2013 Summer Leadership Institute

From August 11-14, CLPP and our partners at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) brought together 22 activists from both the reproductive justice and LGBTQ liberation movements for our 2013 Summer Leadership Institute. Meeting at the Essex Retreat Center, we discussed the intersections between our work and ways to support, engage, and plan with each other as we face an increasingly polarized climate of big legislative wins and losses, along with the defunding of many community-based organizations that serve the most marginalized folks in our movements.

The program included a history of our movements, facilitated group dialogue and brainstorming, small group assessments and action planning, and presentations from participants on examples of successful cross-movement collaborations ranging from grassroots organizing to federal policy advocacy. Participants took away new insights on the landscape of our movements, new relationships to build collaborations, and a renewed sense of energy for the work.

Programming included:

  • A reproductive justice/LGBTQ liberation timeline
  • Panel: The Landscape: Briefing from LGBT and Immigration Policy Advocates
  • Screening of Dying to Be a Woman
  • Panel: Intersectionality at the Grassroots: Re-centering Queer People of Color
  • Peer-led discussions on policy change strategies at the state, local, and national levels
  • Small group collaborative planning
  • A beach trip!

One of the highlights of the meeting for participants was building relationships and community by tackling difficult conversations on funding streams and priorities; the lack of institutional support for women of color and trans women’s leadership; questions around credit and ownership of work; and facilitating leadership development and resource building, especially for groups at the grassroots who have seen their funding disappear in a difficult economic climate.

Out of these difficult conversations came opportunities for growth and collaboration.  CLPP, NLIRH and NCLR will be co-anchoring a caucus session at the national Creating Change conference, entitled "An Invitation to Collaborate: Bridging the LGBTQ and Reproductive Justice Movements", on Friday, January 31, at 6:30PM.  We will also host a networking session at the CLPP Conference on April 11-13, 2014 - save the date!



Aimée Thorne-Thomsen, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Advocates for Youth  
Ashland Johnson, Policy Counsel, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Bamby Salcedo, Founder and President, TransLatin@ Coalition
Candace Gibson, LSRJ Reproductive Justice Fellow, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Eesha Pandit, Editor, Crunk Feminist Collective              
Jasmine Burnett, Organizer, Black Women's Blueprint
Kayden Moore, Program Assistant, Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP)
Kellan Baker, Associate Director, LGBT Research and Communications Project, Center for American Progress
Kimberly McGuire, Associate Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
La'Tasha D. Mayes, Executive Director, New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice
Laura Nixon, LSRJ Reproductive Justice Fellow, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Lindsey O-Pries, Member Support Coordinator, National Network of Abortion Funds
Mari Schimmer, Program Director, Choice USA
Mia Sullivan, Director, Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP)
Monica Raye Simpson, Executive Director, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
Rye Young, Third Wave Fund Director, Proteus Fund
Sabrina Andrus, Executive Director, Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Shanelle Matthews, Communications Strategist, ACLU of Northern California
Shivana Jorawar, Reproductive Justice Program Director, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
Stacey R. Long, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Taryn D. Jordan, Board Chair, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now
Verónica Bayetti Flores, Assistant Director, Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP)