Thursday, January 22, 2015
It's the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and though the central holding is still standing, it can be hard these days to find anything to celebrate as abortion access shrinks and anti-women policies proliferate.
But in the immortal words of Joe Hill, "Don't mourn. Organize!" And a great place to get organized is the 29th annual Hampshire College Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference, April 10-12, 2015, titled "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom."
Those who have attended in the past will know that the conference is a transformative (and sometimes exhausting) whirlwind of networking, brainstorming, movement building, creative encounters and reflection. Free for students, last year over 900 people attended. Seeing hundreds of young people organizing around women's reproductive freedom is a a great antidote to the reproductive-rights-in-the-U.S. blues.
The dynamic woman behind this 29-year-old movement building effort is Marlene Gerber Fried, professor at Hampshire College. A decorated teacher and prolific writer on reproductive rights issues, Marlene has mentored hundreds of students interested in acting on their reproductive rights convictions.
So on this 42 anniversary of Roe v. Wade, let's not only commemorate the date, but also celebrate activists like Marlene Fried and the other staff at the Center for Civil Liberties and Public Policy who are working methodically and strategically to connect young people to the movement for women's reproductive justice!