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Reckoning Stories, Transforming Our Futures: Repairing the Harm of Eugenics in California

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Illuminating the recent anti-eugenics win in California, of a reparations program to repair the decades-long state-sanctioned harm inflicted on survivors of reproductive abuse, this discussion will spotlight the production of “No Mas Bebes,” a feature film about the sterilization of Mexican mothers in Los Angeles in the sixties and seventies.  Reproductive Justice organizers from California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, will speak about the powerful campaign and what it will take to reckon with the past in order to create non-eugenic futures.


  • Tamika Middleton

    Tamika is an organizer, doula, midwifery apprentice, writer, and unschooling mama who is passionate about and active in struggles that affect Black women’s lives. Tamika has organized for abolition, reproductive justice, and for domestic workers’ rights. She is a consultant with Winds of Change Consulting, and a founding member of the Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid (MAMA) Fund and JustGeorgia. She serves as a Community Advisory Board member of Critical Resistance, a Leadership Team member of the Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective and as treasurer of OHRD.

  • Virginia Espino

    Virginia Espino is the daughter of Mexican parents. She grew up in the barrios of northeastern Los Angeles where she currently resides with her life partner, last born child and four-legged companion. She holds a PhD in 20th Century U.S. History with a focus on the Chicanx experience. She is an oral and public historian whose interests include the intersection of class, race and gender in working class culture formation and identity. Much of her work over the past 10 years includes the recovery of lost or hidden histories through oral history interviewing and making those histories available to the public at large. Espino is the Producer and Lead Historian on the award winning documentary, No Más Bebés. Based in part on her dissertation research, No Más Bebés investigates the history of coercive sterilization at the Los Angeles-USC Medical Center during the 1970s. She currently lectures for Chicana, Chicano and Central American Studies and Labor Studies at UCLA and serves on the board of the California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.
  • Ena Suseth Valladares

    Ena Suseth Valladares is the Director of Programs at California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. She has worked on reproductive justice issues for nearly 15 years, primarily working on reducing health inequities and shifting narratives through community-informed research and policy. Ena received her B.A. in Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She completed her MPH, with an emphasis in Community Health, from California State University, Long Beach. In addition to gathering fun data, Ena likes to share random (nerdy) factoids, going on hikes and really loves LA.