More than 1,000 community activists, students, and national and international leaders gathered April 8-10 at Hampshire to build new strategies for reproductive justice and social change.
From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom was sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy and Population and Development programs.
The 30th anniversary conference reflected the significant growth of CLPP and PopDev over the past three decades. The conference was nearly 30 times bigger than the first, with more than 60 sponsors and a diverse, inclusive range of speakers and activists from different generations, the U.S., and abroad.
"There's so much energy and vibration on the campus," says Leticia Contreras who is a 2011 student conference coordinator. "With activists, artists and social justice participants of all forms of the spectrum—people who really want to change the world in so many different ways. You feel this energy instantaneously."
In the face of an emboldened assault on abortion and reproductive rights, the conference focused on broadening the fight for reproductive rights and the health of our families by drawing connections between many social justice issues.
Over 180 speakers and 70 conference workshops highlighted successful examples of activism and how struggles for reproductive and sexual rights are intricately linked to movements for economic, social, and environmental justice and peace. Topics of workshops and strategic action sessions include abortion access in the U.S. and internationally, alternatives to the prison industrial complex, climate justice, the recent democratic uprisings in the Middle East, resilient community food systems, disability justice and reproductive justice, and organizing in state, campus, and spiritual communities.
International speakers included reproductive and sexual rights advocates working in the Czech Republic, India, the Netherlands, and the Philippines.
List of conference speakers and workshops >>