Reproductive Justice Confronts Fascism

A report on Collective Power’s April 9, 2022 convening

Update: In 2022, in lieu of an in-person conference, Collective Power held a convening to explore how reproductive justice can confront white supremacy and fascism. This year’s conference, Collective Power 2023, will build upon and continue to explore those themes.

On April 9, 2022, 31 activists and scholars participated in Collective Power’s Reproductive Justice Confronts Fascism convening at Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts. The goal was to deepen our understanding of white supremacy in order to disrupt and defeat it. In many ways, we anticipated the extensive attacks on abortion and civil rights contained in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Collective Power for Reproductive Justice is proud to share “Reproductive Justice Confronts Fascism,” a report that summarizes our discussions on the simultaneous rise of the Far Right, a resurgence of “overpopulation” politics, and increased criminalization and policing of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) communities. It confirms that we must fight the multiple manifestations of white supremacy—fascism, increased policing, patriarchal oppression, population control, and eugenics—head-on.

It concludes with preliminary strategies for resistance: lift up our history, center the knowledge of those most impacted, confront white supremacy in our movements, provide visions of liberation and fight apocalyptic gloom, take inspiration from movements in other countries, and ask: what are we willing to do.

We’re also pleased to share the recording for Collective Power’s “Reproductive Justice Confronts Fascism” panel from April 10, 2022, featuring Dr. Toni Bond, Coya White Hat-Artichoker, Marisa Pizii, Leslie Lopez, Marlene Fried, and Symone New.