‘Not One Step Back’ feminist demo Snowballs into a Hundred

Feminisms
#NiUnPasoAtrás  (Not One Step Back) moves from Seville to a hundred cities .

 The news of the despicable Vox in power generated rage on social networks and sparked calls for multiple demonstrations and rallies

The slogans # NiUnPasoAtrásenIgualdad (Not One Step Back In Equality) and #OurRightsNoSeNegocian (Out Rights Aren’r Negotiable) have moved from Andalusia to a hundred cities throughout the State to show the rejection of the PP (Right Wing opposition) agreement with the new openly fascist party Vox to invest their candidate and control the local Parliament in Andalusia.

by Álvaro Minguito El Salto Editorial Staff    translatiions from  The Free

The first session of the Investiture Plenary Session in the Andalusian Parliament took place Tuesday morning  while on the street a huge demonstration led by the feminist movements demanded not to negotiate with the rights of women.

“Not a step back” and “Our rights are not negotiable” have been the main arguments of a mobilization that began at midday before the doors of the Andalusian Parliament, in Seville, and that the feminist movement has supported throughout the State with demonstrations mushrooming and spreading to a hundred cities and towns in the afternoon.

# NiUnPasoAtrás  (Not One Step Back)
Manifestation Sevilla  Álvaro Minguito

The slogansheard in Seville spread in the afternoon to the main cities of Andalusia and have also to  A Coruña, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Burgos, Cáceres, Madrid, Valencia or Zaragoza, etc etc.

The mobilization in more than a hundred cities has overflowed the borders of the Spanish State, and there have also been concentrations in Paris amd Berlin.

The voices of feminists is joined by those of LGBT movements. Thus, the entities that make up the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Trans and Bisexuals (FELGTB) have supported the mobilizations.

If the right comes for us, we’re going to turn purple ✊🏽 #NiUnPasoAtras pic.twitter.com/iYbzHYjmk7   – Sonia (@lventseasporte) January 15, 2019

The federation is concerned about “the proliferation of hate speech in the governing bodies of Andalusia” and fears “a setback in the degree of respect for the rights and freedoms of the people that make up our society,” in reference to the initial proposals presented by Vox to give their support to Juan Manuel Moreno in the investiture, which included the repeal of the laws of gender violence and LGTBI equality in Andalusia.

Juan Manuel Moreno, candidate of the PP, has revealed in the first Plenary of the session of investiture of the Parliament of Andalusia some of his proposals, among which are the suppression of the inheritamce tax and the limitation of mandates to eight years.

Málaga # Málaga ‘We do not fit into the  Plaza Constitución’,  15E # niunpasoatrás # niunpasoatrásenigualdad #FeminismoAndaluz #NoNegociamosYoVoy # Andalucía #parlamentoandaluz #InvestiduraAnd # 15Enero # 15E #feminism #sororidad #visibilidad pic.twitter.com/HtCYo0oINc

some info from – La Poderío (@lapoderiofem) January 15, 2019  translatiions from  The Free

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#NiUnPasoAtrás se traslada de Sevilla a un centenar de ciudades tras el discurso de investidura de Moreno

Los lemas #NiUnPasoAtrásenIgualdad y #NuestrosDerechosNoSeNegocian se han trasladado de Andalucía a un centenar de ciudades en todo el Estado para mostrar el rechazo al acuerdo del PP con Vox para investir a su candidato en Andalucía.

La primera sesión del Pleno de Investidura en el Parlamento de Andalucía que se ha celebrado esta mañana ha tenido lugar mientras en la calle los movimientos feministas reclamaban no negociar con los derechos de las mujeres.

“Ni un paso atrás” y “Nuestros derechos no se negocian” han sido los argumentos principales de una movilización que comenzaba a mediodía ante las puertas de Parlamento andaluz, en Sevilla, y que el movimiento feminista ha respaldado en todo el Estado con concentraciones en un centenar de ciudades por la tarde.

Las consignas que se han escuchado en Sevilla se han trasladado por la tarde a las principales ciudades de Andalucía y han sido también las mismas en A Coruña, Barcelona, Bilbao, Burgos, Cáceres, Madrid, Valencia o Zaragoza.

La movilización en más de un centenar de ciudades ha desbordado las fronteras del Estado español, y ha habido concentraciones también en París o Berlín.

A las voces de las feministas se han unido las de los movimientos LGTB. Así, las entidades que integran la Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gais, Trans y Bisexuales (FELGTB) han secundado las movilizaciones.

La federación se muestra preocupada por “la proliferación de los discursos de odio en los órganos de gobierno de Andalucía” y teme “un retroceso en el grado de respeto a los derechos y las libertades de las personas que componen nuestra sociedad”, en referencia a las propuestas iniciales presentadas por Vox para dar su apoyo a Juan Manuel Moreno en la investidura, que incluían la derogación de las leyes de violencia de género e igualdad LGTBI andaluza.

Juan Manuel Moreno, candidato del PP, ha desgranado en el primer Pleno de la sesión de investidura del Parlamento de Andalucía algunas de sus propuestas, entre las que están la supresión del impuesto de sucesiones o la limitación de los mandatos a ocho años.

FREE Leyla Güven.. dying on Hunger Strike ..jailed for opposing Afrin Genocide

 

#LeylayaSesOl 69 days now.

Dying Kurdish parliamentarian’s last wishes

By KANI XULAM  

Somewhere in the bowels of a miserable Turkish prison, a duly elected Kurdish member of the Turkish parliament lies dying.

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She has been on a hunger strike for more than two months now in Amed, Kurdistan, Turkey.

Güven was accused of terror activities following her statements and social media posts on Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch” invasion , massacre and ethnic cleansing against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region of northwestern Syria.

Turkey’s southeast governorate bans protests for Kurdish deputy on hunger strike

Leyla Guven may be the next Kurdish martyr joining the ranks of Kemal Pir, Mehmet Hayri Durmuş, Akif Yılmaz and Ali Çiçek who undertook their own death fasts in the same city on Bastille Day in 1982.

Arrested after criticizing Turkey’s military onslaughts against Kurdish militia in Afrin, she began her somber fasting on November 7, 2018, while addressing a Turkish judge from a jail cell via video link.

She declared she was “starting an indefinite hunger strike” to protest the isolation of Abdullah Ocalan, a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Hunger strikes for the end of isolation extend to almost all prisons.

Thousands of prisoners have participated alternately in hunger strikes, while the number of prisoners on indefinite hunger strike (without alternating groups) has reached 156. There are many prisons that can not be contacted for what is estimated that the real number is much higher.
According to an article published by the Mesopotamia Agency, the indefinite non-stop hunger strike launched by 35 prisoners in 9 prisons on December 16 is still underway.
13 more prisoners began an indefinite hunger strike without alternations in 4 prisons on December 17, 5 prisoners from the same prison joined on December 24, 65 prisoners from 15 prisons on December 26, 1 prisoner on December 28 and 23 prisoners from 7 prisons on January 5.
The hunger strike of Leyla Güven has been the trigger for all these protests.

Mr. Ocalan is arbitrarily denied access to his lawyers and loved ones, even though Turkish law guarantees that right to all its prisoners.

No one has heard from him since September 11, 2016. Before that, he was visited regularly by Turkish officials and Kurdish politicians, even hailed as a potential Nelson Mandela of Kurds.

Those days are gone, melted into a hot war between Turks and Kurds.

The fasting Kurdish parliamentarian, Leyla Guven, thinks her death-fast might jumpstart the peace process.


 

Jailed Kurdish opposition politician Leyla Güven has reached a critical condition and has been unable to see her lawyer for four days due to health problems caused by her long-running hunger strike, Turkish news site Diken reported.

Güven, who is both the co-chair of the Democratic Society Congress, an umbrella organisation for Kurdish groups, and a deputy for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), is imprisoned pending trial in Diyarbakır, south-east Turkey after being arrested in January 2018 for criticising Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish militias in northwest Syria.

The Kurdish deputy is one of nine from the HDP who are currently held behind bars in Turkey, including the party’s former co-chair, Selahattin Demirtaş. The party is particularly vulnerable to prosecution due to perceived links tying it to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an outlawed group that has fought Turkish security forces for Kurdish self-rule since the 1980s.


Day 65 of Leyla Güven’s Hunger Strike in Turkish prison. Her health has rapidly deteriorated & is now at life threatening stage. Silence is no longer viable, in fact, it is complicity at this stage. #LeylaGuven<  Morning Star‏@M_Star


It was the Turkish state’s treatment of Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the PKK, that drove Güven to begin a hunger strike last November. Öcalan was captured by Turkey in 1999, and after the breakdown of peace negotiations between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and PKK in 2015, has been subject to severe restrictions on meetings.

Mr. Ocalan is arbitrarily denied access to his lawyers and loved ones, even though Turkish law guarantees that right to all its prisoners.
No one has heard from him since September 11, 2016. Before that, he was visited regularly by Turkish officials and Kurdish politicians, even hailed as a potential Nelson Mandela of Kurds.

While Leyla Guven is slowly losing her eyesight and hearing (due to hunger strike) to give peace a chance, the stomach-churning Turkish prosecutor is accusing her of fomenting “terrorism” in Turkey.

The country’s most recent parliamentary elections were held on June 24, 2018. Two jailbirds, Leyla Guven and Enis Berberoglu, put their names on the ballots.

Both got elected. Turkish law stipulates that elected officials enjoy immunity from prosecution while serving the public good.

Mr. Berberoglu, a Turk, was released. Ms. Guven, a Kurd, was not.
The Kurdish parliamentarian is barely surviving on a daily diet of three tablespoons of sugar, two teaspoons of salt, water and one 500 mg vitamin B1.  She may soon be nothing but a pile of dead bones and dry skin.

HDP politician Leyla Guven began her hunger strike on November 6, 2018. Photo: HDP

The Turkish media treat her as an alien from outer space. The Kurds have written about her case, sparking scores of solidarity fasts in Kurdistan, Turkey, Europe and even Canada

Güven’s health has deteriorated after two months of the hunger fast to the point that she was unable to attend her mother’s funeral last week. The politician has complained of stomach cramps, weakness, low blood pressure and other problems.

Güven won her seat representing the south-east Turkish town of Hakkari in the June 2018 elections. The appointment as deputy conferred on her parliamentary immunity, which should have spared her from serving time in jail. However, prosecutors appealed against the release warrant issued after her victory, and succeeded in having it overturned.

Hunger strikes for the end of isolation extend to almost all prisons.

Thousands of prisoners have participated alternately in hunger strikes, while the number of prisoners on indefinite hunger strike (without alternating groups) has reached 156. There are many prisons that can not be contacted for what is estimated that the real number is much higher.

According to an article published by the Mesopotamia Agency, the indefinite non-stop hunger strike launched by 35 prisoners in 9 prisons on December 16 is still underway. 13 more prisoners began an indefinite hunger strike without alternations in 4 prisons on December 17, 5 prisoners from the same prison joined on December 24, 65 prisoners from 15 prisons on December 26, 1 prisoner on December 28 and 23 prisoners from 7 prisons on January 5. The hunger strike of Leyla Güven has been the trigger for all these protests.

Hunger strikes for the end of isolation extend to almost all prisons.

Thousands of prisoners have participated alternately in hunger strikes, while the number of prisoners on indefinite hunger strike (without alternating groups) has reached 156. There are many prisons that can not be contacted for what is estimated that the real number is much higher.

According to an article published by the Mesopotamia Agency, the indefinite non-stop hunger strike launched by 35 prisoners in 9 prisons on December 16 is still underway.

13 more prisoners began an indefinite hunger strike without alternations in 4 prisons on December 17, 5 prisoners from the same prison joined on December 24, 65 prisoners from 15 prisons on December 26, 1 prisoner on December 28 and 23 prisoners from 7 prisons on January 5.

The hunger strike of Leyla Güven has been the trigger for all these protests.

 

Leyla Güven: 2019 será un año de resistencia y libertad

“A partir de 2019, nuestro objetivo será mayor que nuestras expectativas. Les deseo a todos, especialmente a los revolucionaros un nuevo año, y que no sea un año de hambre, miseria, desempleo, abuso infantil, agresiones a mujeres, arrestos, y muertes”.

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Leyenda Güven, la parlamentaria de Hakkari por el HDP, ha enviado un mensaje de Año Nuevo desde la cárcel de Amed, donde está detenida como presa política.

La parlamentaria del HDP ha estado en huelga de hambre durante 55 días para exigir el fin del régimen de aislamiento impuesto al líder popular kurdo Abdullah Öcalan.

Llamando la atención sobre las presiones sobre los kurdos en 2018, Güven dijo que 2019 será el año de la resistencia.

Al menos 156 presos en huelga de hambre indefinida

Debido a que algunas prisiones han cortado las comunicaciones se estima que el número real de presos en huelga de hambre indefinida y sin grupos alternantes sea mucho mayor.

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Cuando la huelga de hambre comenzada por la copresidenta del DTK y diputada del HDP, Leyla Güven entra en su 61º día, las huelgas de hambre por el fin del aislamiento se extienden a casi todas las prisiones.

Miles de presos han participado de forma alterna en las huelgas de hambre, mientras que el número de presos en huelga de hambre indefinida (sin grupos alternantes) ha alcanzado los 156. Existen muchas prisiones con las que no se puede contactar por lo que se estima que el número real sea mucho más alto.

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Según un artículo publicado por la Agencia de Mesopotamia, la huelga de hambre indefinida sin alternancias lanzada por 35 presos en 9 prisiones el 16 de diciembre sigue en marcha. 13 presos más comenzaron una huelga de hambre indefinida sin alternancias  en 4 prisiones el 17 de diciembre,  5 presos de la misma prisión se unieron el día 24 de diciembre, 65 presos de 15 prisiones el 26 de diciembre, 1 preso el día 28 de diciembre y 23 presos de 7 prisiones el 5 de enero. La huelga de hambre de Leyla Güven ha sido el detonante de todas estas protestas.

Andalusia: Feminists leads the Left in mass Antifascist Demos Tuesday

The left takes the streets against the change of government in Andalusia

Feminist collectives, LGTBI, Podemos, IU and the SAT are  promoting mobilizations in Andalusia before the investiture of a rightwing coalition including the new fascist party Vox, on Tuesday 15th and 16 Jan..

16 de enero: Llamamiento a rodear el Parlamento de Andalucía el día de la investidura

 The news of the despicable Vox in power generated rage on social networks and sparked calls for multiple demonstrations and rallies on the investiture dates, on January 15 and 16 .

Podemos and Izquierda Unida  parties yesterday joined the feminist calls to demonstrate and encouraged their respective militants and supporters to attend the events planned next Tuesday: a concentration at 12.00 in the Andalusian Parliament (Seville) and provincial concentrations at 7:00 p.m. in different points of the Andalusian cities.

Camp and antifascist concentration that took place in Granada after the Andalusian elections. MIGUEL RODRÍGUEZ

The mobilization is driven by a large group of feminist organizations that on Wednesday presented a manifesto for what they consider an “attack” by the party led by Santiago Abascal, with its claim to repeal the Law of Gender Violence.

Support demonstrations and actions have also been called in towns and cities across Iberia.

Map made by Irene Martínez for El Salto

Under the slogans ‘Not a step back in equality’ or ‘Our rights are not negotiated’, posters in purple and blue tones have been distributed quickly through social networks to gather as many people as possible on January 15.

Leaders like Antonio Maíllo, from IU (communist), or Teresa Rodríguez, from Podemos( Left) and candidate from the confluence of both formations, Adelante Andalucía, yesterday supported these initiatives and urged citizens to support  feminist mobilizations.

The LGTBI movement also joins the feminist demonstrations in rejection of the reaction and regression in the conquered rights that they believe the pact between PP and Cs with Vox will bring.

But in addition the Andalusian Union of Workers (SAT) called yesterday a protest called ‘Surround the Parliament’ for the day of the celebration of the full investiture in which the candidate will foreseeably be voted on next January 16 .

In principle, the union has requested authorization for the possible days – the date is still unknown – and aims to surround the Parliament with a human chain, the SAT said in a statement.

This protest will take place from 18:00 hours on the day of the investiture under the slogan ‘Andalusia is not for sale’, with the intention of preventing the change of government with its aim to launch “new attacks” against social rights and democratic institutions and public services, with privatizations and cuts in social policies.

The union indicated that the new government will also mean “a threat to women’s rights and policies of equality and a promotion of sexist violence” and invited other anti-fascist and feminist groups to protest, since theirs will be a “complementary” mobilization » to all the other demos on that day.

REACTION OF THE PATRIARCHY

Both García and Navascués agree that one of the keys to the rise of the far right is as “very clear reaction to the 8M Womens General Strike.”.

A famous quote by Simone de Beauvoir has gone viral in recent days. A phrase from the forerunner of feminism that says: “Do not ever forget that a political, economic or religious crisis will suffice for the rights of women to be questioned again.

These rights are never taken for granted. You must remain vigilant throughout your life. ” In this line Dolores García deepens by stating that “any gap that is opened globally, in the political or economic space, will cause a reinforcement of patriarchy” to explain the current situation.

“Patriarchy becomes very angry when feminism takes center stage, not only here, but in Latin America, all over the world,” something that connects García with the economic system because “the neoliberal model needs women to do care of life work, to corner ourselves around the family, bringing up kids”.

Police violence at an anti fascist counter demo against a meeting of the new VOX party in Girona, Catalonia.

The new Family Counseling or the anti-abortion plan in the PP-Vox agreement are other measures denounced by the Andalusian feminist movement.

THE LGTBI MOVEMENT ADDS

With the same sense of “aggression” to their rights, the Andalusian LGTBI community has joined the mobilizations in the provinces and in the capital. Rafael Gil, president of the association Delta LGBTIQ of the Sierra de Cádiz, calls LGTBI people to second the mobilization.

“They have negotiated with our rights, they have been currency on the table, it seems a shame,” he complains. Gil is firm in the need that “every time the ultra right in our autonomous community touches us, even if only in words, they must have us confronting them, on the street.”

In addition, the historic Grenadian transsexual activist Kim Pérez has announced a hunger strike in protest. “We will not stop being visible in front of this danger to our rights, which we thought was already extinguished, in my case, through a hunger strike, which will represent the anguish that will be renewed now, as long as the new leaders do not declare the will to respect us”.

FUTURE OF THE FIGHT

Beyond the 15th, the Andalusian feminist movement is thinking of ways to counteract the messages of the extreme right. In the opinion of Dolores García, one of the keys is “to work much more in the neighborhoods, because sometimes we do not reach those towns where women or the poor are most vulnerable.

We have to get to those spaces to counteract the discourses of fear that lock up women in the house. ” On the other hand, Alicia Navascués thinks that it is not enough to protect the conquered laws but to denounce “very dangerous speeches of the Citizens Party that seek the commodification of the woman’s body, such as the legalization of ‘rent bellies’ or of prostitution”.

However, both are optimistic. “In the face of such an attack, there is going to be a strengthening, uniting different feelings of feminism,” says Garcia. “From now on we’re going to have a unified, strong feminist movement. We’re going to confront them, and the legislative change for the worse is not going to happen..”.

translation by The Free. Info from.. Por Irene Martínez @ireirenuka / Alfonso Torres @alfonsogtorres at Kaos and  El Salto..elsaltodiario

People of Afrin: We will resist to preserve our culture and ID

The residents of Afrin in al-Shahba canton said that they resisted and struggled for 58 days in the face of attacks and raids by the Turkish occupation of the region.
They are determined to respond to the Turkish aggression and will not accept it, stressing their continuation in the second phase of the Resistance of the Age until returning to Afrin after liberation.
08 Jan 2019, Tue GALLERY    ARIF SULAIMAN – JAFAR JAFO / AL-SHAHBA

 

Mona Brem: We faced the second state in NATO, which attacked us with all kinds of heavy weapons and modern warplanes, the attack on Afrin was an international conspiracy, but our resistance breaks this conspiracy.

Arife Bilal: Turkey fought us with 72 warplanes brutally and killed thousands of children and women and destroyed our homes over our heads. We resisted and did not stand idly by in the face of these attacks. Our resistance did not stop in the face of the occupation. We are resisting till returning to Afrin.”

Ahmed Haso: The goal is to annihilate the people of the region and the culture and the Kurdish identity, and as a youth we will defend and resist to preserve our culture and identity, we will resist in spite of the difficult circumstances to return to Afrin.


# RiseUp4Rojava – Call for global days of action … 27 and 28 Jan 2019
…#RiseUp4Rojava – Defending the revolution together.


Rally mass from Afrin and al-Shahba canton’s people and members of Democratic Autonomous Administration to Tel-Qarah village since morning to participation in the demonstration which organized to denounce Turkish occupation change the demographics of the area and looted civilians’ properties by Turkey’s gangs.

The demonstration launched shortly after protesters gathered towards Sardam camp in Sowsin village where it will stop there and an event will be held with several speeches.

The demonstrators raised banners of People and Women Protection Units (YPG, YPJ)Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM), Kongra Star and the emblem of the al-Shahba’s Council.

They also held banners reading

  • “Russia and Turkey are partners in dividing Syria and changing its demography (Afrin and al-Ghouta).
  • The Gaziantep Council is the mercenaries and traitors’ board.
  • Stop the crimes of the Turkish occupation against our Afrin people .
  • We condemn and denounce the international silence and violations of the Turkish occupation in Afrin.
  • Al-Shahba people are continuing to support Afrin resistance to expel the Turkish occupation.

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ADM Squatted Centre Brutally Evicted .. Monday 7th Jan 2019

More news to follow

January 7th: Dutch authorities ignored a UN ruling protecting the social centre today to brutally clear the area with riot police, private security and heavy machinery.

Amsterdam: ADM eviction

The ADM eviction has started on Nonday morning, 7 january 2019. Time line, pictures, videos and more news are to be found on Indymedia Nederland.

No statement at the moment about this eviction on the ADM website. More news to follow as soon as possible…

https://adm.amsterdam/

Murray Bookchin and the Rojava Revolution.. free downloads

from autonomies.org/ shared with thanks        The ongoing uprisings and revolution in Rojava and parts of Turkey are largely modelled on the ‘municipal anarchist’ blueprint of Murray Bookchin, whose works had been neglected and often rejected, even by anarchists as being a ‘sellout’ or ‘anti worker’ etc.

see also…RADICAL CITIES AND SOCIAL REVOLUTION: AN INTERVIEW WITH JANET BIEHL

When the majority Kurdish movement, influenced by jailed leader Ocalan, finally rejected Marxism and Stalinism it adapted Bookchin’s community, ecological and anti state organisational ideas.

For decades the PKK marxist Kurdish guerillas had been resisting on behalf of the heavily repressed and ‘disappeared’ 18 million kurds in SE Turkey. Now they adopted municipal anarchism, dropped the demand for a new state and called a lasting ceasefire. Continue reading “Murray Bookchin and the Rojava Revolution.. free downloads”

Feminism in the US … still No Way to Equal Pay and free Child Care

 Second-Wave Feminism’s Unfinished Business

Women are forced to take on both wage and social reproductive labor, then made to negotiate this contradiction individually. Second-wave feminism tried to change that.

The “women’s wage gap,” the 80 cents that American women make for every dollar made by men, has long been a subject of debate for feminists, with each proposed contributing factor begging its own set of policy fixes.Those who argue that women’s lagging wages are rooted in gendered prejudice might support equal pay laws mandating salary parity or encourage women to negotiate aggressively. 
see also:     New Feminist General Strike on 8th March 2019 – Spanish State
If the demands of motherhood are holding women back professionally, potential salves include subsidizing childcare, pushing fathers to assume a more active parenting role, or having more flexible, family-friendly workplaces. Continue reading “Feminism in the US … still No Way to Equal Pay and free Child Care”