October 2017: NAPW in Alabama and Georgia

November 14, 2017

In October, NAPW staff traveled to Alabama and Georgia to connect with local advocates and allies and speak about our work advocating for the human and civil rights of pregnant people. In Tuscaloosa, AL, Nancy Rosenbloom (Director of Legal Advocacy) and Aarin Williams (Senior Staff Attorney) presented a teach-in organized by the Yellowhammer Fund about the chemical endangerment law in Alabama and the criminalization and punishment of people in relationship to pregnancy. We were invited as part of local advocates' "40 Days of Freedom" and "Abortion Truth Teach-In" series (countering the anti-abortion "40 Days of Life" protests).

Flyer created by the Yellowhammer Fund.

In Georgia, NAPW was thrilled to attend this year's Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) International Drug Policy Reform Conference (#Reform17) and connect with advocates across the country. NAPW's Executive Director Lynn Paltrow spoke on three panels at #Reform17, including "Disrupting Narratives: Myths of the Drug Policy Reform Movement," "What About the Children? Bridging Gaps Between Drug Policy Reform and Child Welfare Advocacy" and the featured plenary session "Who Run the World: Women's Leadership & Drug Policy Reform." NAPW's Director of Legal Advocacy Nancy Rosenbloom spoke in the "For Your Own Good" vs. "Meeting People Where They're At" community session.

You can access more information about DPA's biennial conference--including this year's program--here.

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Pictured here: "What About the Children? Bridging Gaps Between Drug Policy Reform and Child Welfare Advocacy" panel at 2017 Drug Policy Alliance #Reform Conference. Panelists (from left to right): Indra Lusero (Elephant Circle), Lynn Paltrow (NAPW), Dinah Ortiz (The Bronx Defenders), Joyce McMillan (Child Welfare Organizing Project) and Joelle Puccio (National Perinatal Association's Workgroup on Perinatal Substance Use).