Archive for April, 2012

So we have listened to some good songs for May Day and now is the time to look over some posters that call us out into the streets. Some from today and some from the past. All call us to battle once again. All remind us which side we are on.

Queer Liberation is indeed class struggle. The  queer struggle need not wander off into the class struggle. The queer struggle is the class struggle. Our experiences and oppressions as women, as queers, as people of color, as folks with disabilities, cannot be separated from the capitalist structure of society. We know from our very lives that our survival cannot happen without a fight!

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For a excellent article, Yes, Helen Keller Did Nail It, about Helen Keller’s revolutionary thinking get on over to The Cahokian. The poster above is a part of the article. We have been meaning to link to this blog for awhile now and you can find the link in our sidebar. Check it out as there is always great things happening over there. Let’s hope that Moveon.org stops their nonsense.

Raised in a barrio of Phoenix, author Christina López learned about racial bigotry when strangers would tell at her to go back to Mexico — despite the fact her family has roots in the Southwest that predate U.S. borders. Her mother encouraged her to stand up, be proud of her heritage and always fight for what’s right.

Taking these words to heart, López began a lifetime of community organizing. As part of MEChA, a Chicana/o student group, she campaigned against the passage of a racist English-only law in Arizona. In 2005, López became the president of Seattle Radical Women, a socialist feminist organization, where she helped lead the chapter in defense of immigrant rights, union campaigns, and reproductive justice, and in opposition to police brutality, U.S. wars, and budget cuts targeting the most vulnerable. López is currently the U.S. vice-presidential candidate on the Freedom Socialist Party slate. She is also the author of a newly published work on the struggles of immigrant women. (more…)

Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)
May Day Action Alert // Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 3pm

The Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Streetwise and Safe and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have united to organize and form a LGBTSTGNC contingent on May Day for solidarity, support, and visibility. Come join us if you can as we rally and march for immigrant rights. Our movements becomes stronger with each and everyone of you!

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Contingent!
Meet Us on: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 -At Regal Movie Theater, 850 Broadway (at 13th St.) at 3pm. Look for these banners: The Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Streetwise and Safe and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Together as a contingent we will join the Rally at Union Square, New York, New York!

***PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE RSVP IF YOU CAN DEFINITELY COME. WE NEED TO KNOW AHEAD OF TIME WHO’S COMING AND HOW MANY PEOPLE SO WE CAN LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER***

May Day March and Rally: Tuesday, May 1st meet at 3pm, Rally at 4pm at Union Square, March starts at 5:30-6:00pm

Trains: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St. Union Square

Water and snacks will be around 3pm

Contact Gabriel Foster, gabrielfoster@srlp.org or 212.337.8550 ext 309 to RSVP today

For more information on how to prepare for direct action participation, please click here:
http://srlp.org/resources/publications/direct-actions-guide

 

We re-publish this essay as on Saturday Unite Women rallies will be held against the republican war on women. Let’s remember that we must also not become fools for the democrats in the process of demanding. This essay is from Radical Women whose contact info is at the end.

No compromise on women’s health care and reproductive freedom

Women’s access to health care and family planning again made news this week with the brouhaha over whether the Catholic Church should cover contraception for their female employees. And, once again, politicians tell us we must find common ground with right wing fetus fanatics at the expense of quality health care. It’s time for feminists to demand no compromise when it comes to our health care and reproductive freedom.

After pressure from the reproductive rights movement, President Obama announced that free contraception would be offered to all women as part of the Affordable Care Act. Not surprisingly, the Catholic Bishops and Evangelical Christians protested. Within days, Obama attempted a “reconciliation” which would allow church-affiliated institutions objecting to contraceptives on religious grounds to opt out of paying for the coverage. And it would be up to the insurance companies, not the employer, to inform the covered employees about the free contraceptives (and we all know how eager insurance companies are to notify clients about free services). (more…)

In Paris The “Wall of the Federals” [aka Wall of the Communards] at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, where the final mass murder was consummated, is still standing today, a mute but eloquent testimony to the savagery of which the ruling class is capable as soon as the working class dares to come out for its rights.  From the last days of the Paris Commune.

The wealthy minority has always controlled the political system. Indeed, it was designed to protect their interests and maintain their power. At its best, the political system gives us the annual right (duty?) to vote for our rulers and oppressors and give our consent to our own exploitation, not to change it in a way that would give us actual power or wealth. …from What’s wrong with the 99% Spring. The Modern School.