The Socialist Feminist Working Group will host an 8-week-long mixed-gender reading group on reproductive justice. Our intent is to give participants a thorough understanding of debates and contemporary issues surrounding reproductive justice [or freedom] in the hope of connecting our praxis to theory.
The term “reproductive justice” was created by black women activists in 1994. It refers to an understanding of reproductive rights and activism that goes beyond “abortion rights” and the language of “choice” in favor of a holistic understanding of human rights. SisterSong defines the term as “three interconnected human rights values: the right not to have children using safe birth control, abortion, or abstinence; the right to have children under the conditions we choose; and the right to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments,” according to Regina Mahone (https://rewire.news/article/2017/11/28/future-radical-reproductive-justice).
Date/Time: Thursdays, starting January 25th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm – ending Thursday, March 15th
Location: The Nation, 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY, 21st floor (You will need a photo ID to enter the building. If the office is locked try ringing the doorbell but someone should be there to greet you.)
Please feel free to read along with us at home if you can’t make it in person! Here is the syllabus: https://docs.google.com/document/d/197jWoHgqNT-xR-gmq4DErrCmOxmeyZtv0esBbBCLyJI/edit?usp=sharing
The reproductive justice paradigm takes into account the impact of oppressions such as class, gender, race, sexuality, and citizenship status, all of which influence one’s reproductive freedom. We will discuss the eugenics movement, population control, sterilization abuse, the legacy of Margaret Sanger, violence, welfare, LGBTQ rights, and the US healthcare system.