Saturday Session 2: 3:15PM - 4:45PM

Solidarity Forever: Every Workplace Deserves a Union

Reproductive rights and justice organizations, while externally promoting equity, dignity, and workplace health, often do not demonstrate these same values internally. Organizations have come under fire for not living up to our progressive values, for opposing workers’ rights movements, and even creating a toxic work culture. Battles to organize and unionize for living wages, equitable benefits, non-toxic work environments, and liberatory practices are growing — including in our own organizations.

Reproductive Justice on the Frontlines: Showing up for Indigenous Communities

This workshop is intended to further educate non-Indigenous people on the reproductive justice impacts of resource extraction on Native communities and how to stand in solidarity with Native nations. I'll begin by giving a brief historical overview of Indian law and policies that have led to the high rates of violence against Native Women and Two Spirits and the connection to resource extraction.

No One Is Free Until We Are All Free: Palestine Solidarity and Reproductive Justice

The struggle for justice in Palestine is a reproductive justice issue, but it is critically missing from many of our organizing agendas. In this workshop, we will deepen our analysis of US imperialism, Israeli apartheid, and Palestinian liberation using a framework of reproductive justice to build up our foundational knowledge, and brainstorm ways we can take action in the reproductive justice movement to integrate solidarity with Palestine into our work.

Funding the Movement: Strategies for Foundation Fundraising and Rapid Response Resources for Reproductive Justice Activists

Reproductive Justice and social justice organizations rely heavily on funding from foundations. Yet, if all of US foundation giving were represented by one dollar, only seven cents would go to organizations that work on issues connected to women and girls. Even fewer than seven cents is allocated to organizations that are grassroots, lack 501(c)(3) status, are led by young people, are led by women of color and indigenous women, are led by transgender or non-binary people, and/or are located in rural areas and/or red states.

#AbortionWithoutPunishment: Shifting Law and Narratives to Support People Who Self-Manage Abortions

With increasingly hostile legislatures and emboldened prosecutors mobilizing to control and punish people’s reproductive decisions, it is critical to develop proactive strategies to protect targeted communities. This panel will provide insights into the state’s role in driving people toward unsafe means of abortion, how prosecutors are punishing people for self-managing their abortions, and how to reframe wrongs by the State into rights people have. The panel will discuss strategies to shift narratives to focus on how can we work collectively to protect communities targeted by the state.

Transforming Reproductive Justice: Trans Health Care Access

Trans, gender nonconforming, and non-binary people often have to play the role of their own health care experts and advocates. From misgendering to gatekeeping, to ignoring our reproductive needs, to making dangerous assumptions, health care providers and insurance companies can sometimes do more to harm than help. Factors like racism, transmisogyny, classism, and ableism make accessing health care more difficult for people already experiencing transphobia. Join this panel of activists making critical interventions in the landscape of health care access for trans people across the spectrum!

Radical Reproductive Justice

Reproductive justice is and will continue to be resisted by the right and co-opted by the left. Critics on the right and left often refuse to use the human rights framework in talking about reproductive justice, and some mainstream groups attempt to avoid discussions of white supremacy in the pro-choice movement. Even some women of color attempt similar things and focus on the concepts of intersectionality, rather than the human rights basis of reproductive justice.

No Milk For Your Cookies: A Critical Look at White Allyship in the RJ Movement

More recently, there has been an influx of white-led and white-centered organizations presenting their work as Reproductive Justice; through a variety of leadership networks, national convenings/conferences, and media-based resources, several patterns have been noticed across these organizations. When in community engagement spaces, the erasure of the intellectual and emotional labor of Black women is often paired with information that lacks the racial concentration and cultural competency that the RJ framework requires.

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