The fall NLNI meeting convened in Los Angeles on October 27 and 28, 2011. In response to participant suggestions, this meeting centered black women’s experiences with racism in reproductive health, rights, and justice work. The meeting also provided the opportunity for participants to reflect on NLNI’s history and mission, and the network’s core values, infrastructure, and planning processes.
NLNI’s fall 2010 meeting in Chicago focused on local and regional organizing in the Midwest, in collaboration with long-time NLNI member organizations Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), Chicago Abortion Fund, and Black Women for Reproductive Justice (BWRJ), and with newer NLNI organizations including Ella’s Daughters and Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP). The Chicago meeting was part of a new initiative by CLPP to convene the network regionally, strengthening regional collaboration and network membership outside the Northeast, and sharing best practices from NLNI members across the country.
Before heading off to CLPP's 24th annual conference, 55 young and emerging activists came together for the spring meeting of our New Leadership Networking Initiative. Ever innovative and trying out new ways to increase access and engagement, the spring meeting featured live web-casting and utilized open space principles.