Press Release - CLPP Hosts 28th Annual Reproductive Justice Conference

CLPP Hosts 28th Annual Reproductive Justice Conference

It’s a yearly event that past attendees say “invigorates a whole generation to consider deeper reproductive rights work and creates reproductive rights opportunities at many levels.”

The Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program at Hampshire College’s 28th annual conference—From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom—will take place Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13, 2014.

The conference focuses on broadening the fight for reproductive health and rights by making connections to a diverse range of social issues, including racial, economic, and disability justice; LGBTQ rights; and environmental justice. Over the last 28 years, more than 12,000 people have participated in this high-energy, national event.

Lucy Trainor, CLPP’s conference and campus programs director, says there is the need for a large-scale outlet centering on reproductive and social justice, especially now. “We are excited to host this conference again,” she said. “Attacks on reproductive autonomy and freedom have been relentless. In the past three years, 205 state laws limiting access to abortion were passed—that’s more than in the previous 10 years combined. Now more than ever, we need to gather, re-energize, ignite our passions, learn from, and support each other.”

This year’s event will feature 80 workshops and more than 160 speakers. Workshops include Fighting for Contraceptive Safety in a Time of Restricted Access, The Intersections of Immigrant Rights and Reproductive Justice, and Repealing the Hyde Amendment: Multi-tiered advocacy and activism as strategy. From building support for parents and creating community doula programs, to the intersection of HIV and reproductive justice, to identifying the needs of trans* people within the movement, the conference covers a wide range of social justice and reproductive issues.

CLPP student group coordinator ZoĆ« Boyle looks forward to the numerous opportunities available to young people at the conference, saying: “The conference's ability to inspire young people towards activism can't be understated. CLPP gives students a chance to do important hands-on activist work in a way that simply isn't found at other organizations.”

Fellow student group coordinator Jennifer Su agrees: “For young people and students, the CLPP conference provides the opportunity to learn and interact directly with incredible and experienced activists, leading to lifelong connections and great collaborative work. This inspires young people to go further in their activist work and reminds us that we have a powerful voice in the reproductive justice movement.”

Conference registration is offered on a sliding scale, and no one is turned away for lack of funds. For a list of conference speakers and workshops, or to register, visit our conference page.

CLPP strives to make the conference an accessible space. There will be ASL interpretation available at both the Saturday and Sunday plenaries, and Spanish translation will be available by request as part of the pre-registration process. Buildings used for the conference are accessible, and space will be reserved in workshops and plenaries for people using wheelchairs. Space will be reserved in plenaries for people looking to reduce their exposure to fragrances. Childcare is available free of charge during the conference.

The three-day conference begins Friday afternoon, April 11, in Franklin Patterson Hall. Friday workshops will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Workshops and plenaries continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. For any questions or more information, contact us.

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