Saturday Session 3: 5:15PM - 6:45PM

Stand Up To Population Alarmism

Many of us learn from school and the media that "overpopulation" is one of the major causes, if not the major cause, of hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, migration, and even political instability. "Overpopulation" thinking often leads to harmful policies and campaigns that undermine reproductive freedom and environmental justice. Learn to combat it with fresh, feminist perspectives on population, the environment, and organizing.

White Supremacy in the Age of Trump

The Presidency of Donald Trump includes a resurgence of white supremacy in mainstream politics and attacks on women's human rights. Feminist activist and scholar Loretta Ross will discuss how the reproductive justice framework counters ideologies of white supremacy and male supremacy. Ross will also share insights about the strengths and challenges of contemporary activism and suggest strategies for reproductive justice movement building.

Full Spectrum Reproductive Support: Doulas and Beyond

Everyone deserves access to non-judgmental emotional, physical, and informational support when moving through the full spectrum of reproductive experiences. In recent years, the doula model of care has been expanding to include not only birthing support, but also support for abortion, adoption, and reproductive loss. Come hear how various people and organizations are managing this landscape and add your ideas and questions to the conversation.

Engaging Religious Communities in the Fight for Justice

How do we bring our whole selves into our activist work? How do we mobilize our faith communities to join the fight for justice? Join panelists from diverse religious traditions as we discuss connecting our religious and spiritual lives with our work for reproductive, racial, and economic justice. Participants will gain an understanding of why collaborative partnerships with faith communities can be important in this work, how religious leaders are currently engaging with the movement, and learn about examples of successful religious/secular partnerships from progressive movements.

Voting for Justice

As our fears become realized in the national political theater, the connection between electoral politics and our livelihood has become sharply clear: lawmakers and politicians impact our daily lives and our reproductive futures. How can engaging in politics at the local level offer real change in our communities? How can combating voter suppression and getting our most marginalized voters to the polls change our local — and national — political landscape?

People's History of Adoption Justice

Throughout history, the state removal of children from their families and communities has been used as a genocidal attack on native communities and communities of color, further advanced and fueled by missionary interests. While complicated, the historical contexts of the Indian Child Welfare Act, transnational adoption, and the rights of youth in state custody are fundamentally about reproductive justice. Let's talk about adoption justice by examining modern practices of adoption through the historical context of colonialism.

Sex Work and Reproductive Justice

People engaged in sex work face unique barriers when accessing healthcare, housing, and freedom from incarceration or state violence. From Stop and Frisk and Crimes Against Nature laws to efforts to restrict access to social or health services based on current or former sex work, reproductive oppression is institutionalized for people engaged in (or perceived to be engaged in) sex work. How can our movement shift to destigmatize and support those engaged in sex work?

Redefining Allyship: Communities of Color Building Trust, Recognizing Privilege, and Uniting in Solidarity

Being an ally means engaging in a lifelong process of being intentional in how we show up for others. Within our communities, there are various identities that make being a person of color a rich experience. While our priority will always lie in centering the voices of our own communit(ies), solidarity among and within communities of color is becoming increasingly imperative in a political climate that seeks to divide us. How can communities of color unite in solidarity while also recognizing how our various identities and biases can impact how we do this?

Organizing Through Narratives: Telling Your Stories in a Campaign

This workshop is designed around educating individuals on how to organize themselves and others around a sexual and reproductive justice campaign. Folks will learn how to employ social media and storytelling in creating a successful campaign to create change in their communities, regardless of gender/bodies. Participants will also hear how this framework was employed recently at GMHC, involving some of NYC’s most vulnerable communities, such as Latinx people and immigrants, transgender and gender non-conforming people, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Kindreds: Reproductive Justice for Trans/GNC/Non-Binary People

In its third installation, we have decided to work amongst ourselves and center the question of reproductive justice and trans justice for trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary folks only. Often in part of building the work, we have to take a moment to just talk about our specific experiences in order to make asks and demands that center our needs without the gaze of cisgender people.

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