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2024 Reading Journey: Birth & Repro Justice As A Monday Meditation

2024 Reading Journey
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The approach to World Doula Day marks an exciting opportunity for our community to explore and deepen our understanding of reproductive and birth justice.

Join us for "Birth Justice As A Monday Meditation," our collective 2024 reading journey and discussion series beginning in March in honor of Women's History Month and extending through December.

Our 2024 Reading Journey

Discussions will be hosted by Lakeesha Harris, Executive Director for Chicago Volunteer Doulas. The syllabus is designed to connect the Reproductive and Birth Justice Movement in the U.S. with liberation movements in Palestine and Africa, using a rich blend of poetry, song, verse, prose literature, and storytelling. We'll pair our readings with poetry from Palestinian poet Suheir Hammad, her work Born Palestinian, Born Black, Kenyan poet Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa, and many others.

Here's what's on our syllabus for 2024:

  1. MarchAll The Black Girls Are Activists by Ebony Janice

  2. AprilJailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars by Carolyn Sufrin

  3. MayHealing Justice Lineages by Cara Page and Erica Woodland

  4. JuneBeyond The Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon

  5. JulyThe Seed Keeper by Dianne Wilson

  6. AugustThe Smell of Rain On Dust: Grief and Praise by Martin Prechtel

  7. SeptemberSelf-Care for Black Women: 150 Ways to Radically Accept & Prioritize Your Mind, Body & Soul by Oludara Adeeyo

  8. OctoberThe Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth by Judith Rogers and Molleen Matsumura

  9. NovemberSensual Faith: The Art of Coming Home To Your Body by Lyvonne Briggs

  10. DecemberAbolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation by Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Get Involved

We invite members of the CVD Community and beyond to join us in this meaningful exploration. Whether you're new to the topics of reproductive and birth justice or a seasoned advocate, there's something in this syllabus for you.

This collective of Birth Justice reading discussions will be held on Mondays, online and in person, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

World Doula Week is March 22-28th, and we're kicking things off with the first discussion and meditation on Monday, March 18th, with All The Black Girls Are Activists by EbonyJanice.

First In-Person Sessions:

March 18, 2024, and March 25, 2024

Capital One Cafe

1465 E. 53rd St.

Chicago, IL 60615

Virtual Sessions (Ongoing): FB Live Link -

2024 Reading Journey


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