NLNI Convening

From November 19-20, 2014, the New Leadership Networking Initiative convened 39 activists to discuss issues of state violence in communities of color and explore the role of communities of faith in reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. The annual fall meeting hosted an intergenerational group of activists representing 25 organizations from across the country in New Orleans for a one and a half day retreat.

The 2014 New Leadership Networking Initiative (NLNI) spring meeting was held in April 2014 and celebrated NLNI’s 15th anniversary.

NLNI groundbreakers and emerging leaders discussed their activist vision, experiences as leaders, the need for cross-fertilization between movements of ideas and approaches, and the impact that NLNI has had on their personal and professional experiences as young leaders.

The Fall 2013 New Leadership Networking Initiative (NLNI) meeting was held from November 11-13 in Austin, Texas, and drew 31 activists predominantly from Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

On April 12th, 2013, we convened 50 members of the New Leadership Networking Initiative (NLNI) to discuss the connections between immigrants’ rights and reproductive justice, and to brainstorm ways that participants could work at these intersections. The day began with a grounding exercise by members of Seattle’s Zenyu, a grassroots, multicultural organization that cultivates the holistic wellbeing and leadership of LGBTQI people of color.