An integral part of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program at Hampshire College, a reproductive justice activist organization that supports youth leadership, is its student group. The CLPP student group is a place for those interested in social justice to come together and learn about issues impacting reproductive rights, health, and justice. Though the student group focuses on reproductive justice, it’s important to note the inherent connectedness of other social justice movements with reproductive justice. Attacks on racial justice, environmental justice, disability justice, gender justice, feminism, etc., affect reproductive capability, and vice versa. Student group members come from all walks of activism and all levels of experience and learning, sharing a passion for the vision of a safer future for all families and people. Each meeting, the group engages with a reproductive justice related activity with the goal of sparking conversation and trading insight.
A major project the CLPP student group is involved in each spring semester is planning CLPP’s annual conference, “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building a Movement for Reproductive Freedom.” For the conference, thousands of activists, scholars, instructors, and students converge for three days of learning, healing, networking, and celebration. Student group members volunteer to help plan and facilitate various aspects of the conference including accessibility, hospitality, transportation, childcare, entertainment, the Abortion Speak Out, outreach, and safety. Volunteers are seen throughout the conference monitoring workshops, working the registration table, and driving speakers to and from campus.
Student group meetings are open to all who are interested in learning about the movement for reproductive justice. CLPP Student Group meets every Wednesday, 6:00-7:30pm, in the Prescott Tavern. Volunteers are still needed for the conference for workshop monitoring and the registration table; contact signers IonaPearl Reid-Eaton and Rachael Strickler for more information. CEL-1 credit is available.