New Voices Celebrates 15 Years

Reproductive Justice & Beyond

The Main Event

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Stage AE
400 North Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Celebrating 15 Years

Reproductive Justice & Beyond celebrates 15 years of New Voices for Reproductive Justice building a social change movement dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women, femmes and girls!

It will be an epic celebration of our Founders, New Voices Award honorees, our Reproductive Justice & Beyond Ambassadors from across the nation with amazing guest speakers, live entertainment, delicious food and beverage, dancing and more!

Are you ready for a 15 hour celebration for 15 years of New Voices for Reproductive Justice?! Whether you join us at the Main Event at Stage AE, for our community event or online, we promise you that you do not want to miss Reproductive Justice & Beyond!

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Lodging Accommodations

Parking Instructions & Availability

Parking is available in Gold Lot 2 directly across the street from Stage AE. Click here for more details. Please bring cash for parking. There are multiple lots near Stage AE. Free street parking might be possible after 6:00 PM. Please read parking signs accordingly. 

Keynote Speaker: Feminista Jones

Feminista Jones is a mental health social worker, sex-positive feminist writer, public speaker, and community activist from New York City. … For two years, she hosted a sex-positive feminist podcast called This Week In Blackness: After Dark, which discussed topics related to sex and sexuality, race, and feminism.

Featured Speaker: Jessica Byrd

Jessica Byrd is the Founder and Chief Doer of the Three Point squad. She founded Three Point Strategies in 2015 to provide a home for electoral strategy that centers racial justice and is transformational rather than transactional. Jessica has worked on campaigns in 43 states, at the side of the most exciting races to elect Black women in the country, training hundreds of leaders, and building tools to serve the Movement. Most recently, Jessica acted as Chief of Staff for the Stacey Abrams campaign. Together, they were able to shift the landscape of Georgia politics, by securing the 2018 Democratic nomination for Governor–a first for Black Women in America.

VIP Reception Speaker: Rep. Stephanie Howse

State Representative Stephanie Howse serves in the Ohio House of Representatives representing House District 11, which includes the communities of Cleveland, Garfield Heights and Newburgh Heights. She serves on the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee (Ranking Member), Finance Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation and Transportation and Public Safety Committee. As a public servant, she is dedicated to connecting residents to career and entrepreneurship opportunities to break the cycle of generational poverty, enhancing access to early childhood education and STEM (science, technology, mathematics, and engineering) education, promoting health and wellness and providing support for caregivers delivering long-term care.

VIP Reception Speaker: Rep. Summer Lee

Summer is a lifelong resident of the 34th district, where she grew up in the North Braddock and Rankin neighborhoods and currently resides in Swissvale. She is a proud graduate of Woodland Hills High School, Pennsylvania State University and Howard University School of Law, where she specialized in civil rights and constitutional law. While at Howard, Summer worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she was an Oliver White Hill Fellow, and in the Office of the General Counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She also served as a student attorney in the Howard University School of Law Civil Rights Clinic, representing and assisting clients with civil rights complaints.

New Voices Awards Honorees

Loretta Ross

Repro. Justice Academician, Feminist, Activist

Dorothy Roberts

Reproductive Justice Scholar, Teacher, & Activist.

Marcela Howell

Founder and President of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda.

Jasmine N. Burnett

Organizing Director – National Network of Abortion Funds

Lifetime Achievement Award

Voice of Vision Award

Voice of Wisdom Award

Voice of Courage Award

Loretta Ross is a Visiting Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at various colleges teaching courses on “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump” and “Reproductive Justice Praxis”. Currently, she is visiting at Smith College in theProgram for the Study of Women and Gender for the 2019-2020 academic year. She started her career in activism and social change in the 1970s, working at the National Football League Players’ Association, the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Black Women’s Health Project, the Center for Democratic Renewal (National Anti-Klan Network), the National Center for Human Rights Education, and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, until retiring as an organizer in 2012 to teach about activism.

Dorothy Roberts is a long-time reproductive justice scholar, teacher, and activist. She is the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, with joint appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the Law School, where she is the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She is also the founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society. An internationally recognized public scholar, she has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in U.S. institutions.

Marcela Howell is the founder and president of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, a national-state partnership with eight Black women’s Reproductive Justice organizations with a goal of lifting up the voices of Black women leaders on reproductive rights, health, and justice. An advocate and policy strategist, Marcela is recognized for her expertise in strategic communications, leadership development, and policy forecasting. With over 40 years of experience advocating for women’s rights, Reproductive Justice, and women’s empowerment, she is devoted to enhancing the role of Black women in national policy debates on issues that impact their lives.

“New Voices for Reproductive Justice has been a North Star for the leadership of Black women, girls and femmes in the rust belt region since its founding. Having served as a supporter, employee and movement partner I have witnessed first hand the power of growth, evolution and transformation all in service of protecting and defending the lives, bodies, families and reproduction and humanity of Black folx. The Nannie Helen Burroughs quote that guides the work of the phenomenal leadership of the organization is, “we specialize in the wholly impossible.” I am awed by the visible and unspoken impact of  New Voices for Reproductive Justice and so deeply humbled and honored to receive this award alongside movement leaders who I admire so much.”

Host & Performers

Reproductive Justice & Beyond Ambassadors

Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes
Minority Leader
Ohio House of Representatives
34th District

Rep. Stephanie Howse
President, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
11th District

Rep. Janine Boyd
Ohio House of Representatives
9th District
Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus

Jessica Byrd
Founder and Chief Doer
Three Point Strategies
Co-Founder, Women of Color HERstory Month

Rep. Chris Rabb
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
District 22

Rep. Morgan Cephas
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
District 192

Maria Miranda
Queer, Radical Feminist
New Voices for Reproductive Justice
Former Board Chair

Shakyra Diaz
Alliance for Safety & Justice
Ohio State Director

Vanessa Daniel
Founder and Executive Director
Groundswell Fund

Alexandra DelValle
Director of Programs
Groundswell Fund

Malika Redmond
Women Engaged
Executive Director

Melanie R. Brown
Speaker & Writer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Paris Hatcher
Black Feminist Rabble Rouser
Founder and Director, Black Feminist Future
Co-Lead, Black Freedom Outfitters

Alecia Dawn Young
New Voices for Reproductive Justice
Former Board Chair

Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Shenay D. Jeffrey
University of Pittsburgh
Assistant Director, Pitt Student Affairs
New Voices for Reproductive Justice Board Vice Chair

Sara Lomax-Reese
WURD Radio
President and CEO

Angela Ferrell-Zabala
Everytown for Gun Safety
Chief Equity Outreach and Partnerships Officer

Claudette R. Lewis
New Voices for Reproductive Justice
Advisory Council Member

Blak Rapp Madusa
Dignity for Women Campaign
Artivist & Founder

Reproductive Justice & Beyond

Host Committee

La’Tasha D. Mayes, New Voices for Reproductive Justice Founder and Executive Director
Carmen Alexander, New Voices for Reproductive Justice Deputy Director of Operations / Chief of Staff
Thena Robinson Mock, New Voices for Reproductive Justice Board Chair
Shenay Jeffrey, New Voices for Reproductive Justice Board Co-Chair and Assistant Director, Pitt Student Affairs
Simone Quinerly, Quinerly Financial Group
Amanda Reed, New Voices for Reproductive Justice Board Secretary and Associate Attorney, Caplin & Drysdale
Ashley Grice, New Voices for Reproductive Justice Board Member and Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Carnegie Mellon University
Mazda Miles, Perfection Events
Lois “Toni” McClendon, New Voices for Reproductive Justice Board Co-Founder and Advisory Council Member
The Smith & Dautruche Family
D.S Kinsel, Boom Concepts
Cheryl Kleiman, New Voices for Reproductive Justice Advisory Council and Education Law Center
Blayre Holmes Davis, Director of Community Relations, Pittsburgh Steelers* and PA State Rep. Austin Davis
Aya Eliza-Christie, CNM (The Midwife Center)
LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill, Principal, LaTrenda Consulting
Jada Shirriel, MS, CLC Chief Executive Officer Healthy Start, Inc
Andréa Stanford, Assistant County Manager, Allegheny County*
Jenny Van Dam, Innovation Works
Marisa Williams, Associate Vice President, Community Outreach and Impact, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on African American Affairs*
Alecia Dawn Young, Founder, Yogamotif & Damon Young, Co-Founder,
Lauren Fraley, Community Relations Coordinator, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Marisa C. Williams
Andréa Stanford, Allegheny County

Sponsor an Honor Circle


New Voices for Reproductive Justice invites you to sponsor an Honor Circle in support of our 15th Anniversary special event. Each Honor Circle offers benefits at various levels that pay homage to our legacy, our work and our vision ranging from $2,500 – $50,000. Please consider supporting New Voices with your sponsorship as we chart our course for the next 15 years.


Download our Sponsorship Opportunities Package


For details about each level, please click here.

Repro Justice & Beyond Sponsorship Form

Please make all checks payable to “New Voices” with RJB Sponsorship in the memo line.
Check should be mailed to the following address:
New Voices for Reproductive Justice
ATTN: Carmen Alexander, Deputy Director
5987 Broad Street, Suite 205
Pittsburgh, PA 15206