Collective Power For Reproductive Justice, a unique movement-building organization, is preparing young people for the front lines of today’s struggle for reproductive justice. We train, educate, connect, and inspire thousands of emerging leaders who are fiercely working toward a vision of reproductive freedom.
Through our annual activist conference, leadership development programming, and capacity building work we have galvanized more than 20,000 people in our 40-year history.
In addition to catalyzing new leaders in our core programs, CLPP uses a strategic, multi-pronged approach to:
- Support more than 300 campus groups and grassroots organizations engaged in reproductive justice
- Educate people who are new to the framework of reproductive justice, and
- Generate and hold space for cutting-edge political conversations.
As we head into our 41st year in action, we are deepening and strengthening our national work. We will continue focusing on emerging issues and organizations doing critical and urgent work. Our ever-burgeoning pool of eager activists will continue helping our beloved communities to survive, thrive, and heal, fighting oppression and injustice every step of the way.
Big impact: programming
Collective Rising Summer Internship
For the sixth year in a row, CLPP was able to offer the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) internship program to students nationwide. Our paid summer internship program provides invaluable real-world organizing experience to students, along with skilled support to social justice nonprofits and community organizations across the country.
• 1,300 inquiries
• 299 applications from
• 150 campuses
• 34 next generation RJ leaders
• 34 ground-breaking organizations supported
• 91% people of color
• 71% of our host organizations are BIPOC-led
At the end of May, we wrapped up our first-ever live events series in lieu of our annual in-person conference. While we can never replace the experience of our most powerful movement-building event, our invited speakers and staff delivered rich presentations and our audience brought the same level of energy and enthusiasm as if we were in person.
Topics ranged from 101s on reproductive justice, population control and eugenics, racial disparities in maternal health, enduring legacies of Roe, and the emotional and political life of Black motherhood.Find the Online Recordings Here
Over the past year, staff and students presented in more than 20 online events and reached over 1,000 people.
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, RIGHTS, AND JUSTICE CERTIFICATE
The RHRJ certificate provides undergraduate students
at the Five Colleges with an opportunity to develop
a strong understanding of the social, economic, legal, and political conditions that influence reproduction in the U.S. and transnationally.
• 15 2021 graduates
• 58 graduates since 2015
• 73 students in the pipeline
Big impact: programming
LIVING OUR VALUES
Reproductive justice, a term coined by Black women in 1994, amplifies the intersectional injustices that make reproductive health care more difficult for people already denied safe and adequate care. It centers the needs and leadership of those who have been left out of traditional reproductive rights frameworks.
The future of reproductive justice lies in the hands of today’s emerging leaders, which is why we boost youth voices and amplify those occupying the intersections of oppression so they can shed light on how all forms of oppression impact reproductive justice.
As we seed the next generation, it is important to show our commitment to do our workin a way that lifts up the basic tenets of reproductive justice.
• 9 staff members
• Led by women of color
• 56% people of color
• 44% ≤ 35 years old
• 17 board members
• 58% people of color
• 37% ≤ 35 years old
• 1.4 million dollars
SUMMER INTERNSHIP EXPANSION
The explosion of interest in our paid summer internship program proved that we needed to expand. We’re launching a bold two-year regional pilot program that will engage five alums in year-long fellowship positions. This is a deliberate first step in a long-term goal to increase interns and bolster our national presence.
Based around the country, the fellows will create a new spiderweb of relationships connecting and reaching new communities otherwise unknown to us. They will deepen our relationships with local campuses and community organizations while tabling, fielding inquiries, conducting interviews, and organizing outreach for students and alums.
We have never shied away from change or growth. Our name, Civil Liberties and Public Policy, was supposed to stretch with us as we embraced new social injustices every few years — not just reproductive justice. We were never meant to stay the same.
For four decades, we have been both the propeller and the incubator for the reproductive justice movement. We teach our students and activists what “better” looks like, and they show us what more needs to be done. We are harnessing this energy and stepping fully into our collective power for reproductive justice.
Our core values will never change. The only thing that will shift is a visual and name identity that both embraces our past work and dares us to believe in a world where reproductive justice is embedded in our shared liberation.
Our long-standing partner and ally, Population and Development (PopDev) joined CLPP as a temporary project from October 2020 – June 2021. They offer critical, feminist counter-narratives to “population bomb” stories that blame people’s reproduction for global problems such as food scarcity, violence and environmental degradation. As we change, so will our relationship with PopDev.
Our alums are bending history, striking down injustice, and shaking the world. Many of them courageously and tirelessly fight for reproductive justice throughout their careers. They are strong, smart, accomplished — and changing lives.