Rally Against Patriarchy in ABQ on 9/5/2014.
About twenty people gathered outside of the Embassy Suites where Archbishop Sheehan was honored guest at a fundraising dinner for the anti-abortion Project Gabriel. Troy Newman, fascist of the violent and misogynist organization “Operation Rescue” was keynote speaker.
As the dinner began, a handful of us entered and disrupted this patriarchy party, calling out these patriarchs for what they are (“Troy Newman is a fascist! Archbishop Sheehan hates women!”), and vowing to see them buried in the dusty pages of history. They blocked the doors as fast as they could, surrounded us, bullied us, tried to take the bullhorn, and called us baby-killers. We did not back down, and continued to chant: “Forced motherhood is female enslavement! and Without this basic rights, women can’t be free: abortion on demand and without apology!”
Local ABQ groups and national groups did the right thing this day, to have visible presence outside of this event, to openly oppose it and to refuse to compromise away women’s lives. This refusal for these types of events to go on without open opposition is EXACTLY what is needed now. Abortion rights are in a state of emergency, and the likes of Troy Newman should not be able to sit at a table in celebration and fundraising for the enslavement of women, in peace, while women’s body are legislated into incubating machines.
Glad to stand with you, Freedom From Religion, WORD, Personhood for Women, and members of ABQ NOW. Let’s keep it up, here and everywhere.
Abortion On Demand & Without Apology!