March 17th, 2014
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An inspiring day of action in NYC for International Women’s Day!
Check out the video of footage from the march and rally, speak out, and powerful testimonials from all kinds of people, including a group of male youth who encountered us on the street.

March 12th, 2014
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Speech for International Women’s Day on the role of the military in the war on women

There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported to the Defense Department from October 2012-June 2012. During that same period, there were 219 casualties in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers were 15 times more likely to be raped by a comrade than to be killed by an enemy.

About 26,000 women and men in the military were sexually assaulted in 2012. About 75% of women her were assaulted did not report the attacks; about 76% of the men who were assaulted didn’t report their attacks either.

The Pentagon estimates that 85% of sexual assault crimes go unreported.

About 40% of victims in one study indicated that the perpetrator was their ranking officer.

During the reported period, only 302 service members faced punishment or dismissal as a result of being charged, which is less than 2.5% of the total suspected number of sexual assaults and rape, yet 62% of victims who reported sexual assault experienced retaliation.

48,100 women and 43,700 men who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, responding to a survey, acknowledged suffering from military sexual trauma.

According to the Department of Labor, between 20-48% of female veterans were sexually assaulted in the military. More women leave the military with post-traumatic stress disorder from rape than from combat.

In the past 25 years, more than 500,000 people have been sexually assaulted in the military.

90% of survivors of sexual assault in the military are involuntarily discharged.

80% of perpetrators and those accused are discharged with honor.

I could rattle off statistics all day about the abuses of the military, but I’d rather talk about fear. There is rampant fear within the military, to report abuses, to fight back, to speak out against this toxic atmosphere. There is fear outside of the military as well.

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March 9th, 2014
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Reblogged from NYC Revolution Club
March 7th, 2014
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We need abortion on demand and without apology for every woman, everywhere! Stand up for abortion rights and the freedom of women March 8th, International Women’s Day.

March 7th, 2014
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Be a part of bringing into being a culture of revolt against this revolting culture that celebrates the degradation of women! What could be more important than standing with the women of the world on March 8th, International Women’s Day!?

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/current-mobilizations.html

Be a part of bringing into being a culture of revolt against this revolting culture that celebrates the degradation of women! What could be more important than standing with the women of the world on March 8th, International Women’s Day!?

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/current-mobilizations.html

March 3rd, 2014
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STAND UP on March 8th for International Women’s Day!

March 8:    International Women’s Day
STAND UP - SPEAK OUT - PROTEST - MARCH!

  • Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!
  • End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!
  • Fight for the Liberation of Women All Over the World!
Abortion rights are in a state of emergency! 203 new restrictions to abortion were passed in the last three years. Five states have only one abortion clinic left. Anti-woman bigots harass women at abortion clinics across the country. Ninety-seven percent of rural counties have no abortion providers. Upcoming court rulings threaten to close dozens more clinics nationwide. Forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement!

Meanwhile, women are slammed backwards in every realm: from the mainstreaming of violent and degrading pornography to the global epidemic of rape, from a culture that celebrates pimping to the shaming of women who choose to have sex outside of marriage, and from the sexual enslavement of millions of women and girls in the sex industry to the widespread celebration of Pope Francis while he has changed nothing of church doctrine that enslaves and humiliates women and LGBT people.

Take to the streets this International Women’s Day. Through our public resistance we will expose the illegitimacy of this whole war on women and put the woman-haters on notice that we will not sit silently by. We will express our outrage and bring alive a culture of defiance and liberation. We will wake up and rally forth many thousands more, refusing to stop until we win.

The future of women is at stake. Which side are YOU on?
New York City
12 Noon: St. Patrick’s Cathedral 
[5th Ave. btw. 50-51st Streets]
12:30: March and protest against sites of the war on women
For info and to get involved:StopPatriarchy@gmail.com
San Francisco Bay Area
12 Noon: St. Mary’s Cathedral 
[Geary & Gough]
12:30: March and protest against sites of the war on women
For info and to get involved: 
StopPatriarchyBayArea@gmail.com
Chicago
12 Noon: Holy Name Cathedral
(Red Line, Chicago Stop) 
12:30: March and protest against sites of the war on women
For info and to get involved: 
ChicagoStopPatriarchy@yahoo.com
Seattle
1pm: Seattle Central Community College Plaza
[Broadway & Pine]
Speak out & March
For info and to get involved: 
StopPatriarchySeattle@fastmail.net
Los Angeles 
11 am: Adams & Figueroa.  Abortion on Demand & Without Apology!  Support the HER clinic and oppose the anti-abortionists.
2:30pm:  Hollywood and Vine train station.  March and protest at the sites of the war on women.
StopPatriarchyLosAngeles@gmail.com
Cleveland:
12 noon: Protest at Alternaterm—the FAKE women’s clinic in Cleveland Heights, 2026 Lee Rd. Bring signs, banners, drums, your friends!
March 3rd, 2014
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Stop Patriarchy is calling on YOU to Stand Up for women on International Women’s Day! THIS Saturday, March 8! Actions happening all over the country! Watch the video! Get excited! We’ll be out in the streets demanding an end to this war on women, calling for a culture of revolt against this revolting culture, and demanding Abortion ON Demand and Without Apology! 

What could be more important than being out on this day, standing up for women, and acting in unity with people all over the world?

March 8th, 2013
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Response to Cienna Madrid of The Stranger from the Seattle “Instigators” of Stop Patriarchy

Cienna Madrid from The Stranger doesn’t like Stop Patriarchy’s call to protest both a Christian fascist church and a porn shop/strip club on International Women’s Day because she doesn’t get that both are expressions of patriarchy and manifestations of the war on women. She blogged about it here.

 What follows is Stop Patriarchy Seattle’s response:

"It feels like the instigators chose popular targets for controversy and then manufactured their rage, rather than launching a protest with the goal of a specific change."  

From the instigators of Stop Patriarchy: 

 We’ve been on the streets in Seattle talking to hundreds of women in the past few weeks who not only get what we’re saying, but start pouring out their stories of abuse by repressive religious institutions, by the global sex industry, and by men growing up in a pornified culture. When we say the institutions of Mars Hill and Deja Vu/Showgirls both want women on their knees, just in different ways, it resonates with them. They’ve been waiting for a vehicle that calls it all out and makes the connections and they understand our specific goal: To END the enslavement and degradation of women in all its forms.

We didn’t “manufacture” the fact that Deja Vu/Showgirls sells women and that their shop’s videos sexualize violence against women and treat women’s bodies as things to be used for the sexual pleasure of men. We didn’t manufacture that pornography has become increasingly violent and degrading towards women with popular themes such as gang rape, racist bigotry, and incest (such as “Chester Molest Her” - a film sold at this porn shop) We didn’t manufacture the fact that this is all intertwined with and fuels sex trafficking and a global epidemic of rape. So we ask you, where is YOUR rage? This shit isn’t society becoming more comfortable with sex. This is society becoming saturated with the sexualized degradation of women. As our surprisingly popular sticker says, “If You Can’t Imagine Sex Without Porn, You’re Fucked.”

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February 26th, 2013
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Mars Hill and Deja Vu: What Pastors and Pornographers Have in Common

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On March 9th 2013 for International Women’s Day, Stop Patriarchy will be holding a rally at Westlake, in Seattle…but we are not stopping there! We’re going to be protesting several sites that represent the war on women, and how that war is intensifying. The first place we plan to protest is Mars Hill Church…then we will make our presence known in front of the Deja Vu Showgirls strip club/porn store. In between those spots we will be stopping at bus stops to speak out and protest rape and sexual assault. From Delhi to Ohio, and everywhere else, from the global epidemic of rape, to the attacks on abortion rights, from the burkha to the thong…if you are not fighting the war on women, you are condoning it!

 

Here’s why we plan to go to Mars Hill and Deja Vu Showgirls….while these are presented as opposing forces by opposing sides, they actually have MUCH more in common than most people think. The Christian fascists and the pornographers both enslave women, and they both strip women of their rights, their voices, and their humanity.

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March 16th, 2012
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Together we made a promise, to ourselves, to the faces around us, to the women throughout the country, and to the women throughout the world, that we will not stop until never again is a woman demeaned, degraded, enslaved, disrespected, spit upon, set on fire, beaten, raped, humiliated, mocked, tortured, stalked, devalued, or dismissed simply because she is born female. As people made this promise together, as we all looked in each others faces as we did, the change in all of us was palpable. People felt alive with fury and lifted up with joy.
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