Friday 4:30PM - 6:00PM

Sizeism, Fatphobia, and Disability Justice

This workshop will focus on fatness as a social identity and sizeism as a system of oppression. Participants will learn the basics of fat oppression and how it operates through institutions such as the medical industrial complex, media, diet and fashion industries. Participants will examine how fat oppression intersects with other -isms, (racism, ableism, sexism, capitalism, etc.) and give historical contexts about the rise of fat oppression as an ableist aesthetic concern before fatness was ever considered a medical issue.

Reproductive Justice 101 (session 1)

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. Join us to have some of those questions answered and engage in a dialogue on the history, meaning, and application of reproductive justice in our work toward achieving reproductive freedom. Hear from facilitators working on reproductive justice in a number of capacities and figure out what it means for you!

Is There Such a Thing as Bad Abortions? When Storytelling Gets Real

This workshop will explore how storytelling has and is being used as a tool for social impact and culture shift, specifically regarding the power of story sharing when it comes to personal perceptions of abortion. But what are some of the difficulties in using storytelling as a movement building tool? In bringing to light a wide experience of abortion stories, are there tough questions to address regarding morality, objectivity, and the multiple stigmas at play?

El accesso al aborto, legal, seguro y gratuito es un derecho humano! (Safe and Legal Access to Abortion is a Human Right!)

Latin America is home to five of the seven countries in the world in which abortion is banned in all instances, even when the life of the woman is at risk. Ninety five percent of women of reproductive age in the region live under abortion restrictions, and unsafe abortion is estimated to be the cause of one out of every eight maternal deaths. The laws criminalizing abortion in the region have been inherited from colonial powers, the legacy of the Spanish and Portuguese empires; today, the global agenda of the religious right fuels opposition to abortion.

Black Women's Voices and Stories for Social Change: How Echoing Ida Came to Be

The words of Black women change the world each and every day, but often they are silenced by the mainstream. During this panel, attendees will hear from the Black women writers of Echoing Ida, a project of Forward Together that amplifies the voices of Black women, developing generations of thought leaders and skilled communicators in the social justice movement. The panelists will share their experiences using their personal stories and writing to achieve advocacy and political change.

Know the Right, Resist the Right, Fight for your Rights

In the wake of Roe v. Wade and “second-wave” feminist organizing, the Christian Right struck back hard, challenging abortion access, reproductive rights, and fundamental freedoms more broadly. Yet the landscape on which the future of reproductive justice will be decided is changing – from the militant street actions of Operation Rescue; to more recent, dynamic structural changes in evangelical Protestantism; to an emerging alliance between Catholics and evangelicals around sanctity of life, marriage, and religious liberty.

Consenting to Action: Sexual Assault is a Reproductive Justice Issue

This workshop will address not only sexual assault and harassment on college campuses, but also the culture of sexual violence as a whole.Together, we hope to push the conversation to include a racial justice and LGBTQ analysis to make sure that our framework is inclusive of all bodies. As a group, we will also identify the personal, structural, and cultural issues that perpetuate rape culture on campus in order to determine the best strategies to address them.

Geographies of Race and Sexual Health: Housing Policy Impacts on People Living With HIV and LGBTQ Youth

This presentation will explore the links between reproductive justice (RJ) and environmental justice (EJ) by examining the impact of discriminatory anti-poor housing policy on the lived experiences, health outcomes, and perpetuation of stigma against people living with HIV (PLHIV) and LGBTQ individuals in Atlanta, Georgia. Metro Atlanta has a disproportionately high number of people of color living with HIV, in addition to alarming HIV diagnosis rates among Black youth.

Surviving the “Other War on Women”

In the “war on women,” who are the “women” that mainstream reproductive rights organizations seek to support? Most mainstream organizations have done little to address the ways that our criminal justice and child welfare systems have failed to support low-income and women of color survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. Nor do they bring to the forefront the daily reproductive health abuses for women and trans individuals facing incarceration.

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