The NLG now produces webinars! Public programming will be posted to this page. We have also launched a series of NLG-specific webinars as organizing resources for members. These are only accessible by current NLG members who log in and go to Members-Only > Member Webinars (another great reason to join the NLG!). Stay tuned for more!
This two-hour webinar features movement leaders and organizers on the ground as they examine the rise of the conservative right and the failure of neo-liberalism, the impact of Trump trans-nationally, emerging global trends and alliances, and specific case studies of opportunities and threats, existing organizing infrastructures, paths of resistance and support for new economies in the south and rural U.S. Speakers brainstorm with each other and the audience to strategize around the critical role of the legal community in this political moment.
Trishala Deb leads Thousand Currents’ programs in Asia. She has worked at the intersection of a variety of issues – immigrant and refugee rights, gender justice, and anti-violence and militarization – supporting the capacity building efforts of emerging grassroots organizations. Previously, she worked for the Caring Across Generations campaign, bringing together home care workers, consumers, and families. She also coordinated a program for immigrants at the Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, and trans people of color in New York City, and has worked with the Arcus Foundation and Public Interest Projects. Trishala has served on the advisory board of the National Network of Immigrant and Refugee Rights and worked with Migrant Rights International. She has also served on the Steering Committee of Grassroots Global Justice to connect issues of migration, sustainable development, and economic justice with organizations in the Global South and the United States.
Stephanie Guilloud is the Co-Director of Project South. Stephanie is an organizer with 17 years of experience and leadership in global justice work and community organizing. At Project South, Stephanie works closely with Southeast regional organizing projects, the Southern Movement Assembly, and membership programs. Stephanie worked as the National Co-Chair of the Peoples Movement Assembly Working Group of the US Social Forum from 2008-2013. She served on the board of Southerners On New Ground (SONG), a multiracial queer organization, from 2005-2014. Stephanie is the editor of two anthologies: Through the Eyes of the Judged; Autobiographical Sketches from Incarcerated Young Men and Voices from the WTO; First-person Narratives from the People who Shut Down the World Trade Organization.
Suzanne Pharr is an organizer with the National Council of Elders In 1981, Suzanne founded the Women’s Project in Arkansas and was on the staff for 18 years. Its mission is to eliminate sexism and racism, working specifically on economics and violence, and through connecting all oppressions and oppressed groups. From 1999-2004, she was the first woman director of the historic Highlander Research and Education Center. Its primary work for 73 years has been centered on workers’ rights, Civil Rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights, and the leadership of grassroots community people, including youth. Suzanne is the author of Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism and In the Time of the Right: Reflections on Liberation. Her life’s work has been focused on building a multi-racial, multi-issued movement for social and economic justice.
Tarso Ramos is the executive director of Political Research Associates. Tarso has been researching the U.S. Right for over two decades, contributing numerous articles and reports on Christian Right, anti-immigrant, anti-labor, and anti-environmental movements and campaigns. Under his leadership, PRA has launched several new initiatives, on subjects including the export of U.S.-style homophobic campaigns abroad, the spread of Islamophobia, and the Right’s investment in redefining religious liberty to assert a right to discriminate. Ramos previously served as founding director of Western States Center’s racial justice program. Throughout the 1990s, Tarso worked in various western states to counteract anti-gay campaigns, right-wing militias, and other organized threats to social justice. As director of the Wise Use Public Exposure Project in the mid-’90s, he monitored the Right’s anti-union and anti-environmental campaigns.This webinar is open to everyone and will be recorded for future access.
Description: Criminalization affects our reproductive lives. From punishment of pregnancy outcomes, to coerced sterilization of incarcerated people, to destruction of families through mass incarceration, communities who are marginalized and targeted for criminalization in the United States face challenges that are complex and often overlooked in discourse around reproductive freedom. The Reproductive Justice framework acknowledges that decisions that people make about their pregnancies and their families may be affected by the law in ways that go beyond the legal rights to contraception and abortion.
But the complexities of the challenges provide opportunities for creative lawyering in service of community needs. The panel will explore the intersection of criminalization and reproduction, and how the principles of community lawyering can help advance reproductive justice. The panel will focus this inquiry using the example of self-induced abortion, an issue that has become more pressing as legislatures are emboldened to restrict access to clinic-based abortion. Abortion is a constitutionally protected right, and yet people have faced arrest, prosecution, and punishment for ending their own pregnancies. By discussing key laws and cases, panelists will identify obstacles and lay out a vision for law and policy strategies, and provide examples of lawyering that attempts to maintain accountability to community needs.