July 9th, 2014
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RECRUITING in California for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas, for Stop Patriarchy, and for women’s liberation!

One young man saw a sticker that said, “Women are not bitches, ho’s, punching bags - WOMEN ARE HUMAN BEINGS” and said, “Wow, that’s deep!  That is so on point.”  Then paused.  Then said, “Actually that’s some BASIC shit!  Why we even gotta say that??”

And there it is.

So many of these young people at Warped Tour stops in California were SO HAPPY to see Stop Patriarchy puncturing the atmosphere of the culture they have a hunch is really twisted… where you have to not only SAY that women are human beings, but you have to FIGHT for it.

Stop Patriarchy heard many personal stories, made hundreds of connections and raised hundreds of dollars alongside these young people who CAN imagine a better world, and want to be part of taking a stand for the humanity of women everywhere.

When women are under attack, what do we do? STAND UP FIGHT BACK!

…and it is time for all of us to step it up.  Abortion rights are under unprecedented attack.  If you are young, old, been following or fighting in the battle for abortion rights, or never paid it much mind at all…

If you share the hunch that this system, this culture, does not respect women… and if you care about the future for women and girls everywhere…

it is time to investigate!  GET THE FACTS and JOIN STOP PATRIARCHY this summer in a historical effort to change how millions of people think about women (as human beings), and turn the tide in the whole war on women.

July 8th, 2014
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Sunsara Taylor on the Abortion Rights Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas.

Across this planet, women are treated like punching bags,women are raped and gang raped; they’re forced under the veil, they’re pimped out, they’re forced to have children against their will, and they’re degraded and insulted and disrespected in countless ways. Right now in this country, there is an all out assault on women’s basic right to abortion and birth control. This is a WAR to force women back to the days of the back alleys of illegal abortions and thousands of deaths, to the days of forced motherhood and female enslavement, where literally millions of women had their lives foreclosed. We must NOT go back to that. We should not put up with any of this! We don’t have to put up with any of this, But if we’re gunna stop this, YOU have to be part of fighting it. 

July 8th, 2014
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Indigogo Crowd-funding  Campaign

Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: GROUND ZERO TEXAS

A fight to turn the tide in the all-out assault on women’s right to abortion and birth control. July 30 thru Aug & into Sept.

We draw inspiration from the original Freedom Riders because of their willingness to put everything on the line to stop a horrible injustice that millions had grown to accept as “just the way things are.” At stake today is whether women - one half of humanity - will be legally treated as less than full human beings.

Please click on the link above to read the full Story, and to DONATE.  Other ways you can help are:

  • Give as much as you can, whether that be $2500 or $25 or $5. It really matters.
  • Join the Freedom Ride in Texas - sign up online for part of the time or the whole ride.
  • Tune in every Wednesday night throughout August for the live webcast People’s Hearings. Spread the word about this and bring friends together to watch, thereby building communities of resistance.
  • Take to the streets wherever you are for the end of August WEEK OF DEFIANCE.
  • Reach out to people you know in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley and ask them to join in with the Freedom Ride and speak-outs, provide housing, organize welcome parties and protests, and offer support in any way.
  • Send in testimony for the People’s Hearings with your own pre-Roe abortion story or statement or story from today about what women are being forced to go through.
  • Email text or video to be posted on to StopPatriarchy@gmail.com
June 25th, 2014
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Three Lessons on the Anniversary of Wendy Davis’s Filibuster of Anti-Abortion Restrictions

by Sunsara Taylor

In many cities across Texas, celebrations are being organized on July 25th to celebrate the one year anniversary of Wendy Davis’s filibuster of the anti-abortion bill SB5. The following are three points for everyone reflecting on this anniversary.

1. There are tens of thousands of people in Texas, as well as even more across the country as a whole, who can be mobilized to stand up and fight for abortion rights. In the days preceding and then throughout Davis’s filibuster, many thousands of people flooded into the Texas capitol to speak publicly of their abortions, to voice their anger at the proposal to take this right away from huge numbers of women, to scream and yell and disrupt business as usual, and even to get arrested on behalf of protecting women’s right to abortion. This is an indication of the depth, breadth and ferocity of the reservoir of potential fighters not only for women’s full reproductive freedom but also for the full liberation of women against all forms of degradation, violence, discrimination, sexual assault, and enslavement.

2. The fact that, despite this outpouring of opposition, the government went ahead and passed these draconian anti-woman, anti-abortion restrictions, that many abortion clinics have been forced to close, and that all but six remaining clinics are set to close on September 1st just shows that while the battle must rage in many spheres, relying on the official structures and channels of politics can only lead to disaster. For the last forty years, the battle over abortion has repeatedly moved further and further to the right so that consistently yesterday’s outrage becomes today’s compromise position and tomorrow’s limit of what can be imagined. This has gone on not only in Texas, but across the country. As the entire spectrum of official politics moves further and further to the right, this direction can not be reversed simply by strengthening the “left end” of that spectrum. It is necessary to step outside of these official channels and fight against this whole direction.

3. Now is the time for everyone who does not want to see women reduced to breeders and forced to have children against their will to stand up and join in mass, independent, political resistance. Through our actions and our uncompromising truth-telling, we must set different terms throughout society – making clear to everyone that the fight over abortion has never been about babies and has always been about whether women will be enslaved to their reproduction or treated as full human beings. NOW is the time to step forward – by ourselves if we must and together where we can – to declare boldly: Abortion On Demand and Without Apology! Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement! One critical effort underway is the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas which is coming in August and into September. I invite and urge everyone to get involved with this effort, on the ground in Texas and as a “virtual Freedom Rider” from anywhere in the country. Together we must create a political situation where the courts and the powers that be are worried about massive levels of protest, militant non-violent resistance, and massive disaffection should they rule negatively. This is critical for the women in Texas and as a key front in reversing this deadly trajectory nation-wide. Everyone has a role to play and the future of women as a whole is at stake!

Sunsara Taylor is a writer for Revolution Newspaper (revcom.us) and initiator of End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women (StopPatriarchy.org).

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June 23rd, 2014
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Sounding the alarm on the abortion rights emergency in NYC, calling on people to sign up for the ride, donate, and send a message on a coat hanger down to the women of Texas! If you are in the NYC area and do not want to see women’s lives foreclosed due to forced motherhood, JOIN US! We will be out every weekend leading up to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride which kicks off August 1st!

June 16th, 2014
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Everybody has a responsibility to stand up NOW!

If nothing changes, starting on September 1st, all but 6 remaining abortion clinics in Texas could be closed (just last year there were over 40 clinics in this second most populated state).

What does this mean?

Women will start dying from botched illegal abortions. Other women will be sent to prison for self-inducing abortions. Thousands more will have their lives foreclosed by being forced to have children they did not want – shattering their dreams, trapping women in brutally abusive relationships, and driving women into humiliating and dangerous poverty.

If this is not stopped, this will spread – to women across the South and then to women everywhere.

THIS MUST NOT BE ALLOWED.

This is not a local issue, this is the spearhead of a NATIONAL WAR ON WOMEN. Everyone who does not want to see women enslaved to forced reproduction – no matter where they are and whether or not they will be “directly affected” – has a responsibility to stand up NOW against this assault on women’s most basic and fundamental rights.

There are many people doing good work in Texas to stand up for abortion rights. This is very positive and very important.

At the same time, it must be said bluntly: much more is needed. The people must prevent more clinic closures and together wage the massive, nation-wide resistance necessary to reverse this whole deadly trajectory.

Stop Patriarchy is mobilizing people to go to Texas for an Abortion Rights Freedom Ride this summer because we refuse to sit back and allow women to be slammed back to the horrors of pre-Roe conditions. We draw inspiration from the original Freedom Riders because of their willingness to put everything on the line to stop a horrible injustice that millions had grown to accept as “just the way things are.” At stake today is whether an entire oppressed section of society – women – will be legally treated as less than fully human. We seek to work with and learn from everyone who wants to stand up and we respect that people will do this in different ways. Everyone is needed! Within this, we – as should all others – hold ourselves accountable first and foremost to the lives and futures of women across this country and worldwide. We pledge to put ourselves on the line in this fight in every way we can identify that will serve reversing this direction.

June 1st, 2014
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May 31st, 2014
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Some photos from Seattle and San Francisco’s #YesAllWomen rallies! Come out today in NYC, Philadelphia, and Chicago! The fury of women must be unleashed and heard from every corner of the planet! 

NYC - 3pm Union Sq.

Philadelphia - 4pm Clark Park

Chicago - 1pm State and Jackson

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/yesallwomenlive.html 

May 19th, 2014
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Stop Patriarchy was recently asked to remove all anti-pornography messages from a table we had at a Vagina Monologues production, in the name of “sex positivity.” Activists with Stop Patriarchy said, you know that there’s a war on women when the state can keep sex education out of the schools and abolish abortion, while a curious ten-year-old can type “sex” into Google and watch a woman eat shit. This is what we are exposing, and we should all fight it. Porn has nothing to do with sex, and it’s not “positive” in its effects—it does nothing to encourage real intimacy, it makes rape and the absence of consent sexy in the minds of many, and the industry itself continues to intersect with sex trafficking and generally treat women like garbage. The event organizer went on to say that there were women involved in the event who create “feminist pornography.” Stop Patriarchy said that we need a movement for women’s liberation, fighting for a world without a multi-billion dollar sex trafficking industry, where women’s bodies are not objects up for sale: not through sex slavery, not in strip clubs, not in porn, no matter who is getting the profit. A world where slavery is rejected not sexualized, and a woman is more than an orifice and receptacle to stuff things into or pump stuff out of.

This is where the connection between the social origins and the social consequences of individual desires must be grasped. Not all theories that seem on the surface to be in opposition to harmful and oppressive tradition actually reflect the kind of world that is possible: a world without slavery in any form. On the contrary, the defining of sex as “whatever you want it to be” when what people want is being shaped by a patriarchal system, is in itself a stamp of approval on the intolerable conditions women face in the world as it is.

April 13th, 2014
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Abortion rights are in a state of emergency and headed for disaster.  Urgently needed: uncompromising resistance.  We WON’T go back to the days of back-alley and coat hanger abortions, and women condemned to domestic servitude against their wills.  Abortion on demand and without apology!

Join the resistance: www.StopPatriarchy.org

April 9th, 2014
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From Jefferson City, Missouri - Stop Patriarchy supporters attend a rally called for by NOW. Check out the newspaper rack at the public library,  with a stealth “special edition” of The News Tribune!

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