A Survival Issue for BIPOC, Labor and Oppressed People
Date January 12th, 7pm-8pm PST
The right to control one's own body and life, free from government, religious or economic coercion or physical violence, is a survival issue for people targeted by gender oppression as it intersects with racism and poverty. These seasoned activists have direct experience as community organizers, movement initiators, feminists and labor leaders. Ending forced sterilization and mobilizing to keep abortion safe, legal and accessible have rarely been more urgently needed. In addition, working families need affordable childcare, Indigenous women are confronting an epidemic of violence, and Blacks suffer outrageous levels of maternal and infant death. Solving these inequities are key aspects of the fight for full reproductive justice.
Jasmyne Bryant (She/They/Jas) is a Birth Justice organizer at Surge Reproductive Justice and a practicing doula who moves with an ethic of care. Jasmyne is an organizer around reproductive justice and is also a full spectrum doula offering birth, postpartum, sibling, and sleep support.
Tina Turner-Morfitt, is a retired public employee and the president of Oregon Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, who has 45 years of union and community activism. She has been a force for women’s leadership in the union movement and why unions need to take up reproductive rights as a labor issue.
Jazmin Williams (she/her) seeks to honor ancestral practices as a Birth Justice organizer and full spectrum doula offering fertility, birth, postpartum, bereavement, and abortion support, as well as child birth and lactation education.
Earth-Feather Sovereign is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. She initiated the campaign for justice for Maddesyn George, a young Native rape survivor charged with murder for defending herself, and is the director of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Washington.
The moderator will be Christina López. She is a Chicana activist, longtime feminist and reproductive rights organizer with Radical Women.
About the Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition
The Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition is an all-volunteer organization composed of grassroots, labor, business, people of color, and progressive community organizations and volunteers from throughout the Puget Sound region. Annually, these groups come together and organize our community's largest tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - the only geographic jurisdiction named in Dr. King's honor. Learn More here.