Following up from their ‘Health Care Reform and Latina Reproductive Health’ event in August, the women of the Minnesota LAN put together an amazing and enlightening event on September 17, 2009 tackling the issue of Immigration as a Matter of Reproductive Justice & Domestic Violence and Reproductive Justice. NLIRH helped facilitate the Immigration as a Matter of Reproductive Justice workshop, but without the charisma, enthusiasm, and engagement of the women present it would not have been nearly as successful or fun. Casa de Esperanza collaborated with NLIRH in facilitating a great workshop on Domestic Violence and Reproductive Justice as well. Not only was the day of workshops educational, but also inspiring and motivating to those present to witness the degree of commitment the MN LAN has to reproductive justice.
As an organizer, it was truly a great experience to be able to capture the moments where women come together for a cause and helped educate one another on issues so prevalent in the Latino community. It is exciting to witness the MN LAN come together and not talk about these issues, but also begin a plan of action to bring issues like these in the forefront on a state and federal level through advocacy. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the next time I visit the Twin Cities!