Spring 2008 NLNI Meeting

On April 4, 2008, 60 reproductive rights and social justice advocates gathered for the spring meeting of the New Leadership Networking Initiative. The meeting was held on the eve of CLPP’s annual conference at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

The agenda featured a panel discussion on issues of leadership, power, diversity and inclusiveness. Participants then broke into small groups to discuss their own experiences and to strategize together on how to address issues of racism, hierarchy and exclusion in the workplace. Afternoon workshops included:

  • Engaging Religious and Spiritual Communities in Your Advocacy Work
  • What Do We Really Think About Late Abortions?
  • Project/Organizational Directors’ Caucus

Participants included:

  • Gaylon Alcaraz - Chicago Abortion Fund
  • Jill Adams - Law Students for Reproductive Justice
  • Lauren Alexander - Planned Parenthood of NYC
  • Nefertiti Altan - Health Initiatives for Youth
  • Wyndi Anderson - WMA Consulting
  • Jessica Arons - Center for American Progress
  • Pooja Awatramani - NARAL Pro-Choice NY
  • Emily Louise Barcklow - Decidir
  • Cassandra Benton - Health Initiatives for Youth
  • Alyssa Best - Wider Opportunities for Women
  • Jamie Brooks - Generations Ahead
  • Kevin Brown - Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
  • Karyn Brownson - NYCLU – Teen Health Initiative
  • Cynthia Chandler - Justice Now
  • Katie Chau - Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
  • Maxwell Ciardullo - SIECUS--The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.
  • Sarah Covert - Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Gina de Vries - Youth Trans & Intersex Education Services (Youth TIES)
  • Kenyon Farrow - Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP)
  • Marlene Fried - Civil Liberties and Public Policy
  • Nandini Ganesh - HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive)
  • Arnoldo Garcia - National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Ellen Gattozzi - Civil Liberties and Public Policy
  • Emily Goodstein - Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Shana Griffin - New Orleans Women's Health and Justice Initiative
  • Christy Hall - The Birth Attendants
  • Paris Hatcher - SPARK: Reproductive Justice NOW!
  • Lonna Hays - Ipas
  • Dia Hodnett - The Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute
  • Priscilla Huang - National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
  • Vanessa Huang - Justice Now
  • Kierra Johnson - Choice USA
  • Cara Leigh Kangas - Backline
  • Helen Kanu - Girls’ Power Initiative, Nigeria
  • Theryn Kigvamasu'Vashti - Communities Against Rape & Abuse
  • Mia Kim Sullivan - Civil Liberties & Public Policy
  • David Koska - SafePlace, Stonewall Youth
  • Roshaunda R. Leopold - Aniz, Inc.
  • Mary Mahoney - Pro-Choice Public Education Project
  • Katie Mahoney - NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
  • Ghadeer Malek - Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)
  • Mia Mingus - SPARK: Reproductive Justice NOW!
  • Katerina Miovska - ASTRA Youth
  • S. Mandisa Moore - New Orleans Women's Health and Justice Initiative
  • Maria Nakae - Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice
  • Trang Nguyen - Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice
  • Cara Page - Kindred Southern Healing Arts Cooperative
  • Eesha Pandit - MergerWatch
  • Miriam Perez - National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • Misty Perez - The Jane Fund of Central Mass.
  • Mallavarapu Prakasamma - Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
  • M. Elizabeth Barajas-Roman - Population and Development Program
  • Elizabeth Saracco - HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive)
  • Edith Sargon - Choice USA
  • Almas Sayeed - Washington Office of Governor David Paterson
  • Kristen Schultz Oliver - Exhale
  • Sarah Steinfeld - Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
  • R.J. Thompson - The LGBT Community Center
  • Aimee Thorne-Thomsen - Pro-Choice Public Education Project
  • Laura Villa Torres - Ipas
  • Nichole Wicks - Brave New Films
  • Corinna Yazbek - Civil Liberties and Public Policy
  • Miriam Yeung - National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum