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Introducing myself and my journal: Love and Organizing

About Me:
I am a queer, white city-girl who finds herself in small-town Massachusetts, US. A few years ago, I fell into the US-based Reproductive Justice framework and my life have been completely changed. Using the lens of Reproductive Justice, all of the various work that I do makes sense; it is the axis from which all of the spokes of my life originate. Currently these spokes include:

*Collective Member/Trainer of www.TranslateGender.org
*Board of Directors member and Young Women's Leadership Council member of the Pro-Choice Public Education Project (www.protectchoice.org) in New York City
*Program Assistant at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program based at Hampshire College (http://clpp.hampshire.edu) in Amherst, Massachusetts
*Childcare provider for the Prison Birth Project in Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts
*Front Page Blogger at www.amplifyyourvoice.org

As a young woman, I strive to support fellow young people in all of the work that I do, raise awareness about gender diversity, build community, celebrate the positive work that I'm apart of and that I witness, and constructively criticize those that perpetuate oppression and hate. Most of all, I hope to continue to push myself and challenge myself to recognize and deal with my own privileges and oppressions and to push my communities to do the same.

My Passions:
Reproductive Justice and Gender Justice

My Challenges:
Building community in a transitional town. Being far away from family.

My Vision for the Future:
A world where economic, social, and political power is shared; where dialogue is the standard method of communication; and where difference does not create fear.

My Areas of Expertise:
Community organizing. Abortion values exploration. Working with youth. Reproductive Justice. Gender Justice.

Comments

JMKELLAM's picture

Down time?

Lani,

Welcome to our community! With all of those spokes, your wheels must really spin. It seems you are passionate about everything you do. That's wonderful!

What originally brought you to the small town in Massachusetts?

In friendship,

Jenna

lani b's picture

Hi Jenna, College originally

Hi Jenna,

College originally brought me out of the city - and I find myself so thankful for it. I love not living in a city now. College brought me and then building community has kept me here. There are so many exciting projects to be a part of, it's hard to imagine leaving. Being busy is definitely what I'm good at.

I'm excited to learn more about your work. Disability rights is an area that I don't feel that I know enough about but I hope to gain a broader understanding.

love and organizing,
lani

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