The phrase “reproductive justice” was coined in 1994 by a group of Black women attending a pro-choice conference. They wanted a concept that merged reproductive rights activism in broader social justice struggles. Since September 2012, the UC Berkeley Center on Reproductive Rights & Justice has hosted the CRG Reproductive Justice Working Group. The group’s primary goal is to co-create an environment in which participants can deepen their understanding of reproductive justice and develop practical ideas for integrating reproductive justice into their research and practice.
Last fall, the group published a guide for how to create your own reproductive justice working group! In response to interest in the group from activists and scholars, and in the spirit of community-minded resource sharing, they’ve included the stories, lessons, and tips from their inaugural year in the guide. The guide also includes information about publici-ty, outreach, topics of discussion, session structures, and a reading list.