Register Today! Growing the Reproductive Justice Movement

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Growing the Reproductive Justice Movement

Event Series

April - May 2021

Normally, this time of year, our staff and students are deep in planning for our annual conference, "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom."

As we all know, this year is very different, but we're still planning some great programming this spring to bring folks in the reproductive justice movement together to talk about critical issues.

We know that "Zoom-fatigue" is real, so we're not planning to offer a full, three-day conference as we usually do, but we'll be hosting a series of virtual events, including panels, workshops, and film screenings throughout April and May.


You can sign up for the entire series or just one or two events, whatever your capacity allows. Pre-registration is required. Watch this space for updates and register here! 

Does your organization want to sponsor this series to keep it accessible to all? Email Brenae Anacacy at for sponsorship information.


Event Series Line-up! 

  • Sterilization Abuse and the Carceral State: Healing Justice Responses to White Supremacy and Reproductive Violence
    Tuesday, April 27
    5:00-6:30 pm EST

    In September 2020, nurse Dawn Wooten courageously exposed the forced gynecological procedures and medical abuses inflicted on immigrants at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. Her disclosure catalyzed further resistance. A collective of birth workers, healthcare workers, healers, and public health practitioners condemned the abuses and called for a full transformation of health systems in their powerful Health, Healing Justice & Liberation Statement, part of the #ShutDownIrwin campaign anchored by Project South. It recognizes that ICE abuses are part of larger legacies of harm, including the prison and medical industrial complexes, violent and dehumanizing immigration policies and rhetoric, and racist population control and eugenics practices. Join some of the co-writers and editors of the statement to discuss their resistance, and learn how we can reimagine these damaging systems, support the healing of survivors, and stand up against the carceral state.

    Speakers: Courtni Andrews, Eesha Pandit, and Dawn Wooten; moderated by Haile Eshe Cole  
  • Population Control and Eugenics
    Tuesday, May 4
    1:00-2:30 pm EST

    This 101-level workshop takes a critical look at population control and eugenics both in the past and in today’s reproductive politics. The workshop will examine the roots of these racist, harmful approaches to suppressing reproduction and trace how they influence contemporary sexual and reproductive health. The legacies of past population control and eugenics approaches are evident in forced sterilization abuses in detention centers and prisons, in reproductive health agendas focused on reducing fertility above other needs, and in family planning services that measure success with the number of new LARC users. The workshop will also speak to how ideas of “overpopulation” and racial purity have influenced environmentalism, particularly in the US, and contributed to anti-natal ideas and actions.

    Facilitator: Anne Hendrixson  
  • Reproductive Justice 101
    Date TBA

    Heard the term reproductive justice thrown around a lot? Not really sure what it means or where it comes from? As a framework that many social justice organizations and activists base their work on, it’s important for us to understand what it is we are talking about. Reproductive Justice was coined in 1994 by Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice, a group of Black women who recognized that the white-led women's rights movement was not prioritizing issues critical to women of color, and that we must represent our own communities. Join us to learn about the movement, and engage in a dialogue on the history, meaning, and application of reproductive justice in our work toward achieving reproductive freedom. 

     Facilitator: LaKia Williams
  • Leadership for Liberation: An Intergenerational Conversation
    Date TBA

    Join us for a panel exploring how the reproductive justice movement can respond to the societal crises we face and provide a leadership model centered in liberation. We know that we can't go back to "business as usual" after the events of this past year - the Covid-19 pandemic, mainstreaming of white supremacy and xenophobia, climate emergencies, and increased attention to the police brutality that BIPOC people have experienced for generations, to name a few. But how do we build a progressive movement that tackles the intersecting oppressions that have led to these catastrophes, and still center our commitments to reproductive justice? Activists and advocates with deep roots in RJ, abortion access, environmental justice, and other movements will speak about their work and how they continue to move forward in these challenging times.
  • Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa - film screening and panel discussion
    Date TBA

    At the Philadelphia abortion helpline, counselors arrive each morning to the nonstop ring of calls from people who are seeking to end a pregnancy but can’t afford to. In this short documentary we learn how economic stigma and cruel legislation determines who in America has access to abortion. Join us for an online viewing of the film followed by a discussion with staff and volunteers from abortion funds from around the country.


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