Archive for July, 2014

 

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.

 

 

 

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Facebook Event Page for this march and rally HERE.

In today from Anarchist News. We would like to dedicate this to all of the Samuel Colt fans we have in Hartford and the surrounding towns. Wake up, today its still going on and folks are doing something about it. We would like to propose the question, if folks today occupy the offices of the arms manufacturer Thyssen Krupp a merchant of death, why then would we not look back at history and say, No Sam Colt was wrong. Very very wrong and we are wrong to celebrate him. If we can see today the merchants of death and destruction can we not see the same in our history?

Activists occupied the offices of arms manufacturer Thyssen Krupp, in‪#‎Essen‬, ‪#‎Germany‬.

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Activists occupied the offices of arms manufacturer Thyssen Krupp, in ‪#‎Essen‬,‪#‎Germany‬.
Squatters will hold press conference at 18:00 (06:00pm) ‪#‎RÄPUBLIK‬
@RevoTweets reports live from there.
pic via Enough is Enough

Facebook event page Here.

If you’re in the DC area join the trans and queer contingent at the Not1More March on Saturday August 2nd ‪#‎familiatqlm‬ ‪#‎not1more‬‪#‎translivesmatter‬

Check out Famillia TQLM Here.

Southerners On New Ground [SONG], Transgender Law Center [TLC] and many others are joining forces on August 2nd in Washington, DC, to amplify the national call to demand that President Obama grant the BROADEST ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF possible and implement an immediate halt to deportations!

We know President Obama has legal authority to deliver Administrative Relief and to change current enforcement policies and practices by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He can support the safety and self-determination of ALL our LGBTQ communities by expanding Deferred Action and other relief from deportation, ending the torture of solitary confinement (including against trans and gender nonconforming immigrants), curtailing the caging of our communities through immigration detention, and stopping the use of ICE holds which encourage local police to even further target LGBT people of color for arrest and deportation.

We call on LGBTQ officials such as the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus to recognize that LGBTQ issues go beyond marriage equality and that deportations and immigration detention all too often violently impact and tear apart our communities. We call on them to SUPPORT and FLANK our communities’ call to President Obama to provide the broadest possible Administrative Relief and immediately halt deportations!

To endorse this action on August 2, 2014 go to HERE.

You know we haven’t done our music of the week series of late so Emma Furbird Sr. said ” Why not give the folks a few songs that we like and want to push. Songs that we have published over the years that have helped to define us and our writings and some new ones that we wish to send out to our readers all around the world. Check them out.

Alistair Hulett The Internationale (1)

Rainbow Noise, Imma Homo (2)

Tom Morello-from the album Nightwatchman-Maximum Fire Power. (3)

Zebra Katz, Y I do (4)

The Coup,  The Guillotine (5)

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Dear sisters,

We call on women’s groups and organisations, prominent feminists, and all women everywhere, of all faiths and secular, to stand with the women and children of Gaza and demand an immediate end to this Israeli slaughter of the innocents. It is time to hear from the women outside of Gaza.

Women and children are being bombed night after night, day after day, year after year, and some Israeli politicians and academics are advocating the killing of Palestinian mothers and the rape of sisters and mothers.

Please sign the statement below. Email back to us indicating your country and your title or organisation (if you have one), and we add them to the list of signatories.

Circulate it on Facebook and Twitter. Get your organisation to sign. We need as many signatures as possible for our voice as women finally to be heard.

Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Selma James, Nina Lopez and Phoebe Jones, Global Women Strike (GWS), UK/US
Sara Callaway and Margaret Prescod, Women of Colour GWS, UK/US
Maggie Ronayne, GWS Ireland
Didi Rossi, Queer Strike

Women of Gaza, children of Gaza, people of Gaza – we are with you!

As women and women’s organisations we unequivocally condemn the Israeli military attack onGaza by land, sea and air which continues to kill so many hundreds of people and injure thousands more. Many victims are women and children.

At Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, 19 July 2014, Ms Hunood Abu Jarad, mother of six-year-old survivorNoor, spoke to Channel 4 TV News (UK) about losing eight family members, four of them children, the youngest seven months old:

“Suddenly rockets came down with no warning. Uncle was hit first, his body parts flew across the room. As we ran another rocket hit the house next door. My children were running around in panic. Noor was completely covered in blood. Ambulances came within half an hour and started collecting the body parts. Even today they found legs, arms, hands and feet. I will never forgive those who killed our children. What have these children done to deserve this? Are they carrying guns? They are targeting children because they don’t want them to grow up to resist. Would you be OK if this happened to your children? We will continue to resist inside Palestine until the last day of the world.”

Ms Abu Jarad speaks for women in Palestine and for all of us around the world.

We are outraged by Israeli parliamentarians like Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Homes), a woman, who is calling for Palestinian mothers to be killed and their houses demolished so they can’t give birth to “little snakes”, and academics like Mordechai Kedar (Bar Ilan University) who talks about “the only thing that deters [terrorists] is if they know that their sister or their mother will be raped.” The mass killing of mothers and children is already happening. Should we now expect mass rape?

While governments, starting in the US and Europe, continue to back Israel or keep silent, people across the world, especially women, have been protesting in support of the people in Gaza. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank as well as those who are citizens of Israel held a general strike as a day of mourning, and there have been demonstrations, many of them huge, in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Chile, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, US, UK, Yemen . . . But the mainstream media has hardly mentioned them.

Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid, almost all military: over $3.1 billion a year and several billion more in military assistance and contracts. This has transformed Israel’s armed forces into one of the most technologically sophisticated globally and Israel into the sixth biggest arms exporter. As we saw in the 2008-9 attack and again today, Israeli weapons are “field-tested” on the population of Gaza: 1,417 were killed then, 313 of them children; tens of thousands of people displaced and homes destroyed. This killing is happening again, now, but even more unrestrained than before.

We are women across the world. We speak out in the name of mothers and children, of the civilian population, and of the right of the Palestinian people to resist an illegal military occupation of their land and a life-threatening blockade which deprives them of water and electricity. We demand an immediate end to the slaughter in Gaza and its blockade; an end to the illegal occupation ofPalestine; and an end to funding of Israel’s military and its capacity for mass murder. Invest in caring, not killing.

Selma James and Nina Lopez, Global Women’s Strike (GWS), UK
Maggie Ronayne, GWS-Ireland
Phoebe Jones and Rachel West, GWS-USA
Sara Callaway, Women of Colour GWS, UK
Margaret Prescod, Women of Colour GWS, USA
Didi Rossi, Queer Strike, UK
Lori Nairne, Queer Strike, US

gws@globalwomenstrike.net
www.globalwomenstrike.net

Sisters please sign on at the global women strike home page.