Sunday 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Voting Rights and Suppression: An Election Year Run-Down

This year’s election cycle has highlighted the connection between voting rights and reproductive justice. From targeted regulations of abortion providers to anti-trans bathroom bills, voters shape legislation that governs the country for years to come. But what does it mean when a trans person is barred from voting because of the gender listed on an ID? Or when early voting periods are denied to a working mother trying to juggle three children and childcare?

State Violence and Criminalized 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 LGBTQ communities. Join this panel of activists representing organizations from New Orleans to New York that have mobilized against criminalization and policing to explore the intersections of reproductive justice and state violence. Community-driven work discussed will include Stop and Frisk policies and #BlackLivesMatter organizing.

Mental Health and Families: No Road Maps Provided

As a society, we are sympathetic when physical illness upends a family. We send cards, cook meals, and generally express concern. But mental illness carries with it a big enough stigma that few families and individuals get the benefit of community support, let alone adequate help from schools or the health care system. The premise of this workshop is that the challenges of stigma, judgment, and self-blame require a shift in societal attitudes—more awareness of mental health issues and altered states and receptivity towards those who live with them.

Eugenics and Population Control

The right to choose not to have children is only a part of the fight for reproductive freedom. The state has an ongoing history of policing communities of color by denying access to reproductive services, forced sterilizations, and controlling family formation through social services and legislation of those deemed by the state as “unfit to parent.” Panelists will analyze state intervention through a historical and medical lens; the targeting of women of color, incarcerated women, and disabled people; and the politicized messaging around immigration as a scare tactic for population control.

Centering The Leadership of Trans Women of Color

How have reproductive health, rights, and justice movements failed trans women, and where are our opportunities for justice and healing? Why is trans women of color leadership vital to our movements? Presenters from the Deep South to the two coasts will highlight current organizing efforts centering the leadership of trans women of color on intersecting issues such as immigration, disability, policing, and healthcare access.

Careers in the Movement

Can you follow your passion for reproductive justice and create a career for yourself in the movement? Come hear how our panelists have found opportunities to pursue exciting and creative work advancing reproductive justice in research, movement building, the arts, reproductive health advocacy, and direct organizing.

The Revolution Starts with Me!: Recipes, Remedies, Rituals, & Resources for Self Care

How can activists practice self care in a world where we're being pulled in multiple directions? How can community organizations, schools, and our communities support us in prioritizing self care? By using interactive activities, storytelling, and skill-sharing, this workshop will help activists recognize how burnout manifests in activism and grassroots organizing.

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

Abortion doula or full spectrum doula collectives have begun forming across the U.S. Whether due to location, time or availability, you may not had the opportunity to be trained. We will discuss the role of doulas and the physical, emotional, informational, and spiritual support abortion doulas can offer in order to help build skills to provide non-medical support to people having abortions.

Monument Quilt: Share Your Story, Stand with Survivors

The Monument Quilt is a collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. By utilizing a public art project, the quilt resists the popular and narrow narrative of how sexual violence occurs by telling many stories, not one. This workshop will provide the opportunity for people to make a quilt square and learn how to coordinate a session on their campus or in their community.

Model Minority Mutiny: Building AAPI Feminist Community for Action

In the Fall of 2014, Changelab's Soya Jung issued an imperative to Asian Americans committed to racial justice: ignite a model minority mutiny. Using her words as our inspiration, we invite you to caucus with fellow Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to discuss our roles within racial justice work, reproductive justice movement building, and feminism as a whole. We're tired of our identities being used to support anti-black racism as well as the targeted xenophobic attacks on our own communities.

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