Program & Schedule

FINAL PROGRAM: GRITS Program

Friday, February 28

12:30 – 1:00 | Registration

1:00 – 2:00 pm | GRITS Kickoff: The Power of Storytelling

Renee Bracey Sherman

Writer, Organizer, Activist

Renee Bracey Sherman is the Beyoncé of Abortion Storytelling. She’s a Chicago-born, midwest-raised writer and activist committed to the visibility and representation of people who have had abortions in media and pop culture. Learn more about Renee here.

Melissa Madera

Host, Founder, & Director of “The Abortion Diary”

Dr. Melissa Madera: Originally from Washington Heights, New York, Dr. Melissa Madera (a.k.a. the abortion diarist) is a  first generation Dominican-American, and the Jill of all trades at The Abortion Diary. Learn more about Melissa here.

2:00 – 2:30 pm | Refreshments

2:35 – 3:35 pm | Sex Work in the South

3:45 – 4:45 pm | Labor Organizing in the South and  Southwest

5:00 – 6:00 pm | Reproductive Justice: Coupling Litigation and Advocacy

6:00 – ? pm | Happy Hour (Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St.)


Saturday, February 29

9:00 – 9:40 am | Breakfast

9:50 – 10:50 am | Understanding Texas Legislation

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Breakout Sessions

12:10 – 1:10 pm | Lunch & Discussion: Judicial Nominations in the Trump Era

  • Steve Vladeck | Professor at the University of Texas School of Law

1:15 – 2:15 pm | Breakout Sessions

  • Tips for Post Conviction Litigation in the South
  • Gun Violence and Criminal Justice Reform Activism in Central Texas

2:25 – 3:15 pm | Breakout Sessions

  • Secondary Trauma for Social Justice Workers
    • Caitlin Sulley, LMSW | Director of the Sexual Assault Research Portfolio at the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
    • Jessi Duran | Intern with the Sexual Assault Research Portfolio at the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
  • Can you be an activist and a lawyer at the same time?

3:35 – 4:35 pm | Punishment Without Guilt

4:40 – 5:30 pm | Reclaiming Free Speech

5:30 – 6:30 pm | Closing Comments and Refreshments