Prisons and the Fight for Reproductive Justice

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Wed, 06/23/2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Woodward Academy: 1470
Full Description: 

The goals of the workshop are to share with participants our successes and challenges implementing a Doula Project/Mothers Group at the women’s prison in MA. We will discuss some of the myriad ways in which the prison system affects issues of reproductive choice with an emphasis on the reproductive experiences of incarcerated women. We will include the voices of incarcerated woman through reading personal narratives about their experiences of giving birth and mothering while incarcerated. If possible we will include previously incarcerated woman from our programs in this panel. The process of how we conceived, initiated and implemented our project will be highlighted with attention to the benefits/challenges of organizing as part of a grassroots, collective project. We will explain program areas and structure of our organization as well as highlight how we involve incarcerated women in building the organization. Finally, we will help participants identify strategies for working on reproductive justice issues for incarcerated women in their own communities. After the session, participants will be able to: 1) Analyze some of the complex ways that the prison system affects issues of reproductive justice across the U.S. 2) Describe how grassroots organizing/collective decision making structures can be incorporated into reproductive and prison justice work. 3) Identify ways to educate the community on and advocate for the rights of incarcerated women

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The Prison Birth Project
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