OCT 25-OCT 27, 2019
Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for the Let's Talk About Sex National Conference to be held in Atlanta, GA! SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective invites you to submit your workshop and artistic submission/component proposals to participate in L.T.A.S 2019 Conference. Proposal Deadline: May 31, 2019. We hope that you join us as we explore this year’s theme: Accountability. Transcendence. Liberation.
We will hold those in power accountable. We will transcend oppressive narratives that seek to divide and diminish our collective power. We will proactively create our own legacy rooted in liberation and love."
Please use the resources below to help you prepare the best proposal possible.
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!
1. WHO IS SISTERSONG
SisterSong is a Southern-based national coalition founded in 1997 of 80 women of color and allied organizations that protect the human rights of every person to: 1) Have a child; 2) Not have a child; and 3) Raise her children in safe and healthy environments. SisterSong’s organizational goals are to 1) support the expansion of Reproductive Justice into other social justice movements, 2) train the next generation of feminists/activists on the evolution of the RJ framework, centering on The International Declaration of Human Rights, 3) create spaces for our movement leaders and organizations to engage in continual professional and organizational development toward the sustainability and longevity of RJ work, and 4) provide a platform for our movement to work together collaboratively on shared policy and advocacy goals for the advancement of RJ. We encourage you to learn more about sistersong at www.sistersong.net .
SisterSong encourages responses to this invitation to present from all people working on a range of reproductive justice issues that affect reproductive health and sexual rights. While proposals addressing other topics not included in this document are welcome, presentations must not promote commercial products or services. While we welcome frank and honest dialogue, we are not accepting presentations that harm or humiliate women, children and individuals.
2. DETERMINE YOUR TRACK WITH TARGET AUDIENCES IN MIND
Please keep in mind that the target audiences for this conference are grassroots community activists, health care providers, advocates, and students who work on a wide range of issues. A key review priority for SisterSong is conceptual and language clarity and accessibility across many intersections, such as age, sexuality, race, etc. Some workshops may be simultaneously translated into Spanish, so please keep this in mind when you are preparing your proposal. Conference workshops should come from a wide variety of people, backgrounds, abilities, orientations, ages, and perspectives and should fall into the following tracks:
YOUTH example: “Teaching Sexual Consent Across Ages”
FAITH / SPIRITUALITY / HEALING example: "Self-Care as a Resistance Tactic”
QUEER / TRANS LIBERATION example: "Queer Theory, Politics, and Reproductive Justice”
PLEASURE / SEX GUIDING PRINCIPLES example: “Body Positive and Sexual Freedom: Decolonizing What Pleasure
POLICY example: “Sex Policy: Advancing Bodily Autonomy through Legislation”
CULTURE SHIFT example: “Art is Love Made Public: Examining Visual Art with an RJ Analysis”
RESOURCING / FUNDING example: “Funding Sexual Education: Wins and Advances in Securing a More Informed
SEXUAL HEALTH: example: “HIV/AIDS Advocacy and Information Session”
*Intersecting RJ: This track will give our cross movement partners an opportunity to explore ways that Reproductive
Justice intersects across other movements such as decriminalization, abolition, economic justice, environmental
justice, disability justice and more!
MIDWIFERY/ BIRTH JUSTICE example: "Increasing Importance of Midwives in Reproductive Care"
3. WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR WORKSHOP PROPOSAL
MAKE SURE YOUR TITLE AND ABSTRACT ACCURATELY DEPICT THE CONTENT OF YOUR SESSION
BIO TO INCLUDE CONTACT INFORMATION, ETHNIC BACKGROUND, PRONOUNS, AGE AND SEXUAL PREFERENCE
500-WORD SUMMARY OF YOUR TOPIC
WHO YOUR WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO (AGE, GENDER, ETHNICITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, ETC)
KNOWLEDGE LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED (THIS WILL BE INCLUDED IN PROGRAM BOOKS)
AUDIO VISUAL NEEDS
4. MAKE SURE YOUR PRESENTATION IS FEASIBLE TO PRESENT IN A 1-1 1⁄2 HOUR SESSION
A workshop is 1-1 1⁄2 hour session offered by one or more presenters designed to convey specific information on a topic, provide an opportunity for skills-building, or engage participants in a shared learning or shared exercise on a given topic. Workshops will be smaller breakout sessions held throughout the conference, which will allow workshop leaders the opportunity to do more interactive presentations that go more into depth on their chosen topics. Workshops will have only from 40 - 100 participants. We will also be having pre-conference institutes (on Thursday October 24th) that will be more general knowledge and intro level subjects to give folks the opportunity to come into more advanced workshops the following day with an understanding of reproductive justice. *If you have Questions, please email the Sistersong team at LTASCFP@sistersong.net
Proposal Deadline: May 31, 2019