Jessica Mills, author of My Mother Wears Combat Books: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us, will present a talk entitled “Social Justice Begins at Home.” Ten key points, from practicing non-violent communication to recognizing the difference between legitimate and illegitimate authority, will be supplemented with brief selections from her book. Q&A and discussion encouraged. Mills has worked as a high school English and Journalism teacher, a touring musician and as the Director of the Hollywood Birth Center in Hollywood, FL. Currently residing in Albuquerque, NM, Mills is a full time parent to two children aged 9 and 3, and a part time English teacher at CNM and with UNM’s Continuing Education ESL Program. She currently tours with UK-based ska-punk band Citizen Fish.
Jessica Powers, editor of Labor Pains and Birth Stories: Essays on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Becoming a Parent, will present a talk entitled “The Social Implications of Birth Stories.” She will talk about the ways that birth stories reinforce personal identities and discuss their importance in the social and political realm. Come prepared to share your own birth story! Powers is the author of The Confessional (Knopf, 2007), a novel that explores racial tension and violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border. She publishes The Fertile Source, a zine that focuses on fertility, and is the publisher of Catalyst Book Press.