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

Contraceptive Equity: Safety, Access, and Reproductive Justice

This session will center a discussion on contraceptive equity and reproductive freedom as it relates to the core of reproductive justice. In order to build a broad picture of contraceptive equity and bodily autonomy, panelists will address marketing, counseling, and prescription of contraceptives within a context of racism, sexism and cissexism, and reproductive coercion and oppression.

Social Workers for Reproductive Justice

While some social workers are limited by employment and government policies in discussing reproductive health services, other social workers are limited in their own professional knowledge or by their discomfort in discussing reproductive and sexual health with clients, communities, and organizations. In response to the growing acceptance of the Reproductive Justice framework, Social Workers for Reproductive Justice (SWRJ) was formed to educate professional social workers and students on the Reproductive Justice framework.

Beyond Ramps and Rights: Disability and Its Significance for Social Justice Movements

Plenty of disabled/chronically ill folks are an integral part of all communities, resistance movements, history and cultures. Yet we still largely exist relegated to the margins and the cracks of even progressive spaces. Truth is: social justice movement can’t effectively fight homo/transphobia, misogyny, racism or be in solidarity with immigration, or Sovereignty struggles without a working understanding of Ableism. Why? Because it works as a mechanism of white supremacy, colonialism, eugenics, sexual violence, capitalism and the state control of bodies. Not exactly sure how this is true?

Blood, Memories and other Brujerias: The Role of Cultural Preservation and Menstrual Education in Reproductive Justice

Memories are carried between generations in various ways. Many of us, cultural workers, full spectrum birth workers and Reproductive Justice organizers of color understand the need to (re)learn and (re)member traditional medicine as we work towards body literacy, autonomy and freedom. Menstruation can be a tool to better understand our bodies, track natural cycles, control fertility and also learn about cultural and familial traditions.

Artivism 101: How Arts and Culture Are Integral to Our Fight for Reproductive Freedom

In order to build new futures, we must first imagine them. And it will take creativity to address long-standing problems facing our communities. Now, more than ever, the role of artists and cultural workers are essential in our social movements. In this session, we will identify and discuss how artists and cultural workers work on their own and partner with institutions to create performances, illustrations and other works that advance reproductive freedom. Using the technology of improvisation and freestyle, the workshop will culminate with the sacred tradition of the cypher.

Revolutionary Mothering: Love By Any Means Necessary

Inspired by the legacy of radical and queer black feminists of the 1970s and ’80s, Revolutionary Mothering places marginalized mothers of color at the center of a world of necessary transformation. The challenges we face as movements working for racial, economic, reproductive, gender, and food justice, as well as anti-violence, anti-imperialist, and queer liberation are the same challenges that many mothers face every day.

Working at the Intersection of Religion, Spirituality and Reproductive Justice

For many of us, our activist work is guided by our religious or spiritual beliefs. At the same time, many of us work with, provide services to, and advocate on behalf of individuals who come from diverse religious traditions. Join panelists from from diverse religious traditions as we discuss connecting our religious and spiritual lives and working for reproductive justice, abortion rights, and LGBTQ justice, and talk about how we bring those views back to our home communities while respecting others' beliefs.

The Abortion Provider Training Challenge: The State of Abortion Training Today

Most people don't know that only 6% of family medicine residency programs and only half of OB/GYN residency programs provide training in abortion care. It is also not widely known that state-by-state restrictions prevent physician's assistants and nurses from receiving training in abortion care. Some clinics have to fly in providers due to the shortage of abortion providers that this lack of training has created. In this workshop we will discuss the current training environment and strategies for change used around the country.

Say Her Name: Shifting Strategies in Movements for Police Accountability and Reproductive Justice

Numerous Black women have been killed by or after encounters with police, yet Black women have been erased from the national conversation on police killings. How is state violence experienced by Black women, girls, and gender nonconforming people in ways that are similar and different to other members of our communities? How do individual incidents reflect long standing patterns of gender and sexuality-specific policing and criminalization of race, poverty and place? What is the role of law enforcement in regulating racially gendered bodies and sexualities in the carceral state?

Reproductive Justice in Indigenous Communities

Panelists will share their strategies and experiences working within indigenous communities on issues of reproductive health, rights, and justice. Topics explored will include current legislative attacks on indigenous communities, intersections of environmental and reproductive justice, native motherhood and parenting in academia, and two-spirit identity. Participants will leave with a grounding of reproductive justice tactics within indigenous communities.

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