Fall 2007 NLNI Meeting

The Fall 2007 NLNI Meeting was held Friday, November 9-Sunday, November 11, 2007 at the Northampton Friends Meeting House in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Fifty reproductive and social justice activists participated over the weekend, many of whom had never before attended a NLNI meeting. The weekend seamlessly moved from networking (and socializing) to deep discussions facilitated by NLNI participants:

Raising Women’s Voices within the Immigration and Health Care Reform Debates
Facilitated by:
Pooja Awatramani, NARAL Pro-Choice New York
Aishia Glasford, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)

As other women of color in the United States, immigrant women face discrimination and confront various forms of violence, yet, their voices are often left unheard within many policy debates. We will discuss the barriers faced by immigrant women in accessing reproductive health services, why immigration policy is a reproductive justice issues, how a new coalition is spearheading a new policy dialogue on immigrant women’s and their children’s needs and rights, and introduce the Raising Women’s Voices for the Healthcare We Need project.

Beyond Boundaries: Building Positive Relationships in Organizing
Facilitated by:
Cynthia Chandler, Justice Now
Alicia Jay, Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program

What does it mean to be an ally and/or ad advocate? How do we transcend traditional power dynamics in organizing in communities that are not our own? How do we create spaces where underrepresented peoples, people without status or people who are incarcerated can empower themselves? Together we’ll discuss ways to navigate these issues from different perspectives and how to be effective and positive organizers in our movements.

Intersex Issues & Reproductive Justice
Facilitated by: Thea Hillman

Thea Hillman will offer information and insights about sex, gender, and how to make the world a safer place for differences of all kinds.

Self-Advocacy in the Workplace
Facilitated by:
Alyssa Best, Wider Opportunities for Women Lonna Hays, Ipas

As non-profit staff members, we’re great at advocating for the issues that we care about. But, we’re not always able to transfer those advocacy skills to speaking on behalf of our personal and professional interests in the workplace. This workshop will empower participants to explore how their hard work and accomplishments can serve as a source of power leading to job satisfaction, professional fulfillment, and sustainability.

Choice, Reproductive Justice and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Facilitated by:
Jessica Arons, Center for American Progress

Despite – or perhaps because – assisted reproduction occurs without heterosexual intercourse, taboos around sex still affect societal reactions to these technologies and serve to obscure their social justice implications. Will a traditional reproductive rights framework be sufficient for responding to conservative concerns while identifying, raising awareness of, and promoting solutions to progressive concerns?

Fall 2007 NLNI participants and speakers included:

  • Aaron Chandler - National Youth Advocacy Coalition
  • Adele Coble - Missouri Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Alicia Cohen - Womens Information Network
  • Allison Forth - Hudson Guild Settlement House
  • Alyssa Best - Wider Opportunities for Women
  • Cara Kangas - Backline
  • Carnelius Quinn - Health Initiatives for Youth
  • Cassandra Benton - Health Initiatives for Youth
  • Cheryl Courtney-Evans - Aniz, Inc.
  • Christy Hall - The Birth Attendants: Prison Doula Project
  • Constance Long - Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive
  • Cynthia Chandler - Justice Now
  • David Zielinski Koska - SafePlace
  • Dia Hodnett - The Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute
  • Emily Goodstein - Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Erin Moore - Women and Youth Supporting Each Other
  • Etobssie Wako - Committee on Women, Population and the Environment
  • Grace Garner - Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
  • Kathleen Adams - Pro-Choice Public Education Project
  • Katie Mae Simpson - Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
  • Katie Mahoney - NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
  • Kevin Brown - Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
  • Lauren Alexander - Planned Parenthood of New York City
  • Lonna Hays - Ipas
  • Maxine Wright - Aniz, Inc.
  • Mimi Melles - Advocates for Youth
  • Meredith Schonfeld-Hicks - Advocates for Youth
  • Miriam Perez - National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • Namalie Jayasinghe - Ms. Foundation
  • Nandini Ganesh - Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive
  • Nikole Gettings - Memphis Center for Reproductive Health
  • Nora Dye - Pro-Choice Public Education Project
  • Paris Hatcher - Georgians for Choice
  • RJ Thompson, Esq. - The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
  • Sara Cleveland - NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
  • Sasha Cousineau - NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
  • Saskia Shuman - Missouri Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Tekisha Dwan Everette - NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
  • Thea Hillman
  • Wyndi Marie Anderson - WMA Consulting
  • Zahra Alabanza - Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
  • Jessica Arons - Center for American Progress
  • Aishia Glasford - National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • Pooja Awatramani - NARAL Pro-Choice New York
  • Mia Kim Sullivan - Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program
  • Marlene Gerber Fried - Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program
  • Johanna Rinc√≥n - Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program
  • Alicia Jay - Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program
  • Ellen Gattozzi - Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program
  • Lani Blechman - Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program