What is most notable about the experience is that Georgia WAND was one of the only environmental justice organizations, and the only EJ organization at the intersection of anti-violence and racial justice, present at the conference. This speaks volumes to the importance of Georgia WAND’s intentional centering of issues relating to race, health disparities, class, and gender. Georgia WAND continues to lead the way as an organization that believes in an intersectional, social justice praxis.
Sistersong‘s 20th Anniversary Let’s Talk About Sex Reproductive Justice Conference was a convening of over 1,000 freedom fighters from all over the country. Hosted in New Orleans, Louisiana, it was a powerful meeting of hearts and minds; activists who champion abortion rights, to sexual health education, to disability justice, to uplifting the needs of Black mothers in the South. Georgia WAND’s Program and Communications Manager Lindsay Harper and Fundraising Consultant Leila Zainab attended the conference and were met by hundreds of other women of color activists and visionaries joining together at a time when the intersections of reproductive health and Black womanhood are most threatened.
A sample of break out sessions attended are as follows:
This is How We Do It: Taking the Fight to the Opposition (presented by the Afiyah Center)- how to build campaigns that use a values-based narrative to expose the vulnerabilities of our opposition and advance our vision for RJ through policy change, digital print advertising, earned media and grassroots organizing strategies.
AMPLIFY: Voter Engagement As a Tool For Liberation (presented by our friends Women Engaged, ProGeorgia, and 9to5 Georgia) – a discussion about working from the intersections of gender, economic, racial, reproductive justice using a non-partisan integrated voter engagement model.
Muslims and Reproductive Justice: Empowering our Community through Dismantling Stereotypes – an exploration of the intersecting issues of violence, Islamophobia, religion, racism, and reproductive justice.
(Lindsay Harper and Leila Zainab attend the SisterSong conference in New Orleans. Lindsay shows off the NEW GA WAND swag bag while Leila displays the program booklet for the annual “Let’s Talk About Sex” conference)