August 4th, 2014
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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 11th, 2014
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July 11th, 2014
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REVERSE the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Ruling!! Protests happened in Seattle, San Francisco, and LA, and Jefferson City, MO.

Stop Patriarchy and WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) co-sponsored the Seattle protest, and 15-20 people gathered at Westlake park in downtown Seattle protesting the recent Supreme Court ruling. From the Facebook event page…

"Hobby Lobby is a chain of about 500 stores run by the Green family in Oklahoma, Christian fundamentalists that refuse to offer birth control in their healthcare plan. Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 IN FAVOR of Hobby Lobby, taking the stand that companies have no obligation to offer birth control coverage to their employees. Just last Thursday the Supreme Court ruled UNANIMOUSLY that certain buffer zone laws that are meant to keep hateful fanatics at a distance from abortion clinics violate the freedom of speech of said fanatics. So the buffer zones in Massachusetts are rendered invalid, and similar laws meant to protect women and clinics across the country are imperiled. Two Supreme Court rulings in favor of fundamentalists’ "freedoms" and against women’s humanity."

From SF protest: There was overall shock and outrage, as well as an understanding that this is an emergency, and that the Hobby Lobby ruling came down in a context of a much larger assault on reproductive freedom. We marched up and around Union Square, and WORD led chants like “They say GET BACK, we say FIGHT BACK” and “The church and state don’t ovulate” Stop Patriarchy periodically explained why we were protesting and calling on others to join in, and leading chants of “Break the chains!” and “Abortion on demand & without apology!” and “Women aren’t breeders, women aren’t slaves!’ and “Fetuses are NOT babies!”

April 20th, 2014
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"I know that I can’t take it for granted anymore" - A reflection by a participant in the April 11th & 12th Abortion Rights Emergency Actions

-from a young person, new to Stop Patriarchy

A few years ago I worked as a canvasser on behalf of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. I knew that providing women access to reproductive care and abortions was not only just, but also life-saving. Although I had these beliefs I was unaware of the severity of the restrictions and repression of access to birth control and to abortions. I was not fully aware of the insidious agenda being put forth by conservatives and the religious right. As I attend events and speak with people at Stop Patriarchy I am becoming more conscious of the lies and misinformation that galvanizes people to take action against abortion providers and pro-choice people. I have come to understand that this fight is not about children or babies, but rather an agenda that is focused on returning to a society before Roe V. Wade, and on solidifying archaic and detrimental gender roles.

Before the protest at St. Pat’s Cathedral, I went to the speak out at Advent Lutheran Church. I think that this is where my confidence was bolstered. It was amazing to be in the presence of a body of people who support access to abortion and to be involved in rhetoric of support and scientific truth. I met Bill Baird who is a fellow Long Islander and pro-choice activist whose efforts made birth control legal for single women. His dedication, along with hearing the stories of other’s dedication, reminded me that as a pro-choice feminist, I am not alone and that this work is incredibly important. As stories unfold in the media and unfolded during the speak out it became more and more evident that abortion rights are in a state of emergency. As a young person, I see that many of my peers take for granted these essential services, as I once have. I know that I can’t take it for granted anymore and that I must stand up for what’s right.

Protesting at St. Pat’s was an incredible experience for me. It was powerful to stand in silence with the photographs of the women, and men, who have been killed because of an anti-abortion agenda. Most antis speak about babies and children, and it was so poignant to see the truth staring people right in the face—when abortion is illegal, women die. This is the reality and this is what people NEED to see and know. In this age of technology we need outlets to disseminate truth, and it was a privilege to stand on behalf of those voices that have been silenced by violence, and bear truth, especially in front of an institution whose beliefs have encouraged a culture of hatred, lies, and violence. One woman who was shouting at us said, “I’m pro-choice, but this is an inappropriate place to do this.” And, I remember thinking about how I am so sick of people’s political correctness and their wanting to be polite—it is such a waste of time and it prevents access to truth, knowledge and genuine connection. I thought and still think that St. Pat’s is a perfectly good location because it is an institution that perpetuates a conservative backwards agenda. The atrocities that occur to women because they have not had and do not have access to this safe procedure needs to be known and seen! Her comment solidified my confidence in the protest and in our message.

It was getting hot and I was getting hungry and wanted to shout back at antis and this minimal discomfort reminded me of the struggle of women who live in states where only one clinic is left or where access to abortion and reproductive health is severely restricted. Where do they go? Who will support them (financially and emotionally)? I do not want to live in a country where women are dying because they do not want a child or a family, this is just ridiculous to me. The anti-abortion agenda is steeped in archaic views about family, religion and their role in society and to impose this on every person is also absolutely ridiculous. Women are full human beings, abortion is not murder, and fetuses are not babies! I think those words are so powerful and can be used to help shift our culture so that women are not stigmatized, so that abortion is not stigmatized and can be accessed, and so that women are seen as more than just breeders or property.

March 17th, 2014
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They Are Coming For Our Birth Control!

-from R.G. a member of Stop Patriarchy

We are engaged in a war here in this very country. Women’s rights are undergoing a multipronged attack every day. Much of this war is right out in the open as our politicians publicly dehumanize women, call them nothing but “hosts” to fetuses, claim that some rape may be illegitimate, and that pregnancy from rape is a “gift from god.”

None of this is getting the attention – or the widespread opposition – it deserves. Most people have no idea how extreme the attacks on women’s right to abortion are, how many clinics are actually closing, how many new restrictions and hurdles are being slammed into place. At the same time, most people do not understand that this fight is not only about abortion; it is about all access to reproductive freedom for women.

To date, there have been 92 cases filed challenging the federal government’s rule that requires health plans to cover contraception without a co-pay. These cases claim that providing contraceptives at all is an infringement on religious liberty. 80 of these cases are still pending. 33 cases were brought by non-profit organizations and 44 of the cases were brought by for-profit organizations.

The Obama administration has already accommodated non-profits with religious objections to covering contraceptives. They made a rule designed to ensure employees will receive contraception coverage but that the employer with religious objections will not bear the cost or otherwise have any connection with the coverage. Several non-profit organizations are challenging even this accommodation. There are 36 non-profit cases currently pending.

In addition, about 42 of the total cases while pending have an injunction which allows the organization not to comply with the rule to cover contraception for its employees. The cases can be pending indefinitely.

The fight over contraception coverage is just one example of how women are being attacked on all fronts. Not only do these enemies of women want to obliterate a woman’s right to choose, they want to strip away their right to obtain safe and reliable contraception.

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August 13th, 2012
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DANGER: CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN!!! Federally Funded, Fundamentalist Run, Fake Clinics EXPOSED

by Nova 

There are 750 abortion clinics in the United States, but more than 4000 Crisis
Pregnancy Centers. Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) are funded by groups of Christian fundamentalists and the federal government. They do not offer women choices. Instead they bombard them with shame and outright lies about the reality of abortion and birth control. The ad on the NY subway train for one of these places reads: FREE ABORTION ALTERNATIVES. It should read: UNBELIEVABLE LIES USED TO ENSLAVE WOMEN. I know how dangerous these “clinics” are from first hand experience.


On August 6th, I contacted such a facility in Manhattan advertising its services on the train. I posed as a terrified, pregnant woman. I was left with and appointment, an address, and a password for entry. The next day I witnessed the atrocities these places commit on women. I arrived at the given address and was followed into the elevator by an obvious staff member. She asked what I needed on floor 2 and I recited “EMC” (Everything Medical Center), the password, with a gulp.
The elevator released me into what looked like a medical waiting room where the staff member informed the woman accompanying me that the appointment must be conducted alone. “Only the patient,” she insisted with a smirk, “it’s just the way we do things here.” In fear of both the imaginary circumstances of my character and the very real circumstances I was entering, I silently followed.
Winding through a narrow hallway we proceeded into a medical examination room set up with a small circle of chairs, a video screen, but no doctor. One young woman was already seated, armed with a clipboard. Neither woman introduced herself to me, despite their aggressive interrogation and my obvious fear.


When was your last period?
I don’t know…2, 3 months?
You don’t know?
No.
Were you using any protection?
Only a condom.
Well those hardly work. Were you taking birth control?
No.
Well that doesn’t always work either.
I shook.
I don’t understand why you’re upset.
I’m not ready to be a mother.
You’re already a mother.
I don’t want to make a mistake.
You already did when you laid with that boy. What do you think sex is about?
It’s about sharing something.
AND…
I don’t think it’s just about having kids.
Well you can’t have a baby unless you have sex. Your parents had to have sex to make you. We really need to stick to the form though. What religion are you a part of?

I don’t have one.
You have no faith?
No.
Were you baptized?
No.
We’ll come back to that.
Do you ever want children?
No…I’d really like to do other things in life.
Like what? Don’t you like children?
Well yes, I’d actually like to work with kids, but I CAN’T have one.
So you do like children? She likes children but doesn’t want them. She doesn’t
understand that she’s already a mother. You’re probably about 9 weeks along and that’s a two-day procedure easily. I see you holding your stomach, let’s go take a pregnancy test.
I can’t do that again. I have to go.
What do you mean?
I cried.
How do I get out of here? I need to leave.
You need to calm down and deal with the consequences of what you did.
Please, I need to leave. My boyfriend made me come. I don’t want to be here.
He made you? GOOD.


I didn’t feel like I could leave. It felt like prison. Nobody ever even tried to comfort me. Eventually, I found my own way out of the unofficial examination room through the narrow hallway and ended up in the waiting room. The staff member stormed up behind me carrying a stack of propaganda. At this point I didn’t even feel like I existed. The staff member spoke entirely to the woman accompanying me (she was posing as the mother of my boyfriend) as if I were invisible. I felt invisible. She ranted and raved about how I didn’t understand the risks. She could end up in a permanent vegetative state or die. It happens more often than you think. You think the New York Times is going to put that on the front page of the newspaper? You think the abortion doctors are going to tell you that? That doesn’t make them any money. She continued on to state that my risk for breast would increase 140% if I had an abortion. Yes, one hundred forty percent. And you’re not going to be 16 forever. You’ll regret this when you try to have children again, and can’t.


I felt judged, belittled, targeted… I felt like I’d already done a terrible wrong, and now there was nothing I could do right. I felt like I was worth nothing. The way that woman looked at me… It’s criminal! With their emotionally charged advertisements, they’re literally preying on women who associate their pregnancies with a crisis. All across the nation these Crisis Pregnancy Center’s spew inflammatory rhetoric and dangerous distortions of the truth to instill fear
and shame amongst women in an extremely vulnerable situation. This is not something we can excuse or ignore. There’s a vital need for a powerful force of truth to counter these outrageous lies. The blatant lies I was told, the secrecy, the shame: it was just unreal!

****The conversation reproduced in this piece is not taken directly from any recording. I wrote from memory, but if anything the reproduction is generous compared to what they said.

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March 6th, 2012
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San Francisco Events

Speakout on the Eve of International Women’s Day
A Protest March, Rally, and Candlelight Vigil Speak-out
Wednesday March 7, 5:00-7:00 PM
San Francisco

*Abortion on demand and without apology
*Women are not objects. Women are not things to be used for the sexual pleasure of men NOR are they breeders of children!
*Women are human beings, fully equal in every realm
*Fight for the emancipation of women all over the world

1 Peter Yorke Way (between Geary and Post, off Gough) SF, CA

5:00pm Rally and Speak-Out at the office of Archbishop George Niederauer
5:30pm March to St. Mary’s Cathedral [Geary and Gough]
6:00pm Rally and Speak-Out - Candlelight Vigil

On the Eve of International Women’s Day, we demand that the Voices of Women be Heard!

Details

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End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!

March 9
Friday, 7 p.m.
Revolution Books Berkeley

2425 Channing Way (off of Telegraph Avenue)
, Berkeley, CA 94704

Panel Discussion-

End Pornography and Patriarchy:
The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!
Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!
Fight for the Emancipation of Women All Over the World!

Come discuss what will it take to end the assault on women and emancipate women all over the world.

With
Video of Sunsara Taylor
Reiko Redmonde from Revolution Books
J Dr. Lynette Leighton: Family Medicine physician at UCSF and a former Fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health.

Details

January 27th, 2012
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There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into “leaders” who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.

But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn - or be forced - to accept. There is no escaping it: the whole disastrous course must be STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.

January 15th, 2012
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Stand up for Abortion & Birth Control: Sunsara Taylor + Cristina Page

Wednesday Jan 18, 7-9
Revolution Books New York

Facebook event (Invite your friends!)

Talking about:

Why you should be in Washington DC Jan 23… with:

Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution newspaper
Cristina Page, author, “How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America”

The program will discuss the call to be in Washington DC in front of the Supreme Court on January 23rd (to counter the “March for Life”) starting at 11am that day.

Read and sign the call here.

January 10th, 2012
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I ABSOLUTELY AGREE. ABOLISH SLAVERY OF WOMEN - SUPPORT CHOICE AND CONTRACEPTION. I am a 64-year old woman and have been saying for a very long time that being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy is slavery, pure and simple. This should be the rallying cry from now on — NO MORE SLAVERY OF WOMEN.
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