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2023 UCRJ Week

The inaugural Urbana-Champaign Reproductive Justice Week took place between April 24-30. Individuals representing over 30 local, state, and national organizations participated to make the week a resounding success. The raffle and fundraiser held at the week-ending Party for Reproductive Justice raised approximately $4000 for Midwest Access Coalition and Elevated Access. Thank you to everyone who got involved!

2023 Schedule of Events

Monday, April 24 (online events)

"Susie, You're Pregnant": A Storytelling Teach-In with Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!)

Heart-to-Heart Abortion Conversation facilitated by Unitarian Universalist churches and GRR!

Tuesday, April 25

Anti-Abortion Teach-In and Information Fair at Channing-Murray Foundation with Julie Laut

Reproductive Justice Teach-In at U-C Independent Media Center with Julie Laut and Samantha Auerbach

Abortion Aftercare Packaging Volunteer Event with Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Wednesday, April 26

Book event with Kate Clancy, author of Period: The Real History of Menstruation at The Literary

Pleasurable Sex and Joyful Communication with Matthew Rivas-Koehl and McKinley Sexual Health Peers

Thursday, April 27

Legal Issues in Reproductive Justice: Illinois and Beyond panel at Spurlock Museum

Moderator: Lexley Wexler, John D. Colombo Professor of Law, Illinois College of Law

Jenice Fountain, Executive Director, Yellowhammer Fund

Rianne Hawkins, Director, Advocacy and Campaigns, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action | Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Ameri Klafeta, Director, Women's and Reproductive Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

Tavish McMillin, Chief Policy Advisor, Institute for Racial & Cultural Healing

Film and Q&A: "Aftershock" at Spurlock Museum with Jenice Fountain, and Isis Rose from BIPOC for Better Birth

Friday, April 28

Lunch + Learn: 2SLGBTQIA+ Reproductive Justice led by Len Meyer and co-sponsored by the University YMCA and Uniting Pride

Saturday, April 29

Zine-Making and Reproductive Justice hosted by the IMC Zine Library

BIPOC for Better Birth: Doulas for Birth Justice at the IMC

Rally for Queer and Trans Youth Autonomy! at the Champaign County Courthouse organized by Queer Youth Assemble and Uniting Pride

Book Group: Just Get on the Pill at The Literary, led by Rev. Sally Fritsche

Sunday, April 30

Party for Reproductive Justice! at the Rose Bowl Tavern featuring New Souls, the Emily Anne Band, Emily the Band, and Modern Drugs

In addition to the individuals, organizations, and institutions listed above, the following helped make UCRJ Week 2023 a success: Common Ground Food Co-op, GEO Solidarity Committee, UIUC School of Social Work, Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign (UUCUC), UUCUC Social Action Committee, UIUC Human Development & Family Studies, YWCA of Champaign, ACLU of Champaign, ACLU of Illinois, RACES, Defy Gravity, University of Illinois Press, The Literary Bookbar, University of California Press, Tom Brewer Gallery, Princeton University Press, Central Illinois Aviation, Key Light Consulting, LLC., Elevated Access, Ingrid Melief Ceramics, The Art Coop, Carol Spindel, and Queer Youth Assemble. Thank you as well to the many volunteers who helped at various events!

Inaugural Steering Committee:

Karen Tabb Dina, Associate Professor, UIUC School of Social Work
Rev. Sally Fritsche, Associate Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign

Nicole Frydman, Director of Operations, Uniting Pride

Tuyet Mai Hoang, Assistant Professor, UIUC School of Social Work

Stacey McKeever, Regional Director of Operations, Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Leslie Reagan, Professor, UIUC Department of History




Photos from UCRJ Week 2023

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