FEMINISMS LUNCH LECTURE SERIES
FROM “TRANSACTIONAL TO TRANSFORMATIONAL”: REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AND MARGINS TO CENTER ORGANIZING
This lecture will focus on the Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF), and its transformation over the past 30 years. Many organizations focusing on abortion have identified strongly with "pro-choice" and reproductive rights frameworks. Why and how has CAF been able to avoid institutionalizing choice- and rights-based rhetoric, and instead embrace and enact a reproductive justice framework? How has CAF developed from an organization started by white, middle class feminists, affiliated with reproductive rights, to the women of color-led non-profit it is today? We will begin this lecture by discussing the decades of autonomous women of color organizing for reproductive justice and focus on CAF’s use of a Black feminist epistemological approach to organizing and margins to center organizing, specifically. We will discuss how “margins to center” tactics break ideologically from mainstream feminist organizing, and “move past the impasse that characterizes contemporary feminist movement” to instead engage community members “as makers of theory and as leaders of action”.
Meghan Daniel is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research centers on social movements and feminist theories, with a particular focus on intersectionality and reproduction.
Lunch will be served. RSVP by 10/19 at email@example.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/1085007248202468/
This program is part of the FEMINISMS Lunch Lecture Series where we explore, discuss and highlight feminisms and examine them within various cultural locations and contexts. This series creates a safe space to explore the varied and complex realms of feminism. Guest presenters open up opportunities and guide us as we delve deeper into and broaden our understanding of this complex and multifarious movement while expanding the conversation about what it means to be a feminist.
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