Celebrate International Women's Day
Freedom Road Socialist Organization - Chicago was live — attending Celebrate International Women's Day at U.E. Hall. March 8 2020 at 7:00 PM · Chicago, IL ·
Celebrate International Women's Day featuring Dian Palmer, president of SEIU Local 73; Christel Williams-Hayes, recording secretary of Chicago Teachers Union, Nerissa Allegretti of GABRIELA USA; Armand's Shackleford of Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression; Jazmine Salas of Freedom Road Socialist Organization - Chicago; Sarah Risheq of US Palestinian Community Network; Veronica Tirado Mercado of Chicago Boricua Resistance; Arewa Karen Winters of Justice for Families. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2020 #socialism #feminism.
Solidarity and Fightback Conference
290 anti-imperialist activists from 120 organizations and 21 countries attended the Solidarity and Fightback Conference sponsored by the International League for People’s Struggle - International Women’s Alliance Solidarity in Toronto August 4 - 7 2017. The conference theme was “Building Resistance to US-led War, Militarism and Neofascism.”
A sizable number of participants were young, energetic Filipinos from the anti-imperialist organizations Gabriela and Akbayan.
The conference was opened by a video messages of greetings and support from Jose Maria Sison, chairman of the International League for People’s Struggle (ILPS) and Leila Khaled, Palestinian liberation icon and member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Panels featuring leaders of struggles against U.S. imperialism from the Philippines, Middle East, Congo, Mexico, Pakistan and across the world described the struggles in their countries and their movements’ resistance to it.
Margaret Kimberley of Black Agenda Report spoke at length about the Black liberation struggle. She talked about the importance of the campaigns for community control of police in Chicago and Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Nerissa Allegretti, of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, said, “I had the opportunity to join the workshop on Militarism and Counterinsurgency and listened to speakers Sarah Martin, Bill Dores, Rania Masri, Potri Ranka Manis and Padi Rex. It gave me a sharp picture of how counterinsurgency has consistently been a tool of maintaining imperialism in many forms; FBI raids and targeting of anti-war activists, using religion to divide the people, criminalization of liberation movements, and rape and kidnapping.”
A march to the U.S. consulate was held on August 6, the anniversary of the day the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Marchers chanted in Spanish, French, Tagalog and English. The march then went to and joined the public commemoration of that horrific war crime.
The last day of the conference, Wilmer Barrientos, the ambassador of Venezuela to Canada spoke. He debunked the widespread misinformation on the current political unrest in his country that is being propagated by Western media.
He went on to say, “What about Iraq, Syria and Libya? They [the U.S.] said, ‘Let’s liberate them.’ But do they live better than before? Many live on less than $1 a day. They want to impose this same intervention on Venezuela because we are a sovereign country that decides where our natural resources go.”
Founding Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines
US International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines February 12 2018;
Founding meeting of US International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, with Nerissa Allegretti.
“Smash the Patriarchy”
On March 10 2018, the Chicago branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation hosted a forum entitled “Smash the Patriarchy” to celebrate International Women’s Day. The forum involved several speakers from the PSL and allies in the struggle who talked about their own experiences of sexist and queer-antagonistic oppression, the historical accomplishments of the the struggle, and showcased their revolutionary optimism in the face of misogyny. The forum was chaired by Ana Santoyo and Samantha Jacobs.
First to speak was Stefanie Fisher, of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, who tied the oppression of women and LGBTQ people with humanity’s shift to a class society from a primitive communal matriarchal society.
Stefanie also highlighted that women have been leaders in every social justice movement throughout history. “Women and LGBTQ people will be not just be the heart, but the brains and the muscle of the revolution,” she said to an outbreak of applause from the attendees. “In order to solve the many problems we face, we need socialism … Capitalism needs to be killed, and women, all women, we are going to kill it.”
Next up was Party for Socialism and Liberation member Sarah Bradham who spoke about women and the struggle against imperialism. She encouraged the audience to “always remember the international struggle of women.” Imperialism depends on racism and sexism to divide people and make them easier to conquer and control. Patriarchy is an effective tool for imperialists, as demonstrated by the fact that 20th century imperialism in Latin America relied heavily on attacking the rights of women and LGBTQ people.
Nerissa Allegretti, Midwest Coordinator of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, spoke out against the sexism of the Duterte government, noting that Duterte himself instructed military officials to shoot revolutionary women in the vagina so that they could never reproduce, and that officers could rape revolutionary women three times without facing consequences. After Narissa spoke, those in attendance chanted “What do we want? U.S. out of the Philippines! When do we want it? Now!”
Lashawn Yvonne Littrice from Black Lives Matter Women of Faith, spoke to the historical connection between celebrating International Women’s Day and fighting against an unjust system. International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to remember and act upon the multinational struggle against capitalism and imperialism, which are propped up by racism, sexism, homophobia, and trans-antagonism.
The next panel included Dana Null and Vex Humana who spoke about the trans experience, and the history of trans people fighting on the front lines of liberation struggles the world over. Dana talked about the “trans spectrum,” noting that the term could refer to trans, non-binary, gender-queer, and gender-non-conforming people.
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