Sunday 9:00AM - 10:30AM

UN-Buckling the Bible Belt: Best Practices for RJ & Faith Organizing among Southern Christian Churches

Developed over 10 years organizing with Black Church leaders, SisterReach has a unique relational strategy organizing people of faith. Learn how we organize and equip clergy to support bodily autonomy and self-determination by moving away from the simple request to “collar up and show up” and towards a paradigm of symbiosis. We must overcome barriers that have historically made partnerships with some churches difficult if not impossible.

Creating a Community of Care as an act of Self-Preservation

Audre Lorde said, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." But self-care is not easy and can be especially difficult for Southerners and people working in red states. Let's unpack the importance of self-care for self-preservation and for the movement. What does self-care look like for you? How do you hold yourself accountable to practicing it?

Miscarriage of Justice: Purvi Patel & The Criminalization of AAPI Women

In July 2013, Purvi Patel went to an Indiana hospital for post-pregnancy care. Ms. Patel’s next stop was an Indiana jail. This caucus will examine how the murder and neglect charges against Ms. Patel were fueled by a toxic interplay of anti-choice rhetoric, stereotypes about AAPI communities, and misuse of laws meant to protect pregnant people. As the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum supported Ms. Patel and documented the unfair circumstances of her case, NAPAWF found that Ms.

Curls and Condoms: What's Your Sexual Health Regimen?

What if conversations about our curls happened in tandem with our conversations about condoms? History shows us that women of color (WOC) are often met with shame, stigma and violence because our aesthetic does not appeal or conform to white hegemonic standards of beauty. Historically and currently, these white standards show up in our conversations, bodies, reproductive choices, and sexual health. Let’s liberate ourselves. The natural hair community encourages women to unapologetically reclaim who they are by embracing their natural curls, kinks and coils.

Constructing [and deconstructing] the "Good Mom"

What is it like to be a mom on welfare? How do unstably housed mothers navigate challenges? What makes a person unfit to parent? And who gets to decide? The (lack of the) right to have and raise children is a major reproductive INjustice experienced by parents on the margins. For drug users, people involved in the sex trade, and/or low income and homeless parents, parental rights are frequently denied when systems judge ‘parental fit-ness’ based on stereotypes about these groups or establish standards that are beyond their reach.

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 your own communities.

So your friend is having an abortion--how can you help? A doula perspective.

Abortion doula or full spectrum doula collectives are forming across the U.S. If you have not had the opportunity to be trained, this is your starting point. We will discuss the role of doulas, the types of support abortion doulas can offer, and the skills you need to provide non-medical support to people having abortions. We will be centering the experience(s) of queer, trans, and gender non-conforming folks seeking abortion care, and sharing/discussing specific ways to support these friends and community members.

Queering Reproductive Justice: Strength in our Differences

Our issues and people are not separate; we are interconnected. The need to acknowledge and organize around our full selves is reinforced every day of the Trump Administration. #NoBanNoWall is about us as queer people, and we know that subsequent attacks on our queer, trans youth in schools is connected. In this time of upheaval and turmoil, what is our vision for intersectional base-building across the reproductive justice movement? How do we affirm a truly queer analysis and approach to liberation that is radically inclusive?

Radical Reproductive Justice -- Keeping it Real, Relevant and Revolutionary!

Reproductive Justice is and will continue to be resisted by the right, and co-opted by the left. Critics on the right and left often refuse to use the human rights framework in talking about Reproductive Justice, and some mainstream groups attempt to avoid discussions of white supremacy in the Pro-Choice movement. Even some women of color attempt similar things, and focus on the concepts of intersectionality, rather than the human rights basis of Reproductive Justice.

Reproductive Justice for Young Mothers: Power in Complex Identities

In the U.S., young people raising children are often stigmatized, shamed, and disenfranchised for our role as parents. Yet many of us did not have access to accurate and inclusive sexual education, the power of choice, or a sense of agency and autonomy over our own bodies. This workshop is an opportunity for you to join us to unpack and discuss what we, as a movement, can unlearn and reframe about young parenthood. We can eradicate the sexist and racist framework of teenage pregnancy prevention and, instead, amplify reproductive justice for young people and our families.


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