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Healthy and Free Tennessee is excited to welcome you to our 3rd annual statewide convening #HFTNcon2019 at Tennessee State University’s Avon Williams Campus at 330 10th Avenue North, in downtown Nashville. Our statewide convening is a gathering for progressives that centers reproductive freedom and movement building in Tennessee.
This year, we will dig deeper into the systemic racism within our movement. The theme is "Reproductive Freedom: What’s Race Got to Do With It?" and topics will include eugenics, history of reproductive oppression and resistance in the U.S. South, tracking the White supremacist anti-choice agenda, and anti-oppression tools for organizations, among others. Start here by downloading the convening app!



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Saturday, October 5
 

8:00am CDT

Registration and Breakfast Menu, see more...
Breakfast:
Assorted Danish
Assorted scones with butter and jam
Assorted bagels with butter, cream cheese and jam
Seasonal sliced fruit
Vegan donuts
Assorted juices
Coffee & hot water with tea bags
Iced water


Saturday October 5, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Atrium

9:00am CDT

Opening Remarks

Saturday October 5, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am CDT
Atrium
  Opening Remarks
  • Atrium Image description: Atrium set up with round tables where meals and the keynote will take place

9:15am CDT

Plenary #1 Reproduction and Eugenics
Under the guise of “objective science,” “public health policy,” and “safety and security”, eugenics--control over who gets to reproduce and build families, and by what values--serves as buried foundation that undergirds the systems and practices of reproductive oppression. Often assumed to be resigned to the past, our panelists will make evident the driving force of eugenics throughout our history and in our most pressing battles today. Building Reproductive Freedom requires uprooting the realities of eugenics, including the assumptions we have internalized.

Presenters/Facilitators
avatar for Aimi Hamraie, they/them

Aimi Hamraie, they/them

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society and American Studies, and Director of the Mapping Access Project, Vanderbilt University
Aimi Hamraie is assistant professor of medicine, health, & society at Vanderbilt University and co-founder of the Nashville Disability Justice Collective. Their book, Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) chronicles... Read More →
avatar for Coya White Hat-Artichoker, she/her

Coya White Hat-Artichoker, she/her

Board of Directors, Secretary, PFund Foundation
Coya is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been involved in various communities and movements since the age of 15. Coya is currently an advisory committee member for the GLBT Host Home Program, working to provide safe homes for homeless queer youth. She is... Read More →
avatar for Judith Clerjeune, she/her

Judith Clerjeune, she/her

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
Judith Clerjeune (she/her) is from Fond-des-Blanc, Haiti, and immigrated with her family to the United States in 2004. She holds a B.A. in History from Williams College and a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Judith is fluent in Haitian Creole and conversational... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Atrium

10:15am CDT

Break
Saturday October 5, 2019 10:15am - 10:25am CDT

10:25am CDT

Plenary #2: A Critical History of Whiteness: Examining Race, Power, and White Hegemony
When we think of “race” we are conditioned by racism to think of nonwhite races and Whiteness as somehow neutral or unraced. This plenary traces the history of Whiteness, particularly in the United States but also globally, and how it has always been a political rather than biological category. Who is considered White or has always been fluid, shifting and expanding in order to maintain a constant category of acceptable “other” who can then be denied rights and resources. Reproductive oppression and eugenics has intersected with this political project in specific ways, by denigrating nonwhite bodies and controlling motherhood to, depending on the era and specific economic driver, either enhance reproduction for White profit or suppress reproduction to maintain White dominance.

Presenters/Facilitators
avatar for Jalessah Jackson, she/they

Jalessah Jackson, she/they

Co-Founder, Consultant, Jackson & Marshall Consulting Group LLC
[Image Description: Jalessah Jackson looking at the camera, smiling. She has on glasses and is wearing a black shirt.]  ">Jalessah is a Black queer mother, interdisciplinary scholar-activist whose research and teaching explores the connections between critical theories of race, gender... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 10:25am - 11:25am CDT
Atrium

11:25am CDT

Break
Saturday October 5, 2019 11:25am - 11:35am CDT

11:35am CDT

BREAKOUT SESSION: Black Women and (White) Christianity
Black women’s lived experiences are distinct from those of Black men and those of White women: a Black man who is anti-racist can also be committed to patriarchy, just as a White feminist who is anti-sexist can be staunchly committed to White supremacy. Womanist theology affirms Black women’s value to the Christian church and her community, and is rooted in self-love as a radical act in a world that has historically devalued and dehumanized Black women. This panel will discuss how Black Christian women have fought against the multiple oppressions of White supremacy and misogyny within their Christian faith to craft their own path towards liberation that centers their lived experiences.


Presenters/Facilitators
avatar for Cecilia Olusola Tribble, she/her

Cecilia Olusola Tribble, she/her

Arts and Culture Educator, Consultant, and Racial Equity Coach
Cecilia Olusola Tribble (she/her) is an arts and culture educator and racial equity coach. She has almost 20 years of arts education, artistic and liturgical consultation experience. She has made art of various mediums and consulted for artists, culture makers, and organizations all... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Fallon Wilson, she/her

Dr. Fallon Wilson, she/her

CEO, Black in Tech Nashville
Dr. Fallon Wilson (she/her) is the  CEO of Black in Tech Nashville and Research Director of Black Tech Mecca which seeks to build a national black tech ecosystem. She’s 2019 TEDx Speaker (e.g. Stop Ignoring Black Women and Hear of Our Tech Prophecies). She’s a Board Member of... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 11:35am - 12:50pm CDT
Room 309

11:35am CDT

BREAKOUT SESSION: Combatting Sexism & Racism in Work-Family Policies
This workshop will examine sexism, white supremacy, systemic racism, and other dynamics within the current political and legal landscape surrounding pregnancy, parenting, and caregiving in the workplace. In particular, we will discuss how women of color are disproportionately impacted by the lack of robust legal protections for workers, and are often left out of laws that provide some protections. We will also present policy solutions to dismantle racism and support workers of color and touch on advocacy strategies that center the voices and lived experiences of women of color. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the current landscape surrounding work-family policies and a roadmap for how to better support working women and families of color.


Presenters/Facilitators
avatar for Feroza Freeland, she/her

Feroza Freeland, she/her

Policy Associate, A Better Balance
Feroza Freeland is a Policy Associate in A Better Balance’s Southern Office in Nashville, where she engages in advocacy and coalition-building work to advance policies that support working women and families in the South, including paid family & medical leave, pregnancy accommodations... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 11:35am - 12:50pm CDT
Training Room 1

11:35am CDT

BREAKOUT SESSION: Fighting for Incarcerated Women's Rights in Tennessee and Louisiana
Women are the fastest growing incarcerated population in the U.S. but jails and prisons and their infrastructure and policies have historically been set up to accommodate men. Free Hearts, a Tennessee-based organization working with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women to expand their rights last year achieved successful passage of their primary caregiver bill, requiring judges to consider whether a person is a primary caregiver of a dependent child (mostly women) prior to sentencing, and if so, to assign community-based alternative sentences in place of incarceration. Free Hearts is also working with Healthy and Free Tennessee on our legislation to end the practice of shackling pregnant incarcerated people, to require adequate prenatal care, and to allow for breastfeeding and provide storage for breastmilk. Operation Restoration in Louisiana worked on and passed similar anti-shackling legislation last year. This panel will talk about the challenges facing incarcerated pregnant people, mothers, and parents and what policies can be advanced to protect their health and rights, and those of their children. 


Presenters/Facilitators
avatar for Syrita Steib-Martin, she/her

Syrita Steib-Martin, she/her

Executive Director, Operation Restoration, Louisiana
Syrita Steib-Martin (she/her) co-founded Operation Restoration (OR) in 2016 and serves as the Executive Director. OR specializes in creating opportunities for formerly incarcerated women through college courses, a women first clinic, clothing supply closet, case management services... Read More →
avatar for Alex Chambers, she/her

Alex Chambers, she/her

Free Hearts, Tennessee
Alexandra Chambers (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in Religion and Ethics at Vanderbilt and a founding member of Free Hearts. Her research looks at the moral and theological justifications behind the incarceration of women and the relationship between intimate partner and state gender... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 11:35am - 12:50pm CDT
Training Room 2

11:35am CDT

BREAKOUT SESSION: History of Reproductive Oppression and Black Women’s Resistance in the U.S. South

Women’s movements often center the activism and priorities of White women. But Black, indigenous, and other people of color have always been at the forefront of resistance movements, even as their stories don’t always make it into the mainstream. Reproductive oppression has been a mainstay of United States and especially Southern politics since even before the founding of our country. And as long as there has been injustice, there have been Black women legal scholars, midwives, abortion rights activists, medical providers, lay providers, and everyday people who have fought to resist -- for example Dr Dorothy Brown, the first Black woman to serve in the TN General Assembly and a staunch abortion rights advocate. This panel will uplift the contributions of women of color within the reproductive freedom movement working at the intersections of reproductive oppression and White supremacy, including the networks of Black women who ensured reproductive health care access and abortion access pre- Roe v. Wade, and how the movement has been built off the work of these activists. 


Presenters/Facilitators
avatar for Dr. Cynthia R. Greenlee, she/her

Dr. Cynthia R. Greenlee, she/her

Historian and Writer, 2019 Open Society Foundations Media Justice Fellow
Dr. Cynthia Greenlee is a historian, writer, and editor based in North Carolina. She earned her PhD in African-American and Southern legal history from Duke University, and a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina. She has worked in reproductive health... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 11:35am - 12:50pm CDT
Room 306

11:35am CDT

BREAKOUT SESSION: Tracking the Anti-Choice, White Supremacist Agenda
Threats of violence against abortion clinics have nearly doubled since 2017, coinciding with a surge in white nationalist organizing and policies. There is a clear overlap and even collaboration between anti-choice religious conservatives and White supremacist movements. Anti-choice activists want to ban abortion altogether while White supremacists seek to end abortion for White people to increase the birthrate, while attempting to stop or deincentivize people of color from having more children through measures such as abortion, coercive sterilization, targeted birth control, family caps on welfare benefits, ending birthright citizenship, denying prenatal care to undocumented women, and more. This panel will provide the road map for the anti-choice agenda to end Roe v. Wade, as well as show the links between that agenda and the racist agenda to deny communities of color the right to parent in safe and resourced environments. 


Presenters/Facilitators
avatar for Laurie Bertram Roberts, she/her

Laurie Bertram Roberts, she/her

Executive Director, Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund
Laurie Bertram Roberts is a low income, black, queer, disabled grassroots reproductive justice activist, freelance writer, doula, prospective midwife, and mother. She is the co-founder and current Executive Director of the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund; Mississippi's only... Read More →
avatar for Robin Marty, she/her

Robin Marty, she/her

Co-Author of, The End of Roe v. Wade: Inside the Right's Plan to Destroy Legal Abortion
Robin Marty is a freelance reporter and the author of Handbook for a Post-Roe America, a guide for what to do if and when Roe is overturned and states make abortion illegal, and the co-author of, The End of Roe v. Wade: Inside the Right's Plan to Destroy Legal Abortion. Robin specializes in abortion rights and access, and the anti-abortion movement and figures, and has been covering the state-based actions to limit reproductive health access since 2009. Her work is frequently published in Cosmopolitan, NBC, The Guardian, Politico, and other news outle... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 11:35am - 12:50pm CDT
Room 353

12:50pm CDT

Keynote Address and Lunch Menu, see more...
Lunch Menu:
Beef and chicken fajitas with tortillas, shredded cheese, and sour cream
Tortilla chips
Mexican rice
Charro beans
Cinnamon crisps
Pico de gallo
Salsa roja
Assorted cookies
Lemonade
Assorted drinks
Iced water

Presenters/Facilitators
avatar for Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, she/her

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, she/her

Co-Executive Director, Highlander Research and Education Center
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is an Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working-class woman, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee. She is the Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, TN. She has served as president of the Black Affairs Association... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 12:50pm - 2:20pm CDT
Atrium

2:20pm CDT

WORKSHOP: Moving Towards an Anti-Racist Organization
Modeling vulnerability and transparency, HFTN will share some of our organization’s story, our missteps and some of what’s worked so far, as we have worked to move this organization toward anti-racist practices and policies. We don’t have all of the answers, but we know that building Reproductive Freedom requires directly addressing the habits and systems that uphold ideological racism, and we know that we are stronger when take risks, get honest, and learn from each other. Led by Co-Directors Briana Perry and Anna Carella and several board members, together we’ll deepen our practices and expand our tool box for undermining White supremacy at the ideological, cultural, and interpersonal levels. 


Moderators
avatar for Anna Carella, she/her

Anna Carella, she/her

Co-Director, Healthy and Free Tennessee
Anna has been proud to call Tennessee home since 2009. She’s a Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt in Political Science with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. She became interested in community organizing while working overseas, inspired by international human rights... Read More →
avatar for Briana Perry, she/her

Briana Perry, she/her

Co-Director, Healthy and Free Tennessee
Briana is a native Memphian. She moved to Nashville in 2009 to attend college at Vanderbilt where she majored in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies. She obtained her Master of Education in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in... Read More →

Presenters/Facilitators
avatar for Judith Clerjeune, she/her

Judith Clerjeune, she/her

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
Judith Clerjeune (she/her) is from Fond-des-Blanc, Haiti, and immigrated with her family to the United States in 2004. She holds a B.A. in History from Williams College and a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Judith is fluent in Haitian Creole and conversational... Read More →
avatar for Elise Krews, she/her

Elise Krews, she/her

Steering Committee, Healthy and Free Tennessee
Elise Krews grew up in Shreveport, LA, where she completed a B.S. in Biology at Centenary College in 2014. After 2 years of working within the healthcare system and witnessing the impact of systemic inequality on people’s bodies and lives, Elise moved to Nashville in 2016 to pursue... Read More →
avatar for Lyndsey Godwin, she/her

Lyndsey Godwin, she/her

Steering Committee, Healthy and Free Tennessee
Lyndsey Godwin is the Assistant Director for the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School. With an eye on intersections and multiple-issue lives, she works to connect academics, activist, organizers, artists, faith leaders, and educators in... Read More →
avatar for Jordan Scruggs, they/them

Jordan Scruggs, they/them

Owner, Let's Talk Consulting
Creator, communicator, believer in a voice, Jordan Scruggs is a proud Chattanooga native.With a history in working the local, statewide, and national non-profit organizations, Scruggs is always looking to get their hands involved in helping people promote their passions. As a social... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 2:20pm - 3:50pm CDT
Training Room 2

3:50pm CDT

Break
Saturday October 5, 2019 3:50pm - 4:00pm CDT

4:00pm CDT

Healthy and Free Tennessee-Led Caucusing
Presenters/Facilitators
avatar for Lyndsey Godwin, she/her

Lyndsey Godwin, she/her

Steering Committee, Healthy and Free Tennessee
Lyndsey Godwin is the Assistant Director for the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School. With an eye on intersections and multiple-issue lives, she works to connect academics, activist, organizers, artists, faith leaders, and educators in... Read More →
avatar for Judith Clerjeune, she/her

Judith Clerjeune, she/her

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
Judith Clerjeune (she/her) is from Fond-des-Blanc, Haiti, and immigrated with her family to the United States in 2004. She holds a B.A. in History from Williams College and a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Judith is fluent in Haitian Creole and conversational... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT

5:00pm CDT

Closing Remarks
Saturday October 5, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Atrium
 


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