We honor Anarcha the Slave! Resisting Racist Patriarchy. Naming ‘anarchagland’ -update

Dr Sims, who had no gynecological experience,  obtained up to 20 black slave women suffering gynecological injuries of torn fistulas and experimented on them, without anesthetics , for 4 years in his ”medical Plantation” in Alabama .

In 2015 #Anarchagland, an autonomous-research project of #gynepunk  in Catalonia,  renamed female sex glands after 3 slaves, Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy, who were abused as medical guinea pigs  by the maverick doctor J Marion Sims.  

“If there was anything I hated,” he wrote from the outset, “it was investigating the organs of the female pelvis.”

We don’t know how many of his victims died or if they really gave consent as he claimed in his extravagant autobiography ( it was a death sentence offense for slaves to write or record  anything) but Sims was a showman and boasted of operating over 30 times on Anarcha who was 17 at the start,  and almost killing Lucy outright on her first operation.

#feminist#BlackLivesMatter#anarchagland#gynepunk#CoñoPotens#herstory#gynecology#punk#TransHackFeminist#midwives

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Police clash with women’s day marchers in Turkey (VIDEO)

Police clash with women’s day marchers in Turkey (VIDEO)

Police clash with women's day marchers in Turkey (VIDEO)
Using rubber bullets and tear gas, Turkish police have dispersed a crowd of several thousand marchers who gathered outside Istanbul’s Taksim Square on International Women’s Day, local media reported, with videos from the scene.

The “Feminist Night March” in Istanbul was one of the many demonstrations held on Friday across Turkey, demanding equality and an end to the historic oppression of women.

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

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#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.

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

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”

200 Manis Feministas! STOP Rapist Impunity! Tsunami Violeta!

 The court of ‘La Manada’ did not believe a woman who reported that her partner raped her                 Spanish / English

He got just 10 months, though even the Defence asked for 2 years,   for beating and stabbing her. But they acquitted him for rape because she ‘didn’t struggle enough’. This despite the fact that the prosecution requested ten years in prison and had a previous conviction for raping another woman.

It’s the same political court and it’s another direct attack on the uprisen Iberian feminist movement in the wake of the Womens General work and home Strike and ongoing mass actions. Continue reading “200 Manis Feministas! STOP Rapist Impunity! Tsunami Violeta!”

Brazilian ‘Trump’ to win 1st Election Round?? What a Disaster!

Brazil Could Return to a Dictatorship.   Glenn Greenwald on Possible Election of Far-Right Demagogue

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AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman. Voters in Brazil head to the polls Sunday in an election that could reshape the political landscape of South America. Polls show the current front-runner is the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, a former Army officer who has openly praised Brazil’s military dictatorship, which lasted from 1964 to 1985.

Exit polls should be broadcast at 7 p.m. local time and results will start flowing shortly after that because Brazil uses an electronic voting system.

Bolsonaro has a long history of making racist, misogynistic, homophobic comments. He has encouraged police to kill suspected drug dealers. Most polls show Bolsonaro winning on Sunday but failing to win enough votes to avoid a runoff election on October 28th. He has risen to the polls since September 8th, when he was stabbed while campaigning.Image result for brazil pare bolsonaro fascista

Bolsonaro also directly benefited from the jailing of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in April, who had been leading all presidential polls. Lula remains in jail on what many consider trumped-up corruption charges to prevent him from becoming president. Lula, the head of the Workers’ Party, was then forced to drop out of the race. Lula’s handpicked successor, Fernando Haddad, is currently placing second in most polls.

On Saturday, tens of thousands took part in women-led rallies in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and other cities to protest Bolsonaro. The theme of the protests, “Not Him.” Continue reading “Brazilian ‘Trump’ to win 1st Election Round?? What a Disaster!”