The spring 2011 meeting of CLPP’s New Leadership Networking Initiative (NLNI) convened at Hampshire College in conjunction with our annual activist conference. Fifty-nine network members attended the meeting.
Trainers from Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) and Brown Boi Project created a workshop entitled Room for Us All: Envisioning Gender Self Determination in the Reproductive Justice Movement. This interactive training helped participants examine their assumptions around gender and privilege, building on conversations begun at previous NLNI meetings.
In response to the training, Chrystal Nguyen from Forward Together (formerly Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) reflected, “I’ve learned a lot about the LBGT community and specifically the transgender community. It has opened my eyes to new perspectives. I can use these skills to spread awareness and work for the rights of transgendered people in the criminal justice system.”
Gina de Vries, a longtime activist on gender issues and staff member at St. James Infirmary, reported, “The SRLP presentation regarding intersections between trans oppression and Reproductive Justice gave me a new framework.”
After lunch, participants chose from three concurrent workshops: Feminism and Human Resources; We ARE Strong Families: Changing the Traditional Definition of Family; and Re-envisioning Reproductive Justice and Christianity: From Family to Federal Policy.
After the close of the meeting, participants attended panels and workshops at CLPP’s 30th anniversary conference, where many presented on their own organizing and advocacy achievements. The conversations begun at NLNI permeated spaces and conversations throughout the conference weekend, illustrating the important connections between CLPP's different programs.
NLNI Spring 2011 Meeting Participants and Presenters
Wyndi Anderson - Abortion Access ProjectJasmine Archer - Different AvenuesUrooj Arshad - Advocates for YouthLindsey Bartgis - Oklahomans for Reproductive JusticeDee Borrego - Positive Women’s NetworkKatie McKay Bryson - Population and Development ProgramMarianne Bullock - The Prison Birth ProjectRachel Caballero - La Semilla Childcare CollectiveHadiyah Charles - AVAC - Global Advocacy for HIV PreventionKenydra “Kiki” Christopher - Women With A VisionB. Cole - Brown Boi ProjectGina de Vries - St. James Infirmary and The Center for Sex and CultureAmanda Dennis - Ibis Reproductive HealthKelli Dorsey - Different AvenuesGrace Ebiasah - Different AvenuesTara Ellison - Third Wave Foundation and NOLOSEGabriel Foster - Sylvia Rivera Law ProjectPooja Gehi - Sylvia Rivera Law ProjectReina Gossett - Sylvia Rivera Law ProjectChristine Soyong Harley - National Asian Pacific American Women’s ForumParis Hatcher - SPARKDeon Haywood - Women With A VisionClinee Hedspeth - Black Women for Reproductive JusticeSteph Herold - New York Abortion Access FundCoco Jervis - Treatment Action GroupMorgan Marshall - Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS)Theresa Martinez - Justice NowErin Matson - National Organization for WomenRebecca Medina - National Latina Institute for Reproductive HealthMariko Miki - Law Students for Reproductive JusticeShanelle Morgan - Law Students for Reproductive JusticeChrystal Nguyen - Asian Communities for Reproductive JusticeHuong Nguyen - Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New OrleansMinh Nguyen - Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New OrleansMaegan “La Mamita Mala” Ortiz - VivirLatinoNaima Paz - Young Women’s Empowerment ProjectRebecca Poswolsky - Center for New CommunityLilianna Reyes - not currently affiliatedNia Robinson - not currently affiliatedCorrine Sanchez - Tewa Women UnitedAmanda Scheper - Justice NowMari Schimmer - Choice USAShannon Sennott - Translate GenderLorie Seruntine - not currently affiliatedMeghan Shalvoy - Feminist Majority FoundationSarah Shanks - Feminist Majority FoundationMeghan Smith - Catholics for ChoiceTones Smith - Translate GenderC. Angel Torres - Young Women’s Empowerment ProjectYvonne Tran - Forward TogetherJos Truitt - Feministingtk Karakashian Tunchez - To Tell You the TruthRatema Uch - Forward TogetherAmanda Wake - Forward TogetherWagatwe Wanjuki - SAFERRev. Matthew Westfox - Religious Coalition for Reproductive ChoiceTonya Williams - SPARKRye Young - Third Wave FoundationAnders Wyatt Zanichkowsky - Genderqueer Madison