Five College Consortium

Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Program

Film Screening: The Uncondemned

Thu, Nov 2 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
South College, Room E245

Please join us for a film screening of "The Uncondemned." Discussion to follow the screening.

An underdog group of lawyers and activists defied the odds to do what had never been done: prosecute rape as an international war crime. In 1997, the young men and women at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found themselves inexplicably in charge of the first case of genocide in history. Underfunded, understaffed and overwhelmed, they faced incredible hurdles as they pursued their first case against a small-town mayor.

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Film screening cosponsored by: UMass Departments of History, WGSS, the Psychology of Peace & Violence Program ,Legal Studies and Men and Masculinities Center, Coalition to End Rape Culture, Counseling and Rape Crisis Programs of the Center for Women and Community, Pre Law Advising Office, Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate Program.

CONTENT WARNING: This film contains graphic audio and visual material that some viewers may find disturbing, including but not limited to rape, sexual violence, physical violence, death, and genocide. Viewer discretion advised.

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UMass Amherst
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Rapid Response Training

Sat, Nov 4 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 
To be announced. We will only tell registered folks which building the training will be taking place in by sending out an email to registered participants the day prior to the training.

Civil Liberties and Public Policy is working with Sanctuary in the Streets to hold a Rapid Response Training.

From the Pioneer Valley Workers Center website: "Sanctuary in the Streets is a network of 1,800+ people who are building the infrastructure to stop state violence against working people, including immigrants and people of color, as well as to organize a powerful working class movement. We are launching an emergency hotline to respond to workplace abuse, raids and deportations, and hate crimes." (https://pvworkerscenter.org/sanctuary-in-the-streets/) We welcome everyone to join us in this training as we build the movement for immigrant and worker justice.

The training will be about three and a half to four hours long, with a lunch break added in. The event starts at 10:00 AM, and the training will begin around 10:20-10:30 AM. We will plan to end by around 3:30-4:00 PM. 

This training will be centered around very heavy topics, and will require an exertion of mental, emotional, and some physical energy. The training will require folks to move around. We will be focusing on how to interact with the police, meaning that if you plan to attend, you should be willing and able to take this training and apply it to real potential interactions with the police in this movement. This does mean that this training may not be accessible for the most marginalized groups, but it also means that those of us with privilege and ability have a responsibility to take on this work. 

REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/LkUpvH7LU4DbIQqy2

**Registration is REQUIRED. We will only tell registered folks which building the training will be taking place in by sending out an email to registered participants the day prior to the training.**

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Hampshire College
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Is Abortion Genocide?

Mon, Nov 6 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Dewey Common Room

The Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender presents: 

RACE & ABORTION: CONVERSATIONS WITH LORETTA ROSS

Join us for the third in a series of four lectures by civil rights and reproductive justice leader Loretta Ross. 

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Details on the full lecture series: 

October 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
A Brief Review of Eugenics

October 30, 7-8:30 p.m.
Was Margaret Sanger a Racist? 

November 6, 7-8:30 p.m.
Is Abortion Genocide? 

November 13, 7-8:30 p.m.
Black Feminists Respond: Trust Black Women

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Smith College
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Book Launch Party for Laura Briggs and Kirsten Leng

Tue, Nov 7 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Amherst Books, 8 Main Street, Amherst

Come celebrate two of the RHRJ Certificate Advisors,  Kirsten Leng and Laura Briggs, and their newly published books! Books will be available for sale, and refreshments will be provided.


About the books:
Laura Briggs, *How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics* -- University of California Press (https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520281912

Today all politics are reproductive politics, argues esteemed feminist critic Laura Briggs. From longer work hours to the election of Donald Trump, our current political crisis is above all about reproduction. Households are where we face our economic realities as social safety nets get cut and wages decline. Briggs brilliantly outlines how politicians’ racist accounts of reproduction—stories of Black “welfare queens” and Latina “breeding machines"—were the leading wedge in the government and business disinvestment in families. With decreasing wages, rising McJobs, and no resources for family care, our households have grown ever more precarious over the past forty years in sharply race-and class-stratified ways. This crisis, argues Briggs, fuels all others—from immigration to gay marriage, anti-feminism to the rise of the Tea Party. 

Kirsten Leng, *Sexual Politics and Feminist Science* -- Cornell University Press (http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100895170

In Sexual Politics and Feminist Science, Kirsten Leng restores the work of female sexologists to the forefront of the history of sexology. While male researchers who led the practice of early-twentieth-century sexology viewed women and their sexuality as objects to be studied, not as collaborators in scientific investigation, Leng pinpoints nine German and Austrian "women sexologists" and "female sexual theorists" to reveal how sex, gender, and sexuality influenced the field of sexology itself. Leng’s book makes it plain that women not only played active roles in the creation of sexual scientific knowledge but also made significant and influential interventions in the field. Sexual Politics and Feminist Science provides readers with an opportunity to rediscover and engage with the work of these pioneers. 
Leng highlights sexology’s empowering potential for women, but also contends that in its intersection with eugenics, the narrative is not wholly celebratory. By detailing gendered efforts to understand and theorize sex through science, she reveals the cognitive biases and sociological prejudices that ultimately circumscribed the transformative potential of their ideas. Ultimately, Sexual Politics and Feminist Science helps readers to understand these women’s ideas in all their complexity in order to appreciate their unique place in the history of sexology. 

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Other
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Black Feminists Respond: Trust Black Women

Mon, Nov 13 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Dewey Common Room

The Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender presents: 

RACE & ABORTION: CONVERSATIONS WITH LORETTA ROSS

Join us for the fourth in a series of four lectures by civil rights and reproductive justice leader Loretta Ross. 

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Details on the full lecture series: 

October 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
A Brief Review of Eugenics

October 30, 7-8:30 p.m.
Was Margaret Sanger a Racist? 

November 6, 7-8:30 p.m.
Is Abortion Genocide? 

November 13, 7-8:30 p.m.
Black Feminists Respond: Trust Black Women

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Smith College
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What to Do If Your Friend is Pregnant: Local Resources and Skills for Providing Support

Tue, Nov 14 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Campus Center Room 168C

Please join UMass Students for Reproductive Justice and speaker Sarah Whedon, a trained doula, for our talk "What to Do If Your Friend is Pregnant: Local Resources and Skills for Providing Support."

Within the UMass community, being there to support the people close to you is super important. We believe that the skills taught at this workshop would benefit the community by building foundational skills for compassionate support. 

The majority of the event would be focusing on providing nonjudgmental, compassionate care to someone who is considering their pregnancy options. There would be time to go over resources (parenting, abortion, and adoption) in the area. 

This event is open to all and food will be provided.

Sponsored by: UMass Students for Reproductive Justice

Co-Sponsored by: Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate Program

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UMass Amherst
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How Scholars and Activists Can Partner for Reproductive and Racial Justice -- Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger

Thu, Nov 30 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: 
Commonwealth Honors College Event Hall, Room 160 West (next to Roots Café)

Please join us for an exciting lunch panel on the state of racial justice activism since the 2016 Presidential election. This lunch presentation will bring together scholars interested in public engagement to hear from renowned reproductive justice activist and co-founder of SisterSong Loretta Ross and public scholar Rickie Solinger. They will give their insights on successful partnerships between scholars and activists – specifically, how their relationship developed, how they maintain this working relationship, and how it, and the work they do together, is impacted by our presently contentious political landscape. Both Ross and Solinger have been active in the reproductive justice movement for decades and have authored or co-authored many important texts on the topic, including Reproductive Justice: An Introduction. This event is co-sponsored by ISSR, the Public Engagement Project, and the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at UMass, as well as the Five Colleges Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Certificate program. It is also part of ISSR's developing Racial Justice Education Project.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP: https://www.umass.edu/issr/events/issrpep-seminar-loretta-ross-and-rickie-solinger-how-scholars-and-activists-can-partner.

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Loretta Ross is one of the creators of “Reproductive Justice,” practices and theory coined by African American women in 1994. Ross was a co-founder and National Coordinator of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2007-2012. She co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of color Organize for Reproductive Justice in 2004. With Rickie Solinger, she is also the co-author of Reproductive Justice: An Introduction. Her next book, Radical Reproductive Justice, will be published by Feminist Press in 2017. A sought-after speaker and author of numerous articles about human rights, violence against women, reproductive justice, and appropriate whiteness, Ross is an African American woman in her 60s and a tireless activist. 

Rickie Solinger is author or editor of eleven books about reproductive politics and satellite subjects.  She is also the curator of a number of politically-focused, installation-based and photography exhibitions that have traveled to scores of college and university galleries, aiming to interrupt the curriculum.  Rickie is Senior Editor of the book series Reproductive Justice(University of California Press).

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UMass Amherst
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