Three Conferences in Three Weekends!

So I just finished confirming the arrangements & I have a super-exciting announcement to make…

Starting next weekend two weekends from now I am going to be launching the (almost) Month of Social Justice Conferences! Even better, I plan to take my cute now blue netbook with me so that I can liveblog the whole thing for my fantastic readers!!

The first conference is New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE!) Women, Action, & The Media: WAM It Yourself NYC Conference on March 26th! I was originally going to attend the NYCoRE Conference on the same day, also in NYC, but I ultimately ended up deciding that this conference was a tiny bit more relevant to my interests.

I am SO excited to meet many of the bloggers from the blogs that I follow obsessively (like Lori Adelman from Feministing and Feministe’s Sally)!

The next conference is Momentum: Making Waves in Feminism, Sexuality, and Relationships with New Media! I spotted this conference thanks to Maria Falzone, who will be presenting an abbreviated version of her Sex Rules! presentation about the opening. After a few minutes of anxiety of driving all the way to DC I forced myself to suck it up and register because… oh my god is this conference AMAZING!

Check out the description from the conference site:

The phenomenal growth of online communication has given rise to an amazing amount of sharing, learning and experimenting with different expressions of sexuality, relationships and feminism. MOMENTUM provides a safe place to listen, discuss and learn about the ways the web has impacted our sexuality without the fear of reprisal or shaming. It is a space for acceptance and appreciation of diversity, including for those in the LGBTQ, sex-work, BDSM and non-monogamous communities.

During MOMENTUM we will discuss ways to bridge the baffling dichotomies our culture creates around sexuality. While on one hand we have unprecedented sexual freedom, on the other we continue to police sexuality with a frightening vigor. Abortion laws, restrictions on gay marriage, abstinence programs, medicalization of sex, fear of pornography and prosecutions for teenage sexting are examples of one side of the spectrum. The discomfort that strives to make us keep our sexuality hidden conflicts with the use of sex — especially the female body — to sell everything from food to cars to “performance enhancing” products.

I honestly can’t choose even a handful of workshops I am most excited about because all of them look new and interesting in some way… the one thing about this conference that makes me a little sad is that workshops don’t repeat at all so I am going to have to make some tough decisions about what workshops to go to. (A problem that I am happy to have!) Luckily I am going with a few awesome people so I’m sure some dividing & conquering will be going on.

The third and final conference (after which I will likely collapse for a week of sheer exhaustion) is the 30th Annual Civil Liberties and Public Policies (CLPP) conference! I’ve been to this one two times already, thanks to the trip that the Ramapo College Women’s Center runs every year. Every year I come back from this conference feeling totally energized from the massive amounts of interesting people, organizations, projects, and so on that I get to learn about and interact with. From the website:

Speakers from the U.S. and abroad will offer more than 50 workshops and trainings highlighting the interconnections between reproductive freedom and a broad range of human rights and social justice issues, including health care, race and class, LGBTQI+ rights and gender justice, pregnancy and the freedom to parent, disability justice, criminalization and militarization, immigrant and worker rights, youth liberation, and freedom from violence – just to name a few.

Learn, network, strategize and build a stronger movement for social change.

Over the weekend, you will deepen your understanding of issues you already know about, make new connections, and unite with others who are passionate about working for social justice.

I’m honestly a little nervous about losing three weekends of free-time in a row. I may be exhausted by the end of this… but it will also be so freaking worth it! Are you going to any awesome conferences soon? Do you have any tips for surviving this much activity in such a short amount of time? I’d love to hear back from you in the comments!

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