Five College Consortium

Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Program

Punished with pregnancy: Denying incarcerated women an abortion

Tue, Mar 27 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather

Following a B.A. in Anthropology and Chemistry at Amherst, Dr. Carolyn Sufrin received an M.D. from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Berkeley.

Currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins, she will be speaking in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather, at

Her topic is:

Punished with pregnancy:

Denying incarcerated women an abortion

Campus: 
Amherst College
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BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY -- A Documentary Film Screening

Wed, Feb 14 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Old Chapel, Great Hall, 2nd Floor

BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America.

The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children.

The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America.

This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Co-Sponsors: UMass Departments of History, WGSS, and Legal Studies; Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts; Five College Certificate in Reproductive, Health, Rights and Justice; Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire; and UMass Students for Reproductive Justice.

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UMass Amherst
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From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom

Fri, Apr 13 2018 (All day) to Sun, Apr 15 2018 (All day)
Location: 
various locations

More than 80 workshops and trainings on topics including:

  • Abortion Access
  • Birth & Families
  • Environmental Justice
  • Criminalized Communities
  • Disability Justice
  • Freedom from Violence
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Media Making
  • Economic Justice
  • Politics of Population Control
  • Queering Reproductive Justice
  • Racial Justice
  • Red State Organizing
  • Youth Activism
Campus: 
Hampshire College
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Reproductive Justice, Intersectional Feminism & Palestine

Tue, Apr 24 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center, Room N-151

A panel event with renowned scholar activists Loretta Ross, Yamila Hussein-Shannan, Hind Mari & Leanne Gale

Loretta Ross is a Visiting Professor at Hampshire College teaching “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump.” She started her career in the women’s movement in the 1970s, working at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, NOW, the National Black Women’s Health Project, and SisterSong. Her forthcoming book is Calling in the Calling Out Culture. Her most recent publications are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction and Radical Reproductive Justice.

Dr. Yamila Hussein-Shannan is a scholar, an educator, an activist and public speaker dedicated to social-economic and political justice. Her work examines matrices of oppression and liberation particularly institutionalized and structural supremacy, anti- black racism and settler-colonialism. Dr. Hussein-Shannan teaches at the graduate level on the intricacy between language, power and (in)justice and critical race theory. Her courses examine how structures and institutions sustain and reproduce systems of oppression and the centrality of our political clarity in contributing to liberation and the creation of a just world.

Prior to doctorate work, Dr. Hussein-Shannan founded and ran Yammita Activity Center for Children, co-founded the Teacher Creativity Center and worked for Defence for Children International in Palestine. She has designed, directed and/or taught intensive academic programs for teachers and developed curricula in Boston (Harvard, Boston College, Goddard College, Lesley University, BTR/UMass Boston) and internationally (Morocco, Jordan, Spain, Palestine, Mexico, and the Balkans). A Palestinian born in Colombia, raised in Jerusalem, and currently residing in Boston, Dr. Hussein-Shannan is fluent in Spanish, Arabic and English. 

Hind Mari's areas of expertise and interests include women’s empowerment and advocacy work, with emphasis on understanding the intersections of our social identities; cross-cultural communication; conflict resolution; and leadership training. She has presented on these and other social justice topics both locally and nationally. Working as director of the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women and Community (CWC) gives Hind the opportunity to work full time on these issues and to foster growth for women and non-binary people of color.

Hind received her Bachelor's degree from An-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for her Master's studies, which she received along with her doctorate in Education, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on gender equity issues. Hind's previous work experience includes serving as the Assistant Director at the Center for Student Development, working with Registered Student Organizations; as Program Coordinator at the International Programs Office, overseeing the orientation program for international students and scholars; and teaching refugee students at UN schools in Palestine. Outside of her work at UMass Amherst, Hind currently serves as a Town Meeting member and is on the steering committee for Coming Together: Understanding racism, working for justice & building connections.

Leanne Gale is a student at Yale Law School, where she is an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and a Coordinator of the National Lawyers' Guild student chapter. She is also a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Yale Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, in partnership with New Haven Legal Assistance Association. Before attending law school, Ms. Gale served as a Social Justice Fellow at Ir Amim ("City of Nations"/"City of Peoples"), an Israeli nonprofit that works to advance the rights of the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem. While at Ir Amim, she worked extensively with Palestinian feminist and women's organizations in Jerusalem. Ms. Gale also served as the Grassroots Associate at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), where she organized local and national campaigns around issues of reproductive rights, health, and justice. Her writing has appeared in The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, The Jewish Daily Forward, Feministing.com, +972 Magazine, Bustle, Washington Jewish Week, The Fair Observer, and Mondoweiss.

Co-sponsored by UMass Amherst Amnesty International, Palestine Advocacy Project, Center for Education Policy and Advocacy (CEPA), Western Massachusetts Jewish Voice for Peace, Brattleboro Solidarity, Smith Students for Justice in Palestine, Boston Jewish Voice for Peace, Smith College Women & Gender Studies and The UMass Amherst Departments of Communication, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Philosophy.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.**

Campus: 
Hampshire College
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