We endorse the "Women's Equality Day" in San Francisco, during Aug.26th, and call for solidarity with the commemoration actions conducted by the WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend).
We invite everyone to come out, show support and to join us in a Peace and Freedom Party contingent, and to carry our banner!!!
We call everyone to join us in endorsing this action for "Women's Equality Day". You may endorse this action here [http://www.defendwomensrights.org/endorse-aug-26.html#.UDMJNmyoEdU]
signed, Women's Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party of California
endorsed, Peace and Freedom Party of Solano County
and Eugene Ruyle, of the Peace and Freedom Party of Alameda County
2012-08-26 "On Women's Equality Day Women in Bay Area Ask: Just How Far Have We Come?"
1971 Bella Abzug introduced legislation to establish Women's Equality
Day to be celebrated each year on August 26th. Ever since the creation
of this national day of commemoration of women's right to vote, women
have paused to ask, "just how far have we come since the 19th amendment
passed?" In the Bay Area women will address this question at gatherings
in the cities of San Francisco and San Mateo.
Despite the fact
that an amendment for women's right to vote was first introduced in the
US in 1878, that right was not granted until August 26, 1920 when the
19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was signed. Women's
Equality Day celebrates the establishment of this basic right each year.
Members of the national organization Radical Women put out a
call on the occasion of Women's Equality Day this year saying, "It's
time to reclaim and re-energize a fighting, militant feminist movement!"
They are calling for a multiracial grassroots feminism with a radical
program. Radical Women's San Francisco chapter will gather in
commemoration of the day this year with the theme "Immigrant Women
Battle for a Better World".
San Francisco peninsula based
congresswomen Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo are very vocal on issues of
concern to women. People in San Mateo County and beyond applauded the
two US Representatives when they both demanded an investigation in 2007
of the actions of County Sheriff Gregg Munks. The Sheriff and another
male Sheriff's Department employee were detained at a Las Vegas brothel
while there for a law enforcement relay race. As much of $10,000 in
public funds were used to plan and take that Vegas trip. The two
congressional representatives are staunch supporters of women's rights
to reproductive freedom and job equality. In addition, Representative
Speier seeks to keep Big Pharma from influencing medical care that
negatively impacts women.
In San Mateo, women will join
Representative Jackie Speier at an event she will co-sponsor with Eshoo
at the San Mateo History Museum. Visit the indybay calendar for the San
Mateo event of August 26 and the San Francisco Radical Women event of
August 26 in San Mateo [http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/08/26/18656827.php]
August 28 in San Francisco [http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/08/02/18655180.php]
2012-08-26 "Women's Equality Day" in San Francisco -
Sunday, August 26th, National Women's Equality Day, WORD (Women
Organized to Resist and Defend) San Francisco is calling for a mass
protest in the Mission to defend women's rights. We want to let the
politicians of both major parties know that we will not stand by while
women's rights are under attack.
The August 26th demonstration
was initiated by WORD, a new grassroots, feminist organization that is
dedicated to building the struggle for women’s rights and equality for
Get involved in the struggle to defend women's rights!
Volunteers from all over Northern California are working hard to build
the August 26th demonstration for women's rights, but there is still
time to get involved. Come, bring friends and join this important
Text of the WORD statement upholding "Women's Equality Day" -
August 26th Day of Action – Women’s Equality Day [http://www.defendwomensrights.org/aug-26-day-of-action.html#.UDMLpWyoEdU]:
Women’s Equality Day, August 26 – on the eve of the Republican National
Convention in Tampa, Florida, which will be immediately followed by the
Democratic National Convention - women and their allies will take to
the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago and
other cities across the country in defense of women's rights.
26th - Women’s Equality Day - commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th
amendment, giving women the right to vote. Winning the right to vote
was an important victory, but the struggle for full equality continues.
Celebrate Women’s Equality Day by taking to the streets and demanding
full equality now. Honor the women who fought for the rights we’ve won
and continue the struggle for full equality.
Many women voted for
President Obama believing he would stand up for women’s rights. But he
has compromised with the anti-choice forces on many occasions. When
Republicans opposed a 2009 provision for family planning, he dropped it.
In 2011, the White House took the unprecedented step of overruling the
FDA in order to keep Plan B out of the reach of women under 18. While
President Obama is not a right-wing pro-lifer, we cannot count on him or
any politician to defend our rights. In fact, in order to reach a
budget compromise with Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner in
July 2011, President Obama said, "I'll give you abortion in D.C."
Meaning, low-income women in the District of Columbia would be prevented
from receiving Medicaid assistance offered by the D.C. government for
Women’s reproductive rights continue to be
slashed at the state level. Legal restrictions on abortions tripled from
2010 to 2011. 92 new abortion restrictions were enacted in 2011. In
2011, there were 114 reported violent attacks against abortion
providers. Clinics that provide vital services for millions of
working-class women are under siege. More than 55 percent of
reproductive age women now live in states that are “hostile” to abortion
rights. (Guttenmacher Institute)
So while they’re convening and
concocting new ways to attack our rights and our lives, let’s come
together in the streets to stand up and fight back!
There will be
mass demonstrations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities
around the country. We will mobilize thousands in the streets to show
the world that there is a new women’s movement rising and we will not go
We believe that access to reproductive choice – the basic
right of women to control our own bodies – is a fundamental right and
must be defended. We believe in equality. We support working women. We
are tired of the right wing trying to turn back the clock and take our
hard-won rights away. All people who support equality and choice should
organize with us and help these actions grow.
If you can’t make it
to protest in Tampa and Charlotte, join or organize a protest in your
community. There is a long, proud tradition of women in the United
States mobilizing and fighting to win equality and respect. Let’s
continue this legacy this summer!
Sisters United Front for Survival [https://sites.google.com/site/sistersunitedfrontforsurvival/]:
Sunday August 26th: March to Rescind Cut to CalWORKS on Women's Rights Day
Date: Sunday August 26th 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: March begins at 24th and Mission St., in San Francisco
the Women's Rights Day Protest, march with Sisters United Front for
Survival (SUFS) and lend your voice to the battle to rescind cuts to
CalWORKS and all social services.
SUFS is a grassroots campaign of Radical Women.
needed to make pickets signs, phone calls and help with outreach. Call
415-864-1278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer Meet at
24th and Mission Streets in San Francisco. Look for the SUFS banner.
Message from Anne Slater, National
Organizer for the Radical Women -
Happy Women's Rights Day!
August 26 marks the
anniversary of women in the United States winning the right to vote in
The campaign for suffrage came directly out of the battle to
end slavery and was fought through militant actions in the streets,
workplaces and halls of government. Today, the struggle for equality
continues against a stepped-up war on women. Elected officials from both
parties are shredding social services while our paychecks shrink and jobs
disappear. Over the last two years, state legislatures passed 164
anti-immigrant laws, relegating women and men without documents to the
precarious informal economy. Last year, 26 states enacted laws restricting
reproductive freedom and abortion. Meanwhile, over 40% of families headed
by single African American, Latina and Native American mothers live in
Women respond with bold resistance.
teachers, predominantly female and of color, are waging vibrant battles
against privatized public education and for workers' rights. Young Latinas
helped build a powerful Tucson Freedom Summer to defend ethnic studies and
immigrant rights. Feminists
defeated anti-choice ballot measures in Mississippi and North Dakota. Around the nation women took a
lead in building Occupy encampments. Radical Women members walked picket
lines with locked-out Longshoremen and Teamsters. We defended abortion
clinics and fought cuts to social services, welfare and childcare. We
demanded taxes on the wealthy and corporate profits.
of feminist organizing need support and leadership to flame into a
national grassroots movement. So my blood boils when I hear statements
like the one from National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill,
who wrote, "President Obama represents the pathway to
Pouring women's desire for change into the Democratic
Party is a dead-end strategy because the party represents the interests of
the 1% just as much as the Republican Party. Both want to maintain the
capitalist economic system, which relies on social inequality, wage
exploitation, and the free labor of women in the home.
Obama's policies feed the wealthy and starve the hungry. Fortune 500
companies raked in a record $824 billion in profits in 2011 and the median
CEO pay rose to $9.6 million, while workers, mothers and the unemployed
struggled with skyrocketing food and gas prices.
record on social issues is also revealing. Under his administration more
immigrants have been deported than during Bush's time, often separating
U.S.-born children from their mothers. War and military occupation get a
weekly infusion of $10.6
billion. The president signed laws that limit protest and allow the
military to detain U.S. citizens and foreigners anywhere in the world
without charge or trial. He has consistently compromised on reproductive
rights and waffled on gay equality.
Enough already! It's
time to build a game-changing feminist fightback. One that unites the
antiwar, labor, racial equality, immigrant, welfare rights, student and
queer movements. One that tackles racism, sexism and homophobia head-on.
One that demands a society where wealth is shared, all are sheltered and
fed, and quality childcare and education are free.
Connect with political allies to
fight the attacks coming down on women by contacting the Radical Women National Office
or a chapter