Speaking: NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Fall Celebration

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I took a little bit of a hiatus from traveling and speaking this last year or so, and it was nice to get a chance to stay grounded for a bit and focus on my life at home. But I’m heading back out on the road, and am really excited to get to connect with incredible people around the country.

I’m starting with Austin, where I’ll be speaking at the NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Fall Celebration on October 28. It’s such a challenging time in Texas (did you read about the Latina woman arrested at her gyn’s office near Houston for presenting a fake ID?), but there is also amazing grassroots organizing happening in response. I’ll be talking about how my work as a doula has influenced my social justice values, and I’ll be sharing the stage with Representative Jessica Farrar, an incredible Latina RJ advocate and leader. I had the honor of working with her back when I started out in organizing, and it’s awesome to be able to circle back to that.

If you’re in the Austin area, please come! There are activist tickets available for $25.

More speaking gigs to come, so stay tuned. And if you’re interested in bringing me to your campus or community, get in touch: miriamzperez@gmail.com!

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Philly: Radical Doulas & Reproductive Justice event on Wednesday March 27

I’m heading out this week to do two speaking events, so if you’re in the Philly area, you should join!

I love any and all opportunity to talk about the activism I’m involved in, and I’m beyond pleased that doula work is gaining enough prominence that I get more and more requests to come speak about it.

On Wednesday I’ll be speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, hosted by groups primarily in the Nursing School. Major thanks to Ryan Pryor who organized the event! I’ll be talking about doulas, reproductive justice and community-based interventions to health care. I’m jazzed to be speaking to future health care professionals–a group that has the power to really change our health care system.

Details:

Radical Doulas & Reproductive Justice: Community-based health

Miriam Zoila Perez will talk about her work as a full-spectrum doula, writer and activist. There is a growing movement of doulas working to improve pregnant people’s health care experiences through one-on-one emotional, physical and informational suport. How are doulas changing health care experiences? How can providers collaborate with doulas? Miriam will discuss this important and growing movement, and it’s many connections to health care activist work. 

Event co-hosted by Nurses PUSH, Nursing Students for Choice, Med Students for Choice, LGBTPM+, GAPSA, Nursing Student Services and Penn LGBT Center.

Wednesday March 27th, 12pm-1pm, Claire M. Fagin Hall, University of Pennsylvannia

Facebook event here.

In the evening there will also be a get together, for those who can’t make the event and folks who want to talk more. Details: New Deck Tavern on 34th and Sansom (3408 Sansom St  Philadelphia, PA 19104), 7:30-9:30pm

On Thursday I’ll be speaking at the Queer and Trans Conference at Swarthmore College, my alma mater! I’ll be hosting a workshop about Queering Reproductive Justice.

I’ll have Radical Doula Guides with me for sale at both events. Hope to see you there Philly!