How might the reproductive justice movement create a more supportive space for its parents through involving their children in our work with intention?
This is the question that Jasmine Burnett asked herself and explored at the start of her CoreAlign Generative Fellowship. At the close of her fellowship, she landed with a purpose to launch a ReproJustice Village Unschool that supports parents who are leaders in our work by cultivating the personal learning journey of their families through the Reproductive Justice framework. As a self-proclaimed "Radical ReproJustice Teacher" she has developed a curricula that allows Movement Kids to bring their full selves to a space that explores Reproductive Justice through wonder, art, creativity and expression. She is thrilled to prototype her ReproJustice Village Unschool curriculum at the Midwives Alliance of North America conference!
Each day will have a focus where the Radical ReproJustice Teacher will provide guidance and support, and the Movement Kids will self-direct their learning. The first day will focus on building community through culture and art, and will end with the Movement Kids naming their village. At the close of the first day, there will be homework focused on a shared learning method where Movement Kids will talk to their parents about what they learned, and parents will share with their children how what they are learning will help them in their movement work. The second day, Movement Kids will teach back what they taught and learned from their parents, and begin production on their creative performance for the closing day. On the closing day, Movement Kids will take up space at the closing plenary to teach the conference attendees about who they are, what they learned, the village they created and how they will share the ReproJustice Village beyond this space with their friends and communities.
What is Reproductive Justice?
SisterSong defines Reproductive Justice as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.
The ReproJustice Village Unschool will be accepting applications for Movement Kids ages 5-16 years old. There may be a sliding scale fee for families to make sure as many families that want to participate in the RJ Village Unschool will have access. If you are interested in getting more information about signing up, please contact the Division of Access & Equity at firstname.lastname@example.org