, measure, and act on reproductive stigma.
Madeline M. Gomez
Madeline M. Gomez is the LSRJ Federal Policy Fellow at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she works on a range of issues related to reproductive healthcare access, judicial monitoring, and state legislation. Her student note "Intersections at the Border: Immigration Enforcement, Reproductive Oppression, and the Policing of Latina Bodies in the Rio Grande Valley" was published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2015 and holds a B.A. from New York University. She is originally from Texas.
Maelee Johnson (She/Her)
Maelee Johnson is the Founder of the nonprofit organization Phoenix Alliance Foundation and a Disability Rights Activists. Her work in the Disability Community ranges from media representation advocacy to reproductive and marital rights for people with disabilities.
Maggie is a Social Worker in the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. She advocates for parents to safely maintain or regain custody of their children. She received a joint Master in Social Work (MSW) and Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Philly with her husband and their two year old daughter.
Maggie Schreiner (She/Her)
Maggie Schreiner is an archivist and public historian, working at the intersection of archives, social justice, and community engagement. Maggie is currently a Project Archivist at New York University, and organizes with Interference Archive and Librarians and Archivists with Palestine.
Mahroh Jahangiri is a Deputy Director of Know Your IX, a national survivor-run, student-driven campaign to end sexual violence in schools. Before joining KYIX, Mahroh was a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research on immigration detention in Washington, DC and work in Cairo, Egypt has focused on the ways in which American militarization, racism, and sexual violence impact non-white communities transnationally.
Mai'a Williams (She/Her)
Mai’a Williams is a writer, editor, and visual and performance artist. It was her living and working with Egyptian, Palestinian, Congolese, and Central American indigenous mothers in resistance communities that inspired her life-giving work, radical mothering. She is author of two books of poetry, No God but Ghosts and Monsters and Other Silent Creatures and co-editor of the anthology, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines.
Malaika Puffer (She/Her)
Malaika Puffer is a psychiatric survivor and subversive innovator who was politicized by her experiences as a survivor of the mental health system. She now spends her paid and unpaid time collaborating with others towards a more effective, respectful, rights-conscious, and just response to emotional distress. To this end, she is a co-founder and active member of the Hive Mutual Support Network, manages peer support services for a community mental health agency, and writes for the website Mad In America.
Advocate and policy strategist Marcela Howell is the founder and current Executive Director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, a non-profit organization devoted to lifting up the voices and leadership of Black women on national and state policy issues. With over 35 years of experience advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, she is recognized for her expertise in strategic communications, leadership development and policy forecasting.
Margie Del Castillo
Marianne Bullock is one of the founders and Directors of The Prison Birth Project. She is an organizer and full spectrum doula.
Marianne Bullock (She/Her)
Marianne Bullock is currently the Manager at Community Action's Family Center in Franklin Co. She is also a trainer with the Franklin Co. Community Birthworkers. She is a founder of The Prison Birth Project and served as lead doula with them for a decade. She was a lead organizer on Antishackling legislation & Paid Sick Days in Mass.
Marisa Pizii (She/Her)
Marisa Pizii is the Director of Programs with The Prison Birth Project. In addition to her work for reproductive and birth justice, Marisa has a deep commitment to the vision of a community where human rights and love are part of the core operating principles of people and policies.
Marlene Gerber Fried
Marlene Gerber Fried is a long time activist for abortion rights and reproductive justice. She is the professor and faculty director of CLPP, the founding president of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western MA. Marlene is a co-author with Silliman, Ross and Gutierrez of Undivided Rights. She is a recipient of the 2015 NNAF Vanguard Award, the 2014 Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award (APHA), and the SisterSong Warrior Woman Award.
Marlene Gerber Fried (She/Her)
Marlene Gerber Fried is a long time abortion rights and reproductive justice advocate, faculty director of CLPP, founding president of the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western MA, Co-author with Silliman, Ross and Gutierrez of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Freedom, Recipient of the NNAF Vanguard Award, the Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award, SisterSong Women Warrior Award, Board Member of Our Bodies Ourselves.
Marlo Barrera is a New Orleans native doing reproductive rights work in her hometown. As Intake Coordinator of the New Orleans Abortion Fund, she organizes volunteers to answer the hotline and works directly with clients to assist them in funding their abortions. She also works with her hands—cooking, zine making, and poetry making.
Marlo Barrera (She/Her)
Marlo Barrera is a New Orleans native who began organizing what became the Reproductive Justice Action Collective in 2016. Please check out the Collective’s website! RejacNOLA.org
Mary Durden is a queer, black woman fighting to uplift survivors of oppression. She volunteers for the Boston Doula Project, an abortion doula collective that provides nonjudgmental support for people experiencing abortion. She is also the Communications and Outreach Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health where she works on the Free the Pill campaign to make a birth control pill available over the counter in the US.
Mary Mahoney, LMSW, is the Founder and Board Co-Chair of The Doula Project. She is co-author of THE DOULAS! Radical Care for Pregnant People, forthcoming Fall 2016 from The Feminist Press.
Marylouise Kuti works within New Mexico and the nation to provide safe platforms to increase access to education, resources and accurate information for expectant and parenting youth, their children, and organizational allies to ensure pregnancy prevention for young parents is not disrespectful and unjust to young families.
Maureen Callahan (She/Her)
Maureen Callahan is an archivist at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, where she brings in new collections and connects communities with archives. She is committed to memory work as a path to justice, community, self-empowerment and a way to imagine a different future.
Megan Smith is an artist, activist, and social worker. She founded the Repeal Hyde Art Project in 2011 to raise awareness and create dialogue about abortion access and interconnected issues. Since then, she has created over 100 shareable graphics and facilitated 25 university-based Repeal Hyde Art Project installations. Megan has designed artwork and materials for organizations like Advocates for Youth, Backline, Ibis Reproductive Health, the National Network of Abortion Funds, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and Provide. Megan is also the recipient of the 2015 Arts and Healing Network Award for Arts and Social Change.
Melissa Madera, Ph.D., is a story-listener, story-sharer, multi-media historian, full-spectrum doula, and bilingual reproductive justice advocate. She is the founder and director of The Abortion Diary, a space for sharing and listening to personal abortion experiences. Currently, Melissa is also the Laura C. Harris fellow in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Denison University.
Melissa Mikesell (She/Her)
Melissa Mikesell is the Director of the Self-Induced Abortion (“SIA”) Legal Team, a consortium of organizations with an ambitious multi-year strategy to halt the criminalization of abortion, particularly in circumstances where a person ends their own pregnancy outside of the formal health care system. She has more than 15 years’ experience working in the social and economic justice movements and fighting for marginalized communities, including as the West Coast Director for a national civil rights and justice organization. She has co-authored a number of publications on SIA, including an amicus brief on behalf of Reproductive Justice organizations in Purvi Patel’s appeal, a legal primer on SIA, as well as an article on SIA that has been accepted for publication in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.
Mianta McKnight is a formerly incarcerated juvenile offender tried as an adult who is passionate about incarcerated women. She knows firsthand what the prion experience is like since she served 18 years & 1 day on a 15 year to life sentence and essentially grew up within the prison industrial complex. As a fellow for Justice Now and activist for social change, she is dedicated to challenging inhumane conditions and being a voice for those who are unable to speak for themselves. She attends SFSU and is majoring in dance, which she plans to use to work along with holistic medicine to promote longevity, self-awareness, and self-care.
Michelle S. Batchelor, M.A. is the Deputy Director for In Our Own Voice: Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda; developing, promoting and partnering with organizations to advance a strategic policy agenda supporting Black women’s reproductive health and justice. Michelle has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. Prior to IOOV she oversaw domestic and global programming at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors. Michelle worked at the Chicago Department of Public Health, managing several programs across the STD/HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health divisions.
Michelle Teus is a growing Mexican-American lesbian womyn, born in Pomona, California and raised in south side OKC. She currently resides in Orlando, Florida as an acting barista at Starbucks. When she is not brewing coffee, she is spreading the love and knowing of the real feminism to her peers who lack knowledge that social media feeds them. While in high school, in the city of Moore, Michelle, and a few other high school students from different schools found Making HERstory - a community organization that works around women of color feminism, ethnic studies, and personal narratives. We pride it on being youth-led. Making HERstory helps her take pride in her true identity, fight for the silenced, and question the social norms.
Micky Bee is a magical Black transfemme army brat turned performance artist. She has worked four years in Atlanta on HIV/AIDS prevention and Co-directs the “Southern Fried Queer Pride” festival. Currently, she is the Regional Organizer for the Transgender Law Center at Southerners on New Ground collaboration. She is determined to get “10s” across the board for Trans/GNC people in the South.
Miriam Yeung (She/Her)
Miriam Yeung is a proud, queer, AAPI, immigrant, woman activist from Brooklyn, NY who is raising her two daughters to be daring. She's spent most of her time at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and the NYC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center working on reproductive justice, racial justice, economic justice, immigrant rights, and LGBTI liberation. @miriamyeung
Miski Noor (They/Them)
Miski Noor is an organizer and writer based in Minneapolis, MN where they work as a Communications Strategist for the Black Lives Matter Global Network and a leader with the local Black Lives Matter--Minneapolis chapter. They are a graduate of the University of Minnesota where they studied Political Science and African and African-American Studies. As a Black, African, immigrant queer person, Miski is committed to working to create a world in which Black life is protected and our collective liberation is realized.
Misty Rojo is part of a collective leadership structure at Justice Now, where she is the first co-director that has lived experience with incarceration. In the 3 years that Misty has come on board, she worked to helped the push to get SB 1135 passed to protect against coercive sterilizations in California women's prisons in 2014. In 2015, after 3 years of campaigning, she got a bill passed to expand access to an alternative custody program. Misty is a hardcore abolitionist believing all aspects of the criminal justice system and PIC need to be dismantled.
Misty Rojo (She/Her or They/Them)
Misty Rojo comes to prison abolition work after leaving home at 14 and ultimately leaving an abusive relationship at 23, only to end up serving a 10 year prison sentence. While incarcerated, Misty was mentored by true activists and survivors, learning the meaning of self-determination and resilience. Misty's work focuses on campaigns to build coalitions and bring about policy change using an intersectional prison abolition framework. Misty has sponsored two California state bills that directly impact people in CA women's prisons and their families, and continues to work in collaboration with CA RJ groups to expand reproductive rights and access to care in prisons.
Mohini Lal (She/Her)
Mohini Lal is the If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). She is a first-generation immigrant from Texas. Mohini graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a J.D. and certificates in Public Interest and Praxis Law. Mohini is committed to creating and implementing policies that provide culturally competent legal and social services.
Mollie Hartford (She/Her)
Mollie Hartford is a Childbirth Educator, a mother, and a Hampshire Alum. When she’s not knitting reproductive anatomy or hats that look like pigeons, she is working to make sure that mothers have the tools in place to care for themselves and their families, and that communities realize their responsibility in raising the next generation.
Monica Raye Simpson
Monica Raye Simpson is the Executive Director of SisterSong, and has organized extensively against human rights violations, reproductive oppression, the prison industrial complex, and the systematic physical and emotional violence inflicted upon Black people with an emphasis on Black Southerners and LGBTQ people. She is also a singer, full circle Doula and was named a New Civil Rights Leader by Essence Magazine & a 40 under 40 leader by the Advocate.
Monica Simpson (She/Her)
Monica Raye Simpson is the Executive Director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. A native of rural North Carolina, Monica is deeply invested in southern movement building and the fight for Black liberation. She is also committed to birth justice as a certified Doula. Monica couples her activism with her artistry and created SisterSong's first program focused on creating innovative culture shift strategies. Because of her “artivism” Monica was named as a New Civil Rights Leader by Essence Magazine and chosen as one of Advocate Magazine’s 40 under 40 leaders.
Morgan Collado (She/Her)
Morgan Collado is a working class femme trans latina. She is co-director of Cicada Collective and assistant director of North Texas Abortion Support Network. She is also a facilitator, organizer, performance artist, and published poet of the book Make Love to Rage. Her work centers around leaving a legacy behind for girls like her who are often erased from history and movement spaces.
Morgan Hopkins creates synthesis between the state, federal, and field work of the All* Above All public education campaign. Previously, she worked at the National Network of Abortion Funds. Morgan has a B.A. with Honors in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Masters in Psychology with a certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Morgan Hopkins (She/Her)
Morgan Hopkins creates synthesis between the state, federal, and field work of the All* Above All public education campaign. Previously, she worked at the National Network of Abortion Funds. Morgan has a B.A. with Honors in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Masters in Psychology with a certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is a proud member of the #BeyHive.
Morgan Meneses-Sheets has more than 15 years of experience leading programs for a range of reproductive and social justice organizations. Currently, she is a consultant working with nonprofit advocacy groups to create effective communications and public affairs strategies to raise awareness and cultivate support for social, culture and policy change.
Morgan Robyn Collado
Morgan Robyn Collado is a fat trans Latina whose writing focuses on leaving a legacy for girls like us. Morgan has published a book of poetry, Make Love to Rage.
Morgan Williams (She/Her)
Morgan Williams is a high school student from Erie, PA who volunteers for Planned Parenthood. She attended the 2016 Youth Feminist Collaborative Camp at Hampshire College. She works within her local community volunteering and creating zines voicing her beliefs on intersectional feminism.
Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa
Born in Kenya, Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa is a 24 year old Black, Immigrant, Queer, Womyn poet and organizer based in New Orleans, LA. She is Co-Chair of the New Orleans Chapter of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), on the coordinating committee for the New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM), the Open Studio Afterschool Writing Program Coordinator for Big Class, a member of Team Slam New Orleans (Team SNO), an African Culture/Fashion Blogger with Noirlinians and a Reproductive Justice Advocate with Women With A Vision. You can view more of her work at www.FreeQuencySpeaks.com and www.Noirlinians.com.
Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa (She/Her/They/Them)
Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa is a 25-year-old Kenyan organizer and poet in New Orleans, LA. She is an Anti-Racist and Reproductive Justice organizer who has spent most of her life living and writing at the intersection of arts, education and activism. In New Orleans, she organizes & advocates with BYP100-NOLA and Women With A Vision, does youth work & poetry with the New Orleans Youth Open Mic and Team Slam New Orleans (Team SNO) and is an African Culture/Fashion Blogger with Noirlinians. View her work at www.FreeQuencySpeaks.com & www.Noirlinians.com.
Mwende Katwiwa (She/Her or They/Them)
Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa is a 25-year-old Kenyan organizer and poet in New Orleans, LA. She is an Anti-Racist and Reproductive Justice organizer who has spent most of her life living and writing at the intersection of arts, education and activism. In New Orleans, she organizes & advocates with BYP100-NOLA and Women With A Vision, does youth work & poetry with the New Orleans Youth Open Mic and Team Slam New Orleans (Team SNO) and is an African Culture/Fashion Blogger with Noirlinians. View her work at www.FreeQuencySpeaks.com & www.Noirlinians.com.
Nakita Shavers is a native of New Orleans and has a long history of community advocacy and education. She is the Sexual Reproductive Health Coordinator at Women With A Vision, LLC. She is also the founder and executive director of the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund (DSEF), and co-founder of Silence Is Violence Anti-Violence Organization.
Namrata is a third year student at Hampshire College studying legal anthropology and reproductive justice, a restless piece of the South Asian diaspora, a lover of dogs and ironic jokes that got too serious and permanent, and a fan of karaoke. She lives for potentially witnessing the anti-capitalist social revolution and Mary Mary releasing another album together, maybe, someday.
Naomi Legros (She/Her)
Naomi Legros is the operations associate at the Reproductive Health Access Project and almost approaching a year with the organization. Her responsibilities support the backbone of the organization, from conference logistics, to HR coordination, website and SEO management, and coordinating RHAP's volunteer program. She is passionate about highlighting reproductive health disparities that are prevalent in communities of color and learning how to maintain intersectionality and inclusivity. Uplifting people of color, especially black womxn is the drive that keeps her going in these trying times.
Nargis Aslami (She/Her)
Nargis Aslami is a third year student at UMass Amherst majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a focus on reproductive rights and justice. She plans on going to law school in the near future and hopes to help build the resistance against the Trump administration. She loves coffee, feminism, and CLPP.
Natasha Camille is a Senior at Barnard College majoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a Concentration in Race and Ethnicity. She is an ELLA Fellow with the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, through which she has created and implemented a social justice project at a Brooklyn high school for black girls to have transformative discussions about the body, sexuality, and violence.
Natasha Vianna is a rebelde in tech, a repro justice activist, and co-founder of #NoTeenShame.
Natasha Vianna is the co-founder of NoTeenShame.org and mom of @KidActivist.
Nathana Bird (She/Her)
Nathana Bird, M.A., is a mother from Ohkay Owingeh and Kewa pueblos in NM and the Women’s Leadership & Economic Freedom Program Manager at Tewa Women United. In the last 3 years with TWU, Ms. Bird has worked primarily with our A'Gin Healthy Sexuality and Body Sovereignty Project in local public and tribal schools.
Nelly Vianna makes art and tells stories about kids in the movement.
Nelson Rafael Roman (He/Him)
Ward 2 City Councilman Nelson Rafael Roman was born and raised in Waterbury, CT. Councilman Roman moved to Holyoke in 2011 and immediately becoming immersed in the culture and fabric that makes Holyoke unique. Overcoming obstacles such as homelessness, contracting HIV and poverty, Councilman Roman immediately began giving back and organizing in the Puerto Rican and LGBT Communities. He has worked for or with many Holyoke Non-for-profits such as Enlace de Familias, New England Farm Workers Council, LightHouse Personalized Education for Teens, Valley Opportunity Council & Nueva Esperanza to name a few. He is currently the Administrative/Volunteer Coordinator for Lorraine's Soup Kitchen & Pantry in Chicopee.
Nia Weeks is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. After completing her secondary education at Ursuline Academy, she received her bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Women's studies at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. After completing her undergraduate education, Ms Weeks embarked on a career doing public relations for a non profit organizations in Gainesville, Florida. Ms. Weeks began her legal career at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida in 2007 and transferred to Loyola School of Law New Orleans in 2009. After passing the Louisiana Bar, Ms. Weeks served as a law clerk and was the director of a supervised visitation center for victims of domestics violence named Harmony House. She now is at Women with a Vision as the Director of Policy and Advocacy after serving as a public defender in Orleans Parish for 2 years.
Nicole Clark lives in New York City as a licensed social worker, program designer and evaluator, reproductive justice activist, and owner of Nicole Clark Consulting. Grounded in the reproductive justice framework, Nicole leads evaluation projects for organizations, provides in-person and remote trainings/technical assistance on program and workshop design, facilitates workshops, and participates in speaking engagements related to reproductive justice and women and girls of color.
Nicole Clark M.S.W. (She/Her)
Nicole Clark is a licensed social worker, independent consultant and Reproductive Justice activist who uses the RJ framework with nonprofits, government agencies, and community groups to design, implement, and evaluate programs, services and campaign that raises the voices and lived experiences of women and girls of color. Nicole is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Nikita Mitchell (She/Her)
Nikita Mitchell is the Director of Organizing for Black Lives Matter. She started in Black Lives Matter as a chapter member of BLM Bay Area. She believes in the power of this organization because of its ability to affirm Black Lives, while also disrupting the power dynamics that tries to ensure our termination. She started community organizing in high school around educational justice, and hopes to continue organizing, as it is our duty to win.
Nikki Zaleski is the Education and Arts Justice Director at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, where she manages a participatory performance cadre called For Youth Inquiry (FYI) as well as other ICAH educational programs.
Nimra J. Chowdhry
Nimra Chowdhry is the Federal Law and Policy Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). She holds a law degree and a master’s certificate in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Houston. Nimra earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Government and Women and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.
Nina Martin is a reporter for the nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica, covering sex and gender, with a special interest in issues involving pregnancy and maternal health and well-being. She lives and works in Berkeley CA.
Noreen Khimji is a disabled queer & trans south asian femme artist, activist, doula, and poet whose work embodies survival as resistance. They are the co-founder of cicada collective, a grassroots abortion doula and volunteer practical support program in North Texas.
Noreen Khimji (They/Them)
Noreen Khimji is a desi/South Asian femme trans disabled artist, writer, doula, and community organizer. They are co-founder and co-director of Cicada Collective, as well as sole founder and director of the North Texas Abortion Support Network (NTX ASN), a practical support network that provides transportation and more to individuals seeking abortion in DFW.
Nourbese Flint is a blerd with a background in reproductive justice, journalism, all things X-Men and Batman related, matte lipsticks, Bob's Burgers, and Star Trek. She is currently working at Black Women for Wellness where she directs policy, RJ programs, civic engagement graphics, and keeping markers and crayons organized.
Oriaku Njoku, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Access Reproductive Care - Southeast, works at the intersection of meaningful abortion access, queer liberation and reproductive justice. Currently, she ensures funding for families seeking abortion care and advocates for individuals and their chosen families in the Southeast. As a big advocate of self-care, Oriaku uses her time off with the love of her life, her ragamuffin dogs, and cupcakes. Connect with her @oreawku on twitter - all views her own.
Oriaku Njoku (She/Her or They/Them)
Oriaku Njoku, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Access Reproductive Care - Southeast, works at the intersection of abortion access and reproductive justice. She supports Southerners in navigating pathways to accessing safe, affordable, and compassionate abortion care through funding, practical support, and advocacy. She truly believes that we can and will create a cultural shift around how we talk about abortion in the South.
Oriana López Uribe
Oriana López is a Mexican feminist who advocates for sexual and reproductive rights of young people and women at national, regional and international levels. She is the Deputy Director of Balance, a feminist organization in Mexico, and since 2009 she has coordinated the MARIA Fund. She is a member of the feminist alliance Resurj - Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice.
Pamela Merritt is an activist and writer committed to empowering individuals and communities through reproductive justice. A proud Midwesterner, Merritt is dedicated to protecting and expanding access to the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare.
Pamela Merritt (She/Her)
Pamela Merritt is co-founder and co-director of Reproaction, a new direct action group forming to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. Merritt blogs at AngryBlackBitch.com, and is a founding member of the Trust Black Women Partnership. She has been a featured contributor on National Public Radio (NPR), and her writing has been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Rewire, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian.
Parisa Parsa (She/Her)
Parisa Parsa is Executive Director of Essential Partners. Advancing the work of Public Conversations Project, Essential Partners offers facilitation and training for communities building the skills and courage to connect across differences of identity, ideology, and values. From abortion to Israel/Palestine to guns, our approach works with any issue where people find themselves at odds with friends, neighbors and family. We equip communities and their leaders to come together to build trust and understanding that can lead to new solutions, even where ideological agreement may not be possible. Parisa also is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and works with individuals and groups seeking to develop their ability to relate and build shared meaning across cultural differences. Parisa has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for 19 years, and lives with her family in Arlington, MA.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer and freedom fighter living and working in Los Angeles. She is one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and a Senior Fellow at MomsRising.
Paulina Helm-Hernandez is a queer femme cha-cha girl, artist, trainer, political organizer, strategist & trouble-maker-at-large from Veracrúz, México. This Chicana grew up in rural North Carolina, and is currently growing roots in Atlanta, GA. She has been the Co-Director of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) for 9 years.
Pilar Herrero (She/Her)
Pilar Herrero is a human rights lawyer working at the intersections of law and health. At the Center for Reproductive Rights, Pilar has worked collaboratively and creatively with a wide range of stakeholders to address racial inequities in U.S. maternal health. Her approach to law, policy and advocacy is informed by many years of community-building for social, racial, and reproductive justice.
Prina Patel grew up in rural Oregon and attended Smith College for undergraduate education. At Smith, Prina began her studies in neuroscience, but by her senior year realized that she wanted to pursue a career in reproductive justice policy and activism. Prina would like to attend law school in the near future, and continue advocating for minoritized populations.
Priya Ghosh (She/Her)
Priya Ghosh is an anti-violence activist, community organizer, and UMass student who’s performed extensive policy, advocacy, direct action, and support work for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. As President of CERC, she ran a 2-year campaign for the institution of a Survivor’s Bill of Rights to protect Title IX at UMass. Priya currently works as the Founder & Director of a grassroots nonprofit called The Survivor Justice Project.
Quita Tinsley (She/Her or They/Them)
Quita Tinsley is a fat, Black, queer femme that writes, organizes, and builds toward liberatory change in her home, the South. She is a columnist for Feministing, a board member of Access Reproductive Care – Southeast, and a member of Echoing Ida, a Black women and nonbinary folks’ writing collective of Forward Together.
Rachael Strickler, Division III student at Hampshire College, is one of CLPP’s Student Group Coordinators. She hopes to ensure everyone, from student group members to conference speakers, not only has a positive experience but also an empowering one in an atmosphere explicitly intended to fight oppressions and encourage growth. Rachael critically analyzes issues of injustice and oppression using a reproductive justice lens as her guide and focusing on the carceral state.
Rachael Strickler (She/Her)
Rachael Strickler is a recent Hampshire graduate, where she concentrated in Reproductive (In)justice and the Carceral State, CLPP alumna, and mentee of Loretta Ross. Rachael is currently figuring out what the heck she's going to do with her life and looking forward to being published in the Radical Reproductive Justice Anthology later this year.
Rachel Evans recently graduated from college with several degrees that she's not sure what to do with, but is having a great time figuring it out! Rachel's passionate about reproductive health care, working to end violence against women, and turtles. She recently moved to New York City and, while she thinks she might be a true Michigander at heart, she has really been enjoying exploring new places and taking advantage of all of the opportunities out there, and is hoping to keep it up!
Rachel J. Brooks (She/Her)
Rachel J Brooks is a Training Coordinator at CoreAlign, where she works to ensure that all people have the resources, rights, and respect to make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Rachel also serves as the Steering Committee Chair for Healthy and Free Tennessee, a coalition working to advance sexual healthy and reproductive freedom across the state.
Rachel Roth is passionate about advancing reproductive justice and reducing imprisonment through research, policy analysis, and advocacy, partnering with the Prison Birth Project, Pretrial Working Group, and others. She is the author of the book Making Women Pay: The Hidden Costs of Fetal Rights and articles about abortion access, (un)safe childbirth, sterilization abuse, and shackling in prison. She blogs for MomsRising and lives near Boston.
Rachel Rybaczuk (She/Her or They/Them)
Rachel Rybaczuk is as a queer, white, first-gen, working-class organizer and educator who advances social justice by leading trainings and workshops about class(ism) and race(ism), while highlighting the intersections of all forms of oppression. Rybaczuk’s consulting work with activists, educators, and non-profits is informed by her experience growing up poor in a racially diverse neighborhood in miami, as well as her queer feminist perspective on race, class, gender, and sexuality. she will brave new england winter walks if the right company is involved.
Rachel Tardiff is the Deputy Outreach Director at Media Matters for America. A graduate of American University, Rachel worked to help pass California’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the state’s recent landmark equal pay legislation, and brought the stories of military rape survivors to Capitol Hill to push for unprecedented military policy change on the issue.
Rajani Bhatia (She/Her)
Rajani Bhatia's research interests lie at the intersection of reproductive technologies, health, bioethics and biomedicine. Her first book published by University of Washington Press on the topic of lifestyle sex selection is forthcoming.
Ramelcy Uribe (She/Her)
Ramelcy Uribe is an AfroLatina, regular degular girl from the South Bronx. She sees herself as a budding youth worker & intellectual, as well as a womanist and feminist in process. She is invested in making social justice work and education accessible to folks on the margins. As a believer in the ever-present magic of Womxn of Color, she hopes to continue to imagine, create, and take action to preserve, honor, celebrate, and expand the brilliance her community(s) has to offer.
Rebecca Gorena is an unapologetic queer & feminist activist and Texas State Organizer with URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, where she does civic engagement, training and mobilizing young Texans for reproductive justice. A 2012 University of Texas at Austin alum, she served as an Americorps VISTA with the Girls Empowerment Network before moving to Philadelphia to join the development team at WOMEN’S WAY.
Reia Chapman, Southern Organizer for SisterSong-The National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, activist, organizer, trainer and consultant. Based in Charlotte, NC, Reia works within communities of color and across movements to reduce mental health stigma, advocating for and providing culturally appropriate treatment, and building southern synergy to increase collective awareness about Reproductive Justice to address intersectional oppression.
Renae Taylor is a community organizer and activist working for trans communities, communities impacted by HIV/AIDS, and Black liberation.
Rev. Faye London (She/Her)
Rev. Faye London acknowledged a call to ministry with women to dismantle silence and stigma around about sexual abuse. She has done this work with churches in Tennessee before and since earning her Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School. In her capacity at SisterReach, Faye seeks to continue to broaden the conversation around women's bodies as participating fully in the Image of God.
Rev. Jason Lydon
Rev. Jason M. Lydon is a Unitarian Universalist community minister and the National Director of Black and Pink, an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and 'free world' allies who support each other.
Rev. Rob Keithan (He/His)
Rev. Rob Keithan is a faith organizing and training consultant specializing in reproductive health, rights and justice, intercultural communication, and congregational social justice programs. He is currently focused on long-term culture change related to abortion and reproductive health in ways that engage the complex issues related to religion, morality, and race.
Ricky Hill is a Jewish, chronically ill, transmasculine rabble-rouser originally from Oklahoma, radicalized in New Mexico, and currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Their work at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination uses network science to target and integrate prevention, as well as create structural and community-specific interventions on the South Side of the city. They are passionate about understanding the ways in which social determinants of health impact LGBTQI health access and equity, as well as building sustainable service structures in resource deserts. They also believe that bolo ties are infinitely better than bow ties.
Rikkia Pereira is a third year dance concentrator at Hampshire College. She is currently doing research based in leadership and emotional theory that explores how dance can be used to navigate the body in community.
Rj is a trans, disabled, Latinx living in the rural south. They love to write and perform their poetry through the art of spoken word. They work mostly in the trans community helping trans people get access to all forms of healthcare. They are academically interested in transgender studies, transgender theology, and pastoral care. They are a fierce community organizer and a student in seminary at Vanderbilt Divinity School. They are currently working on their M.Div, preparing for a life in ministry as an ordained Unitarian Universalist and as an aspiring academic.
Rye Young is the Executive Director of Third Wave Fund (www.thirdwavefund.org) which supports and strengthens youth-led gender justice activism focusing on efforts that advance the political power, well-being, and self-determination of communities of color and low-income communities. He serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund and Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and serves on the advisory board of A is For. Rye is passionate about expanding opportunities for communities who are most affected by oppression yet remain marginalized in our movements and in philanthropy. He is an avid cook, and ferocious lover of bingo.
Sabia C. Wade
Sabia Wade is a full spectrum doula, a reproductive justice advocate and aspiring home birth midwife. As a queer woman of color, she finds it imperative to create health related infrastructure that is accessible to all members of every orientation and identity - across every socio-economic status.
Sadia Arshad is a reproductive justice nerd working in health communications during the day and doing youth empowerment and community engagement work at night. She fell into this work by accident, but couldn't be happier.
Sadia Arshad (She/Her)
Sadia Arshad is a reproductive justice nerd working in health communications during the day and doing youth empowerment and community engagement work at night. She fell into this work by accident and couldn't be happier.
Sahar Pirzada (She/Her)
Sahar Pirzada is a graduate student with the University of Southern California Masters of Social Work program. She is the Programs and Outreach Manager for HEART Women & Girls and is passionate about creating safe spaces for Muslim survivors of sexual violence.
Sandra Criswell is a mixed race Pinay high holy femme from Oklahoma City, OK. As the CoreAlign Field Building Manager, she works with brilliant organizers to co-create generative spaces and innovative solutions in the Central and South. Sandra plays with graphic recording, space creation, and cooking her thoughts and feelings and serving them up to her friends and family to unlock imagination’s potential to solve the impossible.
Sandra Criswell (She/Her)
Sarah Chichetti is a third year at Hampshire College studying agricultural labor history with a focus on U.S.-Mexico immigration policies. She has been a part of the CLPP student group for two years and is one of the co-chairs of the Abortion Speakout committee. Sarah uses her passion for speakouts as a form of activism as a framework for her studies in labor history as well as her current work in sexual assault prevention and reproductive justice.
Sarah Coburn works in the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia where she serves indigent parents in the child welfare system, helping them maintain or regain custody of their children. Prior to joining CLS as a Staff Attorney, Sarah worked as a public defender in Philadelphia and was previously employed by the ACLU of PA’s Reproductive Rights Project. She is a CLPP and NLNI alum.
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a Hampshire alum. Former CLPP staff, she organized the first years of this very conference. Now, she's a writer whose emphasis includes family issues.
Sasha Alexander (He/She/They)
Sasha Alexander. is a trans black/south asian, artist, educator, and healer whose worked at the intersections of lgbtq, youth, media, economic, gender and racial justice movements for almost 20 years. Sasha is the founder of Black Trans Media and works as the Membership Director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP). Sasha uses the pronouns he/she/they and insists you mix it up.
Sasha Conley is a fourth-year Division III student at Hampshire College studying Disability Studies, Art, and Creative Writing. She engages in work to improve accessibility on Hampshire's campus both physically and academically.
Sean Donovan (He/Him)
Sean Donovan is part of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community—mutual support and advocacy for and by folks who’ve experienced psychiatric diagnosis, trauma, hospitalization, oppression or just being different. He’s found much wisdom in this community facilitating Alternatives to Suicide and “queer-to-queer” support groups, advocating for rights alongside hospitalized folks and helping create films about chemical imbalance myth and power/oppression in the psych system.
Sean Saifa Wall
Sean Saifa Wall is an intersex artist and activist whose goal is to create a world that is safe for Black bodies and intersex bodies to exist in. You can connect with him on social media or through his website, saifaemerges.com.
Sebastian Margaret (They/Them)
Sebastian Margaret is an anti-ableism/disability justice community educator. A Disabled TGNC queer immigrant, they are kept deliciously exhausted and hopeful parenting a pair of gorgeous kids. They are passionate about the validity and glory of imperfect body/minds and eroding the exclusion and segregation faced by disabled folks in progressive spaces. Sebastian has been inserting/revealing disability justice issues into progressive movements, and supporting multi-issue capacity and vibrancy in disability communities for decades. firstname.lastname@example.org
Selena P Adetunji
Selena Adetunji has been working in RH/RJ since 2002. She has worked in a variety of roles within health education, advocacy, direct service, and research. Raised in NC, she has recently relocated from San Francisco to Atlanta to continue to working in reproductive justice as Lab Director at Summit Medical Associates and Co-Founder and Assistant Director of ARC Southeast.
Sequoia Ayala (She/Her)
Sequoia Ayala received her law degree and master’s degree in International Relations from the American University Washington College of Law and School of International Service, respectively. As the Law and Policy Fellow at SisterLove, Sequoia works collaboratively with community members, elected officials, and policymakers in advancement of the health, well-being, and human rights of Black women living with HIV/AIDS, those at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS, and for all individuals who belong to marginalized communities that are severely and disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS, especially in the Deep South and Global South. Additionally, she is a Georgia licensed attorney who provides low-cost legal assistance in family law and immigration. A proud University of Georgia alumna and native Georgian, Sequoia resides in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.
Shana M. griffin
Shana griffin is a black feminist, mother, applied sociologist, activist, and artist based in New Orleans. Her work explores critical issues at the intersection of race and gender-based violence; housing rights and affordability; sexual health and reproductive autonomy; carceral violence and criminalizing policies; climate justice and sustainable ecologies; gender and disaster; reproductive violence and population control; and art and reimagination. Rooted in radical black feminist thought and organizing traditions, Shana’s research and activism challenges policies, practices, and behaviors that restrict, exploit, and regulate the bodies and lives of low-income and working class black women most vulnerable to the violence of poverty, carcerality, polluting environments, reproductive legislation, economic exploitation, and housing discrimination
Shanelle Matthews (She/Her)
Shanelle Matthews is an award-winning political communications strategist with a decade of experience in journalism as well as legislative, litigation, rapid response, and campaign communications. She serves as the Director of Communications for the Black Lives Matter Global Network, organizing to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people by building power and winning immediate improvements in the lives of Black people.
Shantell V. Gomez (She/Her)
Shantell V. Gomez is a member of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice’s Young Parent Leaders Council (YPLC). She is a fierce young parent advocate and proud momma to her 4-year-old son, Aidan. Shantell works part-time while studying English at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles and is planning on pursuing a master’s degree to obtain her teaching credentials.
Sharon Lagos (She/Her)
Sharon is a latina from Honduras studying pre-nursing as an international student. She is passionate about helping those in need.
Shawn Reilly (They/Them or Ze/Zir)
Shawn Reilly is in their final year at Vanderbilt University, where they study Human and Organizational Development, with a focus in education and social justice. While there, they have led a successful campaign to gain gender inclusive housing, and is currently organizing for living wages for union workers. Outside of school, Reilly's work centers around healing arts, education justice, labor organizing, and youth development.
Shelby Chestnut (They/Them or She/Her)
Shelby Chestnut is the Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project. For over a decade, Shelby has been organizing with LGBTQ people, people of color, and low income communities to address violence, promote access to resources, and affect local policy change that is for and by the people most impacted by oppression. Shelby holds a BA from Antioch College and an MS from the New School. Shelby is a member of the Assinibouine Nation in Montana. Shelby currently calls Brooklyn, New York home.
Shomya Tripathy is the Youth Activist Network Manager at Advocates for Youth and works with young people around the country to fight abortion stigma on their campuses.
Sienna Baskin is Managing Director of the Sex Workers Project (SWP). The Sex Workers Project provides client-centered legal and social services to individuals who engage in sex work, regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion, while engaging in policy advocacy to protect their rights.
Simran Kaur was born, raised, and educated in Salt Lake City, Utah. With degrees in gender studies and chemistry, she is currently pursuing an MD at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Simran hopes to deliver and engage in culturally-relevant reproductive and sexual health care to minoritized populations.
Sina Sam is a Khmer American community organizer from Washington State. With intersectional education in Women's Studies and Public Policy, her advocacy work centers around violence prevention, reproductive health and SE Asian community needs. She is an experienced facilitator, lobbying for policies that benefit communities of color, orientation, immigration status and poverty. Passionate about intersectional justice, she is dedicated to strengthening and healing all our communities.
Sofía Monterroso is a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College, where she is currently working on a double major in Gender Studies and Romance Languages. As a queer Latina feminist with a passion for violence prevention, Sofia has found an incredible community within CLPP. When she’s not learning about reproductive justice at Hampshire, Sofia enjoys running workshops on partner abuse, applying feminist theory to every-day interactions, creating non-institutional pathways to safety, and crafting.
As a physician and a Hampshire College Alum (F81), Sondra Dantzic is delighted to return to the campus for CLPP Conference this year to share her passions: safe & legal provision of abortion and family planning for all, integrative medicine, and motherhood.
As the daughter of an abortion provider and OB/GYN, Sophia Dantzic has always been interested in social justice. She's excited to attend this conference both to share her experiences and to learn more about CLPP and student activism.
Stacy Torres (She/Her)
Stacy Torres Is a politicized healer who is working to provide culturally-relevant care that is responsive to her communities’ needs.She strives to uplift people of color by fostering a (re)connection to past, present, and future generations through our healing legacies and community connections.
Steph McCreary (She/Her)
Steph McCreary works as the Doula Project Coordinator for Tewa Women United in rural northern New Mexico. As an instructor of Kundalini Yoga, she is interested in how embodiment, meditation, and healing practices can be woven into our work within the social & reproductive justice movements.
Stephanie Blaufarb became passionate about reproductive health during her Peace Corps service where she worked as a community health organizer for adolescent and women's health. Stephanie earned a BA/BS in international affairs from Northeastern University and an MPH from the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. Her focus at the Reproductive Health Access Project has been communications, patient decision aids, and provider training in reproductive health.
Stephanie Croney (She/Her)
Stephanie Croney is an If/When/How Policy Fellow at the Black Women's Health Imperative. She recently graduated from Howard University's School of Law. She is passionate about child advocacy, intimate partner violence, and family court/foster care/child welfare reform.
Stephanie J. Alvarado
Stephanie J. Alvarado is a radical queer Latina feminista poet born and raised in the Bronx, NY by way of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Since becoming politicized in her early adolescence around the power of community organizing, cultural, and artistic activism, she has worked at the intersections of youth organizing, reproductive justice, immigrant rights, racial justice, queer liberation, transnational feminism, and language justice. ¡Pa’lante Siempre Pa’lante!
Susan Yanow M.S.W. (She/Her)
A long-time reproductive rights activist, Susan Yanow works to expand access to abortion domestically and internationally. She is a co-founder of Women Help Women, an international organization that provides abortion and contraception services and supports women who are self-managing their abortions, and also works with a number of domestic projects that focus on expanding access to abortion.
Susan Yanow MSW
A long-time reproductive rights activist, Susan Yanow works to expand access to abortion domestically and internationally through consulting projects with organizations including Ibis Reproductive Health, the Reproductive Health Access Project and Venture Strategies (VHSD). She is a cofounder of Women Help Women, an international organization that provides abortion and contraception services, and of the EASE Project (Expanding Abortion Services in the South) which is based in Alabama and Mississippi.
Sylvia Venus Shread
Sylvia Shread is a 16 year old Northampton High School student who participates in all social justice clubs at her school, including Environmental Club, Students of Color Alliance, Gender Sexuality Alliance, and International Women's Rights Club. She is also a co-leader of IWRC. With the help of other leaders she is organizing Social Justice Week which connects the clubs and works to teach NHS students about intersectionality.
Symone A. New
Symone New is The Doula Project's External Partnerships Coordinator and has practiced as a full-spectrum doula since 2010. In addition to her passion for reproductive justice, Symone enjoys cooking, reading, farmers markets, tea, and theater. In equal measure, Symone is a proud native New Yorker, CLPP and RRASC alum.
Syrus Marus (He/Him)
Syrus Marus is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus is a facilitator/designer at The Banff Centre and the inaugural artist in residence at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto. Syrus is a long time activist, and a core team member of Black Lives Matter - Toronto.
T. Omi Pennick
T. Omi Pennick, MPH is currently the Communications and Development Coordinator for SisterLove, Incorporated. She is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and received her Master of Public Health from Tulane University in 2002. In the past, Tiffany has worked in the field of women’s and adolescent reproductive health with various private and non-profit entities including Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, the National Institute of Health, Messages of Empowerment Productions, LLC, Agenda for Children, and HERO for Children. She has helped to design, implement, and disseminate various Evidenced Based Interventions both nationally and internationally in Atlanta, Georgia, St. Marteen, Netherland Antilles, and in Cape Town and Durban, South Africa.
T.K. Tunchez (She/Her)
T.K. Tunchez is a full-time, multi-media working artist, market organizer, and stone worker. Her main spiritual and artistic discipline is currently focused on creating healing wearable art pieces that incorporate stone allies through her business, Las Ofrendas. She is a budding birth attendant, a mama of two amazing young people, and organizes markets that use alternative economic models to support women and community organizations.
Tabitha Skervin (Zie/Zir)
Tabitha Skervin is a Jamaican-born femme living on occupied Lenni-Lenape territory (i.e. Philadelphia). For the past 7 years, Tabitha has been organizing for environmental and social justice, grounding zir’s approach in a vision for collective liberation. Tabitha is currently Community Mobilization Coordinator at Women's Medical Fund, leading the fund’s advocacy efforts to eliminate all barriers to abortion access.
Taja Lindley (She/Her)
Taja Lindley is a healer, artist, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the Founder and Managing Member of Colored Girls Hustle, and a member of Echoing Ida and Harriet's Apothecary. Her writing has appeared in EBONY, Salon, Rewire and YES! Magazine. www.TajaLindley.com / www.ColoredGirlsHustle.com
Tamika Middleton is an organizer, birthworker, and homeschooling mama. She is passionate about and active in struggles that affect Black women’s lives. She sometimes performs as a member of The NALO Movement. She is also passionate about birthing and healing, and is the coordinator of Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective.
Teodora Mejía Gaspar (She/Her)
Teodora Mejia Gaspar is a Mexican woman who has lived in Phoenix for 8 years. She is a grandmother and mother of two DACAmented daughters, a migrant, a woman of faith, an activist, and program coordinator for Family Acceptance with Trans Queer Pueblo. She works with migrant families of color to bring them on the journey toward LGBTQ migrant justice based on the principles of LOVE and ROOTED CULTURE.
Thanu Yakupitiyage (She/Her)
Thanu Yakupitiyage is a long-time immigrant rights activist, media professional, and cultural organizer based in New York City. She worked for the New York Immigration Coalition for close to seven years where she headed the organization's communications and media relations strategy. Through her work at NYIC, she became an immigration policy expert, using her skills in media and communications to shift narratives on immigration and immigrants themselves. She was a lead organizer in recent efforts to push back against Trump's executive orders in his first week in office that mandated a Muslim Ban and increased enforcement and raids against immigrant communities. Most recently, she has taken on the role of managing U.S Communications for 350.org and bringing a migration perspective to the critical work of climate justice. Thanu has an MA in communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA in critical media studies and international development from Hampshire College.
Tiffany E. Cook’s reproductive justice framework comes from a hodgepodge of experience in health care, medical and sex education, abortion funding, and full spectrum doula care. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is the Training and Professional Development Coordinator for Diversity Affairs at NYU School of Medicine. When she’s not passionately advocating for social justice might find her cake decorating, gaming or posting on social media.
Tiffany Tai is the Member Support Coordinator at the National Network of Abortion Funds, where she provides organizational development and capacity-building support to abortion funds across the country. She is also a founding member of the Boston chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. Tiffany is a RRASC alum and UMass Amherst alum.
Toni M. Bond Leonard
One of the founding RJ mothers, Toni Bond Leonard has been an advocate for reproductive health, rights and justice since 1990. A scholar, Toni's current scope of work focuses on creating theologies of RJ and the ethics of reproduction.
Toni M. Bond Leonard (She/Her)
Toni Bond Leonard is a reproductive justice activist and womanist ethicist who works at the intersection of religion and reproductive justice. She is one of the twelve founding mothers who coined the term "reproductive justice" in 1994. She has worked in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements for the past 25 years and has led an abortion fund, co-founded one of the first black women's reproductive justice groups, Black Women for Reproductive Justice, and has chaired the boards of the National Network of Abortion Funds and SisterSong. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for CLPP.
Tope Fadiran is a writer and researcher whose work addresses the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in American culture. She is a research fellow with Political Research Associates, a progressive social justice think tank. Her work has been featured on TIME.com, The Guardian, Salon, Bitch Magazine, and other outlets.
Tope Fadiran (She/Her)
Tope Fadiran is a writer whose work addresses the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in American culture. She is a research fellow with Political Research Associates, a progressive social justice think tank. Her work has been featured on TIME.com, The Guardian, Salon, Bitch Magazine, and other outlets.
Vanessa Flores (She/Her)
Vanessa Flores is a 17 year old Mexican-American high school senior from East Harlem, New York City. She is part of East Harlem Tutorial Program. Through this program she has done work in media studies such as EHT-TV and Tribeca Teaches where she promoted issues currently facing her community.
Verónica Bayetti Flores (She/Her)
Verónica Bayetti Flores is a writer, consultant, and cultural critic. She has led national policy and movement building work at the intersections of immigrants’ rights, health care access, police accountability, and LGBTQ liberation. She is co-host of Latinx music podcast Radio Menea, Managing Partner at the Center for Advancing Innovative Policy, and Co-President of the Board of Directors of the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Wendy Davis (She/Her)
Wendy Davis is a former Texas State Senator. Known for her 13 hour filibuster to stop a sweeping anti-abortion bill, Davis founded Deeds Not Words last year to empower young women as the next generation of gender equity activists.
Whitney Peoples (She/Her)
With fifteen years experience in feminist and critical race research, activism, and teaching, Dr. Whitney Peoples has spoken and written on the intersections of race, gender, and popular culture. She has published critical essays on topics including hip-hop feminism, advertising for oral contraceptives, and representations of women in African American film.
Wilberthe Pilate (She/Her)
Wilberthe Pilate is registered nurse who cares for newly postpartum mothers and parents and people experiencing high-risk pregnancy conditions. She is also an abortion doula with the Boston Doula Project. She loves thinking and talking about healing, magic, birth, and death. She’s a Pisces sun/Capricorn moon/Sagittarius rising. She got her Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Umass Amherst in 2014.
Willie J. Parker
Dr. Willie Parker is an advocate of reproductive, social, racial, and gender justice who seeks to model healthy, inclusive, non-patriarchal masculinity while working for change.
Xautle Alba-Pizaña (They/Them)
Xautle Alba-Pizaña is a multiply disabled entity, pushing for single issue efforts to be developed into movements that see the human experience as complex as it truly is.
Yabundu Conteh (She/Her)
Yabundu Conteh is a senior at Democracy Prep Charter High School in Harlem, NY. Since attending Sadie Nash Leadership Project’s Summer Institute in 2013, Yabundu has become an unapologetic black woman ready to shake things up and incite change! She is a proud ELLA Fellow and 2016 Bezos Scholar. Her current work includes tackling gentrification in Harlem through the use of multimedia and dialogue.
Yamani Hernandez is the Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), an organization that builds the capacity and power of grassroots member organizations and leverages their direct access to abortion seekers across the country for cultural and political change. She is a member of the Strong Families leadership team and a writer for Echoing Ida, a program of Forward Together.
Yana Tallon-Hicks is a sex writer and educator, former CLPP RRASC grant recipient, and a Hampshire graduate. Yana studies Marriage & Family Therapy at Antioch University on her path to becoming a sex therapist. Her sex writing has been published locally and nationally and can be found weekly in her sex column, The V-Spot, in the Valley Advocate. Connect with her at yanatallonhicks.com, and on Instagram @the_vspot.
Yaneris González Gómez
Yaneris González Gómez has been an activist for over 15 years working with grassroots organizations and community groups on issues such as human rights, gender based violence, youth’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS and vulnerabilized communities, LGBTQQI+ rights, racism, immigrant rights, and more. Yaneris is an “artivist” using arts for justice.
Yong Chan Miller
Yong Chan Miller lives in Oakland, CA, and is the executive director of Surge. She has worked in social justice movements for over 20 years primarily at the intersections of race, class, and gender.
Yong Chan Miller (She/Her or They/Them)
Yong Chan Miller has been working at the intersections of economic, racial, and reproductive justice for over 20 years. She lives in Oakland, CA.
Zoe Ridolfi-Starr is an activist, writer, and educator focused on sexual violence, health, pleasure, and power. Zoe is the Deputy Director at Know Your IX, a survivor- and youth-driven organization working to end gender violence in schools. She graduated from Columbia University in 2015, where she was a complainant in the Title IX complaint against her school and involved in organizing against violence on campus.
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