Friday 4:30PM - 6:00PM

Trans Women and the Reproductive Justice Movement

This session will allow participants to explore the different reproductive needs of trans women and the ways that they intersect with forced sterilization, loss of children, lack of access to appropriate medical care, lack of desirability, and state violence. Participants will also gain a better understanding about the ways that the reproductive justice movement has failed to include the needs and challenges of trans women while exploring avenues for rectification. Participants will strategize around how to listen to the voices of trans women so that our needs are heard and centered.

Reproductive Justice 101

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!

Roundtable on Philanthropy and Social justice

How can we build a movement for social and economic justice that is inclusive of all of our communities? Join us to discuss how philanthropic advocacy can support and honor young leaders, build power in low-income and immigrant communities and communities of color, fight poverty, and leverage new resources and our collective power to advance gender justice for all people, regardless of income, as a human right.

Leading the Fight to Live and Thrive Positive

Everyone has the right not only to the care and conditions of dignity needed to lead healthy lives, but also to thrive, and to be supported as whole, vital members of our communities. Come hear how HIV positive people and allies from diverse communities around the world are working together to fight for testing and prevention services, education and meaningful access to life-saving care, and to make those rights our shared reality.

The Biology of Burnout

The effectiveness of reproductive justice work is directly related to our own spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental health. Participants will increase their ability to recognize the sources of stress in their own life and leave with tools that they can implement for sustainability in their social justice work. Long-term, system-wide changes will be addressed as well as individual strategies to ameliorate burnout in our day to day lives.

State Violence and the Criminalization of our Communities

State-sanctioned violence through increased surveillance, police brutality, and “quality of life” legislation has very deliberately fallen on poor communities, communities of color, and LGBT communities - and most often those living at the intersection of all three. From young queer people of color organizing “Know Your Rights” trainings to advocating a nationwide drug policy that doesn’t reinforce the prison-industrial complex, activists are resisting the criminalization of their lives, bodies, and families from the grassroots on up.

Say What? Talking About Our Pro Choice Values in a Media Savvy Way

When we get loud about reproductive justice, we win! In this workshop, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Young People For will share best practices in values based messaging and storytelling to help advance our causes in intersectional ways. Attendees will deconstruct real world scenarios and learn about grassroots organizers can tap into the power of storytelling to advance our agendas.

Resisting the Right

The Christian Right in the U.S. is a dominant force in attacking human and civil rights in this country and internationally. As it reaches middle age, the new Christian Right is undergoing significant changes that will profoundly affect the terrain of social justice struggles in the coming years and decades.

Deconstructing the Good Mother Myth

What does it mean to be a mother? Why do we pressure women to be "good mothers?" How have ideals and stereotypes come together to define or limit "motherhood?" Has feminism helped or hindered our collective sense of these attributes? And, how has this definition distracted us from the actual issues facing families today? This workshop will examine a few mothers’ perspectives and elicit workshop participants’ ideas about how to begin to deconstruct myths "Good," "Bad" and otherwise about mothers—for the benefit of all parents.


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