Plenary I: Emerging Issue Presentations (Saturday Morning)
Trans Women of Color Collective: Not One More
Lourdes Ashley Hunter, National Director, Trans Women of Color Collective
(Video) Presentation Description: Trans and gender non-conforming people of color are disproportionately impacted by structural oppression and state sanctioned violence. Trans women of color are being brutally murdered in the streets with no national outrage. Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) is a grass-roots funded global initiative created to offer opportunities for trans people of color, our families and our comrades to engage in healing, foster kinship, and build community. Our mission: to uplift the narratives, lived experiences and leadership of trans and gender non-conforming people of color while building towards the collective liberation of all oppressed people. Join us, as we all get free.
Blurred Focus: The State of Black Women in the Rural South
Natalie A. Collier, Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative for Social & Economic Justice
Presentation Description: In a world that has its spotlight—for better and worse—shone brightly on boys and young men of color, their mothers, sisters and others who love them are often quietly working, overshadowed. Dreams for boys and girls of color are already typically far too small. For many southern, rural black women while coping with the trauma of poverty, its spheres and effects that have become second nature, they must also deal with their own issues and displaced dreams for not only their sons but their daughters and selves. The focus and conversation on uplift and reconnection to personal and community power cannot be either/or; it must be both/and. Continuing along this path of either/or, we systemically and grievously rob women of color of opportunities to exercise their right to dream for themselves and their children.
International Decade for People of African Descent - Reclaiming Our Spiritual Legacy
Stephanie S. Franklin, Esq. – Founder, President & CEO of the Franklin Law Group, P.C.
Presentation Description: The struggle for recognition of Afro-descendant culture and spirituality continues to be a challenge. Faced with inaccurate depictions such as “demonic and primitive,” African-based religious practices are often practiced underground for fear of persecution, incarceration, and isolation, secreting a rich and valuable history, culture, and spiritual legacy that impedes our religious freedom and our human right to social and cultural identity and preservation, self-determination, and ultimately, our healing.
Rights in the Age of Inequality: Can Equity and Rights Together Lead Us to Transformational Solutions?
Cathy Albisa, Executive Director, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)
Presentation Description: Our growing public conversation about economic inequality has led to new demands for equitable distribution of resources. Underwater homes, overwhelming student debt, unstable employment, diminishing pensions and other symptoms of extreme wealth inequality have spurred populist campaigns and seeded new movements. But an equity lens alone without a commitment to universal human rights will fall short of achieving sustainable solutions to either the current crisis or the long-standing abuses faced by marginalized communities. This presentation argues that fused together, however, these two perspectives can bring about transformative change essential for the future of people and the planet by integrating economic, racial, gender and climate justice.
#BornPerfect Campaign: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy
Samantha Ames, Founding Campaign Coordinator for the #BornPerfect Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights
In 2014, NCLR launched the #BornPerfect Campaign to end the little-known practice of LGBTQ conversion therapy. Since then, the issue has skyrocketed into the national spotlight: Five jurisdictions now protect minors from conversion therapy, courts are consistently siding with survivors, and both the White House and the Surgeon General have publicly condemned these practices. But the real turning point came when campaign representatives went to the United Nations Committee Against Torture meeting with an innovative, empowerment-based advocacy strategy and left with the first statements on conversion therapy ever made by a UN body, followed by a historic report by the Human Rights Commission denouncing these practices across the world.