Join us for a panel discussion featuring Natalie Moore from WBEZ, Qudsiyyah Shariyf with the Chicago Abortion Fund, and Thalía Chicojay of Sexpectations, led by Remy Bumppo Creative Producer Christina Casano. We will be discussing themes from Blues for an Alabama Sky, a look at the history of reproductive rights, and the work currently being done in Illinois and beyond.
In 2018, while working in the Health Promotions Department at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) of Washington, DC, co-founders Angela Townsend and Noah Hughes-Dunn found that many of the youth that confided in them were lacking the information and knowledge to have healthy and safe sexual experiences. With the help of their colleagues and high school intern, Sexpectations was created. Originally, a workshop to fill the gaps and have honest and real conversations about dating, relationships, and sex.
Sexpectations has expanded from a one-workshop program to a revamped twelve-session sexual health curriculum. In 2021, we incorporated as a 501c3 organization, but we aspire to maintain our collective ideals and structure. Learn more here.
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Natalie Moore covers segregation and inequality.
Her enterprise reporting has tackled race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence. Natalie’s work has been broadcast on the BBC, Marketplace and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Natalie is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016. She is also co-author of The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang and Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation. Natalie is the author of “The Billboard,” a play about abortion; 16th Street Theater produced the play.
Natalie writes a monthly column for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her work has been published in Essence, Ebony, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian. She is the 2017 recipient of Chicago Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award. In 2010, she received the Studs Terkel Community Media Award for reporting on Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. In 2009, she was a fellow at Columbia College’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, which allowed her to take a reporting trip to Libya. Natalie has won several journalism awards, including a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. Other honors are from the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow), Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, National Association of Black Journalists, Illinois Associated Press and Chicago Headline Club. The Chicago Reader named her best journalist in 2017. In 2018, she received an honorary doctorate from Adler University. In These Times gave her the 2017 Voice of Progressive Journalism Award. Natalie frequently collaborates with Chicago artist Amanda Williams.
She is a 2021 USA Fellow. The Pulitzer Center named her a 2020 Richard C. Longworth Media Fellow for international reporting. In 2021, University of Chicago Center for Effective Government (CEG), based at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, welcomed her its first cohort of Senior Practitioner Fellows.
Prior to joining WBEZ staff in 2007, Natalie was a city hall reporter for the Detroit News. She has also been an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem.
Natalie has an M.S.J. in Newspaper Management from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University. She has taught at Columbia College and Medill. She is on the board of Seminary Co-op Bookstore and chair of the Harold Washington Literary Awards.
Qudsiyyah Shariyf (she/they) is an organizer, birthworker, and reproductive justice advocate currently serving as the deputy director of the Chicago Abortion Fund. In 2019, Qudsiyyah joined CAF as a program coordinator, where they quickly demonstrated their commitment to reproductive autonomy and justice. Today, Qudsiyyah is a leading voice in the abortion access movement and continues working to build a world where everyone has access to the resources, care and support they need to thrive.
Thalía Chicojay (they/them) has been a part of Sexpectations since 2019 after moving to Chicago from Boston, Massachusetts. Thalía is a sexual health worker that is inspired by the intersections of education, art, and reproductive justice. Their work includes youth programming, performance art, sexual health education, and all-options pregnancy counseling. Firmly rooted in harm reduction, Thalía is an educator who seeks to prompt self-reflection, consent communication, and abolitionist world-building in their classes. Born on a hot August morning, Thalía is a fiery and determined creative whose dream is to provide abortion and reproductive health services rooted in community care.
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