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

How We Win: Using Direct Action to Increase Access to Abortion and Advance Reproductive Justice

If we want to stop losing and start winning, we need to make it clear that we are unwilling to lose. In this interactive workshop, facilitators will lead a direct action training tailored to reproductive justice activists and advocates working at the grassroots level. Using examples and clear definitions, we will cover what direct action is, why direct action is a necessary part of the movement, and how it is effective in bringing about change. We will spotlight the work of intersectional social change activists, and prepare participants to lead direct actions in their own communities.

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?

Gettin' Sh*t Done: A Young Persons Guide To Organizing and Self-Care

What are some ways you feel you have been treated differently in reproductive justice work because of your age or your student status? What are some common stereotypes often applied to us as a group, either positive and/or negative? And how do we navigate and deconstruct harmful narratives about our generation? Join us to discuss our experiences as young people in the RJ movement, developing our self-care practices, caring for our mental health, and harnessing our power as a generation. This is a closed space for young people.

Not Just "A Woman and Her Doctor": Supporting All Pregnant People in Self-Care

Throughout history, people have sought reproductive health care from trusted community members who hold body knowledge, such as healers, herbalists, and midwives, to help them avoid pregnancy, regulate menstruation, give birth, induce abortions, or complete miscarriages. Today, though many people seek care from professionalized providers such as OB/GYNs and abortion clinics, others seek self-directed care on their own or within their communities for a range of reproductive needs.

Reproductive Justice Beyond Bars

Participants will delve into our criminal justice and child welfare systems to learn how historically and currently, low-income, immigrant, queer and native peoples are forced to navigate child welfare systems that make the right to have a family a matter of proving their fitness to parent. Panelists will discuss the rights and injustices faced by incarcerated and previously incarcerated sex workers, the foster care-to-prison pipeline, and state sanctioned violence against pregnant and birthing people within the criminal justice system.

What's Mental Health Got To Do With It?

How do we realize reproductive health and autonomy for those living with "mental illness" or facing institutionalization? What would a radical vision of mental health look like when so many of us who struggle with our mental health and/or untreated trauma end up in prisons or institutions, especially poor folks of color? How do psychiatric diagnoses impact those already experiencing marginalization?

We Never Survive Alone: Nurturing Dependence for Femmes of Color

What does dependency look like? Who do you count on for your survival? This is a closed space for trans, queer, & disabled femmes of color where we will use self-reflection, discussion, and journaling exercises to explore how we depend on one another for survival and envision new futures where our complex existences are celebrated. In this session, we will explore and learn new skills to navigate social and emotional accountability, healing from stigmatized dependence, and practice vulnerability to form accountable supportive relationships in our personal lives.

Religion, Spirituality, and Our Struggles for Justice

For many of us, our activist work is guided by our religious or spiritual beliefs. For some, there is a disconnect that deserves to be healed. 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 from diverse religious traditions as we discuss connecting our religious and spiritual lives with our work for reproductive justice, abortion rights, and LGBTQ justice.

Staying Connected to the Movement while Parenting

As parents, people planning to parent, and people deciding whether to parent, we will name and address our collective needs. Facilitators and participants, experts of their own lives, will share ideas and resources that uplift parenting and support people in both naming our parenting needs in movement spaces and centering justice within our ideas of family.

Appropriate Whiteness

During this workshop, participants will learn how to have difficult conversations about white privilege and white supremacy with the people they love, including families, friends, and co-workers. We'll discuss how to be a "credit to your race" in becoming an abolitionist against racism in the reproductive rights movement, how to actively listen and ask questions of people of color with respect, and how to avoid denial, racial triggers, and marginalization.


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