"What comes first: the people or the courts?"
Sharing a commentary from someone who just heard Sunsara Taylor speak at the University of Northern Iowa
by GG in Minnesota
I recently heard Sunsara Taylor speak to a student group at a nearby college. She spoke about the need to stand up against the intensifying war against women in this country. In particular, she spoke about the efforts of Stop Patriarchy.org, to fight the attacks on abortion clinics and to challenge the outrageous laws being passed that limit women’s right to abortion. In recent months Taylor has traveled over 12,000 miles with other members of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride to carry this message across the country.
More recently members of Stop Patriarchy have been in Mississippi to
support the Jackson Women’s Health Clinic, and are now in Albuquerque, NM to stand against a ballot initiative banning abortion at 20 weeks. Sunsara stressed that we must work together, not just locally but across the country, in order to bring real and necessary change.
During the question-answer period someone challenged Sunsara’s approach to these issues. Rather than take to the streets or build networks of support across the country, why not just trust the courts?