Sunday 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Hood Girl Healing

We seek to explore how Black and Brown femmes from the hood heal and nourish their bodies and souls. In this workshop, we will be using interactive activities and fishbowl discussions to envision a new consensus surrounding healing for Black and Brown femmes. We intend to create a space where we recognize Black and Brown femmes as capable of self-determination and understanding their own capabilities.

Reproductive Justice 101

Reproductive justice was coined in 1994 by Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice, a group of Black women who recognized that the white-led women's rights movement was not prioritizing issues critical to women of color, and that we must represent our own communities. This workshop will discuss some of the history of RJ as well as give participants a chance to express their RJ stories. The workshop also involves understanding what's at stake for folk who are often left out of reproductive justice considerations, such as trans women and trans non-binary folks.

Talking With Conservative Family and Friends About Abortion

It’s common to feel frustrated, angry, and/or drained by conversations with people we care about who hold deeply conservative views on reproductive health, especially abortion. The disconnection can be very painful, especially when it’s close family or friends. Often the differences involve religious beliefs, which can be particularly hard to negotiate. Often the sense of urgency and passion we feel is at odds with the reality that changing deeply held beliefs is an uncertain and often extremely slow process.

Say Something Prevention Lab: A Social Experiment in Creating Safe Community

Every day, you have the opportunity to Say Something that can help prevent interpersonal violence. In this workshop, we will Learn, Act, and Be using real-life scenarios to practice the skills to prepare us to interrupt violent language or behavior in our community. This workshop will help participants to identify the various forms and intensity of interpersonal violence and practice the skills to be able to intervene on their own behalf or as active bystanders.

Reproductive Politics in Latin American and Muslim-Majority Countries

This panel will look at the reproductive politics surrounding sterilization and abortion in Latin American and Muslim-majority countries. We will discuss the ongoing politics of the sterilization cases in Peru from the 1990s, criminalization and liberalization of abortion in Latin America, and the range of legal realities regarding abortion in Muslim-majority countries. We will consider these politics in the context of the troubling international family planning scene.

Not Your Model Minority: AAPIs and the RJ Movement

When discussing issues specific to people of color, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are often left out of the conversation due to the perception that AAPIs fare just as well or even better than their white counterparts. Participants will be presented with information that shatters this myth and then delve deeper into specific topics such as the criminalization of pregnant AAPI women, abortion bans that target AAPIs, and issues in immigrant rights and economic justice facing our communities.

I F^#*ed Up! Here’s What I Learned and How I Apologized

There’s no conference on failure, even though almost all of us have experienced failure in our professional lives. Failure is a natural part of our personal and professional lives and yet we rarely acknowledge the topic outside of supervision and self-reflection. In this session, we are putting a spotlight on failing and moving forward! Two professionals from the field of sex education will share personal stories and reflections on professional failures.

Building Power Through Health Care Access: Direct Service Providers Organize for Change

From abortion fund health lines to statehouses to exam rooms, direct service providers across disciplines can use their roles in health care provision to build power in their communities. In this session, panelists will think expansively about the definitions of health care providers and models of provider advocacy and discuss the diverse ways in which direct service providers — including physicians, doulas, social workers, and more — can organize to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice.

Educators Unite for Reproductive Justice

What does it mean to be a reproductive justice educator when you rarely have the opportunity to talk about abortion? How do teachers of color find support networks in a still, largely white field? How can we ethically educate across cultures and use white privilege to raise up communities of color? Can I come out as a queer educator? As a social justice advocate? Am I interrupting or aiding the school-to-prison pipeline? Am I teacher? Do I want to be a teacher?

Living Up to Our Values to Build a Healthier, More Sustainable Movement

The reproductive health, rights and justice movements envision a world where each person manages their health, life and families with dignity and without obstacles. This is our vision, but when we look at how we run our organizations or how we treat each other, we often see that we are not living up to our values. This unactualized vision for health and dignity combines with racism and other systems of oppression in our movements--making it difficult to sustain the health of advocates or organizations.


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