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Charis welcomes Sabia Wade in conversation with Jalessah Jackson for a discussion of Birthing Liberation: How Reproductive Justice Can Set Us Free. Birthing Liberation presents reproductive justice as the pathway to equity and the birthplace of liberation. This event is co-hosted by Access Reproductive Care-Southeast. ARC-Southeast is a reproductive justice organization based in Atlanta, Georgia that funds abortion and builds power in the region.
Sabia C. Wade, renowned radical doula and educator, speaks to the intersections of systemic issues—such as access to health care, house transportation, and nutrition—and personal trauma work that, if healed, have the power to lead us to collective liberation in all facets of life.
Collective liberation rests on the idea that in order for us all to have equity in this world—from the safety of childbirth, to the ability to bring a baby home to a safe community, to having access to resources, safety, and opportunities over the long term—we must all become liberated individuals.
Birthing Liberation creates a path to social and systemic change, starting within the birthing world and expanding far beyond.
Sabia Wade (she/they) is a radical full-spectrum doula, reproductive justice advocate, equity consultant, and somatic educator based in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2017 she founded the nonprofit For the Village in San Diego, and in 2018 she founded Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings (BADT). In 2021 she launched The Black Doula Podcast, and Essence magazine listed her as one of “9 Black doulas and midwives to follow now.” Her work has been featured in Insider, the Advocate, Business Equality Magazine, Ebony, Motherly, Well + Good, and, Healthline, among other outlets. She has appeared on several podcasts including Evidence Based Birth, Birthful, Happy as a Mother, and Birth Kweens.
Jalessah Jackson is a Black queer mother and interdisciplinary cultural worker in Atlanta. They serve as the Interim Executive Director of ARC-Southeast, an abortion fund and reproductive justice organization serving six states in the South. As a Reproductive Justice practitioner, Jalessah is committed to the fullest development of oppressed peoples’ collective power and self determination, and their approach to building power is rooted in a People's Centered Human Rights (PCHR) theory and practice.
Combining their formal educational training in Black Studies (BA), and Gender and Cultural Studies (MA) with their commitment to democratizing knowledge, Jalessah lectures and facilitates teach-ins and trainings in traditional and non-traditional classrooms. They have previously taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Public Health, African and African Diaspora Studies, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.
Jalessah collaborates with groups working on intersecting issues. They are a member of BAP-Atlanta, and the founder of the Decolonial Feminist Collective (DFC), a project that seeks to build the capacities to resist coloniality through popular and political education, mutual aid, and solidarity-building.
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Birthing Liberation presents reproductive justice as the pathway to equity and the birthplace of liberation.