1st Annual Statewide Convening 2017

Healthy and Free Tennessee is pleased to announce our first annual statewide convening October 27-29 at Tennessee State University, an HBCU, in Nashville, TN. The theme for this year is "2018 and Beyond: Building Collective Power," and the sessions include issues (i.e. HIV policy in TN, centering people of color in birth work, reproductive rights and TN's opioid epidemic, etc.) and general skill-building (i.e. how to run a campaign from start to finish, how to create and lobby state legislation, tips for organizing in faith communities, etc.). The convening is FREE and open to our coalition partners and the general public. People who are unfamiliar with reproductive rights, health, and justice are encouraged to attend and learn about why this work must be centered in our progressive movement.



If your organization is interested in tabling at this convening, please contact anna@healthyandfreetn.org.


Our keynote speaker will be Loretta J. Ross (pictured above right). Ms. Ross is an expert on women’s issues, racism, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this transforms social change. She is a nationally-recognized women's rights and human rights leader. She was a co-founder and the National Coordinator, from 2005 to 2012, of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a network of women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement.

Presenters will include local Tennessee experts like Larry Frampton with the Tennessee AIDS Advocacy Network, Mary-Linden Salter from Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & Other Addiction Services, Elizabeth Gedmark of A Better Balance, Terri Lee-Johnson of the Memphis Birth Collective, Erica Perry of Black Lives Matter Memphis, and Dawn Harrington of Free Hearts, as well as national experts from National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Center for Reproductive Rights, and SisterSong

Registration details, including information about travel scholarships, will be available soon. 

Tentative schedule: 

Friday, Oct 27 Welcome reception & music 6-8pm
  Co-Director welcome 7-7:30pm
Saturday, Oct 28 Breakfast 7:45-8:30am
  Opening remarks & music 8:30-8:40am
  Conference Panel #1 8:40-9:40am
  Conference Panel #2 9:45-10:45am
  Break 10:45-11am
  Morning breakout #1 - 4 options for panel discussions 11am-12:10pm
  Lunch + Keynote 12:10-1:40pm
  Afternoon breakout #2 - 4 options for panel discussions 1:40-2:50pm
  Break 2:50-3:00pm
  Afternoon breakout #3 - 4 options for panel discussions 3:00-4:10pm
  Break 4:10-4:20pm
  Afternoon breakout #4 - 4 options for panel discussions 4:20-5:20pm
  Closing remarks 5:20-5:30pm
Sunday, Oct 29 Breakfast 7:45-8:30am
  Opening remarks 8:30-8:40am
  Conference Panel #3 8:40-9:40am
  Break 9:40-9:50am
  Morning breakout #5 - 4 options for panel discussions 9:50-11am
  Break 11:00-11:10am
  Morning breakout #6 11:10am-12:10pm
  Closing remarks 12:15-12:30pm

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