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Not Your Mother’s Abortion Fight: Millennials, Youth of Color and the Fight for Reproductive Justice

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Jun. 20 10:30 AM

Ends: Thursday, Jun. 20 11:45 AM

Room: 210 DH

Many youth of color and young feminists today see the fight for abortion rights as part of a broader fight for justice in multiple arenas. We’ll talk about reproductive justice as a framework for creating a more inclusive conversation about what it takes for every person to make decisions about sex, health, reproduction and parenting and how these issues intersect in the fight for economic justice and human rights.


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Colleen Crinion

Colleen Crinion

Colleen Crinion is a progressive activist focusing on women’s issues and labor. She earned her M.A. in Sociology from American University focusing on gender, family, sexuality, and the media. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, Ms. magazine’s blog, and Spike the Water Cooler. As a Board member of the D.C. Abortion Fund and former Planned Parenthood employee, she writes primarily about women’s issues and reproductive rights. Ms. Crinion also won a Democracy for America Scholarship to attend Netroots in June 2012. She currently serves as Communications Director for the Women’s Information Network (WIN). Originally from Michigan, she resides in Washington, D.C. where can often be found tweeting while watching The Daily Show and The Colbert Report with her dog. You can follower her at @colleeneliza.


Travis Ballie


Travis is the Manager of Affiliate & National Programs at NARAL Pro-Choice America. He is responsible for providing support for NARAL’s 22 affiliates, chapter, & choice action team. Travis also runs NARAL’s DC Volunteer Program, as well as the Choice Out Loud – On Campus millennial engagement program. He is a graduate of American University (’10) with a Double B.A. In International Relations & International Business. Travis sits on the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Campaign Board, an organization dedicated to electing pro-choice out Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender leaders. Travis is a New Yorker now living in Maryland who is training for a 2014 Antarctica marathon.

Jessica González-Rojas


Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that works to advance reproductive health and rights for Latinas. She has been a leader in progressive movements for over 15 years, successfully forging connections between reproductive health, gender, immigration, LGBTQ liberation, labor and Latino civil rights. She is an authentic voice for Latinas and a regular presence in national media outlets. She holds a Master’s degree from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a certificate from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Jessica was celebrated as a “Fun Fearless Latina” in Cosmopolitan magazine, featured in Latina Magazine’s “Making Us Proud” series, has been named one of “13 Women of Color to Watch in 2013” by the Center for American Progress and was honored as a “Champion for Choice” by the National Council of Jewish Women.

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Atima Omara-Alwala


Atima Omara is a political strategist & activist who has served as staff for over 8 federal, state, and local political campaigns and other progressive causes. Her expertise includes organizing, grassroots advocacy, and fundraising for non-profits, PACs, and political campaigns. Atima’s work has focused on women’s political leadership, reproductive justice, health care, communities of color and how gender and race is reflected in pop culture. Her writings on the topics have been featured in Ms. Magazine, Women’s Enews, & RH Reality Check.
Atima is the national Vice President of the Young Democrats of America and she serves on the boards of the DC Abortion Fund, Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington Action Fund, and the Women’s Information Network in DC. Atima is the first generation daughter of African immigrants. She received her BA from the University of Virginia and recently her Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University

Mari Schimmer


Mari Schimmer helps direct and support Choice USA’s national trainings and leadership institutes. A California native and a graduate of University of California Santa Cruz, Mari interned with Choice USA’s Communications Department in fall 2003 through the UCDC program. Mari joins Choice USA after six years with Grassroots Campaigns, Inc., where she worked to build the progressive movement as Assistant National Recruitment Director; oversaw organizing staff and volunteers to get out the vote through the 2008 and 2010 elections; and organized volunteers around renewable energy campaigns in Colorado, New Mexico and Wisconsin. When she is not organizing, Mari is usually exploring DC or perfecting her vegetarian cooking skills. Follow her on Twitter @MariCat.

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