CEE | Center for Experimental Ethnography
Join us for the first meeting of the year for the Black Reproductive Working Group, which gathers together reproductive justice workers, scholars, healers, and community allies. This month we are joined by Dr. Jill Baker, the CEO of “A Tribe Called Fertility LLC” and Creator/Producer of “Maternal Health 911” Podcast, and the Executive Director of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication (CPTC) at CHOP. Lunch will be served with vegan and vegetarian options.
THE WORKING GROUP
What sites, processes, and practices constrain Black parental and reproductive autonomy in Philadelphia institutions and communities?
We convened this working group in 2022 to study constraints on Black reproduction in contemporary, historical, and global contexts, especially as these freedoms are challenged through public health, reproductive medicine, legal systems, and economic practice.
Reproductive Justice (RJ) frameworks were created in 1994 by a group of Black women activists, including prominent RJ scholar Loretta Ross, to call attention to the racial and gendered disparities in reproductive rights, especially in the way these rights are conceptualized and applied. Through a RJ lens, reproductive rights involve the right to not have children, but also concomitant rights to have children, and to parent children in safe environments with dignity. These latter two sets of rights are of particular historical concern to black parents and parents of color, given that their rights to have children, keep children, and parent them safely have been routinely targeted in medical, legal, and economic domains.
By drawing together expertise from local Philadelphia communities, community organizers, and Penn scholars, we aim to conscientiously build a monthly community sharing space, develop our understanding of reproductive justice, and develop practical ideas for integrating RJ frameworks more deeply into our practices.
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