End Pornography and Patriarchy:

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Break ALL the Chains!

Bob Avakian on the
Emancipation of Women and
the Communist Revolution


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Break ALL the Chains!

Bob Avakian on the
Emancipation of Women and
the Communist Revolution

"This is Bob Avakian,
Chairman of the
Revolutionary Communist Party,
with a New Year's message—

A Call To REVOLUTION..."

It is a striking fact—which is starkly evident in the U.S. now—that, in comparison to what is done to women, there is no other group in society that is so systematically reviled and defiled in a way that has become acceptable (or widely accepted in any case) as a significant part of “mainstream” life and culture, as happens in a concentrated way through pornography and the extremely demeaning and degrading images and messages about women it massively and pervasively purveys (with the Internet a major focus and vehicle for this), including pornography’s extensive portrayal of sadistic and violent sexual domination of women...

I began the “Revolution” talk with “They’re Selling Postcards of the Hanging,” reviewing the ugly history of the lynching of Black people in America and the way in which celebration of this became a cultural phenomenon in the U.S., with the selling of picture postcards of these lynchings a major expression of this—often including smiling and leering crowds of white people surrounding the murdered and mutilated body of a Black man. In a recent exchange, a comrade emphasized this profoundly important and compelling point: Today, the way in which pornography depicts women—the displaying of women in a degraded state for the titillation of viewers—including the grotesque brutality and violence against women which is involved in much of this, is the equivalent of those “Postcards of the Hanging.” It is a means through which all women are demeaned and degraded. 

Bob Avakian
Unresolved Contradictions,
Driving Forces for Revolution

 

Look at all these beautiful children who are female in the world. And in addition to all the other outrages which I have referred to, in terms of children throughout the slums and shantytowns of the Third World, in addition to all the horrors that will be heaped on them—the actual living in garbage and human waste in the hundreds of millions as their fate, laid out before them, yes, even before they are born—there is, on top of this, for those children who are born female, the horror of everything that this will bring simply because they are female in a world of male domination. And this is true not only in the Third World. In “modern” countries like the U.S. as well, the statistics barely capture it: the millions who will be raped; the millions more who will be routinely demeaned, deceived, degraded, and all too often brutalized by those who are supposed to be their most intimate lovers; the way in which so many women will be shamed, hounded and harassed if they seek to exercise reproductive rights through abortion, or even birth control; the many who will be forced into prostitution and pornography; and all those who—if they do not have that particular fate, and even if they achieve some success in this “new world” where supposedly there are no barriers for women—will be surrounded on every side, and insulted at every moment, by a society and a culture which degrades women, on the streets, in the schools and workplaces, in the home, on a daily basis and in countless ways.

BAsics 1:10

Prepare the ground, prepare the people, and prepare the vanguard—get ready for the time when millions can be led to go for revoution, all-out, with a real chance to win.

BAsics, the handbook for revolution You cannot break all the chains, except one. You cannot say you want to be free of exploitation and oppression, except you want to keep the oppression of women by men. You can’t say you want to liberate humanity yet keep one half of the people enslaved to the other half. The oppression of women is completely bound up with the division of society into masters and slaves, exploiters and exploited, and the ending of all such conditions is impossible without the complete liberation of women. All this is why women have a tremendous role to play not only in making revolution but in making sure there is all-the-way revolution. The fury of women can and must be fully unleashed as a mighty force for proletarian revolution.

Bob Avakian
Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
BAsics 3:22


poster imageCall to Action

END PORNOGRAPHY AND PATRIARCHY: THE ENSLAVEMENT AND DEGRADATION OF WOMEN!

We are told that “equality for women has been won” and that “there are no limits to what girls can achieve.” BULLSHIT! Every 15 seconds a woman is beaten. Every day three to four women are killed by their partners. One out of four female college students will be raped or sexually assaulted while in college. In recent years, pornography has become increasingly violent, cruel, degrading towards women....

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People's Hearing
August 20 • Brownsville, Texas

Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: GROUND ZERO TEXAS

 

For the August 13 hearing from San Antonio, the August 6 hearing from Austin, the July 30 hearing from Houston and other coverage, click on button link above the video.


On Bob Avakian: Far-Sighted Revolutionary Leadership vs. Gutter-Level Wrecking and Disregard for the Truth

Response from Sunsara Taylor to the unprincipled attacks on BA. Posted August 18, 2014. Read more


A Statement from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (RCP)

To all those who truly do want to see an end to the outrages and abuses coming down on people... and to the slanderers, the haters, the opportunists, and worse. Read more


August 9th-10th

Break ALL the Chains! Celebrations

Photos, Videos and Testimonials from Cultural Celebrations… Dinners… Picnics Across the Country, Hosted by BA Everywhere

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At the Heart of Celebrating Break ALL the Chains: A New Palm Card—BAsics 3:22

“You cannot break all the chains, except one...”

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From the Stop Patriarchy blog

Scientific Sex Ed

Posted August 17, 2014. While talking to people in front of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas a man started yelling at us from across the street, “Close your legs! Close your legs! Close your legs!” …..this is not the first time we have heard this sentiment, and these kind of comments. Across the country, from NYC, to Wichita, and now in Texas, we’ve heard this kind of argument against abortion. Things like “Women gotta be ready to have the baby every time they have sex” or “If you make a mistake, if you have sex, you have to suffer the consequences!” FUCK all that. Read more


Supreme Court Brings Back the 1950s, Allows Corporations to Deny Birth Control Coverage

by Sunsara Taylor

As a result of the Supreme Court decision on Monday, June 30, women across this country can now be denied the ability to safely and affordably prevent unplanned pregnancies because of the Dark Ages religious beliefs of their employers. Read more


Protesting the Supreme Court Decision: They're Coming for Our Birth Control!

Reports and photos from some of the protests following the June 30 Supreme Court decision. Read more


Supreme Court Greenlights Cruel Hateful Intimidation of Women

In its decision June 26 banning sidewalk buffer zones outside abortion clinics—areas around clinic entrances where anti-abortion protesters are not allowed—the Supreme Court of the U.S. said that these zones impeded the rights of those who wish to “engage in personal, caring, consensual conversations with women about various alternatives.” Read more


Emergency in Texas poster

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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 25 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wendy Davis's filibuster of the anti-abortion bill SB5. Read more


Abortion rights fact sheetFact sheet from Stop Patriarchy:

Did you know?

Abortion rights are in a state of emergency, and headed for disaster

Updated July 2014

It is urgent that everyone act now to stop this war on women. Forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement.

Right now: Women across the country who cannot access safe abortions are attempting to self-abort using dangerous methods. Many more are forced to give birth to unwanted children and are trapped in abusive relationships, driven (deeper) into poverty, or are separated at birth from a baby they can’t care for. This is the future for all women if these attacks are not resisted and defeated!

Download PDF flier


1 in 3 women poster

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Check It Out

Obvious Child

The new film by Gillian Robespierre, which bills itself as "An Abortion Comedy," is a breath of fresh air and a lot of fun. Read more


Room to Breathe: Breaking the Chains, Unleashing the Imagination, and Taking Responsibility for a World Without Patriarchy

from a reader

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Stop Patriarchy Organizer's Kit

An important new resource features 13 simple things that people can do—on their own or with others—to have a real impact in building this fight, along with step-by-step breakdowns of how to go about each of these things. And it encourages and provides a way for people to stay in touch with the movement, raising questions, making suggestions, and sharing and popularizing advanced experience across the country. Get started today


Stop Patriarchy Makes a Splash at Warped Tour in Houston!

The Warped Tour is a music festival touring the U.S. this summer. Check out this video of images from the Stop Patriarchy booth—including on-the-spot statements of support for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride.


Abortion factsheet poster Read online | Download JPG for web.

Download full size poster: PDF for print


Interview with Sunsara Taylor

"The right to abortion is hanging by a thread"

"Right now in this country, it is no exaggeration to say that the right to abortion is hanging by a thread. In many places it’s out of the reach of women’s ability to access safely or affordably or at all. And the momentum and the trajectory of the restrictions, of the stigma, of the laws that have been passed are such that the closure of clinics, the closure of access, the terror against abortion providers is escalating. And the future for all women’s ability to access abortion is really being determined right now, it’s really at stake." Read more


On the Santa Barbara Mass Killings:

How Long Will Women Face Violence, Terror, Rape and Oppression?

Until We Make REVOLUTION, NOTHING LESS!

by Sunsara Taylor

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Reflections on “#YesAllWomen”

by T. Redtree

The spring 2014 school year wound down with a mounting number of female students coming forward to testify about their experience with campus rape and to protest the callous failure of universities to acknowledge and address this. Then last week Elliot Rodger unleashed his murdering retribution against women, which also took the lives of four male students in Isla Vista, California. Read more


UCSB, Feminism and Porn

by Gail Dines

I have been a radical feminist for as long as I can remember. As I witness the marginalization of radical feminism in the cultural discourse, in publishing, and in women’s studies programs, I see the feminist movement I once loved become powerless to explain what is happening to women—especially the horrific levels of violence against women. This failure has reached a new level following the massacre by Elliot Rodger of students at UC Santa Barbara. Read more


Reports from: #YesAllWomen—From the Tweets into the Streets!

Updated June 7. Speak-outs, rallies, and protests were held in cities including Isla Vista, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Portland. We are posting readers' reports as they come in. Read more


“Human Nature” and the Santa Barbara Killings

from a reader

The blatantly woman-hating killings in Santa Barbara and the widespread outrage in response have shined a light on the misogyny that permeates the culture as a whole. There is a toxic strain about “human nature” in the internet circles which influenced Elliot Rodger’s deadly rage towards all women. Read more


Speaking Out About the Santa Barbara Mass Murder

Various Voices from the Movement to End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women, posted on the Stop Patriarchy blog

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Watch the Abortion Rights Emergency Action Webcast Here

from Stop Patriarchy • Friday, April 11

Recording of webcast streamed Friday, April 11, 7 pm EDT


Watch video of April 11 program in San Francisco

Spotlight on the Abortion Rights Emergency

On April 11, a "Spotlight on the Abortion Rights Emergency" at the Women's Building in San Francisco’s Mission District, brought together professors, providers, artists, activists, the voices of women from both pre and post Roe v. Wade generations, and an audience of 60 people. Speakers included Dr. Malcolm Potts, an eminent reproductive scientist and scholar who has done extensive work in the Third World; Kelly Hammargren, curator of a recent prestigious art show about abortion rights and abortion stories; Somer Loen, president of SF NOW; Rachel Martin, history professor; Alexandria Petersburg, a Stop Patriarchy leader; and others. Watch the video

Revolution Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson

"Chasing the Abortion"

Updated May 16, 2014. Recently, Revolution/revcom.us had the opportunity to interview Dr. Susan Robinson, one of the four heroic abortion providers in the U.S. who openly provide much-needed third trimester abortions. Previously we published the beginning part of the interview, where she discusses what people need to know about the importance of and need for third-trimester abortions. The full interview is now available here. Read more


White House Calls 1 in 5 College Women Raped “Complex” and Calls for More Surveys
Actually, It's Very Simple: We Need Revolution!

by Sunsara Taylor. At the end of April, the White House announced with much fanfare the results of a 90-day investigation into sexual assault on college campuses. Read more

Sexual Assault Running Rampant in the U.S. Military: Not a Deviation from "Military Values"—Right in Line with Patriarchy!

Any military is a concentration of the world it is fighting for. While some may say that the rampant abuse and violation of the bodies, minds, and reputations of female soldiers is somehow in conflict with the values of the U.S. military, in fact the opposite is true. The role of this military is to enforce and extend to all corners of the earth what that power is actually all about, including patriarchy, the systemic enslavement and domination of women by men. Read more

New York, April 12April 11-12:

Powerful Actions to Respond to the Abortion Rights Emergency

Hundreds took part in speak-outs and protests organized by the movement to End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Cleveland to respond to the intensifying abortion rights emergency.
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San Francisco, April 12, 2014. Photo: Special to Revolution» San Francisco, April 11 & 12: "The Blood of Women Is on THEIR Hands!"
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» Confronting the Abortion Rights Emergency in LA
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» Pledging to RESIST the War on Women in Seattle
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San Francisco, April 12» The Pledge to Defend Abortion Rights and Defeat the War on Women was read by groups of people at these actions.

Read the pledge


Marge Piercy Speaks Out About Her Illegal Abortion and the Importance of Abortion Rights

Recorded to be part of the Emergency Speakout for Abortion Rights on April 11, 2014 at Advent Lutheran Church in New York City, 7pm EDT and webcast nationally.


“The energy of hate in that place was palpable...”

Susan Cahill speaks out after the destruction of her Montana family clinic, which provided abortions

On March 3, All Families Healthcare, a Montana clinic that provides abortions, was so severely vandalized that it has been forced to close down indefinitely. This took place against a backdrop of the most relentless escalation of restrictions against abortion and clinic closures since Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion 41 years ago. Across the country, the right and ability to access abortion hangs by a thread. Sunsara Taylor speaks with Susan Cahill, the owner and advanced-level clinician who provided abortions and other services at the family clinic. Read more


Major Step in Further Breaking Down Separation of Church and State:

Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Prayer in Town Meetings

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 5 that it is constitutional for legislative bodies to begin their meetings with religious prayers. This ruling overturned an appeals court decision against an upstate New York town council that had started every meeting with a ceremonious prayer—in almost every instance, an overtly Christian prayer. Read more

Hearne, Texas: Cop Murders 93-Year-Old Woman

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Boko Haram, Campus Rape, AND REVOLUTION

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The Boston Women's Conference: What Interests Are Served by Trying to Shut Down Revolution

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Sunsara Taylor on Abortion Rights Emergency Actions April 11 & 12, 2014


bloody coat hangerAbortion Rights Emergency!

National Speak-outs/Webcast and PROTESTS
April 11 & 12th

Abortion rights are in a state of emergency, and headed for disaster. WE MUST ACT TO STOP THIS NOW!

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Clinic Closures, Terror, and the True Emergency Facing Abortion Rights

It's WORSE Than You Think—We Must Act to Stop It NOW!

Sunsara Taylor on the need to stop the assault on women's right to abortion, and the actions being called by Stop Patriarchy on April 11 and 12 to resist this war on women.

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From Stop Patriarchy:
A call for YOU to get involved in organizing...

Emergency Actions to Stop the War on Women

April 11: Public Programs
April 12: Bloody Coat-Hangers Street Actions

The Blood of Women Is on Their Hands!
Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!

Download PDF flier (updated March 21)

Click here for list of planned activities around the country


From a young revolutionary and member of Stop Patriarchy:

An Open Letter to My Generation

Don't Sleepwalk Through the War on Women!
Join in Emergency Actions to Stop the War on Women, April 11-12

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Download PDF flier (with fact sheet on the back)


They Are Coming For Our Birth Control!

From Stop Patriarchy. We are engaged in a war here in this very country. Women’s rights are undergoing a multipronged attack every day. Read more


It's On Us to STOP the War On Women! – International Women's Day 2014


The Whole Damn System is Guilty, Free Marissa Alexander!

In the case of Marissa Alexander, a Black woman in the state of Florida, the system sentenced her to TWENTY years in prison. Her crime? Firing off a warning shot, which killed NO ONE, in order to stop the attack against her by her abusive and estranged husband, who had threatened to kill her earlier that day. Read more


Boston University Humanists Take on Rape Culture

From a reader. Early in February a small group of students at Boston University took a very important and principled stand that is now having reverberations far beyond their campus. After hearing that Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” concert tour had been scheduled for Boston University’s campus at Agganis Arena on March 4, the Humanists of Boston University said no. Read more


Listen to the radio interview on Pure Imagination with Sunsara Taylor

... discussing The Beatles' song "Revolution," capitalism and the need for revolution and communism, the Revolutionary Communist Party, how she became a revolutionary, abortion rights, women's liberation, and why it is that women have to be a driving force for revolution.


The Crimes Against Women at Tutwiler Prison

In May 2012, Equal Justice Initiative filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department, calling for a quick and thorough federal investigation into widespread sexual abuse of women prisoners by male guards at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama. Read more


Interview with Attorney Charlotte Morrison

Rampant Sexual Abuse of Women at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Alabama

Revolution speaks with Charlotte Morrison, senior attorney with the Equal Justice Initiative, about the widespread abuse of women prisoners by guards at Tutwiler prison in Alabama. Read more


International Women's Day, 2014


How can you be FOR abortion but AGAINST porn?

Many people ask those of us involved in Stop Patriarchy, so you are FOR abortion and AGAINST porn!? How can that be!? This really trips people up. So in this piece I will go at how I, as a revolutionary involved in this movement, see these questions, how they interpenetrate, and why they both are key in defeating this entire war on women. Read more


The Heart in Orange Is the New Black

Li Onesto on the best-selling book and critically acclaimed Netflix series. Read more


NFL Bullying Report: We Knew It, but It’s Even More Outrageous Than That

The NFL (National Football League) released its “The Wells Report,” on the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying incidents, and we are finding out that it’s even more outrageous than what we knew when this first surfaced several months ago. Read more


Cheers to Football Player Michael Sam: “I’m African American, and I’m Gay”

Michael Sam, the University of Missouri All-American and Southeast Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year, came out two weeks ago. He’s the first current football player to openly proclaim that he is gay, and he will be entering the National Football League next season. Read more


One Billion Rising, February 14, 2014


Questions About "Feminist Porn," the Nature of Truth, "Sex Work," and Socialism Encountered on a Liberal Arts College Campus

by Sunsara Taylor
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What I Learned in Reading Ardea Skybreak's Of Primeval Steps and Future Leaps and Why I Strongly Recommend This Book to Others

A reader writes about the way Ardea Skybreak uses science as a method of getting at what is actually true, using all available evidence and drawing conclusions from that.  And this is something that is not just science that can be applied to this topic, but to be continuously utilized in understanding anything and everything else. Read more


A Note from Ardea Skybreak to the Shulamith Firestone Memorial Conference

"I am particularly encouraged by your appreciation of, and emphasis on, the importance of theory. This is all too rare in the world today."

Correspondence from Ardea Skybreak, author of The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: Knowing What's Real and Why It Matters, to the October 2013 Shulamith Firestone Women's Liberation Memorial Conference on What Is to Be Done. Read more


Correspondence:

The Battle for Abortion at the Clinic Doors

First-hand account about confronting fascist anti-abortionists at a clinic—not in a place like Mississippi but in New York City.

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Sunsara Taylor speaks about the abortion rights emergency

with Abby Martin on RT TV's "Breaking the Set" (starting at 20:26)


The Silent Stereotype

A reflection from someone who recently got involved in Stop Patriarchy

No, I don’t have that much of an unusual life.  Pretty stereotypical in fact.  The crazy father, the abused mother, the favored older brother.  I can’t remember a time where I didn’t feel like something was just not right. Read more


Check out the movie Don Jon!
Cheers to writer, director and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I have to admit, when I first saw the previews I thought, “Oh great, another movie that normalizes porn by treating it like a joke: boys will be boys, men will be men, and cool girls understand.” After all, way more porn comes out of Hollywood than feature films, and TV shows from “Friends” to “30 Rock” use porn as a punch line. Was I ever wrong. Read more


Whose Porn, Whose Feminism?

This article was sent to Revolution in response to the article "On the Idea and Promotion of Feminist Porn," and addresses the same topic. We are reposting it with permission from the author. Read more


The Abortion Rights Emergency and the Myth of “Protection from the Courts”

For far too long, pro-choice people have looked at the courts in this country as the final “firewall” protecting abortion rights.... This is wrong on a number of levels. Read more


Standing Up for Abortion on Demand and Without Apology on Roe v. Wade 41st Anniversary

See reports and analysis. Learn more and get involved.


Report from Stop Patriarchy's New York City 2014 Kick-Off Celebration and Dinner

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On the Idea & Promotion of "Feminist Porn"

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Pussy Riot’s Revolt Against a Revolting Culture

Pussy Riot and the global storm they stirred up reflects the depth and sweep of fury over the status of women in today’s world, the state of that world overall, and a refusal to accept this.

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U.S.-Russia Tension on Display at the Winter Olympics

LGBT Oppression and Repression: Who’s Calling Who Intolerant?

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Responding to the Abortion Rights Emergency and Debating the Way Forward, reflections from a panel at Brooklyn College

by Sunsara Taylor

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

From a member of the Revolution Club and Stop Patriarchy. 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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Abortion Rights: In a State of Emergency

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The New York Times Sounds the Alarm on the War on Women, Then Promptly Sends Everyone Back to Sleep
Or...
Why We Must Not Rely on the Courts, the Legislatures or the Ballot Box?

A polemic by Sunsara Taylor on a recent New York Times editorial on abortion

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One Billion Rising for Justice: Forging a Worldwide Community of Resistance to Women's Oppression

One Billion Rising for Justice is a very positive international manifestation against the abuse of women. It takes place on February 14 this year.

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Fighting for Abortion Rights in Mississippi and Albuquerque

Stop Patriarchy called for people from all over the country to stand up for abortion rights in two key places in the country where the battle over abortion was most concentrated—in Jackson, MS from Oct. 29-Nov. 6 and in Albuquerque, NM from Nov. 15-17, 2013.

Read reports, see videos & photos.
Learn more and get involved!


She Who Tells a Story

Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

From a Reader

Out of the cauldron of war, invasions, and occupations, Obama’s drones & the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism—out of resistance to Islamic theocracy in Iran, the Arab Spring and the subsequent military coup in Egypt—comes an exhibition of brave and insightful work by 12 photographers.

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The Tragedy of Jahi McMath and the Campaign to Promote Superstition and Anti-Science

From a reader

A really horrible situation has unfolded in Oakland, California, in recent weeks around the situation of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, who was declared brain dead after suffering cardiac arrest.

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Raising Funds for BA Everywhere from Recent Donors to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride

From a reader

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Blaming the Victims Doesn't Solve the Baby Mamas/Baby Daddies Problem

by Carl Dix

We don't have to accept the terms of the system, with baby mamas & baby daddies becoming the norm for parenting. And millions of children raised in poverty and facing high drop-out rates with prison looming in too many of their futures.

Things don't have to be this way.

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Why I'm A Godless Communist and Why You Should Be One Too!

A Report on Talking to Students at a Small Midwestern College about Casting Off Religion, Liberating Women, and Emancipating Humanity

by Sunsara Taylor

They [the secular student group on campus] were excited to expose students to a more radical perspective and I was very excited to speak to and learn from these students and others.... I spoke about how I became an atheist and then a communist and the ways that patriarchy (the domination of women by men) is woven into Christianity as well as every other major religion in the world today. I got into many of the other harms of religion, both the specific harmful content of biblical morality as well as the way it trains people to not think critically, and I argued for science, a scientific approach to knowing and changing the world. Read more


Between the pope and the pornographer...

Standing with Sasha and Against Bigotry

By a reader in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Oakland, California. On a public bus ride home from high school one afternoon in early November, Luke “Sasha” Fleischman was catching a little nap. Sasha woke up on fire! Was there a terrible accident with the fuel tank of the bus rupturing and spilling flammable liquid through the bus which subsequently lighted—a terrible disaster? No. Another human being set the sleeping 18-year-old Sasha on fire, then got off the bus and ran. Read more


Kanye West Needs to Learn the Difference Between the Cry of Rebellion of the Slave (New or Old) and the Frustrated Rage of the Wannabe New Slave Master

OR WHY YOU CANNOT BREAK ALL THE CHAINS EXCEPT ONE

by Sunsara Taylor and Carl Dix

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Statement from Sunsara Taylor on November 20, 2013

Congratulations are in order for all who raised their voices, donated money, and went into the streets to defeat the outrageous proposed 20-week ban on abortions in Albuquerque yesterday! This is a win not only for the women of Albuquerque, or even just for the women of New Mexico. Your work has won a victory for women, and the men and others who value women's freedom, all over the country as two out of only four doctors in the country who provide late-term abortions practice in Albuquerque.

On the same day, however, the Supreme Court allowed to stand a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans which forced as many as 15 clinics to close altogether or to stop providing abortions to women who need them throughout Texas while the legal challenges to a completely bogus law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals works its way through the courts.

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In this #AbortionRightsEmergency … what will you do?

Sit on the sidelines? Hypothesize & criticize? Bury your head in the sand? Rely on the official political process which has buckled under the force of the anti-abortion movement? Or stand up, expose and oppose their illegitimacy, and fight unapologetically for abortion rights?! TODAY would not be a minute too soon.
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From StopPatriarchy.org

Five Things Everyone Should Know About Albuquerque's Proposed Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

On November 19, people in the city of Albuquerque will vote on whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The very fact that a fundamental right of women—the right to abortion at whatever point in her pregnancy and for whatever reason she decides—can be put up for a vote is entirely illegitimate and reveals something profoundly wrong with the system that rules over us. Read more.


We Condemn the New Federal Ruling Which Will Immediately Shut Down Abortion Care at Many Clinics in Texas
We Appeal to All Who Care About Women: We Must Resist Now!

A statement issued by Sunsara Taylor, on behalf of StopPatriarchy.org

November 1, 2013

StopPatriarchy.org condemns in the strongest possible terms the outrageous ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on October 31 which will have the effect of immediately closing down abortion services at as many as 13 clinics throughout Texas! That this ruling came just three days after a federal judge had blocked the implementation of a new Texas law that would require abortion doctors to have arrangements to admit patients with local hospitals shows how extreme and intense the fight is right now over the direction of abortion rights—and the lives of women—throughout this country.

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Now Available:

The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Report

 

Abortion Rights Freedom Ride reportThis past summer, nearly two dozen people loaded into vans and drove from both coasts and down the middle of the country, stopping in 15 states over the course of a month in response to the nationwide state of emergency facing abortion and reproductive rights. They set out to launch a national counteroffensive to the war on women, to reclaim the moral high ground by declaring Abortion on Demand and Without Apology, and to bring forward a movement of resistance that breaks free of the killing confines of official politics. Major advances were made on all of these fronts and critical lessons were learned. Download the report (PDF)

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This summer's Abortion Rights Freedom Ride made The Progressive magazine's list of "The Top 5 Moments in 2013's War on Women" where they look back and "remember some of the highest highs and the lowest lows."


Un-Blurring the Lines: On Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, and the MTV Video Music Awards...and the Need for a Culture of Revolt Against a Revolting Culture

A reader offers some thinking on "the many levels at which this whole incident, including most of the terms of 'debate' around it, reveals the need for a culture of revolt against this truly revolting culture."

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Freedom Ride Routes

Revolution Interview with Sunsara Taylor

Abortion Rights Freedom Ride

From both coasts, and through the middle of the country

Sunsara Taylor talks about the plans for the Abortion on Demand and Without Apology Freedom Ride set to begin in July, the emergency situation threatening abortion rights, where the oppression of women comes from, why unleashing the fury of women is essential to revolution as a whole, and other crucial questions.

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Abortion Rights Are at a Crossroads:

This Is NOT a Time to Lay Low—It Is Time for Massive Uncompromising Struggle!

From Sunsara Taylor and David Gunn Jr.: "Across the country, people are waking up to the state of emergency facing the right to abortion... If we do not reverse this trajectory now, we will condemn future generations of women and girls to forced motherhood, to lives of open enslavement, terror, and life-crushing shame..."

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Abortion Rights Freedom Ride!

Why I'm Going

A young woman writes about her decision to go on the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride.

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An Open Letter
To the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program and the Hampshire Community

April 24, 2013

We are outraged at the illegitimate, immoral and dangerous decision made by CLPP organizers, including CLPP Director Mia Sullivan, to use police to eject us from your conference under threat of arrest simply for peacefully advocating an anti-pornography position to those who approached us at our own organizational table.

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What's the Real Deal About the Hampshire CLPP Reproductive Freedom Conference Using Police to Eject Stop Patriarchy From Their Conference Under Threat of Arrest?

April 25, 2013

On April 12, 2013 eight members of the movement to End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women (StopPatriarchy.org) traveled up to Hampshire college to take part in the annual conference sponsored by the program for Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) called "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice, Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom."

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Letter from Prisoner:

Defending the Right to Abortion, and Transforming People for Revolution

...after reading one of the recent issues of Revolution geared toward the abolishment of patriarchism, and promoting Abortion on Demand, this brother came up to me and said He feels that line to be morally Incorrect. He says he feels this way not only because he's a Christian, but the fact that a potential life is being murdered doesn't sit well with him. He said that a woman should be more responsible and keep her legs closed if she doesn't want to have a baby.... Now, at this point I really want to go upside his HEAD. I actually felt a slight rage come over my entire body..... keeping my cool, and being flexible, I kindly ask the brother if he at least felt that a woman should have the right to choose to terminate their pregnancy or not?...

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"The Future of Women Depends on Us"

Sunsara Taylor at Revolution Books NYC January 15, 2013

 


Sunsara Taylor on pornography and the military—
From the Q&A at New York University on February 23, 2010.

Sunsara Taylor's national campus speaking tour: "From the Burkha to the Thong: Everything Must, and Can, Change—WE NEED TOTAL REVOLUTION!"

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Michael Slate interview (5/22/13) with Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution newspaper and the initiator of StopPatriarchy.org, and Jordan Davis, Revolution Club, New York City.

Taylor and Davis discuss the eviction of StopPatriarchy.org from a conference titled "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice, Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom." Organizers of the conference held at Hampshire College called the police to surround and remove the anti-patriarchy and anti-pornography activists from the conference. Taylor and Davis expose the politics behind this move and the danger it poses for the movement, insisting that higher standards need to be in place.


Hampshire College, Amherst, MA: At CLPP Conference:
"From Abortion Rights to Social Justice:
Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom"

ALERT! Condemn CLPP's Use of Police to Shut Down Critical Debate

CLPP Called on Police to escort StopPatriarchy.org
organizers out of conference under threat of arrest.
THIS DECISION MUST BE REVERSED AND REPUDIATED!


Report from April 25 National Campus Day of Action for Abortion on Demand & Without Apology

April 28, 2013

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APRIL 25, 2013
ABORTION ON DEMAND AND WITHOUT APOLOGY
National Campus Day of Action

Wear Stickers, Speak Out, Raise Awareness!

Fetuses are NOT babies!
Women are NOT incubators!
Abortion is NOT murder!

DID YOU KNOW...

...2011 and 2012 saw a RECORD number of restrictions on abortion across the country, and already this year there are 278 bills introduced to further restrict abortion?

...97% of rural counties have no abortion provider?

...several states have only ONE abortion clinic, and starting August 1 in North Dakota (to give just one example), abortion will be illegal at around 6 weeks? That's before most women know they are pregnant!

...over 80% of clinics that provide abortions have experienced violence, threats, harassment? And that 8 abortion providers and staff have been KILLED by anti-abortion violence?

It is WRONG to force women to have children against their will.
Forced motherhood is female enslavement.
Women are NOT breeders.
Women are HUMAN BEINGS, capable of full equality in every realm.

CONTACT US: StopPatriarchy@gmail.com
Let us know what you'll be doing on April 25

StopPatriarchy.org


April 14, 2013

On the evening of Saturday, April 13 at the CLPP (Civil Liberties & Public Policy) conference, several conference attendees approached the StopPatriarchy.org table with our Call to Action in hand to argue against our condemnation of the sex industry and pornography. We welcomed this argument and got into a lively debate. However, instead of engaging our critique of the social harm caused by pornography and the selling of women's bodies for sex (how reducing women to sex objects through porn is the "mirror opposite" of reducing women to breeders through denying abortion), these people took offense to the fact that we dared to make this analysis.

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Plans, Reports and Photos Straight from the Week of Action for Abortion Rights from DC and SF

Check frequently for updates on the week of action called by the End Pornography and Patriarchy campaign to fight for abortion rights on the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.


Join us in DC for the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 20-26, 2012, Week of Action to Defend Abortion & Defeat the War on Women

We Won't Go Back!
ABORTION ON DEMAND AND WITHOUT APOLOGY!
Defeat the War on Women!
REGISTER NOW!

 


From Delhi to Ohio and Around the World:
If You Are Not Fighting Rape, You Are Condoning It!
We Need Revolution and a Whole New World!

by Sunsara Taylor
Posted January 7, 2013

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November 17:
People Take to the Streets Against Pornography and Patriarchy

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Activists from around the country came to NYC for 10 days, August 4-14, to Take Patriarchy by Storm and to launch the movement throughout society to End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women. Above: in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC.

 

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In front of a porn store downtown NYC, also during the ten days of Take Patriarchy by Storm from August 4-14, 2012.
Photo: Li Onesto/Revolution

 


Go to stoppatriarchy. org to read more about this movement.