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SisterSong the National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is celebrating 20 years of amplifying the voices of Indigenous women and women of color, and we are celebrating this milestone by hosting our third national Let's Talk About Sex! conference October 5-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 
 
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TRAVEL AND LODGING

Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency 

 

This conference will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA. 

601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

The Hyatt is a 15 minute walk from the historic French Quarter. The conference is from October 5th to the 8th, with pre-conference institutes starting on the 5th, and opening plenary, conference workshops, and panels starting on the 6th. When booking your hotel room and flight, please consider these details. We suggest arriving on October 5th if you are not planning on attending the pre-conference institutes. You can book rooms now for the discounted group rate online. When booking rooms for a larger group of people, we suggest calling the Hyatt Regency Group Reservations Line at 1-888-421-1442 and request booking for the "SisterSong-Let's Talk About Sex Conference" in October.


Travel

 

Travel to the hotel from airport: The hotel is only a 15-20 minute ride from the airport. We suggest using the Lyft app, or getting a taxi. More details on travel to the hotel will be provided as the conference date approaches.


Scholarship Recipients

 

After you are notified of your award, you will also be sent the appropriate next steps to secure your flight and hotel room.


Food

 

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided Friday through Sunday (October 6th-8th), and dinner will be provided on Saturday (October 7th) for those of you who choose to attend the gala. For dinner on Thursday and Friday, we encourage you all to not only take this time to explore the city but to engage and meet with people at the conference. This is intended to not only be an educational experience but also a time to network, create new connections, and find the magic sprinkled all throughout New Orleans.

REGISTER FOR RESIST. RECLAIM. REDEFINE 2017

SisterSong, the National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is celebrating 20 years of amplifying the voices of Indigenous women and women of color, and we are celebrating this milestone by hosting our third national Let's Talk About Sex! conference October 5-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, our theme is "Resist. Reclaim. Redefine." We must resist the systems of oppressions that plague our daily lives, reclaim our human right to bodily autonomy, and redefine our futures.

Our first Let's Talk About Sex! conference was held in 2007 in Chicago, IL, and in 2011 we took over South Beach in Miami, FL. This year we are making our way to the Big Easy!

Let's Talk About Sex! is the largest Reproductive Justice conference and will feature panelists, speakers, activists, entertainers, and leaders throughout various social justice movements and across sectors who are unapologetic about standing up for our reproductive and sexual freedom. We will also have pre-conference institutes and workshops that will inform, educate, tantalize, and inspire us to take action!

 
 

Conference Speakers

Coming soon

 
 
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Conference Agenda

  • Pre-Conference Institutes (Closed Sessions)- Oct 5

  • Opening Plenary and Workshops starting on October 6

  • October 8- Last day, ending at 3 PM

Workshops and panelists will present information on a variety of topics such as:

-Sexual Health

-Queer and Trans Liberation

-Youth

-Culture shift and movement building

-Resource and Funding

-Pleasure/sex-guiding principles

-Faith- Spirituality - Healing

-Policy

LTAS Agenda

OCT 6, 2017

7:00-9:00 AM: REGISTRATION
9:00-10:00 AM: BREAKFAST
9:30-10:15 AM: WELCOME and OPEN PRODUCTION
10:15-11:10 AM: RESIST PLENARY
11:15 AM-12:45 PM: WORKSHOP SESSION 1
1:00-2:30 PM: LUNCH
1:30-2:00 LUNCH PLENARY
2:30- 4:00 PM: WORKSHOP SESSION 2
4:00-4:15 PM: BREAK
4:15- 5:45 PM: WORKSHOP SESSION 3
5:45-6:00 PM:  CLOSING

OCT 7, 2017

7:00-9:00 AM: REGISTRATION
9:00-10:00 AM: BREAKFAST
9:30-10:00 AM: Grounding and PERFORMANCE
10:00-11:00 AM: RECLAIM PLENARY
11:15 AM-12:45 PM: WORKSHOP SESSION 4
1:00-2:30 PM: LUNCH
1:30-1:45 PM KEYNOTE
1:50-2:30 LUNCH PLENARY (BMMA)
2:30- 4:00 PM: WORKSHOP SESSION 5
4:00-4:15 PM: BREAK
4:15- 5:45 PM: WORKSHOP SESSION 6

OCT 8, 2017:

7 AM- 9 AM: FAITH SERVICES
10 AM-11 AM: BREAKFAST
11 AM-12 PM: REDEFINE PLENARY
12 PM-1PM: CAUCUS
1 PM-2 PM: OPEN MIC
2 PM-3 PM: CLOSING

Entertainment 

Featuring performances from...

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Pretty Big Movement

Pretty BIG Movement LLC based in New York, NY is a full-figured dance company specializing in various dance genres such as Hip-Hop, Jazz, African, Latin, Modern and so much more. Founder/ CEO Akira Armstrong realized there wasn't a platform for curvy women in mainstream media so Ms. Armstrong sought out to create the platform today known as Pretty BIG Movement. By 2015, the dance troupe performed in Ladies Of Hip Hop, Carnival (Choreographers Ball), Ms. Full Figured USA pageant & Press Release, The 3rd Female Hip Hop Honor Award Show, Salt N Pepa, Lane Bryant (I'm No Angle campaign), New York, NY fashion week (Plus is Equal), Full Beauty commercial, Mz007 concert, and competed on NBC America's Got Talent Season 10. In past events, Pretty BIG Movement became an advocate for Black Lives Matter in their latest concept video "Personally" as they anticipate touring while filming their very own reality show. Pretty BIG Movement is a diverse dance group ranging across various ethnic backgrounds with one goal in common: finding liberation through movement and inclusivity.

 
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Danez Smith

Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017). Danez is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on your knees (2013, Penmanship Books) and black movie (2015, Button Poetry), winner of the Button Poetry Prize. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Danez's work has been featured widely including in on Buzzfeed, Blavity, PBS NewsHour, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They are a 2-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, 3-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion, and a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective.

Danez was featured in American Academy of Poet's Emerging WritersSeries by National Book Award Finalist Patricia Smith. Like her, Danez bridges the poetics of the stage to that of the page. Danez's work transcends arbitrary boundaries to present work that is gripping, dismantling of oppression constructs, and striking on the human heart. Often centered around intersections of race, class, sexuality, faith, and social justice, Danez uses rhythm, fierce raw power, and image to re-imagine the world as takes it apart in their work.

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Brown Girls Burlesque

Brown Girls Burlesque’s mission is to Entertain, Titillate, Educate and Liberate!

Going into it’s 10th year BGB is the premiere theatrical burlesque production company showcasing women of color. Having shared the stage with artists such as The Roots, Burnt Sugar, and Melvin Van Peebles BGB challenges mainstream perceptions of black beauty, body sovereignty and sexuality. BGB’s presents live shows at venues including Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Brooklyn Museum, Kumble Theater at LIU and Macau, China’s Sun City Casino bringing scintillating entertainment to all who behold their witty and diverse shows.

 

 

Full agenda and schedule will debut in September.

 


SisterSong’s 20th Anniversary Warrior Women Ballroom Gala : October 7th from 7 PM – 10 PM

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Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to help us make this conference the most amazing experience ever!

We offer volunteers a swag package and this is also a good way to get your community service hours!

We are seeking volunteers in both the Atlanta area and the New Orleans area (throughout the actual conference).

Please fill out the registration below and we will contact you on when you can begin volunteering!

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Diamond Sponsor

$10,000+

  • Opportunity for a woman of color to speak at conference from your company/organization
  • 2 complimentary registration passes exhibit booth
  • Acknowledgement on conference web page
  • Acknowledgement on email invitations, reminders and newsletters
  • Quarter-page ad in conference program book
  • Table in the exhibit hall
  • Product/sample distribution
  • Volunteer opportunities at conference
  • Opportunity to co-sponsor one of our monthly “Collective Voices” webinars.  This series looks at groundbreaking intersectional work across movements and brings together on average more than 500 participants.  It also includes a social media discussion that reaches thousands of people and has trended nationwide.  It is a great way to share resources, promote innovative programs and connect to new audiences. 

Silver Sponsor

 $5000

  • Opportunity for a woman of color to speak at conference from your company/organization
  • 2 complimentary registration passes exhibit booth
  • Acknowledgement on conference web page
  • Acknowledgement on email invitations, reminders and newsletters
  • Quarter-page ad in conference program book
  • Table in the exhibit hall
  • Product/sample distribution
  • Volunteer opportunities at conference

Bronze Sponsor

 $2,500

  • 1 complimentary registration pass
  • Acknowledgement on conference web page
  • Acknowledgement on email newsletters
  • Listing in conference program book
  • Table in the exhibit hall
  • Product/sample distribution
  • Volunteer opportunities at conference

  • 1 complimentary registration pass
  • Acknowledgement on conference web page
  • Listing in conference program book
  • Table in the exhibit hall
  • Product/sample distribution at conference
  • Volunteer opportunities at conference

Iron Sponsor

 $1,000


  • Acknowledgement on conference web page
  • Listing in conference program book
  • In-Kind Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Product/sample distribution at conference
  • Volunteer opportunities at conference

Patron Sponsor

 $500

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Connect

 

Are you interested in becoming a member of SisterSong?

The Membership Program includes benefits and activities that engage SisterSong constituents. Members are divided into five groups—Friends, Allies, WOC, Ally Organizations, and WOC Organizations. Ally
and WOC members are further divided into people that pay reduced membership and those who pay full
membership.