Fall 2015 Events

RRASC Elvin leads a rally

We have a great line up of events this fall. Join us for discussions about reproductive rights and justice, student activism, and more! All events are free and open to the public and take place on the Hampshire College campus. Please contact us about accessibility. For more information, email CLPP Assistant Director Lucy Trainor.

Annual Activist Institute: Avenues of Activism

Saturday, November 7
10 am - 3 pm
Merrill Living Room, Hampshire College

The CLPP Activist Institute is free and open to the public, and will be geared towards student activists in the Five Colleges.  Over the course of the day, we will explore our individual conceptions and experiences of activism, reflecting on differences, similarities, and growth areas; address current social justice issues we see on our campuses and in activist groups; and look for ways to make our activism less exclusive and more powerful.  Advance registration is required; for more information please click here!

#SayHerName: Black Women’s Experiences of Police Brutality
with Andrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow

Monday, November 9
5:30-7 pm
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall

Watch via livestream!

Numerous Black women have been killed by or after encounters with police in 2015 alone, yet Black women have been erased from the national conversation on police killings. What is state violence, and how is it experienced by Black women, girls, and gender nonconforming people? Join accomplished civil rights attorney Andrea Ritchie for a discussion of policing, racial profiling, and the erasure of Black women’s narratives of state violence.

Co-sponsored by the Hampshire College Office of the President, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Education, Center for Feminisms, Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center, and Feminist Studies program.

CLPP Student Group Meeting

Tuesday, November 10

Prescott Tavern

The CLPP Student Group is a space for connecting with other students interested in social justice, building your organizing skills, and discussing what reproductive justice means in our lives.  Dinner provided!

The Papaya Workshop with the Boston Doula Project
Thursday, November 12
5:30-7 pm
Franklin Patterson Hall, Room 107

Taught from an abortion doula's perspective, this Papaya Workshop will bring to light the MVA, or Manual Vacuum Aspiration as an early abortion procedure. Using papayas as our uteri, participants will get hands-on experience with what this procedure looks like step-by-step. This workshop will educate activists on how simple and safe an early, legal abortion can be. No prior clinical experience is necessary to participate.


First CLPP Student Group Meeting
Monday, September 21
5-6:30 pm
Location TBA

The CLPP Student Group is a space for connecting with other students interested in social justice, building your organizing skills, and discussing what reproductive justice means in our lives. At our first meeting we’ll talk about goals for the year and do a Reproductive Justice 101 activity. All are welcome and dinner is always provided at our meetings! We meet regularly so email clpp@hampshire.edu to join the CLPPStudents list and get info about upcoming meetings.

Reproductive Justice and Criminal (In)Justice
with Laura Huss, National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Tuesday, October 6
5:30-7 pm
Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall

Mass incarceration and human rights abuses in the criminal justice system are key concerns for the reproductive justice movement, with a variety of activists working to oppose and mitigate the harms that these systems have created for individuals, families, and communities. Laws and policies criminalizing pregnancy have undermined reproductive autonomy and rights. In particular, pregnant people who use drugs have become vulnerable to criminal prosecution all across the country, especially in Alabama, where the state's chemical endangerment of a child law is a tool to criminally prosecute pregnant women and new mothers who use any controlled substance (even prescribed ones) during pregnancy. Attacks on reproductive rights and justice, the war on drugs, and efforts to put "personhood" measures on the books have advanced unscientific laws and increased stigma. As a staff member at National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Laura Huss will speak on the ways in which these laws impact women across the country, specifically outline the situation in Alabama, and discuss how these cases have been shaped by media misinformation.

Putting Ideas Into Action: Student Presentations

Friday, October 23
3:30-4:30 pm
Franklin Patterson Hall, Room 108, Hampshire College

Members of our RRASC 2015 cohort will share their internship experiences, the impact of their internships on their work at Hampshire, and provide advice for students interested in working at non-profit social justice organizations.

Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice Certificate Reception

Monday, October 26
5:30-7 pm
Red Barn

The new Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice provides students an opportunity to develop a strong understanding of the social, economic, legal, and political conditions that influence reproduction in the US and transnationally. Come build community, enjoy some food, learn about the Certificate and courses being offered next semester, and meet faculty and students interested in reproductive health, rights, and justice.

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