Racial Justice Workshops

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The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB)

Focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. They support ongoing anti-racist efforts within communities, organizations, and institutions through a host of programs. Their signature workshop, Undoing Racism®, uses a systemic approach that emphasizes learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism.


Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity

Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity

This 2.5 day workshop gives participants the opportunity to experience the full curriculum, as well as to engage with fellow facilitators around best practices for implementing it within their own networks, organizations and spheres of influence. The TWP curriculum includes lessons plans, handouts, PowerPoint slides and video clips covering a number of key concepts, tools and strategies for change. Its design helps current and emerging leaders from a variety of sectors better identify, talk about and intervene to address white privilege and its consequences. Intended to be of use to people of color and white people.


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Decolonize Birth Conference

Ancient Song Doula Services’ annual Decolonizing Birth Conference addresses different themes of reproductive justice each year. This​ ​conference​ ​was​ ​created​ ​to​ ​offer​ ​a safe space​ ​where​ ​communities​ ​of​ ​color​ can network, skill share, and grow together. They host a variety of workshops within this conference featuring many powerful voices in reproductive health advocacy and birth justice advocacy communities. The conference is a space for collaboration and growth towards impacting change.


Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Offers trainings accessible as webinars, from issues and policies relating to the health and rights of Black mothers to best practices in care. This organization has many resources available for advocates, including a Toolkit for use by Black mothers.


Past Workshops:

The State of Black Midwifery


As our community faces high infant mortality, maternal mortality and the lack of cultural competency in care, the need for more Black midwives have risen.  How does one answer the call?  Underground or Licensed?  What steps do Black student midwives have to take? Where can we do our clinicals?  Join us as we honor the work of Black midwifery past and present and discuss goals and the groundwork being laid to ensure the profession’s future in our communities.

12 recordings are available for purchase & download here:

  • Claudia Booker speaks on “Becoming a CPM in the USA: Routes, Processes & Obstacles”
  • Jamarah Amani speaks on “Continuing the Tradition: Becoming a Midwife”
  • JayVon Muhammad speaks on “Midwifery & Public Health: How Neighborhood Clinics can Improve Birth Outcomes”
  • Makeda Kamara speaks on “Licensure or Underground: Where Does More Regulation Take Black Midwifery?”
  • Maria Milton speaks on “Milton Memorial Birth Center: Continuing the Legacy of Black Midwifery in Florida”
  • Mawusi Ashshakir speaks on “The Call to Midwifery”
  • Nana Siti Opio speaks on “Healing Arts & Midwifery”
  • Nandi Andrea Hill speaks on “Midwifery Work Among Black Communities in New Mexico”
  • Nicole Deggins speaks on “Certified Nurse Midwifery: Choosing the Medical Path, Pros & Cons”
  • Racha Tahani Lawler speaks on “Importance of Birth Centers for Better Birth Outcomes”
  • Sarahn Henderson speaks on “Thoughts on Black Midwifery Past, Hopes for Its Future”
  • UmmSalaamah Abdullah-Salimah speaks on “Ethical Out of Country Midwifery Work in Africa”

Click here to purchase individual recordings or the full package.


Roots-n-Bush Online Birth Conference


Click here to purchase the full weekend recording!

Intense High & Divine Birth Wisdom  Are Honored to Present the Roots-N-Bush Online Birth Conference. Our mission during this conference was to showcase the rich spirituality, history, and birth customs of Black women all over the world. Currently, we live in a time where there is serious culture appropriation that has spilled over into the natural birth community. The Roots-N-Bush Online Conference presents a platform where we claim our Black birth traditions and customs, from herbs, roots, rituals, and food and share it with a new generation of women hungry to learn, practice and incorporate these customs in their lives and birth work.

We have gathered together a powerfully enriching roster of women whose life/work embody passion for the holistic well-being of Black women, children and families. Each of our guests were interviewed with thought provoking questions so that they may share their knowledge and pearls of wisdom. After each interview, the listening and viewing audience had the opportunity to participate in question and answer sessions.

This conference is for birth workers, parents, students and anyone who values the holistic approach to natural birthing within Black and Indigenous communities.

Click here for more information about the conference proceedings & speakers and to purchase individual recordings or the full package.


15th Annual White Privilege Conference

WPC1Madison, WI

March 26-29, 2014

Registration opens on MLK Day, January 20, 2014

Early registration rates end on February 24, 2014



Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 2013

Madison, Wisconsin 2012

Portland, Oregon 2012

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