Summer 2014

CRRJ Wins Bright Spot Award

CRRJ is honored to be selected as one of three non-profit organizations to win the 2014 Bright Spot Award from the Quixote Foundation, which celebrates "full tilt idealism."  The unsolicited recognition is accompanied by a grant award and given to organizations

and leaders "who support lifelong access to compassionate reproductive health care that respects autonomy, safeguards physical and mental well-being, and supports informed decisions."   


For more information on the award, click HERE.

Reproductive Rights Law & Policy at Alumni Weekend

On September 20th CRRJ will present "Trends, TRAPs, Trials, and Triumphs in the 2010s,"a dynamic discussion on law and policy related to reproductive rights and the cultural and political shifts undergirding them.  Faculty Director Kristin Luker and Executive Director Jill E. Adams will give an overview of mounting state-level restrictions on access to reproductive healthcare and the challenges brought against them. California and its proactive policymaking efforts will be highlighted, as will long-term strategies to realize rights for marginalized communities whose reproductive decisions have been forced, coerced, or denied. 

This program will provide one (1.0) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit applied to the Areas of Professional Practice requirements.  Register HERE.
Working Group to Reconvene this Fall

The Reproductive Justice Working Group will explore questions that have plagued  efforts to secure reproductive rights and eliminate reproductive oppression, particularly for vulnerable and marginalized populations.  The group's primary goal is to co-create an environment where participants can deepen their understanding of reproductive justice and develop practical ideas for integrating it into their research and practice. We welcome participation by community members, activists, clergy, health professionals and advocates, advanced undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, staff, and researchers from various disciplines.  

Alisa Sanchez will facilitate the group every other Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00 in a wheelchair-accessible location with free parking for people with disabilities. The Center on Race & Gender will co-sponsor, and snacks will be provided.  Email by September 5th for information about registration and directions.  

RJ Virtual Library Now Open

CRRJ has opened the doors of the Reproductive Justice Virtual Library - an online, searchable catalog of annotated sources illuminating the foundations and growing edges of the reproductive justice framework.  Written in accessible language with links to authors and organizations, the library serves advocates, academics, media, and the general public.  The collection, carefully curated by Elena Gutierrez with input from members of the RJ community, includes scholarship from law and the social sciences, as well as reports and other substantive advocacy materials from organizations. Enter HERE.

Being Bold

Members of the CRRJ Crew met up with the Be Bold Road Trip when it hit Oakland on August 13th.  Speakers, including Representative Barbara Lee (pictured below next to  CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams), declared their support for the restoration of public insurance coverage for abortion care so that every woman can access safe, affordable services when she needs them.  The Be Bold Road Trip is sponsored by the All* Above All campaign, "an innovative and uplifting campaign that unites organizations and individuals to build support for abortion coverage."

Book Series Announced 

The Center will support a new reproductive justice book series from University of California Press to be edited by Zakiya Luna, Khiara Bridges, and Rickie Solinger.  The series will publish works exploring the contours and content of reproductive justice, including primers aimed at neophytes and books of original research.  

Researcher Wins Elite Student-Athlete Scholarship

Kathleen Messinger, student researcher at CRRJ and goalkeeper for the Cal women's soccer team, won an Oscar Geballe Postgraduate Scholarship.  When injuries kept Kathleen from being able to play and fulfilling her athletic potential, she came to CRRJ and discovered a new identity as a passionate activist.  Inspired by her experiences at CRRJ, she plans to use the scholarship to attend law school and pursue a career in reproductive rights advocacy.  We are so proud of Kathleen for this and all of her achievements!  Read more about her journey from athletics to advocacy HERE 

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