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May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Coral Gables Congregational Church’s Pastor Laurie Hafner and Reproductive Rights Panel


Books & Books


May 23
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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The Books & Books presents…


joined by

Ibis Valdés and Laurie Scop.


Fighting Mad: Resisting the End of Roe v. Wade

(University of California Press, $24.95)

Thursday, May 23rd, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is proud to present an evening with the Reverend Dr. Laurie Hafner discussing her essay “Abortion and Faith in Florida” from the new anthology Fighting Mad: Resisting the End of Roe v. Wade (University of California Press, $24.95). She will be joined by Ibis Valdés and Laurie Scop.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

A fierce and galvanizing reminder that resistance is everywhere in the fight for abortion and reproductive justice in the United States.

Fighting Mad is a book about what “reproductive justice” means and what it looks like to fight for it. Editors Krystale E. Littlejohn and Rickie Solinger bring together many of the strongest, most resistant voices in the country to describe the impacts of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision on abortion access and care.

The essayists and change agents gathered in Fighting Mad represent a remarkable breadth of expertise: activists and artists, academics and abortion storytellers, health care professionals and legislators, clinic directors and lawyers, and so many more. They discuss abortion restrictions and strategies to provide care, the impacts of criminalization, efforts to protect the targeted, shortcomings of the past, and visions for the next generation. Fighting Mad captures for the social and historical record the vigorous resistance happening in the early post-Roe moment to show that there are millions on the ground fighting to secure a better future.


About the Author:

The Rev. Dr. Laurinda M. Hafner’s passion for prophetic ministry, the social gospel, interfaith dialogue, and the arts has been the mark of her vibrant ministry. Called as Senior Pastor of Coral Gables Congregational UCC in 2006, Laurie came from Cleveland, Ohio where she served congregations for twenty-eight years. The dynamic ministry she had in Cleveland has been described by Niles Harper in his book, Urban Churches, Vital Signs: Beyond Charity Toward Justice, and by Chris Hobgood in Welcoming Resistance.

In 2022, Pastor Laurie, as she is known, along with another Christian, three Jews, one Unitarian-Universalist and a Buddhist, sued the State of Florida over reproductive rights on religious grounds. From that experience came her contribution to an anthology of writings called, Fighting Mad: Resisting the End of Roe v. Wade, edited by Krystale E. Littlejohn and Rickie Solinger from University of California Press.

Pastor Laurie is a community activist, especially engaged in LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive justice, the work of anti-racism, anti-book banning, and interfaith dialogue. She is probably best known as the pastor who goes up into the Church Tower each year and stays there until at least six tons of food is collected. Over the past years she has raised more than 125 tons of food for the hungry of South Florida.

About the Panelists:

Ibis Valdés is an accomplished advocate and public policy expert, currently serving as the President of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County. Recognized as one of Brickell Magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 features for May 2024, she is celebrated for her proactive engagement in various causes, including supporting survivors of sexual violence. Ibis’s impactful involvement in the documentary “The Hunting Ground (2015)” led to global attention, culminating in an invitation to the Academy Awards by Lady Gaga and Joe Biden, where she championed the film’s message and advocated for change on a global scale. With a Master of Arts in International Law and Human Rights from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, Ibis profoundly understands empathy’s transformative power and amplifying marginalized voices. In addition to her leadership at the League of Women Voters, Ibis is an active member of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County, contributing to fostering economic empowerment for women. A dynamic public speaker, consultant, and published writer, Ibis’s insightful contributions have been featured in esteemed publications such as Univision, Washington Times, and Rare, covering critical issues including economic development, immigration, and women’s rights. Recently, she was honored with an invitation to the White House for “Cuban-American Day,” underscoring her influence in shaping national discourse and policy initiatives concerning the Cuban community in the US.

Laurie Scop is a South Florida native who knew at an early age that she wanted to live in a world where women and girls could speak and live their truths, a desire governed by spiritual activism, social justice, and moral courage. A public servant at heart, she currently works for the State of Florida Department of Children and Families. In 2017, Laurie served on the leadership team for the Women’s Rally in South Florida, Miami-Dade County’s largest protest which focused on intersectional feminism. In 2022, after SCOTUS overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, Laurie represented the voice of sexual violence survivors at Miami-Dade’s first Roe-related press conference and again at the launch of Val Demings’ Women’s Coalition. As a believer in transformational leadership and the vital need for systemic change, Laurie currently serves as the Chair of the Healthcare Committee for the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County, and her story has been featured in media outlets including The Huffington Post, CBS Path, The Miami Herald. “Run” is Laurie’s inspiring and powerful memoir-in-progress depicting her treacherous journey in returning to life after serious illness, from miraculous recovery to horrendous injustice and profound loss, and ultimately living to tell. Her story of truth, hope and resilience prompts the questions of what you would be prepared to lose in speaking up, and what you would do to save the life you once fought for.