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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! For now, I’ve returned from my Joiyssey to participate in the "revolution":I’ve been at many Occupy sites across the country:1st in D.C. Freedom Plaza I faced & challenged racism/white supremacy, sexism/patriarchy, classism, heterosexism & eventually was kicked off the island; then I offered workshops as I drove to CA:“Anti-Racism Geared for White Occupiers”; “NO DRONES” "Successes and Pitfalls of OWS"

Saturday, January 22, 2005

roe v wade & progressive demo's summit

of course it snowed again like crazy today! codepink had a morning breakfast to kick off the day - medea & jody spoke, as did kim gandy from NOW. mid day, snow came down - a blizzard - we thought maybe the roe v wade demo was going to be cancelled but it stopped snowing in time for us to join NOW & naral and plannned parenthood to march in front of the supreme court. i'd say 150 wimmin showed up and probably 50 anti-choice folks. we appreciated the anti-choice folks strategy - most had red duct tape across their mouths - the ones that didn't have duct tape tried disrupting but were ignored &/or silenced by the pro-choice crowd's enthusiasm.
a woman marched behind me with an 'abortion is murder' sign. i told her, "yeah, wimmin are murderers. we hate fetuses so we murder them. we're just murderers."
this seemed to give her pause, so i continued: "you know women, you are a womon - we are so ignorant & selfish humans. we find out we're pregnant. we say, oh what the hell, i'll just march down to the dr's & get an abortion".
she said is a small voice, 'well, you shouldn't have gotten pregnant in the first place.'
which gave me a chance to look at her directly in the eyes & tell her "yes, that's what this is really about: punishing women for having the audacity to have sex with a man & NOT for the purpose of getting pregnant."
she said women are at the mercy of male domination - and abortion is a tool of male domination. right.
i faced her again and told her "women need to have the right to chose. neither you nor any man can tell me what i can and cannot do with my own body. you can advise me all you want. in the end, i get to chose. you can be against abortion - knock yourself out. i don't care. maybe i wouldn't have an abortion myself either, but it is my choice."
she actually thanked me for talking with her. i wished we had more time to speak - but the rally began. young inspiring wimmin spoke energetically, eloquently, and with much determination to save choice for all wimmin!
even tho it was on the heels of a blizzard, about minus 15 below zero, a train ride & a few block walk away, we were all happy we were able to participate!