I got back in town this evening after the Reproductive Rights Conference at Hampshire College which was AMAZING. Overstimulatingly amazing, to paraphrase Rebecca. The most exciting part is that I think I'm beginning to maybe figure out what I want to do with myself, someday, possibly. I want to work in reproductive justice... as defined by Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (a fantastic California-based organization), the "Reproductive Justice Agenda (RJA) places reproductive justice at the center of the most critical social and economic justice issues facing our communities, such as ending violence against women, workers rights, environmental justice, queer and transgender rights, immigrant rights, and educational justice." Basically you look at how women's reproductive sexuality fits within the context of all of society's ills. The RJ movement is fairly new, led predominantly by women of color, and is centered around the marginalized communities and issues that there's no room for in the traditional reproductive rights/pro-choice agenda, which is historically a movement whose issues have been framed and most often fought for by affluent white women. I didn't know anything about the RJ movement before this weekend, and I got so excited about it that, like a math nerd after a particularly exciting calculus class, I took forever falling asleep each night because my mind was turning over and over and over.
So that's that. I start my new NARAL-only hours when I head back to work tomorrow... haven't yet decided how I'm going to spend my decadent amounts of free time, but I'm sure I'll figure something out. What else is new here? March has come and gone, bringing loads of rain, which is A Good Thing. March might be my favorite month in Austin... it's all green and bloomy, warm but not too warm yet. The rain made everything look ridiculously green from the airplane as I flew in today, especially coming from the still brown and bare-branchy northeast. So backwards.
And hey, who wants to come with me to the US Social Forum at the end of June???????
And finally, how cute are the nephs?!