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UCRJ Week 2024
April 19-28

We are thrilled that our planning for the second annual UCRJ Week has led to a series of events covering such a wide variety of issues. The week does include multiple events addressing bodily autonomy. But as we draw inspiration from the work of SisterSong, we know that the Reproductive Justice framework envisions so much more. To honor this liberatory vision, we are also hosting events addressing birth justice, period equity, RJ and religion, criminal justice reform, mental health, and so much more. And of course we will once again end the week with a big Party for Reproductive Justice at the Rose Bowl featuring some incredible local artists!

For more information or to get involved directly, email Julie at

UCRJ Week Fundraiser

Donations benefit Elevated Access and Midwest Access Coalition

Schedule of Events

*Diapers in sizes newborn, 4, and 5 will be accepted at all in-person events

in collaboration with the Bottom Line Diaper Bank, by United Way*


Friday, April 19

  • Noon - 1pm: UCRJ at the  Y Friday Forum - Isis Rose, MA, CLC, "Maternal Mortality and Birth Justice in Illinois"

  • 7:30pm (doors open): Reproductive Justice Ain't a Drag! Dildo bingo, trivia, and a drag show all in one night! With Uniting Pride and Planned Parenthood at The Axe Bar


Saturday, April 20

Sunday, April 21

Monday, April 22


Earth Day - Environmental Justice IS Reproductive Justice


Tuesday, April 23

Reproductive Justice Symposium at Spurlock Museum

Live-stream link:

9:30am – The Legal Landscape of Abortion Access

                  Moderator: Lesley Wexler, Professor, Illinois Law School

                  Panelists: Ameri Klafeta, Director of the Women's and Reproductive Rights Project, ACLU of Illinois

                  Mike B., Director of Elevated Access


11:15am – The Legal Landscape of Gender-Affirming Care and Trans Rights

                  Moderator: Tavish McMillin, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, and The Institute for Racial & Cultural Healing

                  Panelists: Ameri Klafeta, Director of the Women's and Reproductive Rights Project, ACLU of Illinois; Brian C.       

                  Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois

2:00pm - Post-Dobbs Effects on the Mental Health of Abortion Seekers and Workers

                   Moderator: Walker Fitz, Midwest Access Coalition 

                   Panelists: Tuyet Mai Hoang, School of Social Work; Liz M., Elevated Access; and Melissa O’Rourke Merida,

                   Equity Clinic

4:15pm - Environmental Factors that Affect Reproductive Health

                     Panelists: Kate Clancy, Department of Anthropology; Jodi Flaws, College of Veterinary Medicine; and Lori

                     Raetzman,  School of Molecular & Cellular Biology

7:00pm - Screening of Plan C, a documentary on abortion pill access in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 24

Denim Day of Action - Wear jeans to support survivors, and educate yourself and others about sexual assault

  • 6pm CT: Virtual screening of PRECONCEIVED about the unexpected world of crisis pregnancy centers,  presented by GRR!


Thursday, April 25


Friday, April 26

  • 3-4pm: Know My Name book club for SAAM at the WRC

  • 6pm: Webinar with Isis Rose MA, CLC, and Hannah Landis LM CPM, "Landscape of Midwifery in East Central Illinois"

  • 7-9pm: Sexual assault survivors open mic with RACES at the IMC


Saturday, April 27

                     1:30-2:30pm: Gentle yoga with Toria Baez from BIPOC for Better Birth

                      2-3pm: Join Days for Girls to tie dye underwear to be donated to the organization. Bring a small item to tie dye

                                     and take home for yourself (socks, a hat, or handkerchief)!


Sunday, April 28

  • Party for Reproductive Justice! at The Rose Bowl with performances by Paul Kotheimer, New Souls, Emily the Band, Afro D & Friends,  and Haki N Dem


All week long:

  • Period product drive coordinated by Illinois Students for Reproductive Justice (ISRJ)

  • Diaper drive to benefit the Bottom Line Diaper Bank with the United Way of Champaign

  • Display of reproductive justice-themed books at The Literary in downtown Champaign



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