Friday 4:30PM - 6:00PM

The Anti-Immigrant Masquerade: Eugenics, Sterilization and Environmental Justice

We’ve heard the ignorance before: “Immigrants are going to cross the border and have ‘anchor babies’, survive off welfare, and ruin the environment.” This scapegoating draws attention away from the institutions making money off of cheap labor, increased deportations, and the expansion of private detention centers. Panelists will share perspectives on how people of color and immigrants truly carry the burden of environmental harm and disasters, how xenophobic rhetoric is being fueled by eugenicists, and what activists are doing to take a stand in their communities.

Abortion Access Internationally

Regardless of the legal status of abortion, a woman’s ability to obtain safe services is limited by restrictive laws, cultural and religious taboos, stigma, lack of trained providers, violence, and inadequate economic resources. Nearly 70,000 women die annually from unsafe abortion, almost all in developing countries. Speakers will discuss how the global agenda of the religious right fuels opposition to abortion, and the ways activists in Latin America, the Middle East, and Turkey are working to overcome barriers to access.

Imagining Family

What does it mean to be a family and what are our rights to social and economic support? What do families need to survive and thrive? Presenters will discuss reproductive life choices for people living with HIV/AIDS, challenges faced by queer and transgender individuals creating families, the experience of trans-racial adoption, and the needs of Latin@ teen and young adult parents.

Disability Justice, Accessibility, and Movement-Building

Panelists will address the interconnections between disability justice and reproductive justice, including issues of reproductive autonomy, sexual freedom, eugenic practices, and the definitions of beauty, illness, and disorder. We will explore multiple and varied definitions of access that will help us to build community and strengthen our movements. Participants will come away with a better understanding of disability justice as an intersectional framework and practice, and what it means for reproductive justice work.

From Moral Outrage to Decriminalization: Depolarizing the Debate about Sex Work, Sex Trade, and Trafficking

Having trouble distinguishing between the realities of the sex trade and the media hype? Join student and community leaders examining the race, gender, and class stereotypes that continue to fuel this often over-simplified debate. Together we will challenge and re-frame the current narrative, center the voices of people in the sex trade, and offer a new context for developing justice-based solutions to violence and oppression.

Grounding Ourselves in Our Stories: Participating in the Abortion Speak Out

This safe and supportive space is intended to help those who have had abortions and may be planning to speak (and their friends, partners, and family members) prepare for Friday night’s abortion speak out. Ellen and Summer, the abortion speak out committee co-chairs, are available to facilitate discussion and answer questions. Attendees should feel free to come and go as they wish.

We're the Ones We've Been Waiting For: Justice-Based Campus Organizing

Effective organizing by students in the reproductive rights and justice movements can serve as a model and platform for movement building around issues at the intersection. What are the entry points for student activism on your campus, and how do we engage students who do not identify as activists, and avoid “preaching to the choir”? Come to share your experiences and challenges as student organizers, and to talk about what’s worked and how we can learn from each other.

The Revolution Starts with Me: Incorporating Self-Care & Preventing Burn-Out

In order to advocate for someone else, you have to be able to advocate for you first! How can activists practice self-care in a world where we’re being pulled in multiple directions? By using interactive activities, storytelling, and skill-sharing, this workshop will help activists and social justice organizations to think more critically about the importance of prioritizing self-care. You will leave with tangible tools to incorporate self-care practices into your life.

Living & Thriving Positive

All people have the right not only to the care and conditions of dignity we need to lead healthy lives, but also to thrive and be supported as whole, vital members of our communities. HIV positive people and allies are working together around the world to fight for meaningful access to life-saving care and make those rights our shared reality.

It Takes a Movement: Exploring the Social, Political, and Economic Context of Building and Supporting Families

From sperm donation to adoption, from pregnant and parenting youth to non-gestational co-parenting, this panel will provide a variety of perspectives on what it means to create, raise, and support a family. Hear from both parents and non-parents as we explore the supports we all need in order to care for our families and ourselves, and the broad cross-movement advocacy initiatives that look at child care, health care, family and economic security as racial, gender, and economic justice issues.


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