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

Religion, Spirituality, and Reproductive Justice

For many of us, our activist work is guided by our religious or spiritual beliefs. Join panelists from diverse faith backgrounds as we connect our spiritual lives to reproductive justice, abortion rights, and LGBTQ justice, and how we bring those views back to our home communities while respecting others' beliefs. Participants will gain an understanding of why faith communities can be important partners in this work, how faith leaders are currently engaging with the movement, and see examples of successful faith/secular partnerships from progressive movements.

When the state is the enemy: radical lawyering for safety and survival, and to build political power

What tensions arise for lawyers who are providing advocacy and legal services, while at the same time seeking to transform systems — and end state violence? The presenters are activists, lawyers and members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Peter Cicchino Youth Project, and the Incarcerated Parents Project. Come to hear about their experiences, why they have chosen to pursue advocacy work as lawyers, and how they are now using the law to advance systemic change.

Mobilizing Against State Violence In Our Communities

State-sanctioned violence through increased incarceration, policing and police brutality, and surveillance has deliberately targeted communities of color, especially youth, people engaged in street economies, and LGBT communities. Join this panel of activists representing organizations from New York to Atlanta to New Orleans that have mobilized against criminalization and policing to explore the intersections of reproductive justice and state violence.

Soccorristas en Red: Creating Networks to Provide Safe Access to Abortion

From the late 60’s to 1973, over 11,000 illegal abortions were performed in Chicago by members of the Jane Collective. Today, from Argentina to the Rio Grande Valley and around the world, courageous activists have created networks of support to provide help and safe access to abortion in places where it is highly restricted or prohibited. These projects link the act of abortion to global activism, and share the recognition that providing access to abortion can be empowering as it breaks through stigma and affirms the value of our own lives.

Safer Sex & Consent 101

In this interactive 101 session, we will dive into the vast world of safer sex, barrier methods (DIY included!), and consent practices. With so many kinds of lube, condoms, dams, and gloves, how will we know what works best for us? How do we talk to our partners about our needs when we don't know what they are, or were never taught how to navigate these conversations? This session will provide a safe and friendly space to find out. Safer sex supplies and handouts will be offered at the end of the session for those who wish to take some home.

Whose Ally? White Organizational Allies in the Reproductive Justice Movement

Participants in this interactive conversation will discuss and evaluate core characteristics of good white organizational allyship in the reproductive justice movement. Using historical and contemporary examples from the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN), we will review our organization’s commitment towards the development of anti-racist white allies and empowered people of color through our internal culture, norms, policies and procedures and our ongoing work to address continued challenges.

Teen Pregnancy, Shame, and Reproductive Control in American Culture

Teen pregnancy is commonly referred to as a “crisis” or “epidemic,” spurring a sense of fear and anxiety around pregnant and parenting teens. This workshop will examine the cultural constructions and social mythologies around young parenthood, and what that means for our shared understandings of adolescence, sexuality, and appropriate reproduction, as well as stigmatization and marginalization.

Belonging & Removal: Fostering, Adoption, and Youth Access to Community

When the case of a Cherokee child adopted transnationally and transracially to a white couple went to the Supreme Court in 2013, many reproductive health & rights activists seemed unsure about where their loyalties should lie. While complicated, the Indian Child Welfare Act, transnational/transracial adoption, and the rights of youth in state custody are fundamentally about reproductive justice.

Reclaiming Reproductive Autonomy

This session will increase awareness among activists and community organizers working within the reproductive justice arena on abortion self-induction methods and autonomous individual and community reproductive care (i.e., cervical self-exam, herbalism, natural fertility methods, traditional medicine, de-medicalized/decolonized birth and birthwork).

Body and Land: Intersections between Reproductive and Climate/Environmental Justice

From the militarized frontera in South Texas to the Tavaputs Plateau in the eastern part of so-called Utah, indigenous communities and communities of color are battling reproductive oppression and environmental racism. Movements are often strengthened by learning from their successes, failures, and frameworks, which is why bridging gaps between environmental/climate and reproductive justice is crucial.


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