July 28th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas
People Hearing (Houston) 7:00 pm CST
Wednesday July 30. Encore Theater 4715 Main Street
Streaming live at www.StopPatriarchy.org

Did you know that a new abortion rights court trial is about to begin in Texas? Do you know what will happen if the state wins this case and even more restrictive measures become state law? JOIN US live in Houston, Texas to talk about this war on women. Why should women’s lives and women’s choices EVER be up for a vote?

July 25th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

Official Info for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero TX - People’s Hearings!

Wed July 30 7:00 pm CST
Encore Theatre
4715 Main Street
Houston

Wed August 6 7:00 pm CST
The Austin Centre
3809 South 2nd Street
Austin 78794

Wednesday August 13 7:00 pm CST
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
922 San Pedro Avenue
San Antonio

Wed August 20 7:00 pm CST
Los Fresnos Inn
906 W. Ocean Blvd
Los Fresnos
Rio Grande Valley

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/abortion-rights-freedom-ride-2014-ground-zero-texas.html

July 23rd, 2014
stoppatriarchy

With just 1 week left until the official launch of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero TX…

Today, be someone who dares to take a stand for women’s lives.

Join the resistance.

July 22nd, 2014
stoppatriarchy

"Not the Time to be Ladylike and Follow Rules Doled Out by the Establishment"

by Mary Lou Singleton, licensed Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner, as well as Founder of Personhood for Women.

Like most women who believe they deserve full human rights and dignity, I am furious. Actually, I alternate between feelings of total despair and full-bodied rage as I watch the rights of women in the United States, like those of women all over the world, erode to the point where we are considered nothing more than public breeding stock. I live in a country that has failed for close to 100 years to give women full constitutional rights in the form of the Equal Rights Amendment, but now recognizes constitutional and human rights for capitalist corporations. Worse yet, constitutional rights and protections are being legally conferred to fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses. The lack of a ratified ERA combined with codification of fetal personhood together relegate women in the US to the legal status of state-regulated incubators.

I am a life-long women’s rights activist and have been a practicing midwife for over 20 years. Midwives carry the privelege and burden of knowing and witnessing the most private details of women’s lives. From this knowledge, I am fully aware that the majority of the women I have served have made the decision to abort a pregnancy at some point in their reproductive lives. From conversations with other midwives, I believe the often quoted statistic that one in three women will have an abortion is an understatement. Very rarely do I encounter a woman who regrets her decision to have an abortion. More frequently I hear the tearful confession of a woman who is having post-partum depression or difficulty bonding or alienation from older children telling me that she never wanted to have children in the first place but felt she had no choice. Sadly, as I watch the erosion of abortion rights in our country, I expect to hear more and more of these confessions.

I support the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride because no other organization in the country is speaking the full truth about abortion rights. Forced motherhood absolutely is female enslavement. Without the right to abortion on demand, women are not free. There is no greater human rights abuse than forcing a woman to endure the threats to her emotional and physical health that are inherent in pregnancy and childbirth against her will. There is no more misogynist statement than the odious, “Adoption, not abortion.” Forcing women to gestate and give birth is barbaric and criminal.

I support the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride because under the guidance of the Democratic Party and mainstream pro-choice organizations, the right to abortion has basically disappeared in large swaths of our country. I no longer believe that following the instructions of the non-profit industrial complex and the Democratic Party will do anything to stop the erosion of women’s rights, let alone lead to an expansion of abortion rights in the US.

This is not the time to be nice and ladylike and follow the rules doled out by the same establishment that has failed to protect us from having our rights ripped away. This is an emergency.

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July 22nd, 2014
stoppatriarchy

Susan Brownmiller, renowned feminist author, journalist, and activist, gives a powerful testimony to her 3 illegal abortions and the need for young people especially to stand up for this right, today. 

July 21st, 2014
stoppatriarchy

kaleval:

thepoliticalhippie:

stoppatriarchy:

Standing up for Abortion on Demand and Without Apology on the streets in Austin, Texas!

"because all babies deserve to be wanted and supported" that made my skin crawl. What a horrifying thing to think. What a despicable notion that only those that are wanted and supported deserve to live. Heartless.  

This sort of killed me inside. Those poor people have been fooled by society into thinking that life is an option and that convenience justifies murder.

I feel terrible for them.

Abortion is NOT Murder, because Fetuses are NOT Babies. And Women are NOT Incubators! Criminalizing abortion MURDERS WOMEN.

Reblogged from CATholic
July 14th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

FUCK TRADITION! At San Francisco Pride with our stickers, sign up sheet, and poster. Our radically simple approach inspired many; lots of people took stickers, signed up with us, donated, and wanted to come on the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride. This is something anyone could do just about anywhere, to wake people up, and draw them into this movement! 

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/abortion-rights-freedom-ride-2014-ground-zero-texas.html

July 13th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

Photos from Warped Tour in Jones Beach, NY. We went out to recruit, gather support, and raise funds for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and to spread the message that there really is a war on women and its on us to stop it.

This tour is always such an important reminder of why this movement is so needed in this society today. Often times these young concert goers literally run up to our booth with stories to share, with extreme gratitude that we exist and that they found us, and with anger over the way society treats women.

We heard many stories from young people from all over the country, and some from outside the country. One young woman in particular, told her story of being raised in South America by a mother who helped women obtain illegal abortions (her statement above in Spanish). Another young woman, who literally ran up to the booth, explained how she had been so bombarded by the terrible culture all around her at the concert that celebrates the degradation of women. Another, who was so moved reading all our materials, asking immediately how she could get involved with us, told her story of being raped as a young teenager and never telling a soul until many years later due to the shame and fear of being ignored or even punished by her family.

There are so many more stories like these just waiting to pour forward. This shit really is INTOLERABLE; the fact that there really is NO PLACE on this earth where it is safe to be a woman. Those with the courage to step out today and share their stories have the potential to move thousands and soon millions to act to stop this war on women! 

SIGN UP for and DONATE to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride! Be a part of our incredible community of support! 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/abortion-rights-freedom-ride-2014-ground-zero-texas

July 8th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

Indigogo Crowd-funding  Campaign

Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: GROUND ZERO TEXAS

A fight to turn the tide in the all-out assault on women’s right to abortion and birth control. July 30 thru Aug & into Sept.

We draw inspiration from the original Freedom Riders because of their willingness to put everything on the line to stop a horrible injustice that millions had grown to accept as “just the way things are.” At stake today is whether women - one half of humanity - will be legally treated as less than full human beings.

Please click on the link above to read the full Story, and to DONATE.  Other ways you can help are:

  • Give as much as you can, whether that be $2500 or $25 or $5. It really matters.
  • Join the Freedom Ride in Texas - sign up online for part of the time or the whole ride.
  • Tune in every Wednesday night throughout August for the live webcast People’s Hearings. Spread the word about this and bring friends together to watch, thereby building communities of resistance.
  • Take to the streets wherever you are for the end of August WEEK OF DEFIANCE.
  • Reach out to people you know in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley and ask them to join in with the Freedom Ride and speak-outs, provide housing, organize welcome parties and protests, and offer support in any way.
  • Send in testimony for the People’s Hearings with your own pre-Roe abortion story or statement or story from today about what women are being forced to go through.
  • Email text or video to be posted on to StopPatriarchy@gmail.com
June 25th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

NOW IS THE TIME: A Statement of Support for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas

by Carol Downer

[Lawyer; co-founder of Feminist Women’s Health Center - Los Angeles]

I totally support the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride that will take place through Texas this August and possibly through September, and I hope that everyone who values women’s reproductive freedom will support this beginning of a new chapter of the Battle for Women’s Reproductive Rights.

I was there in the mid-1960’s, when abortion was still illegal in much of the United States and women were forced to travel to states and cities where abortion, legal or illegal, was available, or to subject themselves to procedures done by unknown abortionists. I was one of them. I had taken no action to stand up for my reproductive rights, and I didn’t know anyone else who had.

We’re in that same position today. There is a splash of newspaper coverage when one more defeat of the so-called “pro-choice” movement takes place in the courts or the legislatures, or when clinics in Texas close, but mostly life goes on as though nothing significant is happening. Perhaps we send in a few dollars to Planned Parenthood, which has positioned itself as the champion of women’s rights, although that championing is strictly limited to lady-like tactics, not grass-roots organizing.

But, something significant is happening.

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June 25th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

Three Lessons on the Anniversary of Wendy Davis’s Filibuster of Anti-Abortion Restrictions

by Sunsara Taylor

In many cities across Texas, celebrations are being organized on July 25th to celebrate the one year anniversary of Wendy Davis’s filibuster of the anti-abortion bill SB5. The following are three points for everyone reflecting on this anniversary.

1. There are tens of thousands of people in Texas, as well as even more across the country as a whole, who can be mobilized to stand up and fight for abortion rights. In the days preceding and then throughout Davis’s filibuster, many thousands of people flooded into the Texas capitol to speak publicly of their abortions, to voice their anger at the proposal to take this right away from huge numbers of women, to scream and yell and disrupt business as usual, and even to get arrested on behalf of protecting women’s right to abortion. This is an indication of the depth, breadth and ferocity of the reservoir of potential fighters not only for women’s full reproductive freedom but also for the full liberation of women against all forms of degradation, violence, discrimination, sexual assault, and enslavement.

2. The fact that, despite this outpouring of opposition, the government went ahead and passed these draconian anti-woman, anti-abortion restrictions, that many abortion clinics have been forced to close, and that all but six remaining clinics are set to close on September 1st just shows that while the battle must rage in many spheres, relying on the official structures and channels of politics can only lead to disaster. For the last forty years, the battle over abortion has repeatedly moved further and further to the right so that consistently yesterday’s outrage becomes today’s compromise position and tomorrow’s limit of what can be imagined. This has gone on not only in Texas, but across the country. As the entire spectrum of official politics moves further and further to the right, this direction can not be reversed simply by strengthening the “left end” of that spectrum. It is necessary to step outside of these official channels and fight against this whole direction.

3. Now is the time for everyone who does not want to see women reduced to breeders and forced to have children against their will to stand up and join in mass, independent, political resistance. Through our actions and our uncompromising truth-telling, we must set different terms throughout society – making clear to everyone that the fight over abortion has never been about babies and has always been about whether women will be enslaved to their reproduction or treated as full human beings. NOW is the time to step forward – by ourselves if we must and together where we can – to declare boldly: Abortion On Demand and Without Apology! Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement! One critical effort underway is the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas which is coming in August and into September. I invite and urge everyone to get involved with this effort, on the ground in Texas and as a “virtual Freedom Rider” from anywhere in the country. Together we must create a political situation where the courts and the powers that be are worried about massive levels of protest, militant non-violent resistance, and massive disaffection should they rule negatively. This is critical for the women in Texas and as a key front in reversing this deadly trajectory nation-wide. Everyone has a role to play and the future of women as a whole is at stake!

Sunsara Taylor is a writer for Revolution Newspaper (revcom.us) and initiator of End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women (StopPatriarchy.org).

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June 23rd, 2014
stoppatriarchy

Sounding the alarm on the abortion rights emergency in NYC, calling on people to sign up for the ride, donate, and send a message on a coat hanger down to the women of Texas! If you are in the NYC area and do not want to see women’s lives foreclosed due to forced motherhood, JOIN US! We will be out every weekend leading up to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride which kicks off August 1st!

June 16th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

In light of recent threats directed at Stop Patriarchy by forces who claim to care about women’s rights:

For example, the following tweet:

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There is a long and sordid history of the FBI and highly repressive US state taking advantage of unprincipled attacks and threats against individuals and movements involved in standing up against oppression and injustice to get people set up for harassment, isolation, prison, and even murder.

Vigorous debate over the way forward are not only healthy, but necessary. This is how we all learn and how we can forge the deepest unity in the fight against the common enemy, even as we give space to our differences. We in Stop Patriarchy welcome such debate, including criticism of our approach and thinking.

But threats, ad hominim attacks, and wrecking activities are something else entirely. What ever the intent of the person(s) carrying them out, they are objectively doing the work of the highly repressive state. This never serves the interests of the people. It only serves to cripple and intimidate movements of opposition and to demoralize and disorient the masses of people who so desperately need a better world.

*We have omitted the name because we do not promote individuals who make threats, and because we think it is important to give individuals a chance to correct their ways.

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