On this the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we wish to remember and honor all of the natal women whose lives have been lost due to male violence. Men murdering women is a pandemic of its own, and we must raise the alarm! Women Count USA has been documenting this outrage and the numbers are overwhelming: 3, moving to 4, women A DAY are murdered by men, that’s 21-28 women A WEEK, 90-120 women A MONTH, and 1095-1460 A YEAR! This outrage must end and the only way it will is if men are held accountable for their criminal conduct and if men begin to hold themselves and other men accountable for their acts of violence against women.
In commemoration of Indigenous People’s Day, Feminists In Struggle (FIST) is honored to have a young woman, Amaya Grace Hill, from the Kumeyaay Nation lead our discussion on this important topic.
Please go to Stop the Violence Feminist Forum in order to register for this event.
The level of Internet violence directed towards women, which has been increasing sharply in 2020, is a very dangerous trend. Women have long been targets of male violence, but it appears to be worsening. See Transgender Activists Launch Violent Uprisings Against Women
Accordingly we wish to share a link to the Internet Safety Guide for Women, a timely document. We must defend feminists and take steps to protect ourselves from increasing violence from transgender activists and their enablers as we continue to challenge this unscientific ideology that erases women and flies in the face of material reality.
In solidarity and sisterhood
We wish to share an important update re defending feminists in the wake of the threats made against women and the library at the Seattle WoLF event. The threats against Thistle Pettersen had subsided, but now have escalated again at of all things, a meeting of an anti-war coalition, supposedly dedicated to peace.
We wonder why those on the Left are going along with this outrageous behavior directed at gender-critical feminists and when they are going to stand up against it?! The so-called “activists” and others in official capacities in Madison, Wisconsin have a lot to answer for when they turn a blind eye and deaf ear towards criminal threats.
Please see: Inciting Violence Has No Place on the Left
The new book, All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing and the Feminist Fight to End Violence ““is a history of activism by, for, and about incarcerated domestic violence survivors, criminalized rape resisters, and dissident women prisoners in the 1970s and early 1980s.”
“Anticarceral feminist politics grew in the cracks of prison walls and at the interfaces between numerous social movements, including those for racial and economic justice, prisoners’ and psychiatric patients’ rights, and gender and sexual liberation. Through the process of building coalitions that transected these social justice struggles, the activists at the center of this study produced a broad and layered understanding of ‘violence against women’ that encompassed the structural violence of social inequalities, the violence of state institutions and agents, and interpersonal forms of violence, including rape, battering, and sexual coercion. This expansive analysis directly clashed with the “tough-on-crime” ethos of the 1970s and the mainstream women’s movement’s increasing embrace of criminalization as a frontline solution to interpersonal violence.”
All Our Trials shows how the focus on the lives of marginalized women demonstrated that incarceration was a source of further harm rather than justice and safety. The book is well worth a read.
To listen to a podcast of the Joy of Resistance show on WBAI, please go to Joy of Resistance on WBAI, which will take you to the archive page, then click on the down arrow, select “Joy of Resistance.” There are many great podcasts from which to choose. From there you can either listen to the podcast or download the MP3 file.
For the interview of Ann Menasche of FIST, go to the April 25, 2019 broadcast and click on the link. Or you can go directly to the specific link FIST on WBAI to just listen. The interview with Ann starts at 38:13 minutes into the show.
Ann Menasche of Feminists in Struggle (FIST) will be interviewed by Fran Luck on the Joy of Resistance show on WBAI Radio Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7-8 pm EDT (4-5 pm PDT).
Ann is a Civil Rights lawyer and has been a radical feminist and a socialist activist for her entire adult life. She organized a lesbian feminist group and mass marches in defense of abortion rights in the 1980’s in San Francisco and led a coalition for marriage equality. Recently she became a founding member of a new national radical feminist organization: Feminists in Struggle–or FIST–which was launched on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019. The interview will explore why a number of women across the country saw the need for a new feminist organization–including the fact that FIST, unlike other feminist organizations that are gender critical, does not believe in making alliances with the right wing and sees its positions as belonging in a revitalized Left. Its issues also include reproductive freedom, passing the ERA, and an end to men’s violence against women–as well as the abolition of gender.
You can tune in at: Joy of Resistance at WBAI. The show will also feature Taina Bian Aime of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women–CATW) on the fight against legalization of commercial surrogacy in New York State. There may be an opportunity to call in during the show.
For more information, go to:Joy of Resistance Info
Feminists In Struggle urges all supporters of feminism and of democracy to support Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter in their continuing fight to preserve spaces for natal women alone. According to VRR, gender activists have now convinced the city to discriminate against women in the name of inclusivity. In the defense of their woman-only policy they raise some interesting comparisons to indigenous, ethnic, disability and other struggles. In their statement they note that many grants by the city of Vancouver are given to other organizations that serve other specific groups, but that “rightfully, none of these groups have been challenged with the demand that they demonstrate “accommodation, welcomeness and openness to people of all ages, abilities… and ethnicities,” as it would undermine their mission. However, this is precisely what they are doing in the case of VRR. The Vancouver City Council is ignoring previous court decisions affirming VRR’s right to offer some services to only natal females and attempting to force them to change this policy. For more information on what has happened, go to their statement.