March for Black Women (M4BW) 2018
Sep
29
to Sep 30

March for Black Women (M4BW) 2018

The March for Black Women...isn't only about Black women...its about caregivers, families, & communities.This isnt only about Black and Brown Cisters either, so my TGNC POC folk this is a call to you too.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is set to expire September 30, 2018... we ALL need to demand reauthorization!!!

Look back in 5 years and say you did something for all of US. Look forward and make it your business to show up at Midterms this year to push for meaningful policies to end gender violence, to end the persistent feminization of poverty, to end the growing Black female prison population, to end restrictions to citizenship and the deportation of Black and Brown people & to eliminate the threat to health care and reproductive justice.(-paraphrased BWB call to action)

The more we see ourselves divided the more space they have to harm us. If there are more of us present then more of us are informed... and if more of us are informed then there are more of us they have to contend with.

If you can't physically be there, help others get there by supporting the stroller caravan and bus for New Yorkers who can!

Also, If you aren't sure about your voting status get IN-formation:
https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/:
http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingDeadlines.html
http://www.elections.ny.gov/votingregister.html

My kids started my labor on election night in 2016...it took them 3 days to arrive because that election raised my stress level, elevated my blood pressure and I was fighting people who didn't respect my body.

Minority stress is real, black maternal mortality issues are real... don't fail us this year, our futures our counting on US !!

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Decolonize Birth Conference
Sep
22
to Sep 23

Decolonize Birth Conference

This conference seeks to examine the various way that providers, reproductive justice advocates, and birth justice advocates has addressed the needs within their respective communities using a collaborative care framework. Allowing their work to address a wider population while still making a significant change that can be reflected qualitatively and quantitatively. It also seeks to go beyond the limits of statistics and find how individuals and groups choose to examine the intersections of care and challenge the current healthcare system.

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Race, Reproduction and Dismantling the Legacy of Marion Sims
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Race, Reproduction and Dismantling the Legacy of Marion Sims

Join us for a discussion on public monuments and symbolic justice which will focus on the events leading to removal of the Marion Sims statue to Greenwood Cemetery, the violence of the racialized history of gynecology in the United States, debates about public monuments and its symbolic/artistic interpretations. The panel discussion will look at the changing legacy of the three known enslaved women: Anarcha Weston, Lucy, and Betsey that were experimented on by Dr. J Marion Sims and the future recognition of these women, as well as J. Marion Sims whose statue has recently been interred at the Greenwood Cemetery. 

We have invited Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, artist Doreen Garner, and activist Jewel Cadet, with scholar Nicole Ivy as the moderator to lead the evening's community conversation.

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BedStuy Pride 2018
Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

BedStuy Pride 2018

Come celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, transgender and gender-non-conforming people of color living in the Bed-Stuy and Central Brooklyn community. The day will feature local artists, performances, workshops, music, vendors, family friendly wellness & fitness activities and more!

Want to support or get involved in the 8th Annual Bed-Stuy Pride?
- If you are inquiring about volunteering please email sos@alp.org
- If you'd like to be a vendor or performer please contact bedstuypride@gmail.com or sign up at: bit.ly/bsp18vendor or bit.ly/bsp18perform 


Notes on access: It is our intention to create an accessible and welcoming space for LGBTSTGNC POC families, communities, and allies in Central Brooklyn. The venue is physically accessible (flat venue with ramps to the bathrooms), can be accessed by public transit (B38, B43, and G to Bedford-Nostrand), and provides gender neutral public bathrooms. Audre Lorde Project community practitioners and other community members will provide a variety of wellness and physical activities for event goers. ALP members trained in security and de-escalation will support the safety and well-being of our community members throughout the event. Please contact bedstuypride@gmail.com if you have any suggestions or additions on how to make the space more accessible, and if you have any particular concerns about security.

Who we are: The Safe OUTside the System (SOS) Collective is an anti-violence program led by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non Conforming people of color. We are devoted to challenging hate and police violence by using community based strategies rather than relying on the police. SOS is a project of the Audre Lorde Project, a LGBTSTGNC people of color community organizing center. www.alp.org

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Weeksville Weekend: Race and Reproduction: Healing, Justice and History
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Weeksville Weekend: Race and Reproduction: Healing, Justice and History

Please join the Weeksville Heritage Center on September 8th, for a day of programming that focuses on reproductive and birth justice as a response to the systemic disparity in the experience of childbirth and high rates of maternal-infant mortality among black women.

 

12:00 - 1:30 pm: The day begins with a moderated conversation among practitioners, healers, advocates, journalists and scholars within the field of maternal-infant health. What are the histories that shape the experience of reproduction and birth for women of color? How do racism and inequality in our medical systems impact the experience of and outcomes in childbirth? How can we challenge systemic problems and what can we do to take control of our health care for ourselves and our families?

Interdisciplinary artist, healer, activist and founder of Colored Girls Hustle, Taja Lindley will moderate a discussion with Chanel L. Porchia-Albert, founder of Ancient Song Doula Services, a reproductive health organization focused on providing resources and full spectrum doula services to women of color and marginalized communities; Professor Lynn Roberts, whose edited anthology, Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique, was published by Feminist Press in 2017; and Professor Linda Villarosa, who recently wrote a cover story for New York Times Magazine on the crisis in maternal infant mortality for women of color: “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies are in a Life-or-Death Crisis”.

 

2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm: Tours of the Historic Hunterfly Houses

 

2:00 - 3:00 pmNaimah Efia Johnson, liberation-based therapist, yoga instructor, doula, healing justice practitioner, and community activist, will lead a workshop on communal healing and self-care through written and spoken forms of expression, documentation, testimony, and memory.

 

3:00 - 4:00pmSankofa Ra, practitioner of Kheth Hemet Birthing Center will lead a special her Womb Seed Closure workshop for women seeking to heal after surviving child loss, abortion, miscarriage and stillbirth. This safe, intimate, healing session will give women space to verbalize and share their experiences. Mothers will give names to their children, create an altar for them and establish a healing, peaceful connection for themselves and their families. Mamas, please bring an item, poem or something that reminds her of her baby to the event. Fathers are warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend.


 

 

 

Speaker and Workshop Leader Bios:

 

Naimah Efia Johnson is a licensed therapist, yoga instructor, doula, and community activist who applies a radically integrated therapeutic approach that is informed by activism, esotericism, liberation psychology, and ancestral wisdom. Naimah provides trauma-focused counseling with a dedicated focus on the trauma of oppression and has done extensive work with Black Women's Blueprint, supporting survivors of sexual assault & violence. She's a member of the transformative healing justice collective, Harriet's Apothecary; and also works collaboratively with organizations and institutions providing liberation-based training and facilitating community healing spaces.

 

Taja Lindley is a healer and an activist, creating socially engaged artwork that reflects and transforms audiences, shifts culture and moves people to action. In addition to being an artist, Lindley is actively engaged in social movements as a writer, consultant, and facilitator. For over a decade she has worked with non-profits, research institutes and government on policies and programming that impact women and girls, communities of color, low/no/fixed-income families, queer people, youth, and immigrants. Her writing has appeared in Rewire, YES! Magazine, Feministe, Salon, and EBONY.

 

Chanel L. Porchia-Albert is the founder of Ancient Song Doula Services, a reproductive health organization focused on providing resources and full spectrum doula services to women of color and marginalized communities. Her work within infant and maternal health has led her across the globe to Uganda were she has served as a maternal health strategist in rural war-torn areas to address the lack of resources to birthing mothers, she is a certified lactation counselor, midwifery assistant, and vegan chef and has served on various advisory boards throughout the country. Currently, she serves as a consultant for the NYC Department of Health in Mental Hygiene engaging providers in birth justice and serves on the advisory board at Ariadne Labs at Harvard Medical School. When she is not teaching or facilitating workshops you can find her spending time with her six children.

 

Sankofa Ra is the founder of Khet Hemet Birthing Center and a traditional midwife, alchemist, doula, art therapist, healer, crystal/egg energy tuner, lactation consultant, spiritual adviser, numerologist, certified holistic practitioner, nutrition consultant, crochet artist, crochet instructor, website designer, iridologist, sacral steam practitioner (aka vaginal steaming), herbalist, business consultant, CPR and AED certified.

 

Lynn Roberts, Ph.D. has a BS in human development from Howard University and a Ph.D. in Human Services Studies from Cornell University. She is currently a member of the tenured faculty in the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and previously served in the Urban Public Health Program and as an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at Hunter College. Prior to CUNY, she oversaw the development, implementation, and evaluation of several life-affirming programs for women and youth in NYC. She also served on the board of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and recently co-edited an anthology, Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique (Feminist Press, 2017). Dr. Roberts’ current activism and scholarship examine the intersections of race, class, and gender in adolescent dating relationships, juvenile justice and reproductive health policies; as well as the impact of models of collaborative inquiry and teaching on civic and political engagement.

 

Linda Villarosa, Ph.D. is a professor at CUNY City College, journalist, and writer. Linda Villarosa runs the journalism program at the City College of New York in Harlem. She is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, and in April wrote the cover story "Why America's Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis." She is writing "Under the Skin: Race, Inequality and the Health of a Nation," a book to be published by Doubleday in 2020.

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