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!
January 30th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

It is through mass resistance

"People must step out into the streets in massive resistance. People must raise their voices uncompromisingly for abortion on demand and without apology. People must put their bodies and their reputations and their social influence on the line.

Mass resistance is a big part of the way that people begin to see the many others who share their desire to see women liberated, combined with agitation, propaganda, and the all-around work of revolutionaries. It is through this whole process that people begin to feel their collective power and strength. It is through mass resistance that people can change how other whole sections of society are thinking and acting. It is through mass resistance that people become more open to the deeper questions of where all this oppression is coming from and what it will take to end it. It is through mass resistance that the total illegitimacy of this whole anti-woman program, how it flies in the face of the will of the people, can be exposed. It is through mass resistance that the rulers can be forced to either back off or risk losing even more ‘legitimacy’ in the eyes of millions more.”

-Sunsara Taylor, revcom.us

January 30th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

Showdown Around Abortion Rights Intensifies - Stop Patriarchy Leads Defiant Protest Against the Walk for Forced Motherhood

from Stop Patriarchy Bay Area
published at revcom.us

As the anti-abortion movement surges forward on a wave of recently passed legislation that leaves women across the country desperate and trapped in unwanted pregnancies, the movement to End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women (StopPatriarchy.org), led a loud and spirited, uncompromising protest against the 10th annual anti-abortion march in San Francisco.  

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The anti-abortion march calls itself the “Walk for Life West Coast” and buses in tens of thousands of church-going abortion opponents to march down Market Street in the heart of San Francisco, to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, and to call for the absolute abolition of abortion rights nationwide.  This happens as an addition to the original March for “Life” in Washington DC, whose main organizers made great attempts this year to “reach out to” and welcome, along with its usual Roman Catholic crowd, Christian fascist participants and speakers, such as Troy Newman of the vicious anti-abortion organization Operation Rescue and the champion of oppressive “traditional” family values, James Dobson of Focus on the Family [CNN].

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January 22nd, 2014
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The snow couldn’t stop us! 41st Anniversary of Roe vs Wade day of action in NYC

by Riley

Although the extreme weather prevented the NYC contingent of Stop Patriarchy from going to DC to oppose the March for ‘Life”, it did not stop us from taking to the streets for Abortion on Demand and Without Apology on the 41st anniversary of Roe vs Wade. It was a bitter cold day in the city, but our spirits were high as we started the day in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a Catholic church which has spearheaded the attacks on women’s right to abortion and birth control. The midtown area attracts tourists from all over the world, and so we had a very diverse audience as we chanted our slogans: Without this basic right, women can’t be free, abortion on demand and without apology; Forced motherhood is female enslavement; Stop the war on women; Fetus aren’t babies; Women are not incubators; Abortion is not murder. We also did a mic-checked -teach-in’ reading from our wonderful banner which reads “Fetuses are Not Babies’ and has a full scientific explanation of what a fetus is and is not, how it develops, what is looks like, and why it matters to know the truth about this!

Many people stopped to support what we were doing, including a young man who supported the cause overall but felt as though there should be a line drawn when it came to late term abortion. We explained to him, that fetuses are not babies, they are a subordinate part of a woman’s body until it is born. That a fetus is completely dependent on the woman, and when this potential person is deemed a full human being before it is even born, this says that a woman’s life only counts insofar as she acts as the host. In other words, if you say a fetus is a person, with rights of its own, then the woman does not have rights over her body. After hearing this argument the young man felt as though he had been enlightened on a whole different and very meaningful level. He thanked us for this explanation and promised to tell others and write about this experience later.

Another passerby approached us asking if we were with NARAL, explaining that she is a frequent donor of this organization. We explained that our movement and message are different from NARAL. We then compared and contrasted the two approaches: NARAL’s approach of lobbying Congress, working with the state, and softening the terms of the debate; and on the other hand, our approach of relying on ourselves and building up the kind of movement that is resetting the terms society wide, re-seizing the moral high ground, and sharpening up the fact that this question of abortion is fundamentally a question about women’s freedom versus enslavement. It became clear to this woman that the NARAL approach i.e. relying on the courts, and softening the terms of the debate to the point of taking the word ‘abortion’ out of their name entirely, has contributed to getting us in the emergency situation we are in today. The woman was extremely pleased to hear about this movement and agreed that what we are doing is what is really needed.

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January 17th, 2014
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November 20th, 2013
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Some of the Texts, Status Updates, and Tweets to Albuquerque

From LA, a decades-long clinic defender: 

AIN’T NO POWER LIKE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE, ‘CAUSE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE DON’T STOP! SAY WHAT?? We won in Albuquerque, and we’re not stopping until every restriction on abortion is removed, every anti-abortion bill on the books is rescinded, and every asshole who thinks that a woman’ s right to control her own biology is at the political discretion of MEN is completely and utterly rendered irrelevant, powerless, and his stupidity shown up for what it is! Congratulations to all my brave, committed Stop Patriarchy friends who defended in Jackson and stayed on the ground, no doubt exhausted but exuberant, in Albuquerque to win this victory for the women of NM, and ALL women nationwide!

From Seattle, an organizer with Stop Patriarchy!:

Defeating this ban was a victory for women all across the nation.  Let’s fight to change the terms  and turn the tide, so that women’s lives can never again be put up for a vote, or attacked in any other way.  Let’s defeat this whole war on women….because the future is unwritten, and what future there’ll be, IS up to us!

From Jackson, an escort at the last abortion clinic in the state:

Victory in Albuquerque!  Thanks to all supporters!  Congratulations to the women of New Mexico from all of us in Mississippi!  Kudos to Stop Patriarchy for all that they did!

From Humboldt, a college freshman and Abortion Rights Freedom Rider:

Yes.  You all are heroes too.  We need to see people out celebrating.  We also need those to continue that fight because the Right [Wing] isn’t gonna back down so neither will we!

From New York City, a revolutionary:

Shout out to stoppatriarchy @prsnhood4women and all the warriors in victory in #ABQ - gaining strength, no stopping now!
November 20th, 2013
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Abortion ban defeated in ABQ!  And by 10%.  But residents, students, activists, medical professionals and others will not back down, because they know the anti-abortion movement is on the move nationwide.  An Operation Rescue (anti-abortion) organizer was interviewed when the results were released, projecting smug confidence that the right to abortion is on its way out across the country.  

Huge shout out to @PersonhoodForWomen for taking a stand around the morality and necessity of abortion for women - changing minds and changing terms, to @RespectABQWomen for organizing and pushing every Democrat in Albuquerque to oppose the ban, to UNM students for openly and honestly grappling with questions of women’s oppression and liberation, to everyone who spoke out and stood up at last week’s Abortion Rights Emergency Forum & Rally/Speakout, and the abortion providers here that demonstrate resolve and commitment to women’s health, dreams, futures and lives in the face of adversity.

Albuquerque city and county residents, students, medical professionals, abortion providers and activists in growing numbers are seeing the need to link up local struggles around abortion rights into a nationwide counter-offensive of political resistance against the restrictions and clinic closures, change how millions of people are thinking about abortion by bringing out both the science and morality of abortion, and reclaiming the moral high ground.

Tomorrow we will rally at Civic Plaza at noon to send the message that we won’t back down, and resist the whole war on women.  This rally is a celebration of the defeat of the local ban and organized defiance to the attacks on abortion nationwide, challenging everyone across the nation who does not want to see the right to abortion stripped away state by state, to stand up unapologetically demanding unrestricted and stigma-free abortion rights, for every woman in every state.  This rally the day after the local victory promises to issue a challenge to the nation to wage uncompromising resistance against these bans and TRAP laws wherever they are proposed, and “turn the tide against the war on women.”

November 19th, 2013
stoppatriarchy

Not Your Place? Your Responsibility!

We met a UNM professor yesterday — in Albuquerque, the day before the city votes for or against a 20 week ban on abortion — who said he has been thinking about the abortion rights struggle for about a year.  He said, “It’s gotten really bad, but I think that as a man, it’s not my place to speak about it.”

We told him there are two sides to that.  On the one hand, it is not right for you to tell a woman what to do with her body… on the other hand, you are a professor!  You are part of a section of people who creates public opinion.  So it is your RESPONSIBILITY to speak out, and throw in whatever you can to shattering the stigma on abortion, raising awareness, and resisting the attacks on abortion rights that would see women thrown back to the dark ages.

He was so thoughtful and agreed with resolve.  Aim to change how people are thinking about abortion, women, gender, and patriarchy.  It is right to resist dehumanizing laws and ideologies, no matter what your background or “identity group” is.  Everyone has some reach and influence, so you can’t morally shy away from this fight.  Don’t hold back, get involved!

www.StopPatriarchy.org/Get-Involved

November 19th, 2013
stoppatriarchy

A Matter of Principle: Uniting to Fight, with Room for Struggle

Today we heard from a young activist in Albuquerque who was encouraging folks not to rally to resist the assault on abortion rights with Stop Patriarchy! and others of different perspectives tomorrow at Civic Plaza because Stop Patriarchy! stands up against the multi-billion dollar pornography industry.  He said:

"In case y’all are woo-ed by the awesome name ‘stop patriarchy,’ this group is anti-porn, has been pretty yuck to trans women, and made public stories from a confidential abortion feedback that i attended in april, so please try to think about these things before signing on to support them carte blanche."  He then went on to say he would rather deal with the anti-abortion movement than with us.

We respond to anyone who might hesitate for similar reasons:

 If you are satisfied with sitting silently on the sidelines while the right to abortion is stripped away state by state, if you have made peace with the fact that Christian fascists maintain a moral high ground as women are reduced to incubators, if you are excited about waiting for elections as new anti-abortion laws get slammed through at a breakneck pace, stay home.  Otherwise, show up and FIGHT.  In the meantime, let’s struggle over the question of women’s bodies being commodified by porn and it’s contribution to rape culture, let’s argue it out, and let’s definitely check our facts when it comes to personal attacks and confidential info (we shared our own stories and those with permission).  This is actually an abortion rights emergency, so we can fight this through based on that kind of unity and argue out the rest, or we can remain demobilized and cede the future to religious fanatics.  Which will you do?

Not in Albuquerque?  Add your unique voice to this essential effort at:

www.StopPatriarchy.org/AbortionRightsEmergency

November 18th, 2013
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Righteous Resistance in Albuquerque, NM at the Abortion Rights Emergency Rally!

The rally on Saturday, November 16th, on the steps of the University of New Mexico, was extremely significant and powerful. Stop Patriarchy, local pro-choice organizations, students, and others came together for a rally and speak-out on the national state of emergency around abortion rights. Albuquerque is facing a vote on a 20 week ban on abortion, this Tuesday, and as people were out building for this rally, it was very clear that this city of Albuquerque is very divided. We went out on Saturday to plant a pole, speak out about abortion unapologetically, tell the truth about what this issue boils down to, and speak to the fact that things do not have to be this way.  

Women spoke out who had to seek back alley abortionists when abortion was illegal.

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