KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

and PANELISTS

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Cara Page is a Black Feminist Queer cultural/memory worker, curator, and organizer. She comes from a long ancestral legacy of organizers and cultural workers from the Southeast to the Northeast. For the past 30+ years, she has fought for LGBTQGNCI, Black, People of Color & Indigenous liberation inside of the racial & economic justice, reproductive justice and transformative justice movements.  She is co-founder of the Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective, Black Women Birthing Resistance & the Atlanta Transformative Justice Collaborative.  She is also the former ED of the Audre Lorde Project.  

 

She has worked with such organizations nationally & internationally as Southerners on New Ground (SONG), Project South, INCITE! Women & Trans People of Color Against Violence, the Young Women’s Empowerment Project, the Committee on Women, Population & the Environment and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.   Currently she is lead organizer & curator of Changing Frequencies, a global project seeking to transform generational trauma and intervene on the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC) through political & cultural change. (See more about her work here: https://carapage.co)

Keynote Speaker

CARA PAGE

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Tamika Middleton is the Black Organizing CoCoordinator of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.  She is an organizer, birthworker, writer, and unschooling mama. She is passionate about and active in struggles that affect Black women’s lives. She is a co-founder and facilitator at the Anna Julia Cooper Learning and Liberation Center, a Community Advisory Board member of Critical Resistance, a Leadership Team member of Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective, and serves on the board of the Organization for Human Rights and Democracy.  Tamika is a member of Echoing Ida, a community of Black women and nonbinary writers, who has been published in Creative Loafing Atlanta, Colorlines (both digital and the now defunct print magazine), Talk Poverty, Voices for Human Needs blog, MomsRising.org, CommunityChange.org, Black Women Birthing Justice blog, and BlackGirlNerds.com.

Keynote Speaker

TAMIKA MIDDLETON

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Angelita Valencia Borbón (Indígena Yaqui) received her calling to be a midwife at the age of five walking in the Sonoran desert with her mother. She was in early labor and Angelita's role was finding the perfect rocks for her to sit on during contractions. She received her BSN from the University of Arizona School of Nursing, and lived and studied with a Partera in the mountains of central Mexico where she received a blessing of her hands. She has over 20 years experience working with and training others to work with Indigenous birthing women from the orchards of South Texas and the inner city of Compton, to the Hupa Reservation in Northern California. Her advocacy includes participating in the work group that founded Doulas of North America (DONA.) She is in San Francisco now where her great joy is being a Native Scientist and an active Grandmother.

Centering the Voices of Indigenous Birthworkers for the Liberation of Nations Panel

ANGELITA VALENCIA BORBON

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Glenda Abbott, is from Pelican Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan in Treaty 6 Territory. She is a Nehiyaw (Plains Cree) birth knowledge keeper and attendant, Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor, Doula/Birth Attendant Trainer, Sister, Auntie, Mother. Glenda has served as an Indigenous program and curriculum Consultant with diverse Indigenous Doula/birth trainings and communities across North America. Throughout the last 5 years Glenda has visited over 30 communities to provide Indigenous Birth training to hundreds of families and birthworkers/doulas. Glenda works passionately towards rematriation and the cultural resurgence of ancestral birth practices to reclaim Indigenous midwifery.

Centering the Voices of Indigenous Birthworkers for the Liberation of Nations Panel

GLENDA ABBOTT

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I am Navajo and my clan is Tl’aashchi’I, Red Bottom clan, born for Tachii’nii, Red Running into the Water clan. Hashk’aa hadzohi, Yucca fruit-strung-out-in-a line clan, and Naasht’ezhi dine’e, Zuni clan.  Growing up on and off the Navajo reservation near Farmington, New Mexico our traditional healing practices have always been apart of my life.  I attribute my accomplishments to the many prayers and ceremonies done on my behalf as I was growing into the woman I am today. While obtaining my graduate education, it became apparent that our traditional healing practices and philosophies about “health” and “wellness” were vital to the care I provided as a Nurse Midwife.  It is with this deep understanding and respect for our way of life as indigenous peoples that my worldviews are based on and are reflected the projects I participate in. My primary goal as a Nurse Midwife is to keep birth sacred and in native communities, by integrating and applying traditional knowledge. 

 

 I received my Bachelors degree in Nursing and a Masters degree in Nurse Midwifery from the University of New Mexico.  I have had the pleasure of being involved in several community projects since the completion of my education as well as being invited to serve on several health panels emphasizing cultural diversity in midwifery.  In addition to my community service I have served as a mentor for emerging Native American midwifery students at the University of New Mexico and continue to support future midwives.

Centering the Voices of Indigenous Birthworkers for the Liberation of Nations Panel

NICOLLE  L. GONZALEZ, BSN, RN, MSN, CNM

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Erin is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of Movement for Family Power an organization that fights the policing and punishment of families by the Foster System. Before that, she was a public defender representing parents in the South Bronx. 

Resisting Surveillance, Reimagining Support: Drug Use, Pregnancy and Parenting  Panel

ERIN MILES CLOUD

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Lisa Sangoi is the Co-Founder and Co-Director for Movement for Family Power, an organization that fights the policing and punishment of families by the Foster System.

Resisting Surveillance, Reimagining Support: Drug Use, Pregnancy and Parenting  Panel

LISA SANGOI

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Nila Natarajan is a Supervising Attorney within the Family Defense Practice at Brooklyn Defender Services, and a Collective Member at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. 

Resisting Surveillance, Reimagining Support: Drug Use, Pregnancy and Parenting  Panel

NILA NATARAJAN

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Zainab is on sabbatical from Brooklyn Defender Services, where she is a supervising attorney in the Family Defense Practice. She is a sometimes-doula and parent to a fiery three-year-old Aries moon child.

Resisting Surveillance, Reimagining Support: Drug Use, Pregnancy and Parenting  Panel

ZAINAB AKBAR

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Dána-Ain Davis is Professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology.  She is the director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center. Davis’ work covers two broad domains: Black feminist ethnography and the dynamics of race and racism. She is the author or co-editor of five books and her most recent book Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and PrematureBirth (2019). Reproductive Injustice examines the ways in which Black women experience racism in medical encounters during preconception, conception, pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum.  Davis has participated in reproductive rights and reproductive justice since the 1974 when she had her first abortion. Since then she has worked with a range of organizations on reproductive justice issues including NARAL-NY, the Reproductive Rights Education Project at Hunter College, and the National Network of Abortion Funds. Davis worked with Sexual and Reproductive Justice Project for the New York City Department of Health, and Mental Health and served on Governor Cuomo’s Maternal and Morality Task Force.  Davis also supports birthing people as a doula and trained at Ancient Song Doula. 

Creating a Movement for Reproductive Justice Panel

DANA-AIN DAVIS

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Loretta J. Ross is a Visiting Professor in Women and Gender Studies at Smith College, and co-founder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. In 1994, she co-created the theory of reproductive justice. She has addressed women’s issues, hate groups, and human rights on CNN, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. 

Creating a Movement for Reproductive Justice Panel

LORETTA ROSS

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Lynn Roberts earned a BS in human development from Howard University (1984) and a PhD in Human Services Studies from Cornell University (1991). Dr. Roberts is a tenured Assistant Professor and Interim Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Alumni Relations in the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health.  Prior to CUNY, she oversaw the development, implementation and evaluation of several programs for women and youth in New York City, including a comprehensive program for substance using mothers and their families in Harlem. In addition to serving on the board of the Black Women’s Blueprint, she is an emeritus board member of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and co-edited with Loretta Ross, Erika Derkas, Whitney Peoples and Pamela Bridgewater-Touré an anthology, Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique (Feminist Press, November 2017). Dr. Roberts’ current activism and scholarship examine the intersections of race, class and gender in adolescent dating relationships, juvenile justice and reproductive health policies; as well as the impact of models of collaborative inquiry and teaching on civic and political engagement.  She is honored to be the mother of four amazing human beings and is in constant awe of her six grandchildren.

Creating a Movement for Reproductive Justice Panel

LYNN ROBERTS, PHD

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