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Oct 1

Healing Harm: The Intersection of Women x Healthcare x Incarceration with Lawyer and Human Rights Activist Cynthia Chandler

October 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT

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Join us as we host Cynthia Chandler while discussing the history of forced sterilization and eugenics in the United States, women’s healthcare, and how our justice system destroys and disrupts families and communities.

Personal statement from Cynthia:

“I have dedicated my career to achieving gender and racial justice while challenging state violence. As a social entrepreneur, activist, academic, and attorney, I seek to be a change-maker, aiding social justice movements in building true justice. In collaboration with HIV-positive activists in prison, I founded the first organization advocating for HIV-positive women in prison. I then co-founded Critical Resistance and Justice Now, early prison industrial complex abolitionist organizations influencing the Black Lives Matter network. I have coached dozens more social venture founders. I strive to be equally innovative with my legal practice.

“When law does not allow relief my clients seek, I change it. I used loopholes to create the compassionate release process allowing terminally ill people release from prison. My first cases informed compassionate release law in California that was replicated nationally. With Justice Now, I spent much of the last 20 years partnering with activists in prison to expose contemporary coercive sterilization of women in California’s prisons, and led legislative efforts to stop it. I am honored that this campaign is documented in Erika Cohn’s New York Times critics pick documentary Belly of the Beast.”

More about our guest:

Cynthia Chandler

Director, Bay Area Legal Incubator, Oakland, California

 Since 2015, Chandler has grown the incubator, which coaches diverse attorneys to build successful, affordable law practices serving low and middle-income clients throughout California. Designed to promote diversity in the legal profession while increasing access to justice, the incubator is a project of the Alameda County Bar Association and Legal Access Alameda. Previously, she helped build a movement to challenge state violence and imprisonment, co-founding several groups influencing the Black Lives Matter network. Her decades long work empowering women in prison to challenge forced sterilization is featured in the Peabody-nominated documentary film “Belly of the Beast.”


October 1, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT
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