In 2015 ICTC members created the program Sistah Circle for Liberation and Reproductive Justice to bring Black women together who have a passion for birthwork and advocacy. The goal of this program is that more women will understand reproductive justice and the need for Black doulas and the need to improve birth outcomes. Reproductive Justice (RJ) is a term coined by Black leader Loretta Ross. RJ works to protect Black women’s rights to have children and the right to raise them. As well as build community solidarity, leadership development, and support for the Black community to create human dignity and economic development.
The Sistah Circle for Liberation and Reproductive Justice meets once a month at Portland Community College located at 705 N. Killingworth St. in Portland, Oregon from 5:30-7:30pm. Each month the Sistah Circle for Liberation and Reproductive Justice will host free of charge educational workshops focused on skill-building, personal development, and entrepreneurial development. Followed by a group discussion around reproductive health, social justice, displacement, and violence. The goal of creating such a space for the African American community is to develop a collective offering tools and basic resources necessary to improve the lives and well being of the Black community.
Next month’s workshop will be Working with Domestic Violence Clients, presented by Robin Davis, DV Advocate and current student earning her Masters in Social Work. The workshop will be from 5:30 – 6:15pm, followed by the group discussion from 6:30-7:30pm on Wednesday, February 24th located at PCC’s Cascade Campus (705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217) Terrell Hall, Room 112. To learn more attending the Sistah Circle for Liberation and Reproductive Justice call ICTC at 503-460-9324 and visit our website ictcmidwives.org!