Join us as we Sip & Soirée for RJ on Thursday, October 10 at The Silver Room in Hyde Park! This has been a difficult year for abortion access nationally and for our region: we have been up against barriers, stigma, and never ending attacks on our self-determination. Through all of this, the Chicago Abortion Fund has increased direct funding; expanded our capacity through the addition of new staff, board members, and volunteers; grown our beautiful community; and continued to challenge stigma and misinformation. We do not plan to slow down.
Let’s gather to celebrate our work and each other. Join us for some dancing, cocktails, music by Hey Rae Chardonnay and delicious food to celebrate our past, our future, our community, and our collective resilience.
Then, at 7:15 p.m., half a block away at The Harper Theater, we will kick off 25 Years of Reproductive Justice: Freedom, Autonomy & Access on Film. The term Reproductive Justice was coined by Black women in Chicago in 1994. As a reproductive justice organization, we are thrilled to partner with Cinema 53, a screening and discussion series presenting conversation-provoking films by and about women and people of color to celebrate this milestone. A partnership between the historic Harper Theater in Hyde Park and UChicago’s Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry, Cinema 53 brings together scholars, artists, students and audiences from the South Side and beyond to consider how visual cultures reflect, and reflect upon, enduring inequalities and revolutionary futures.
25 Years of Reproductive Justice: Freedom, Autonomy & Access on Film will present powerful films on various aspects of the theme, and engage filmmakers, organizers, scholars, and artists to join in post-film conversations with the audience monthly on October 10, November 7, and December 12. Save the dates and join us for each one.
Both spaces are wheelchair-accessible and childcare will be provided for the pre-film celebration. If you need childcare, please send us a note with 1) number of children 2) their ages 3) their preferred spoken language.