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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
|Friday, Oct 27||Welcome reception & music||6-8pm|
|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|
|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|
|Afternoon breakout #3 - 4 options for panel discussions||3:00-4:10pm|
|Afternoon breakout #4 - 4 options for panel discussions||4:20-5:20pm|
|Sunday, Oct 29||Breakfast||7:45-8:30am|
|Conference Panel #3||8:40-9:40am|
|Morning breakout #5 - 4 options for panel discussions||9:50-11am|
|Morning breakout #6||11:10am-12:10pm|