Linking Movements and Creating a Common Vision: A To-Do List

On April 5th, 2009, participants at CLPP's annual conference sat down together to close out the weekend, link movements, and create a common vision. No small feat. I was honored and privileged to moderate a panel of inspiring, incredible, critical, knowledgeable, real live activists from all over the U.S. and abroad. These folks included: Paris Hatcher from SPARK Reproductive Justice Now (Atlanta, GA), Susanna George from Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW Malaysia), Carol Mason from National Advocates for Pregnant Women, David Zielinski Kozska from Stonewall Youth (Olympia, WA), and Mia Herndon from Third Wave Foundation (NYC). As I was listening to the visions that they were building, I began to make a To-Do List based on what they were saying. That way all of us participating in the plenary could have something to take back with us as we continue to link our work. Even if you weren't with us that day, I'm sure there is a thing or two to take part in. Don't worry, there are only forty things to do.

Linking Movements and Creating a Common Vision for Reproductive Justice: A To-Do List

  1. Be passionate.
  2. Create and foster long term visions.
  3. Get funding.
  4. Care for ourselves and each other.
  5. Encourage push back and dissent.
  6. Keep your eye on the details and then nuances.
  7. Dance.
  8. Hope.
  9. Love.
  10. Be resilient.
  11. Be willing to change ourselves.
  12. Get at the root causes.
  13. Dialogue.
  14. Acknowledge and celebrate our connections.
  15. Think AND act locally AND transnationally.
  16. Recognize how our impact resonates around the world.
  17. Reflect.
  18. Don’t forget the differences.
  19. Use technology.
  20. Don’t forget to talk face to face.
  21. Question nationalism and the nation state.
  22. Imagine a new political community.
  23. You’re funny. I’m funny. Let’s be funny!
  24. Evaluate who we’re working with and who we’re NOT working with.
  25. Work smart: collaborate.
  26. Know that feminism can be the smallest (and greatest) unit of radical resistance.
  27. Work on our internal stuff.
  28. Celebrate the process.
  29. Value each other and ourselves.
  30. Don’t believe the hype.
  31. Take leadership as an opportunity to serve and support others.
  32. Put the margins in the center.
  33. Know our limits.
  34. Challenge wedges, fear, and scarcity.
  35. Listen.
  36. Do no harm.
  37. Sit in conflict.
  38. Build collective power.
  39. Move beyond our comfort zones.
  40. - and -
  41. Win!

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