In from Freedom Socialist:
International Women’s Day, March 8th, is a time to honor the achievements, resistance and everyday strength of working-class women worldwide. It was inspired by the early 20th century struggles of garment workers in the United States. In 1910 German socialist Clara Zetkin proposed to the Socialist International that a holiday be set aside to celebrate victories and carry the battles forward.
More than a century later, the Freedom Socialist Party salutes courageous women around the globe who are waging fights for equality, social and economic justice and an end to the suffering of the poor.
One such hero is Mexican feminist Nestora Salgado. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Salgado was abducted while organizing for indigenous and human rights in her hometown of Olinalá. Presently she is in a federal prison in Mexico on trumped up charges related to her role as the elected leader of an indigenous police force, a force which defended the community against violent drug cartels and corrupt officials. Prison administrators have denied her medical attention while the federal prosecutor has charged her with kidnapping, weapons trafficking and criminal conspiracy for carrying out duties authorized by the Mexican and Guerrero state constitution.
A growing international campaign to free this courageous woman has garnered over 120 endorsements, secured legal petitions filed with the U.N. and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, sparked an investigation by the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, and mobilized actions in Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, France, Mexico, and the U.S. This International Women’s Day visit http://freenestora.wordpress.com/ to learn how you can help.
Nestora is only one of many. Life experiences have created an army of female organizers and leaders in every community, in every country. And the idea of winning women’s long denied freedom as an integral part of any self-respecting revolutionary movements is gaining ground. One expression of this is a socialist regroupment effort the Freedom Socialist Party is proud to be a part of–the Committee for Revolutionary International Regroupment (CRIR).
CRIR was founded in July 2013 by the Partido Obrero Socialista (México), the Freedom Socialist Party (U.S.) and the Núcleo por Un Partido Revolucionario Internacionalista (Dominican Republic) to plant the seeds of a new international organization based on a socialist program, solidarity, mutual respect and the tolerance of differences.
The liberation of women is a central part of CRIR’s platform:
…This committee recognizes the need to stand on the front lines in defense of the most oppressed, especially women, youth, racial and sexual minorities, immigrants, and Native and Indigenous peoples. At the same time as we fight against capitalist exploitation, we also fight for the emancipation of women from all the oppression they face. The working class will not be able to summon all the force it needs against its exploiters, and socialism will not exist, without a true and real equality between men and women and women’s decisive participation in the struggle for human liberation…
CRIR invites revolutionary organizations that agree with the platform to join this effort and make your voice heard.
You can also make your voice heard at the upcoming Freedom Socialist Party National Convention to be held in Los Angeles over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-May 26, 2014. Topics will range from the state of the U.S. labor movement to revolutionary struggles around the world. Workshops and panels will discuss Marx on the economy and the environment, socialist feminist theory and practice, how to be an effective union member and organizing grassroots coalitions. The gathering is a unique opportunity to learn from and to collaborate with other radicals, share ideas, and develop strategies for fundamental social change. To learn more, visit www.socialism.com. To get involved now, contact Doug Barnes at email@example.com.
There will be no socialism without women’s liberation and no women’s liberation without socialism!
Happy International Women’s Day!
Freedom Socialist Party, U.S.