Creating Community at the CLPP Conference

Our conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, is a space for learning, collaboration, growth, and supporting one another as we work to create change. We invite all participants to be part of a culture of respect that acknowledges and honors the differences we bring in terms of our identities and our politics, without marginalizing or tokenizing each other. Our differences can be points of strength, and the many diverse identities and perspectives we hold make for a stronger and more vibrant reproductive justice movement.

We recognize that all of us—conference organizers, speakers, and participants—bring our varied identities to the conference. CLPP tries to provide the accountable and accessible spaces necessary for everyone to be able to participate in conference events. Every year, we ask that all participants help us create these accountable spaces by upholding both CLPP’s guidelines and Hampshire College’s community norms. For more information, please see our online Guide to Creating Conference Community.

Last year, members of the group Stop Patriarchy repeatedly disrupted programming and were ultimately escorted off campus by conference organizers and campus safety officers during the April 12-14, 2013 conference. We understand there was some controvery over these events, and are sorry this distracted from the important work that needs to go forward. Conference staff is committed to continuing to prioritize the safety of participants and all members of the campus community during the event. In addition, as organizers, we believe we must hold each other accountable when our behavior harms others, and we will continue to ask conference participants to respect and be accountable to community norms.

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