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

Mourning, Healing, and Dreaming In Puerto Rican

In September 2017, Puerto Rico was battered by two historic Category 5 hurricanes—Irma and Maria left most of the island without power, communication capability or clean water, destroyed an estimated 70,000 homes, and damaged about 250,000 more. However, decolonization does not exist for the Puerto Rican. There is no sovereignty that lives here in this colonial United States. We are watching our homeland swallowed by the ocean. The bodies and bones of our ancestors unearthed, floating, trees and roots removed, pollution. This is xenophobia, but that’s not what anyone wants to call it.

Southern Organizing Strategy Session

Southerners, let's leverage our collective power and expertise and get organized across borders! In this strategy session, we will work together to create a map that identifies each person’s areas of expertise, and growth areas to find the ways we can work together and level up our knowledge and skills. We will also learn about what everyone is working on both within and outside of their organizations and build connections based on how folks want to grow their work. You will walk away with next steps to work with someone else doing RJ work in the South, and a growing support system.

Criminalized Bodies: State Violence in the 21st Century

Mass incarceration, surveillance, policing, environmental racism, and the criminalization of poverty are some of the violences imposed on communities of color by the state. How can — and do — our movements work to combat the realities of state-sanctioned violence, economic injustice, and racism? Join this panel of activists that have mobilized against state violence from Standing Rock to New York City's immigration courts to Louisiana’s “prison capital of the world.”

Your Pleasure Toolkit: Rituals and Practices for the Movement

Our movements often center the violence our communities face. How can we hold onto the pleasure while navigating hostility? What shifts when we begin to center and celebrate pleasure? Our liberation depends on seeing our bodies as more than sites of harm, and pleasure rituals can help us with practicing our freedom. How can we ignite our pleasurable selves as we navigate hostile environments? What role does pleasure play in reproductive freedom? How can we get free while staying centered in our joy? How can pleasure and joy lead to freedom?

We Are FAT Not Invisible

Join us for a conversation about how reproductive health, rights, and justice movements impact and interact with Fat bodies of color. This is an intentional space to for Fat folks to be prioritized and brainstorm strategies reclaim a movement that often erases us. Topics include access to healthcare, love, and visibility. This is a closed space for Fat People Of Color (size 16 and up).

Taking Up Space: From Teens’ Experience

The main objective of this workshop is to explore what it means to take up space and becoming more comfortable with expressing your ideas, your needs, and your feelings. This workshop aims to give youth and adults alike a new perspective on respecting others’ voices and advocating for others. We will grow our definition of what taking up space means and analyzing how this definition of taking up space fits into our lives currently and ways we’d like to change it moving forward.

Taking Control of Our Reproductive Health — Self Managed Abortion, Safe and Supported

We must become informed about technologies that impact our reproductive lives, and build strategies to put these technologies into our own hands. In this workshop, participants will learn about how abortion pills work, and how they are used safely with and without medical supervision. We will discuss legal issues and how to mitigate legal risk for those using abortion pills outside of the medical system. We will also talk about how self managed abortion is an empowerment strategy which incorporates the core principles of reproductive justice.

Hitting the Spot: Pleasure-Based Sex Ed for All

Our formal, school-based sex education is lacking. But what about our sexual pleasure education? It’s practically non-existent. How do we learn to make ourselves and our partners feel sexual pleasure? Often by accident, often by guess-and-check, and way-too-often in ways that are terribly misinformed by Google, social mores, and sweeping generalizations about what “everyone likes." This workshop will explore how we learn about pleasure by touching on some of our most pleasurable spots—the G-Spot, C-Spot (clitoris), and P-Spot (prostate). Where are these spots? Why do they feel good?

De-colonial Dreams: a family roundtable on raising parents and kids with radical values

Many of us were raised either by a parent or a caregiver. Some of us were raised in the streets. How do children and young people, hopefully destined to become adults, learn collectivity, embody difference as joy, consent, boundaries and other radical ideas? How do parents build a foundation of decolonizing systems and concepts of power in an everyday way? What are helpful ways for parents to get in touch with their own feelings and internal biases when raising young people? What do kids teach parents about how to be better parents to themselves and to their kids?

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