July 22nd, 2014
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From a Texas Woman: Off the Sidelines… Because I Do Not Like to Be Controlled

Watching the filibuster of the Texas legislature, and the subsequent outpouring of dissent last summer, I felt a number of emotions. Shock that this was actually happening. Excited that Texas women were standing up for our rights. And jealousy that I wasn’t there with them! I was hopeful that this was a tide that was turning. That society was shifting in a way that was favorable towards women’s rights, specifically, the right to a safe and accessible abortion.

I was wrong.

More and more TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws are being passed around the country. Texas is the latest example of how the legislatures can use the courts to ban abortions. But Texas must also be an example of how to create visible resistance to any restrictions to women’s liberation.

Part of the jealousy that I talked about earlier was due to the fact that I was sitting on the sidelines, living life, not getting involved with political matters. I think a lot of people do that and it’s understandable. As women, we have jobs and families that keep us occupied. But in my opinion, banning abortion is one of the tools that reactionary forces in our society are using to control women, keeping us subjugated. And I do not like to be controlled.

That is why I am supporting the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride as it makes its way through Texas. If the courts, reactionary politicians, and misinformation are allowed to reduce the number of abortion clinics in Texas to 6, in a state with 26 million people, and I did nothing, then I would be beyond jealous. I’d be pissed.

July 17th, 2014
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"Wishing you all much love & determination"

Sharing a message just received from a generous donor:

It is my pleasure to donate & fund a Freedom Rider on this important mission. Go inspire/unite all of the women who need to know they deserve to be treated as full human beings capable of making decisions about their own bodies. Bring the message of another world is possible, free of the crushing oppression of women here & around the world, and they can be a part of bringing that world into fruition.

Wishing you all much love & determination in turning the tide & defeating the war on women

Join her today! 

DONATE $100…$25…even $10 will make a difference. For the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas.

July 16th, 2014
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Where are you in this picture?

Where are you in this picture?

Are you a female over 50? Chances are you took advantage of both birth control and abortion during your reproductive prime. You know how important it was to have those choices.

Are you a female between the ages of 20-50? Not a month goes by that you don’t think about your need for birth control and your absolute right to decide when and if you plan to have a child.

Are you a young woman under 20? You might not be thinking that much about issues of reproduction but you very likely are thinking about and exploring your sexuality and should be able to do so without the terror of your life being foreclosed for it.

Are you a boy or a man between 4-80? You have daughters, granddaughters, wives, sisters and mothers who deserve to be recognized as full human beings and who deserve the right to make personal, legal and responsible decisions about their own bodies.

Are you a member of this society, one of the 317 million people living in the United States? Access to birth control and abortion is an absolute right; it should never be up for a vote. It should never be subjected to the whims of politicians.

How many people in the chart are affected by the laws, court cases and culture restricting birth control and abortion? Everyone. Everyone represented in the graph has a stake in this fight.

Where are you in this picture? Where are you in the fight?

 BECOME AN ABORTION RIGHTS FREEDOM RIDER TODAY
  • Donate $10 and then tell 3 friends to follow your lead
  • Come to Texas any time July 30 into September
  • Host a viewing party in your home for webcast of People’s Hearings each Wed in August. FIRST WEBCAST - Wed. July 30 7pm Central time - Encore Theater - HOUSTON 
  • Send in testimony to the Hearings of pre-Roe abortion stories or what women have to go through today
  • Spread the word on social media @stoppatriarchy, #StopForcedMotherhood #WeRide4Women
  • Take to the streets during the August WEEK OF DEFIANCE

July 16th, 2014
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July 15th, 2014
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DONATE to launch the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero TEXAS. Any amount you can donate goes to fighting to turn the tide on the national abortion rights emergency! Find other ways to participate and support at Stoppatriarchy.org
Comment from donor in South Dakota: “I want to tell everyone: What’s happening in Texas is a precursor to the whole country. Speak up. Get informed. Don’t be afraid to discuss this issue. Don’t be ashamed. People don’t know how awful it is and how badly women will be hurt with these laws denying abortion rights. That’s why I’m supporting the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Texas.”

DONATE to launch the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero TEXAS. Any amount you can donate goes to fighting to turn the tide on the national abortion rights emergency! Find other ways to participate and support at Stoppatriarchy.org

Comment from donor in South Dakota: “I want to tell everyone: What’s happening in Texas is a precursor to the whole country. Speak up. Get informed. Don’t be afraid to discuss this issue. Don’t be ashamed. People don’t know how awful it is and how badly women will be hurt with these laws denying abortion rights. That’s why I’m supporting the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Texas.”

July 15th, 2014
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Excerpt from: Revolution Interview: Dr. Willie Parker, Doctor at the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi 
Sunsara Taylor: This is sort of encompassed in what you just spoke to, but I think maybe it would be helpful to surface it, and speak to it very explicitly. One of the charges the anti-abortion movement makes is that abortion is a form of genocide against Black people. To me, this is one of the most insidious, perverse, and outrageous accusations, given the actual history of this country’s genocidal program towards African-American people, and given the current policies of mass incarceration, mass criminalization, all of this that’s actually going on against Black people. But instead of targeting that, they vilify and demonize Black women, who, for all the reasons you described have the least access to healthcare, birth control, all of this, and—like all women—often choose to have abortions. To demonize them and criminalize them and shame them and scapegoat them for all of the horrors that are heaped down on Black people in this society, and to use that as a means to demonize abortion for all women, I think this is one of the most outrageous things. Yet, I think it has a lot of people confused, and so I wonder if there’s anything more that you want to say about that explicitly?

Willie Parker: Well I’ll say that as a human being that studied history and who knows the impact of the term genocide, but also as a person of color, as an African-American person who attempts to be a critical thinker, I am both appalled and offended that, for purposes that are not genuine in any way, anti-abortion forces will use the inflammatory language of comparing abortion to genocide. It’s offensive because it implies that Black women aren’t smart enough or thoughtful enough to make the tough decision to have an abortion. It revisits in a paradoxical way the control of Black women’s fertility and of their bodies. In slavery women were forced to breed. Now they’re being again forced to breed, or forced to bear children that they had no intention to bear. And to allege under some notion that there is a genuine interest in the well-being of either women in general or Black women in particular, or Black babies, that there is this interest that persuades them to try to block access to abortion while at the same time reducing access to education, housing, health care, food stamps, and the like, is hypocrisy of the highest order.

One of the most dangerous truths is a half truth. And while it doesn’t take much persuasion to indict the intentions of racially bigoted people in this country who hold power who try to defamate or do things to Black people as a group, it is not in any way relevant to the fact that women who become pregnant, no matter what their color, need access to abortion. The odious history of racism in this country does not justify the denying of women their right to access abortion, whatever color they are. And to use that, to as you said, to vilify women, and to distract from the real problems that are plaguing Black people as a group is disingenuous at the best and downright evil at the worst.
Sunsara Taylor: Mm, I have to agree with you….”

Excerpt from: Revolution Interview: Dr. Willie Parker, Doctor at the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi

Sunsara Taylor: This is sort of encompassed in what you just spoke to, but I think maybe it would be helpful to surface it, and speak to it very explicitly. One of the charges the anti-abortion movement makes is that abortion is a form of genocide against Black people. To me, this is one of the most insidious, perverse, and outrageous accusations, given the actual history of this country’s genocidal program towards African-American people, and given the current policies of mass incarceration, mass criminalization, all of this that’s actually going on against Black people. But instead of targeting that, they vilify and demonize Black women, who, for all the reasons you described have the least access to healthcare, birth control, all of this, and—like all women—often choose to have abortions. To demonize them and criminalize them and shame them and scapegoat them for all of the horrors that are heaped down on Black people in this society, and to use that as a means to demonize abortion for all women, I think this is one of the most outrageous things. Yet, I think it has a lot of people confused, and so I wonder if there’s anything more that you want to say about that explicitly?

Willie Parker: Well I’ll say that as a human being that studied history and who knows the impact of the term genocide, but also as a person of color, as an African-American person who attempts to be a critical thinker, I am both appalled and offended that, for purposes that are not genuine in any way, anti-abortion forces will use the inflammatory language of comparing abortion to genocide. It’s offensive because it implies that Black women aren’t smart enough or thoughtful enough to make the tough decision to have an abortion. It revisits in a paradoxical way the control of Black women’s fertility and of their bodies. In slavery women were forced to breed. Now they’re being again forced to breed, or forced to bear children that they had no intention to bear. And to allege under some notion that there is a genuine interest in the well-being of either women in general or Black women in particular, or Black babies, that there is this interest that persuades them to try to block access to abortion while at the same time reducing access to education, housing, health care, food stamps, and the like, is hypocrisy of the highest order.

One of the most dangerous truths is a half truth. And while it doesn’t take much persuasion to indict the intentions of racially bigoted people in this country who hold power who try to defamate or do things to Black people as a group, it is not in any way relevant to the fact that women who become pregnant, no matter what their color, need access to abortion. The odious history of racism in this country does not justify the denying of women their right to access abortion, whatever color they are. And to use that, to as you said, to vilify women, and to distract from the real problems that are plaguing Black people as a group is disingenuous at the best and downright evil at the worst.

Sunsara Taylor: Mm, I have to agree with you….”

July 15th, 2014
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Comment from a funder on the Indigogo.com Crowd-funding Campaign: DONATE ~ even $10 will help to help Launch the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero:TEXAS!

"Pretty cool: $378 collected at Warped Tour music festival in Jones Beach NY on Sat. Festival draws 1000’s mostly high school & college age -an all-day lively and loud jam-packed scene. Reached out broadly to bring many more to the fight for Abortion on Demand & Without Apology, to wake people up to the abortion rights emergency and called on them to be part of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Texas in different ways. Check out pics & read the story on StopPatriarchy.tumblr.com”

Comment from a funder on the Indigogo.com Crowd-funding Campaign: DONATE ~ even $10 will help to help Launch the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero:TEXAS!

"Pretty cool: $378 collected at Warped Tour music festival in Jones Beach NY on Sat. Festival draws 1000’s mostly high school & college age -an all-day lively and loud jam-packed scene. Reached out broadly to bring many more to the fight for Abortion on Demand & Without Apology, to wake people up to the abortion rights emergency and called on them to be part of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Texas in different ways. Check out pics & read the story on StopPatriarchy.tumblr.com”

July 14th, 2014
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FUCK TRADITION! At San Francisco Pride with our stickers, sign up sheet, and poster. Our radically simple approach inspired many; lots of people took stickers, signed up with us, donated, and wanted to come on the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride. This is something anyone could do just about anywhere, to wake people up, and draw them into this movement! 

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/abortion-rights-freedom-ride-2014-ground-zero-texas.html

July 14th, 2014
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July 14th, 2014
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Reblogged from Rights For All
July 13th, 2014
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Protesting the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby during the grand opening of the Burbank, CA Hobby Lobby!

About 100 people protested the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision. Here are some of the speeches, chants and conversations with Hobby Lobby customers that occurred.

Tune in at minute 4:30 to see a member of Stop Patriarchy speak about the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero TEXAS, and the fact that by September, if nothing changes, women in Texas will have only SIX abortion clinics left, out of the 44 they had in 2013! There is an urgent and accelerating emergency with the attacks against women’s right to abortion, and even birth control, and we must STAND UP & FIGHT BACK!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/abortion-rights-freedom-ride-2014-ground-zero-texas/x/1905111#home

July 13th, 2014
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Photos from Warped Tour in Jones Beach, NY. We went out to recruit, gather support, and raise funds for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and to spread the message that there really is a war on women and its on us to stop it.

This tour is always such an important reminder of why this movement is so needed in this society today. Often times these young concert goers literally run up to our booth with stories to share, with extreme gratitude that we exist and that they found us, and with anger over the way society treats women.

We heard many stories from young people from all over the country, and some from outside the country. One young woman in particular, told her story of being raised in South America by a mother who helped women obtain illegal abortions (her statement above in Spanish). Another young woman, who literally ran up to the booth, explained how she had been so bombarded by the terrible culture all around her at the concert that celebrates the degradation of women. Another, who was so moved reading all our materials, asking immediately how she could get involved with us, told her story of being raped as a young teenager and never telling a soul until many years later due to the shame and fear of being ignored or even punished by her family.

There are so many more stories like these just waiting to pour forward. This shit really is INTOLERABLE; the fact that there really is NO PLACE on this earth where it is safe to be a woman. Those with the courage to step out today and share their stories have the potential to move thousands and soon millions to act to stop this war on women! 

SIGN UP for and DONATE to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride! Be a part of our incredible community of support! 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/abortion-rights-freedom-ride-2014-ground-zero-texas

July 13th, 2014
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This meme exists to counter the kind of anti-abortion BS sharply exposed in this article: http://www.sparksummit.com/2013/10/15/the-black-girl-conundrum/ 
This is how Stop Patriarchy is taking action this summer, 2014, and we’re calling on all people who don’t want to see women enslaved to join us in the fight to turn the tide in favor of Abortion on Demand, & Without Apology, for all women.  Without the right to abortion women’s role in society is reduced to being incubators, forced motherhood is female enslavement!      https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/abortion-rights-freedom-ride-2014-ground-zero-texas/x/1905111#home

This meme exists to counter the kind of anti-abortion BS sharply exposed in this article: http://www.sparksummit.com/2013/10/15/the-black-girl-conundrum/ 

This is how Stop Patriarchy is taking action this summer, 2014, and we’re calling on all people who don’t want to see women enslaved to join us in the fight to turn the tide in favor of Abortion on Demand, & Without Apology, for all women.  Without the right to abortion women’s role in society is reduced to being incubators, forced motherhood is female enslavement!      https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/abortion-rights-freedom-ride-2014-ground-zero-texas/x/1905111#home

July 13th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

A Response to Recent Attacks and Invitation to All from the Advisory Board of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas

For decades, we have struggled to provide and defend abortion services to women because without the right to decide for themselves when and whether to bear children women can not be full participants in society . For decades, we have watched as yesterday’s outrage became today’s “compromise position” and tomorrow’s limit of what can be imagined. Yet never has the threat to women’s fundamental right to reproductive freedom been so great. The crisis is upon us and each day it worsens.

For too long our side has been forced into defensive battles, responding to attacks in the courts and the electoral arena and public education and struggling to keep services open to women on ever shrinking ground.

Courageous abortion providers are working tirelessly to keep abortion available to women. We salute these efforts. At the same time, we must all soberly confront the truth: much more is needed.

We are involved with the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas because we support its three overarching goals: 

  • Forge a national strategic counter-offensive.
  • Radically reset the political, moral, and ideological terms of this fight so that millions understand that this fight is about women’s liberation or women’s enslavement.
  • Mobilize all people of conscience to wage massive, independent, political resistance. Relying mainly on politicians, and the courts, has not halted the barrage of attacks.

The Ride has plans to hold nationally webcast public speak outs (modeled on the Speak Outs held in April of this year, click here to watch: webcast with Merle Hoffman, Dr. Willie Parker, Marge Piercy, David Gunn, Jr., Bill Baird, Sunsara Taylor, Rev. Donna Schaper, Louis Bernikow, pre-Roe testimony, provider testimony, etc.]) which bring alive the stories of women denied the right to abortion and brings together public figures to sound the alarm and as it mobilizes dramatic non-violent protests to directly confront those spearheading this assault on women.

Given the tremendous stakes of the moment, we welcome and encourage open, principled, debate over the way forward. Unfortunately, some have chosen to attack – even coining the hashtag #FuckStopPatriarchy, campaigning to keep people from working with or donating to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and spreading distrust and division.

We condemn this. In responding, we seek not only to address some of the particular accusations but to set an example for the kind of open and principled political debate that is not only healthy but necessary.

There are no “outsiders” in the struggle for women’s liberation. Some accuse the ARFR of being “outsiders” who should stay out of Texas. But the assault to deprive women of abortion rights is not a “local issue” and what happens in any one place will affect women everywhere. This is a global and national war, one particular theater of which happens to be in Texas right now. All of us have a responsibility to play our part in taking this fight on wherever it is most concentrated.

This is a Freedom Ride moment. What is at stake today is whether women, half of society, will be forced into a legal status that is less than fully human. Some have accused the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride of “appropriating” the legacy of the Civil Rights movement. This is absurd. We lay no claim to “owning” this legacy, who even thinks that way? We draw inspiration from the original Freedom Riders both for their moral courage and because they dared to challenge what most people thought had to be accepted as “just the way things are.”

Forced Motherhood IS Female Enslavement. Being forced to have a child against one’s will is the forcible control by a male-supremacist state, church, and/or man over the very physical autonomy and life course of a woman. It reduces women to property. There is a legitimate history of legal scholars, court challenges, and abortion rights leaders including Merle Hoffman arguing for years that instead of being granted based on the “right to privacy” as it was in Roe vs. Wade, the right abortion should have been based on the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude. Even Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave credence to this argument when asked about it by Hoffman several years ago.

Seeking to drive sincere forces out of the movement is destructive and has no place in a liberation struggle. With so much at stake how could there not be differences in how to understand the situation and how to approach it? What could be more important than openly airing those differences so that everyone can learn? We ourselves hold very different political views and have many robust arguments; this is a strength that enables us to unite ever more firmly and broadly in this urgent fight for women’s lives. In contrast, attempts to create a situation where sincere forces and legitimate political views are rendered “beyond the pale” and “personas non grata” is wrong and very damaging. It demoralizes and weakens our side, creates an atmosphere of distrust, serves those who hate women, and obscures the actual and important differences of substance and approach. Over decades, we have seen the damage this can do and feel responsible to share the lessons we have learned.

In conclusion, we reiterate our commitment to the future and lives of women everywhere. The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride has no mission other than to defend women’s lives and freedoms. We call on everyone across this country to join with us at this most critical hour in whatever way you can to become a Freedom Rider for women’s lives.

Diane Derzis, owner of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi
Carol Downer, co-founder of Feminist Women’s Health Center which began doing abortions in 1971
Merle Hoffman, CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center which began doing abortions in 1971
Sunsara TaylorRevolution newspaper, Stop Patriarchy, fighter for abortion rights since 1995

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