Friday, March 31, 2017 (Live streaming video here)
The 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized the concept of ‘choice’ regarding abortion and other reproductive rights for women. However, many women of color find ‘choice’ to be problematic, charging that it actually ‘masks’ the discriminatory ways that public leaders and the legal system treat various women differently according to race, religion, economic status, and disability, among others. These diverse women are raising their voices and moving the discourse away from the pro-and anti-choice stalemate and toward the intersectional concept of reproductive ‘justice’ which Forward Together (formerly Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) defines as the point “when all people have the economic, social and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about our bodies, sexuality and reproduction for ourselves, our families and our communities.” Join a conversation that offers an intersectional and human rights lens regarding important aspects of the ongoing struggle for reproductive freedom.
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- Jackie Trelawny, Director of Community Engagement, Family Tree Clinic
- Ellen Samuelson Young, Consultant at Ellen Samuelson Young and former Director of Government Relations, Minnesota, North & South Dakota Planned Parenthood.
- Karen Law, Executive Director, Pro-Choice Resources
- Patina Park, Executive Director, MN Indian Women's Resource Center
- Heather Lou, Assistant Director, University of Minnesota Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
- Kimberly Clarke, Librarian for Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies