Reproductive Justice and the Politics of Resistance @ Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Washington [26 April]

Reproductive Justice and the Politics of Resistance

17:30 - 20:00

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Poverty & Race Research Action Council
740 15th Street NW Suite 300, Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Join us for a reception (5:30pm) followed by a book talk (6:00pm) featuring Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger.

Ross (an activist) and Solinger (a scholar) will discuss their collaborative book project, Reproductive Justice: An Introduction. Attendees will learn about the reproductive justice framework and hear authors' reflections about the significance of the reproductive justice movement in this political moment.

Book signing to follow. Copies of Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique, edited by Loretta J. Ross, Lynn Roberts, Erika Derkas, Whitney Peoples, and Pamela Bridgewater Toure (2017), will also be available for purchase.

About Reproductive Justice: An Introduction

Reproductive Justice is a first-of-its-kind primer that provides a comprehensive yet succinct description of the field. Written by two legendary scholar-activists, Reproductive Justice introduces students to an intersectional analysis of race, class, and gender politics. Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger put the lives and lived experience of women of color at the center of the book and use a human rights analysis to show how the discussion around reproductive justice differs significantly from the pro-choice/anti-abortion debates that have long dominated the headlines and mainstream political conflict. Arguing that reproductive justice is a political movement of reproductive rights and social justice, the authors illuminate, for example, the complex web of structural obstacles a low-income, physically disabled woman living in West Texas faces as she contemplates her sexual and reproductive intentions. In a period in which women’s reproductive lives are imperiled, Reproductive Justice provides an essential guide to understanding and mobilizing around women’s human rights in the twenty-first century.

About the Authors

Loretta J. Ross is a cofounder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and the cocreator, in 1994, of the theory of reproductive justice. She has addressed women’s issues, hate groups, and human rights on CNN and in the New York Times, Time magazine, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.
Rickie Solinger is a historian and curator and the author or editor of many books about reproductive politics, including Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe v. Wade.

About the Host

The Poverty & Race Research Action Council's mission is to promote a research-based advocacy strategy to attack the structures and systems that disadvantage low income families of color and that reinforce racial hierarchies in American society. Our current advocacy work includes a focus on the mechanisms that continue to reproduce historical patterns of housing and school segregation, with an emphasis on developing actionable policies to help reverse segregation. We also provide technical assistance and support for local communities working on innovative, inclusive policies. PRRAC is also a founding member of the National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD) and helps to staff the coalition's organizing, advocacy, and outreach.

Event Contact

Gina Chirichigno
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The Potter’s House is a nonprofit café, bookstore, and event space in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Since opening our doors in 1960 we have been a key place for deeper conversation, creative expression, and community transformation. After closing in 2013 for major renovations, The Potter’s House re-opened in spring 2015 with a renewed space and revitalized offerings. In our rapidly changing city — one in which development so often means displacement — The Potter's House is a deeply rooted space where we can build relationships across our differences, envision just alternatives, and grow the movements that will make them possible.

«Women will change the nature of power before power changes the nature of women.» ― Bella Abzug
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