2011 Summer Leadership Institute

Civil Liberties and Public Policy held our sixth Summer Leadership Institute from Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23, 2011. The institute took place at Rensselaerville Meeting Center in Rensselaerville, NY. Twenty-one attendees, trainers, and staff came together for this mini-retreat to incubate, advance, and inspire projects and collaborations. Participants brought their work from a range of “fronts of struggle” within the reproductive justice movement and received support, encouragement, and space for growth.

The program included trainings, an exploration of leadership styles, and intergenerational mentoring in support of project development. Attendees gained additional context and tools for their work, and were able to move their projects forward in new ways. Trainers and mentors provided valuable input to each endeavor. Activities included:

  • Our Vision and Legacies for Our Work
  • History of the Reproductive Justice Movement
  • Gender Justice Training
  • Communication and Movement Dynamics Training
  • Small group discussions
  • Focused time to work on projects/collaborations
  • A talent show!

A highlight for many participants were two evening sessions called “Lifetimes of Activism.” Two activists were thoughtfully paired in order to share the perspective of different generations. On the first night, Marlene Gerber Fried and Cara Page (pictured above) talked, and on the second night, Aimée Thorne-Thomsen and Miss Major spoke (photo below). Participants found these evenings to be incredibly intimate and honest, providing unique insights into particular struggles and successes in reproductive justice work over the long term.

On the last day, participants presented their work from the week and received feedback from their fellow attendees and trainers. All participants left with an action plan to move their projects forward.

Participants and Projects

Katie McKay Bryson, Population and Development Program
Nia Robinson, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
Bridging Movements to Build Climate Justice Convening
The Climate Justice Convening, which took place in October 2011 after the Summer Leadership Institute, brought together representatives from a diverse range of racial, ethnic, and geographic constituencies within the US.

Rachel Caballero, La Semilla Childcare Collective
Mari Villaluna, Indigenous People’s Highway
Eagle and Condor Healing Project
A project to assist indigenous communities that are negatively impacted by immigration systems, colonization, adoption, and foster care systems.

Lilianna Angel Reyes
Trans Women and Reproductive Justice Space
A space for trans women to come together to identify a reproductive justice agenda.

Danny, The Birth Attendants
Sfirah Madrone, Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER)
Emily Piper, Stonewall Youth
Puget Sound Reproductive Justice Network
A new regional network to educate local social service providers about the importance of using a reproductive justice framework and approach in their work.

Coya White Hat-Artichoker, First Nations Two Spirit Collective
Mija, First Nations Two Spirit Collective
First Nations Two Spirit Collective
A collective of indigenous peoples that is building, connecting, and amplifying indigenous two-spirit, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer organizing.

Jasmine Archer, Different Avenues
Kelli Dorsey, Different Avenues
Grace Ebiasah, Different Avenues
Mapping Systems of Criminalization
This project identifies obstacles to engaging young women in the foster care and criminal justice systems in leadership development programming.

Trainers
B. Cole, Brown Boi Project
Marlene Gerber Fried, CLPP
Miss Major, TGI Justice Project
Cara Page, Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective
Lilianna Angel Reyes
Aimée Thorne-Thomsen, Advocates for Youth

Staff
Morgan Drewniany, Mia Kim Sullivan, Corinna Yazbek