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

The Intersections of Immigrant Rights and Reproductive Justice

Immigration status has a significant impact on a person’s ability to exercise their reproductive freedom. Current immigration policy puts reproductive justice far out of reach: pulling parents away from their children and forcing them to raise families without dignity, keeping LGBT couples apart, forcing women to deliver children in shackles, and denying people affordable health insurance for up to 15 years. Come learn about the current immigration landscape and strategize about how to make reproductive justice accessible to all, regardless of immigration status.

Strategies for Advancing Abortion Access in the US

Access to safe and legal abortion is becoming increasingly more restricted, especially for the most vulnerable people in our society. Panelists will talk about current threats and barriers to access, including TRAP laws, clinic closings, and parental involvement laws, show the impact on those in under-served and marginalized communities, and discuss activist strategies to resist the threats and increase access by organizing at the grassroots and national levels under the broad call for reproductive justice.

Red Tide Rising: Street Theater as an Organizing Tool for Reproductive Justice

Red Tide Rising is a street performance from the Body Ecology Performance Ensemble centering the experience of Black women, sexuality, and safety. Developed using materials from sexual education, love songs, and personal experiences, this piece was created to incite community discussion. During the workshop, participants will be led by ensemble members to create micro performances around their own experiences of safety, self-love, and envisioning a pleasurable, safe, and affirming world.

It's A Class Thing

This interactive workshop will introduce the basics of social class and classism: What is it? Where is it? How does it play out? Group activities, dialogue, and personal reflection will give participants a dynamic way to learn about class, identify systemic examples of classism, and reflect on social class identity in order to bring the topic of class into our communities and movements so we can advance economic and racial justice at its intersection with reproductive justice. Participants will walk away with specific action plans to use in their organizing.

Fighting for Contraceptive Safety in a Time of Restricted Access

Contraceptive methods must be both safe and freely accessible, as part of general health care services, including abortion. Advocating for contraceptive safety means insisting that user health and rights come first in the research, development and provision of contraceptive technologies. In this workshop, we will talk about appropriate feminist activism for contraceptive safety in the face of well-funded global partnerships to promote Depo-Provera in Southern Africa and South Asia.

Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Supporting Kids & Caregivers in Our Movements

How do we bridge the gap between supporting reproductive justice (and right to family in theory) and the sometimes messy and noisy reality of having caregivers and kids in our movements? How can non-parents and others without children in their day-to-day lives support the families in their movements? We will share our own experiences of being caregivers involved (or struggling to be involved) in social justice organizing, the support we received, and the support we needed but did not receive.

Clinic Escorting and Buffer Zones: Mobilizing for Provider Safety

Clinics and doctors who provide abortions have faced illegal violence, threats, and harassment from the anti-abortion movement. They have also been subjected to unnecessary laws and regulations which make abortion more expensive and have forced many clinics to close their doors, thus restricting abortion access even further. Panelists will share their first hand knowledge and experience, and talk about how activists and providers are confronting these threats.

Access Denied: our new health care law and reproductive (in)justice.

Passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was only part of the fight to obtain access to health care for all. States that do not expand Medicaid, particularly in the South, will force poor people - especially women, immigrants, people of color, young people, incarcerated people, and/or LGBT-identified folks - into a health care limbo, where they will pay fines for uninsurance but will be unable to receive care.

Abortion How-To: Medication and Surgical Abortion

A large portion of abortion stigma is tied to fear of the procedure itself. This workshop will demystify the process by demonstrating the simplicity and safety of medication abortion, as well as first and second trimester surgical abortion. Participants will examine their own values about abortion, based on personal experience, community norms, and media messaging. Participants will then simulate a medication abortion with pills, as well as first and second trimester surgical abortion.

Our Voices & Our Bodies Matter: Connecting Youth 2 Youth

Young people have the power to make change in our communities right now! Now is the time to come together to elevate our voices and our stories that not being told or heard around reproductive justice. In this workshop we will explore how to bring back all the knowledge learned at CLPP so that we can support our communities and continue this important work. We will talk about the issues that matter to us! This is our time to share our visions for a stronger youth-led movement, and make connections that will extend beyond conference weekend and just have fun!

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