From ‘Saying Abortion Aloud’ to UndocuQueer: A Discussion of Storytelling Genres and Methods
Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Thursday, Jul. 14 10:30 AM
Ends: Thursday, Jul. 14 11:45 AM
We’ve seen that storytelling can give visibility to the invisible, destigmatize experiences considered controversial, and mobilize social justice movements. Join us as people with diverse identities and experiences discuss their strategies for relating personal stories through art, social media, spoken word, and other genres to achieve innovative activism.
Daniela Ramirez is the Assistant Director of Latino Media at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, based in New York City. She works closely with partner organizations and media outlets that focus on outreach within the Latino community. She works to both uplift Planned Parenthood’s work in the Latino community and that of other social justice organizations as well as the disproportionate impact harsh abortion and immigration restrictions would have on the Latino community in this country. In doing so, she works to lift up stories of individual members of the Latino community and more broadly to ensure that communities of color are authentically engaged and represented in Planned Parenthood’s work.
Renee Bracey Sherman, MPA is an award winning reproductive justice activist committed to the visibility of people who have had abortions. The author of Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Public Abortion Storytellers and Organizations, she is a writer with Echoing Ida, a project of Forward Together that amplifies the voices of Black women around critical social justice issues. Bracey Sherman’s work on abortion storytelling has been featured on BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, EBONY, Salon, Fusion, TIME, and The Atlantic. In 2015, she was named one of Planned Parenthood’s 99 Dream Keepers in honor of Black History Month. Bracey Sherman is the Policy Representative at the National Network of Abortion Funds based in Washington, DC. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cornell University and currently sits on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Follow her on Twitter at @RBraceySherman.
Julio Salgado is the co-founder of DreamersAdrift.com. His activist artwork has become a staple of the DREAM Act movement. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his illustrations, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act movement. Undocumented students and allies across the country have used Salgado’s artwork to call attention to the youth-led movement. His work has been praised by OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano, KPCC-FM 89.3’s Multi-American blog and the influential journal ColorLines. Salgado graduated from California State Universitiy, Long Beach with a degree in journalism.
I’m the author of five books on gender and feminism, which are taught in sociology and gender studies programs. In the 1990s I coined the term “slut-bashing”; my most recent book is “I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet.” Over the past two decades, I’ve interviewed hundreds of girls and women labeled “sluts” and “ho’s,” sharing their experiences with their consent to raise awareness about the sexual double standard and the harm it causes. I’m also the editorial director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and I work with patients and supporters seeking assistance in shaping and sharing their own stories. I live in New York City.
Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, an international movement, digital media and education company committed to radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation. Sonya’s work as an award winning Performance Poet, Activist, speaker, and transformational leader continues to have global reach. Sonya continues to perform, speak and facilitate workshops around the world. Visit her at www.sonya-renee.com or www.thebodyisnotanapology.com