Panel Discussion on Reproductive Rights

reproductive rights are human rights5 pm | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

Join us for an evening of speaking openly about reproductive rights. There will be panelists with diverse backgrounds and expertise, who hope to foster an open dialogue during which everyone will be encouraged to share, learn from one another and be empowered to get more involved. The five panelists are Desiree Perez, Molly Freibott, Gerry Garvey, Gage Stewart, and Kelly Fryer. Congressional Candidate Dr. David Brill will be moderating the discussion, and his daughter Sophie Brill will introduce the panel. Bring your questions, and bring your friends!

About the Panel Discussion

Sexual and reproductive rights have been under legislative and cultural attack for a long time now, but between the Domestic Gag Rule that is likely going into effect soon and the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the situation is now critical. In addition to these political attacks, residents of rural areas (including most of Arizona) either have to travel ridiculously far distances to access reproductive healthcare, or they aren’t aware of the nearby clinics that are more easily accessible, because they are not widely advertised. To ensure that we stay on the right side of history, we need to keep fighting!

About the Panelistsdesiree perez

Desiree Perez is the Regional Health Coordinator at Planned Parenthood in Northern Arizona. She has worked as an educator, organizer and advocate for Planned Parenthood for the past four years, on reproductive rights issues including affordable care, abortion issues and sex education. She lives in Prescott with her partner Jim and their two cats and is working to complete her master’s degree in Social Justice and Community Organizing at Prescott College.

molly freibott

Molly Freibott is an entrepreneur who runs her own businesses as both an Artist and a Wellness Educator. She is an energetic volunteer with a passion for supporting, organizing and managing both Community and Faith Based Programs. She is currently Co-chair for the Greater Yavapai County Coalition, providing support to the LGBTQ Community, PFLAG and the Gay Straight Alliance. She is a Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Director of GYCC's Faith Bridge Program which is focused on helping Faith Organizations become more Inclusive. Molly has a passion for youth fostering and adoption programs and for connecting Faith Based Organizations with community needs.

Gerry Garvey has considered herself a Peace and Justice activist since the 70’s when she started advocating for reproductive rights and working in Women’s Health Programs. gerry garveyShe became the Director of a Community Health Center in the San Diego California in 1979. In the 80’s she became the Director of Hyannis Family Planning until she moved on to the Rape Crisis/ Battered Women’s Shelter movement in Massachusetts. She has been a part of opening and or successfully sustaining four shelters for women and one adolescent girls’ run-away shelter. In 1980 she also became a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and has attended international women conferences as a delegate for WILPF (a UN NGO) in Bolivia and Beijing. Since moving to Prescott she has worked with the Yavapai County Community Health Services as the HIV/AIDS program Coordinator. At that time Gerry traveled to Kenya twice to do HIV/AIDS education and attended an African Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention in Kenya. She spent two years with Turning Point, an adolescent homeless shelter in Prescott and was the Executive Director of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice for four years. She is a founding member of the Board of the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter and the Project Coordinator for A Poverty Indicator Study at the Institute for Sustainable Social Change at Prescott College. She spent four years as a member of the State Board of Director at the Arizona Health Care Partnership as an advocate for Family Planning services in the Northern Arizona region. She is currently A Medical Case Manager and advocate for People living with HIV at Northland Cares Clinic. Gerry holds a Master’s degree in Management from Lesley College in Cambridge MA. In 2011 Gerry was awarded the Social Justice Lifetime Leadership award from Granite Peak Unitarian Congregation and 2012 was selected as Prescott Area Leaderships Woman of the Year. She has adult children: Maggie, with her wife Shona (Maggie is founding and past Director of Yavapai Service.); her son John is currently a student a Yavapai College. Garvey's husband Dennis, is the Dean of Lifelong Learning at Yavapai College.

gage stewartGage Stewart is one of the co-founders of the Planned Parenthood Generation Action Chapter at Prescott College. As a part of his senior project, Gage has collaboratively conducted community based research on the sexual and reproductive health practices and culture of the student body at Prescott College. Gage is a deeply committed organizer and activist. His work and his passions are centered around woman’s rights, LGBTQIAX rights, racial justice, economic justice, migrant justice, labor rights, environmental justice and natural history. Gage will be graduating with a BA in Critical Social and Cultural Theory from Prescott College in December 2018, and will begin an accelerated masters program in Social Justice and Community Organizing starting this fall. Gage hopes to further his studies by pursuing a PhD. in American Studies after his graduate program. He is currently an intern and a Community Organizer on the Brill for Congress Campaign in Arizona’s 4th Congressional District.

Kelly FryerKelly Fryer, Democratic Candidate for Arizona Governor, has over 25 years of senior leadership experience. Since January 2013, she has served as CEO of YWCA Southern Arizona, a 100-year old nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, and driven by the vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Under Fryer’s leadership, the organization serves 50,000 visitors on its two campuses each year, has grown by 400%, acquired two new businesses, expanded to a second campus and launched a statewide advocacy center. Previously, Fryer was Executive Director of Arizona List, an organization that works to elect women to local and state office, and National Communications Director for Interfaith Worker Justice. She spent 15 years as a senior pastor, started an international leadership consultancy, is a former teacher, seminary professor, and published author.

Sophie Brill is an editor and activist from New York, currently working as the Assistant to the Campaign Manager on her father’s campaign for Congress. Before she dropped everything to come help get Dr. Brill elected, she was an editor at Everyday Health, a healthcare publication, and Narratively, a publication dedicated to long form journalism based in New York City. She was also a mentor at NYC SALT, a nonprofit program that teaches photography and digital media to underprivileged high school students. She has been a longtime patient and enthusiastic activist with Planned Parenthood.

Event date: 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

The Peregrine Book Company
219A North Cortez
Prescott, AZ 86301