News from Standing Our Ground Week, Jacksonville
Here are a few highlights from Radical Women’s participation in the Jacksonville, FL week of action, “Standing Our Ground Against Reproductive Oppression, Gender Violence, and Mass Incarceration.”
Emily Woo Yamasaki and Betty Maloney, leaders from the New York RW chapter, hit the ground running when they arrived in Jacksonville on Monday. They brought their energy and political insights, and a powerful statement from Radical Women, “Standing against an unjust system: Women’s freedom requires a revolution by the grassroots,” downloadable here:http://www.radicalwomen.org/SOG_Leaflet.pdf.
They found that everyone was high from Monday morning’s successful march and rally at the Duval County Courthouse. Betty, who arrived earliest, participated in an impromptu meeting with a number of activists from different parts of the country to discuss how to continue building support for Marissa Alexander.
On Tuesday afternoon, Emily spoke for Radical Women at a panel on “The Women’s Movement and Social Change.” The panel opened with a presentation by Beth Richie, author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation. Panelists were Mia Jones (Florida State Representative), Emily (Radical Women), Dr. E. Faye Williams (National Congress of Black Women), Judy Scheckman (Jacksonville NOW), and KD Segura (Jacksonville Planned Parenthood). The panel was chaired by Alisa Bierria (INCITE!). Emily spoke passionately about how Marissa Alexander’s case shows why systemic change is desperately needed; she called for a militant, multi-racial, multi-issue women’s movement that fights for the needs of the most oppressed.