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

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.

Other sessions: Organizing Support for Abortion Rights in Hostile Territory

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Atima Omara

Atima Omara

Atima Omara is a political strategist & activist who is an award winning leader in politics and the progressive movement. She has worked for a Governor and has served as staff for over 9 federal, state, and local political campaigns and other progressive causes. Her multi-faceted political experience includes campaign management, field organizing, fundraising, and paid communications for coordinated campaigns and independent expenditures.

Atima was elected a DNC member from Virginia in 2016. She is the Immediate Past President of the Young Democrats of America. When elected in 2013, Atima became the first African American and fifth woman President of the Young Democrats of America (YDA) in its 83-year history. She served as President from 2013-2015, the nation’s largest youth partisan organization. As President of YDA, she also served on the Democratic National Committee and its Youth Council. Atima has also previously served in leadership roles with the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, Planned Parenthood Metro Washington and the National Organization for Women. She is also currently Board Chair of the Planned Parenthood Metro Washington Action Fund. For her work, Ebony Magazine listed her as 2013 “Power 100” and Jet Magazine listed her as 2013’s “40 under 40”

Atima also writes and speaks about national politics, candidates, and policy and culture issues including feminism, women in politics, women in film/media, reproductive rights & justice, domestic violence, and race & gender inequality.  She has made appearances NPR, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, CSPAN, to offer political commentary. Her writings have been featured in American Prospect,  Huffington Post, Rewire, The Root, The Hill, Talking Points Memo, Ebony Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginian-Pilot, to name a few.

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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