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:
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.
Katie McKay Bryson, Population and Development ProgramNia Robinson, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice CollectiveBridging Movements to Build Climate Justice ConveningThe 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 CollectiveMari Villaluna, Indigenous People’s HighwayEagle and Condor Healing ProjectA project to assist indigenous communities that are negatively impacted by immigration systems, colonization, adoption, and foster care systems.
Lilianna Angel ReyesTrans Women and Reproductive Justice SpaceA space for trans women to come together to identify a reproductive justice agenda.
Danny, The Birth AttendantsSfirah Madrone, Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER)Emily Piper, Stonewall YouthPuget Sound Reproductive Justice NetworkA 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 CollectiveMija, First Nations Two Spirit CollectiveFirst Nations Two Spirit CollectiveA 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 AvenuesKelli Dorsey, Different AvenuesGrace Ebiasah, Different AvenuesMapping Systems of CriminalizationThis project identifies obstacles to engaging young women in the foster care and criminal justice systems in leadership development programming.
TrainersB. Cole, Brown Boi ProjectMarlene Gerber Fried, CLPPMiss Major, TGI Justice ProjectCara Page, Kindred Southern Healing Justice CollectiveLilianna Angel ReyesAimée Thorne-Thomsen, Advocates for Youth
StaffMorgan Drewniany, Mia Kim Sullivan, Corinna Yazbek