The Fall 2007 NLNI Meeting was held Friday, November 9-Sunday, November 11, 2007 at the Northampton Friends Meeting House in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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:
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.
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.
Thea Hillman will offer information and insights about sex, gender, and how to make the world a safer place for differences of all kinds.
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.
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: