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 14th, 2014
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July 14th, 2014
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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 8th, 2014
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July 8th, 2014
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Sent in by a supporter of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas, in response to the attacks by some Texas activists who oppose our strategy in fighting for abortion rights, and see us as “outsiders”. There are NO outsiders in the fight against oppression! 

This was attached to this tweet:
"With much love and respect to @StopPatriarchy for keeping our eyes focused on our goal!"

Sent in by a supporter of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas, in response to the attacks by some Texas activists who oppose our strategy in fighting for abortion rights, and see us as “outsiders”. There are NO outsiders in the fight against oppression!

This was attached to this tweet:

"With much love and respect to @StopPatriarchy for keeping our eyes focused on our goal!"

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. 

June 25th, 2014
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NOW IS THE TIME: A Statement of Support for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas

by Carol Downer

[Lawyer; co-founder of Feminist Women’s Health Center - Los Angeles]

I totally support the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride that will take place through Texas this August and possibly through September, and I hope that everyone who values women’s reproductive freedom will support this beginning of a new chapter of the Battle for Women’s Reproductive Rights.

I was there in the mid-1960’s, when abortion was still illegal in much of the United States and women were forced to travel to states and cities where abortion, legal or illegal, was available, or to subject themselves to procedures done by unknown abortionists. I was one of them. I had taken no action to stand up for my reproductive rights, and I didn’t know anyone else who had.

We’re in that same position today. There is a splash of newspaper coverage when one more defeat of the so-called “pro-choice” movement takes place in the courts or the legislatures, or when clinics in Texas close, but mostly life goes on as though nothing significant is happening. Perhaps we send in a few dollars to Planned Parenthood, which has positioned itself as the champion of women’s rights, although that championing is strictly limited to lady-like tactics, not grass-roots organizing.

But, something significant is happening.

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May 29th, 2014
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THIS SUNDAY, in NYC, Members of Stop Patriarchy, including key initiator Sunsara Taylor, will be holding an important panel at the Left Forum entitled, “Abortion Rights Emergency! Stop the War On Women” at  John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York - 524 West 59th st, New York, NY 10019 - 12:00pm - 01:50pm in Room 1.103
This panel will get into the big questions regarding the issue of abortion rights in this country; the emergency situation we face today, and how we are leading this fight for abortion on demand and without apology!
Spread this broadly! See you there!

THIS SUNDAY, in NYC, Members of Stop Patriarchy, including key initiator Sunsara Taylor, will be holding an important panel at the Left Forum entitled, “Abortion Rights Emergency! Stop the War On Women” at  John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York - 524 West 59th st, New York, NY 10019 - 12:00pm - 01:50pm in Room 1.103

This panel will get into the big questions regarding the issue of abortion rights in this country; the emergency situation we face today, and how we are leading this fight for abortion on demand and without apology!

Spread this broadly! See you there!

May 25th, 2014
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Reblogged from Stop Patriarchy
May 25th, 2014
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Announcing… Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: GROUND ZERO TEXAS

Abortion rights – and the lives and future of women – are in a state of emergency. Nowhere is this more concentrated than in Texas.
 
In 2011 there were 46 abortion clinics in Texas; if all the current restrictions go into effect as scheduled, by September 1st of 2014 there will be only 6 clinics remaining. Texas is over 800 miles wide and has over 26 million residents. Women who cannot access safe, legal abortions have their lives foreclosed when they are forced to have children against their will. Or, they risk their lives, die, or go to prison for attempting to self-induce abortions.
 
Women who live in poverty, especially immigrant women and others in the Rio Grande Valley along the Mexican border, have been hit the hardest. Unable to come up with the money to travel hours to the nearest clinic and/or unable to travel through the immigration checkpoints for lack of “legal” documents, these women are trapped. On September 1st, if a medically unnecessary law designed to close abortion clinics goes into effect, the nearest clinic will be closed and these women will have to travel approximately 300 miles to the next nearest clinic.
 
It is immoral to abandon the women of Texas. It is also delusional to think that these attacks will not spread to the rest of the country if they are not stopped there. In reality, Texas is a concentration of the nation-wide war on women. 6 states have only one abortion clinic. 203 laws restricting abortion have been passed nation-wide since 2011. 8 doctors and clinic workers have been murdered by anti-abortion violence, and in March 2014 a clinic was so severely vandalized in Montana that it was forced to close. Everywhere, women who seek abortions are harassed, shamed, humiliated and terrorized.
 
Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement!
Abortion Providers Are Heroes!
Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!
 
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Join and support the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: GROUND ZERO TEXAS
 
For the month of August through September 1: The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride will caravan through Texas, stopping in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and then down to the Rio Grande Valley near the Mexican border. People from around the country and around Texas will politically confront and protest those behind the anti-abortion attacks and laws, rally support for those on the front lines providing abortions, fight to change the way people think about abortion by raising the slogans: Abortion On Demand and Without Apology and Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement, and wake people up nation-wide to this emergency.
 
What you can do now: Sign up to take part in the Ride, volunteer to house people down in Texas, donate to this effort, volunteer to spread and support this nation-wide.
 
Contact StopPatriarchy@gmail.com or go to StopPatriarchy.org

April 13th, 2014
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Abortion rights are in a state of emergency.  When abortion is illegal, women die, and many more are forced into motherhood.  Forced motherhood is female enslavement.  Women are not incubators!   Join the resistance: www.StopPatriarchy.org

April 13th, 2014
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Bearing witness and standing up for all the women who have died from illegal abortions, opposing the institutions that are spearheading the attacks on abortion rights, and pledging to resist these attacks until we win abortion on demand and without apology.  

Join the resistance at: www.StopPatriarchy.org

April 10th, 2014
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Rachel Barrett Martin, on why she is speaking out this weekend at Emergency Actions

Rachel Barrett Martin is a feminist historian of counterculture; she teaches at San Francisco State University, and lectures at CSU East Bay and UC Berkeley.  She will speak tomorrow night in San Francisco as part of national Emergency Actions this weekend.  She says:

"I am honored to be among the speakers at this Emergency Action. And I do it not just for myself and my students, or as a member of Catholics for Choice, but for many in my life who have struggled for reproductive justice: For the dearest OBGYN friend from college who ponders wearing a bulletproof vest to teach the D&C procedure to medical school students. For another dearest friend from college who worked at the Boston Planned Parenthood that was attacked. For all the women of Minneapolis Women’s Collective who shared their abortion activism stories with me, historicizing pre Roe v Wade reality for my M.A. work. For the women who face gauntlets of “anti-abortion” protesters at the health clinics. For the women who cannot access safe medical terminations, let alone early termination options. For the far too many women injured or dead from unsafe, illegalized abortions. Reproductive Rights Now!”

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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