Workshops at USSF

Here are three 2007 United States Social Forum workshops presented by Choice USA staff and leaders. Learn more about them below and let us know if you'd like a workshop or training presented at your upcoming event or campus!


Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees: Creating Global Connections Between the Reproductive, Labor, and Environmental Justice Movements

Time and Location: 1:00 pm EST, June 30, 2007
Renaissance Hotel Downtown Atlanta, Buckhead Room

Presented by: Joy Lawson , Choice USA
Carlos Jiminez, Student Labor Action Project
Shelley Chinnan, University of Georgia, Alumni

Session Description:

This session will discuss a global cross-movement campaign that explores the issue through the intersection between the reproductive rights, environmental justice, and labor rights movements. This workshop will be a Specific Issues Strategy Session using models rooted in the Midwest Academy and in the Choice Grassroots Organizing Weekend (GROW) methods to develop and analyze your plan to win victories around global reproductive justice! Participants will have the opportunity to strategize local components to the global campaign and will come away from the workshop with a better understanding on how build local organizations, run campaigns, and win local victories on global cross movement issues.

For Our Future, For Our Movement: Reproductive Justice for Young People and Students

Time and Location: 10:30 am EST, June 29, 2007
West Renaissance Hotel Downtown Atlanta, Room 590

Presented by: Joy Lawson

Session Description:

This session will explore the intersections between the reproductive justice and youth movements. Young people will engage in a discussion about how we are affected by reproductive justice issues and what it means to look at access beyond access to condoms and birth control. We will discuss current legislation that affects students and young people, look at policies on campuses that affect student’s access to services, we will explore how students have countered these issues, and victories that young people have won. Participants will come away from the session with strategies and ideas for our communities and a better understanding of reproductive justice and how it relates to young people and students.

History of Choice, Future of Justice

Time and Location: 3:30 pm EST, June 28, 2007
West Renaissance Hotel Downtown Atlanta, Room 590

Presented by: Edith Sargon and Meredith Golden

Session Description:

It is imperative that we know where we have been as a movement to know where we can go. This is why Choice USA will be presenting the History of Choice, Future of Justice — as we move to a full reproductive just framework and way of organizing and mobilizing activists, we recognize all of the intricacies that come with achieving this greater vision. We have opportunities to bring in every community that has been affected by these issues, to reach out and include young people, people of color, low-income people — those who have been disproportionately affected by anti-choice and pro-life agendas and whose lives and freedoms have suffered as a result of targeted actions. Organizing around reproductive rights has been happening in the United States for over 150 years. As reproductive health technologies continues to grow, more and more options suddenly became available to men and women in this country and around the world. As we make our way into a world where reproductive health services and options are increasing every day, we also need to understand the history behind how these technologies have been used against specific communities.

The need to expand the reproductive rights work we do into a broader, social justice-based frame is directly connected to how successful we will be in ensuring that everyone in this country has the information and services available to them that they need in order to have healthy lives. Our reproductive destinies are tied up into a number of factors that play out in our every day lives — the air we breathe, how much money we make, whether we have health insurance or not. Our ability to have children, to not have children, to have families, to raise these families — these are all things that are impacted by external factors, and it is only in identifying these factors and working together to minimize or remove this impact that we can say we truly live in a just society.

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