Take the time to read about a revolutionary Socialist Feminist Gloria Martin who once said, “We have to change the system, because as long as the system is the same, we’ll be fighting all our lives for the same thing…” This wonderful article is written by a friend and comrade of mine Helen Gilbert a radical socialist feminist based in Seattle. This is an excellent article about a revolutionary life, about a woman who understood what a united front is all about and about someone whom I wish I had met. Check it out.

A very interesting note sent to me by Helen is this: “You’ll be interested to know that the second photo of Gloria, the one with the sign, is from a 1991 protest at the King County Jail in support of Steve Farmer. Steve Farmer was the first person in the state to be forcibly tested for HIV during that period of anti-gay hysteria over AIDS. FSP and RW and only the most radical LGBTQ groups supported him because the media portrayed him falsely as an unsavory sex predator. He spent a couple years in prison and died of AIDS a few years later. The article is from the South Side Emerald.

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #21: Gloria Martin

by Helen Gilbert

When I first met Gloria Martin in 1972, I was a 17-year-old high school student. My friends and I had been searching for a way to connect with the tide of feminist, antiwar and civil rights activism all around us. After trying out different groups and activities we came across Radical Women. It was love at first sight!

This was the period of the youth movement and a miles-wide generation gap. Our parents had brought us McCarthyism, the Vietnam War, the A-bomb, and stifling conformity. Youth were demanding freedom, rights, responsibility and respect as adults.

“Don’t trust anyone over 30” was the mantra. Yet Radical Women had esteemed women leaders who were 50 and older!— Gloria Martin, Clara Fraser, and Melba Windoffer. I was amazed to find the most radical ideas I’d ever heard coming out of the mouths of lifelong women revolutionaries who were older than my parents, but working collaboratively with young feminists and helping them develop as thinkers, writers and organizers.

Gloria had a feisty, no-holds-barred style. In a 1978 essay she wrote, “Socialist feminism – right on! I believe in the revolutionary potential and talent of working women, militant women of color, lesbian radicals, discriminated-against women professionals, angry young women, rebellious housewives, harassed welfare mothers, and wise elderly women.” (“Where Matters Stand With Me,” http://www.socialism.com/drupal-6.8/introductory-writings?q=node/212 )

In addition to being an activist, Gloria was a working mother of eight children, whom she raised in South Seattle. She was a bit of a beatnik, given to wearing berets and organizing the world from an assortment of paper bags. She loved cats and pork chops, Wonder Bread and really bad coffee. She ended many a speech waving a red scarf—long live the revolution! Though she never finished high school, going to work at 14 to support her family, she treasured poets, writers, artists, and rare books. Late in life, she managed the Shakespeare and Co. bookstore in the Pike Place Market.

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As a young woman, Gloria had been part of Communist-led desegregation actions in St. Louis, Missouri. When she arrived in Seattle in 1950, she worked with the civil rights organizations CORE and NAACP. In 1966, she joined forces with militant Black women, including Mary Louise Williams, to organize welfare recipients into the Aid to Dependent Children Motivated Mothers project launched by the Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP). She later worked on other antipoverty programs and organized a union of poverty-program workers.

After years in the trenches fighting for change for working and poor women and women of color, Martin was more than ready for the new wave of feminism when it began to gather momentum in the 1960s. She forged practical and theoretical links between female Marxists and women of the New Left by initiating a popular 1966 workshop series called “Women in Society” at Seattle’s alternative Free University. Writing later about those classes, she recalled: “It was pure joy to hear women describing and evaluating their lives; most of us had never really known we had a history… Our dialogue with each other burst out in a great liberating chorus… We would fight and lead and struggle. Rising up we would push everyone up with us as we went…”

From 1968 to 1970, Martin was a key player in the multiracial, statewide mobilization of low-income women that resulted in the legalization of abortion in Washington State three years before Roe v. Wade. Read the rest of this entry »

Socialist Action Forum: 

After the Women’s March on Washington Which Way Forward?

Friday, March 24  

@7pm

1106 New Britain Ave (Gain Access Via South Quaker Ln to Burgoyne Street) West Hartford, Connecticut 06110

$5 suggested Donation, No one turned away for lack of funds

https://www.facebook.com/events/1763386000645526??ti=ia

The massive response to the call for a women’s marchon Washington has raised hopes that we finally have the capacity to build a powerful mass movement,  a mass movement that can defend and advance therights and economic conditions of women and children, especially  from the communities most victimized by racism, Islamophobia, and chauvinism.  What should our priorities be? What kind of movement do we need?  What would women’s full liberation look like? Join us for a discussion of perspectives. 

Speakers:

*Sharlene B. Kerelejza, Executive Director, Chrysalis Domestic Violence Services; organizer of the January 21 Hartford Sister March 

*Gretchen Raffa, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

Melissa Muldoon, Socialist Action CT 

*Fatima Al Ansar, Trinity College Student, founder of a school for girls in Mali, active in The Women and Gender Resource Action Center

*Grace Montesi, Socialist Action CT

*Shelby Williams, CCSU Black Student Union and Youth for Socialist Action

*Carolina Bortolletto, Leader of CT Students for a Dream

Contact: Chris, 860-967-9836 facebook.com/SocialistActionCT

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posted by Mother Mags on Daily Kos

artist: Karen Fiorito

The article has this to say in its opening lines:

Phoenix’s “Art Detour” has been going on for decades—one of those community events where most of the art galleries and many other businesses open their spaces to patrons. Thousands of people attend, and you can spend the entire weekend visiting dozens of attractions, listening to music and enjoying demonstrations. Today, art lovers along Grand Avenue will also have another work of art to admire.

A billboard depicting President Donald Trump’s face next to explosions and dollar signs created with typography imitating Nazi swastikas went up in downtown Phoenix on Friday afternoon.

The back of the billboard shows five fists forming sign language letters with the word “unity” beneath the fists.

For the full article go to HERE.

Just a little music to round out our work. We have played this before but want to play it again.

 

We have a choice either to let it keep on rolling or to try to stop it in its tracks. We here chose to stop it in it’s tracks…… and if we lose, well at least we tried and if we win we will send up a shout of joy and celebration that will be heard around the world. Just think the more people that the regime alienates the more that will join us. We must remember to not be deceived by their tricks, by their plots, by their creating an alarming situation. We must continue to stand as one against this common enemy no matter what. Come hell or highwater, by any means necessary, by any means possible. ONWARD!!!!!

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EQUALITY MARCH

Saturday, March 25 at 12 PM – 2 PM

State House Square

10-90 State House Square, Hartford, Connecticut 06103
Check out the info HERE

We are doing it again!! We did this right after the election and it was pretty successful, but lots of people reached out and said they would have come if they knew. NOW YOU KNOW.
This is a rallying call for all the environmental, human and animal rights groups to come together and march peacefully for equality.

Spread the word.

Make your signs, bring your friends, dress comfortably.

LGBTQ folks will be building a contingent for this march. Look for the Rainbow and Trans Flag. Come Out and Join us. Let’s stand up for our Transgender youth who have taken the first hit fired by the regime in DC against our community. Together we will stand taller than their smaller.

If We Don’t Act Now, Fascism Will Be on Our Doorstep, Says Yale Historian.

How close is President Donald Trump to following the path blazed by last century’s tyrants? Could American democracy be replaced with totalitarian rule? There’s enough resemblance that Yale historian Timothy Snyder, who studies fascist and communist regime change and totalitarian rule, has written a book warning about the threat and offering lessons for resistance and survival. The author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century talked to AlterNet’s Steven Rosenfeld.

Steven Rosenfeld: Three weeks ago, you said that the country has perhaps a year ‘to defend American democracy.’ You said what happens in the next few weeks is crucial. Are you more concerned than ever that our political culture and institutions are evolving toward fascism, resembling key aspects of the early 20th-century European regimes you’ve studied?

To read more of this article which will remind you to ACT go to HERE.

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One night only in Hartford!
Friday, March 31
Direct from Palestine: Shoruq Children’s Debka & Girls Hip-Hop Performance
The Artists Collective (1200 Albany Ave., Hartford)
Event begins at 7pm, doors open 6:30pm
General Admission $15, Student Admission $5
I hope you can join us for this once-in-a-lifetime performance.
Tickets can be purchased online here:
Video of the performers can be viewed here:

https://www.facebook.com/ShoruqOrg/videos/620590698126030/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

Thanks to Josh for sending this along.

Thought for the day.

Posted: March 18, 2017 in for your reflection

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Liudmyla Mykhailivna Pavlychenko (Russian: Людмила Михайловна Павличенко; July 12, 1916 – October 10, 1974) was a Red Army Ukrainian Soviet sniper during World War II. Credited with 309 kills, she is regarded as one of the top military snipers of all time and the most successful female sniper in history. She was not only honored in her homeland but in the UK, Canada, and the United States even touring with Eleanor Roosevelt.