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AF3IRM DMV on March for Science

Washington, DC – The Science March in Washington, DC and its 600 satellite marches around the world are a unified act of defiance against political assertions and decisions void of evidence-based inquiry. The Trump administration has consistently pushed aside critical thinking in its policies to promote “alternative facts” – blatant, nonsensical lies favoring Trump and his cronies’ political agenda. And within 100 days of his presidency, Trump has already committed to shrinking US scientific agencies and defunding many research efforts attempting to solve longstanding global problems like disease outbreaks and climate change. Such ignorant leadership is bound to produce short-sighted policies that will inevitably ruin families, communities, and the entire planet. And when illnesses spread, poverty strikes, and the waterlines rise, poor communities of color are the first to bear the burden of pillaged and polluted land.

AF3IRM DC supports the Science March for demanding that governments denounce climate change denialists and other special interest corruptors, and instead champion democratic engagement based on hard facts.

But the scientific community still has a lot of work to do in recognizing and dismantling its oppressive, patriarchal roots. It has systematically ignored and erased the scientific contributions of underrepresented groups, especially women of color.  From Bertha Parker Pallan Cody (the first Native American archeologist) to “Flossie” Wong-Staal (the first to clone the HIV virus and develop its complete genetic map) to Betty Harris (invented method to identify explosives in a field environment), women of color have had a steady record of accomplishing scientific milestones. Many people praise the unveiling of “hidden figures” in various fields, using it as an example of how far we’ve come in democratizing and diversifying the sciences. But the world will never know exactly how many women contributed to the foundation of science – too many of their stories have been relegated to anonymity.

The scientific community historically has a way of turning discoveries into tools of militarization and oppression. We must never forget the U.S. nuclear tests in the Pacific – totaling 105 tests that resulted to widespread radioactive contamination in many Pacific islands, which continue to affect indigenous lands and public health – which were conducted under the banner of patriotism and scientific progress. While AF3IRM recognizes that not all members of the scientific community approve of the unethical and immoral application of science for war, it is undeniable that this is part of its history.

As transnational women, we will always fight against fascist lies that lead to the exploitation and degradation of our planet. We will always stand alongside the truth even when it is devalued by lawmakers and corporations. But we will also serve as reminders that the work is not only about “supporting and celebrating science.” It is also about holding the scientific community to its promises to confront its privilege and pave the way for inclusivity. 

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Join AF3IRM for International Women’s Day and Women’s Month!

We invite you to join AF3IRM for our events for International Women’s Day and for the rest of Women’s Month! We are proud to be able to present the International Women’s Day March in Los Angeles for the third year in a row and to participate in the International Women’s Strike. We will also have  a noise demo in solidarity with all immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area.

See our calendar below for more information.

2017 International Women’s Day and Women’s Month Calendar

Wednesday, March 1st
South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
Educational Dialogue on Present Day Fascism
Native Sol, 2018 E. 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

Thursday, March 2nd
Orange County (CA) | 6pm
Sign Making for International Women’s Day March & Rally
CSU Fullerton, TSU – Bradford AB

Friday, March 3rd
South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
Sign Making for International Women’s Day March & Rally
9530 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

Saturday, March 4th
New York City (NY) | 2:30PM
Momma’s HipHop Kitchen: Still We Rise (AF3IRM Table)
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

Albany (NY) |
Omega Phi Beta Sorority – SUNY Albany Chapter’s 19th Annual Philanthropic Banquet
AF3IRM is the beneficiary for this year’s banquet.

Sunday, March 5th 12 Noon
International Women’s Day March – Organized by AF3IRM Los Angeles
Starting @ LAPD Headquarters, 100 W. 1t St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/221499078304152/
For more info, contact: losangeles@af3irm.org

Wednesday, March 8th
International Women’s Day/International Working Women’s Day

Honolulu (HI) | 11:30AM
Guerrilla Action! Demand accountability for the state’s disregard for women’s lives – bring a purple dress on a hangar to symbolize a woman or community of women you want to recognize.
Queen Lili΄uokalani Statue, Hawai΄i State Capitol

Los Angeles (CA) | 3:00PM – 6:00PM
International Women’s Strike – LA Rally
Federal Building, 300 N. Los Angeles St.

New York |
International Women’s Strike – NY
3:00PM – Meet at Washington Square Park and MacDougal. Look for purple berets. for more info, message nynj@af3irm.org
4:00PM – Rally @ Washington Square Park
5:30PM – March to Zuccotti Park
AF3IRM NY will be speaking at the International Women’s Day rally led by the Socialist Party (locale of NY), March 8, 4-8PM, Washington Sq. Park. To those who cannot miss work, please wear purple, red or black to show solidarity.

South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
AF3IRM Feminists Fight Fascism Political Open Mic
Native Sol, Long Beach

Washington DC | 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Women Worker’s Rising Rally – join the AF3IRM DMV contingent!
In front of the Department of Labor
200 Constitution St NW, Washington DC

Saturday, March 11th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 3:00PM
AF3IRM No Borders! No Nations! End Deportations!
Noise demo in solidarity with all immigrants
Contra Costa West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA 94806

Los Angeles (CA) | 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Las Fotos Project Presents Viva La Muxer Art and Music Festival (AF3IRM Table)
Plaza de la Raza, 3540 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/224925174619726/
Tickets: https://vivalamuxer2017.eventbrite.com/

Sunday, March 12th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 2:00PM-3:30PM (Workshop B)
“Gender Oppression Under Fascism and The Feminist Fight for an Anti-Fascist Future” Workshop
part of ROAR (Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism) Conference
CIIS, 1453 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Thursday, March 16th
Los Angeles (CA) | 6:30PM to 8:30PM
AF3IRM New Member Mixer
For women-identified of color interested in joining. Location disclosed with RSVP to losangeles@af3irm.org

Saturday, March 18th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 8:30AM to 6:00PM
“Immigration, Imperialism, & Insurgency! The Cycle of Political Trauma & Organizing for Liberation” Workshop
part of the Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference
UC Berkeley Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union, 2nd Fl

 

AF3IRM DMV Rises in Resistance to the Era of Trump

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Princess Manuel, National Organizing Director; organizing@af3irm.org

WASHINGTON, DC – The need for a feminist uprising has taken its place at the forefront of the movement against the neo-fascist Trump regime. Millions gathered at the Women’s March on Washington echoing disdain for the horrors that have materialized with the stroke of a pen. Yes, Donald Trump had opened the doors to a flood of policies that have further destabilized our communities, but we will continue to light the way through the darkness!

Rooted in historical resistance, a dynamic flow of desire to fight has spread through the nation ringing in the ears of warrior women. The District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) have heard the cries of resistance and have organically called for the creation of AF3IRM DMV led by Co-Coordinators Jenn Lynn and Lovely Umayam. As residents of this community, we have witnessed and experienced the socio-economic and political issues that simultaneously impact the women of color on these grounds walked on by revolutionary giants and orange bigots alike.

The structural violence has deprived communities of respect and dignity via gentrification in the District, police brutality in Maryland, and the lack of reproductive justice all throughout the DMV just to name a few. Rather than succumb to the man-made atrocities aimed at the very existence of women and their entire communities, we will persist.

AF3IRM DMV shall commence with a warm welcoming with a safe space for women of color to engage on the topic of self-care and collective care on this long journey to freedom. This Women’s Dialogue on Love in the Era of Trump will begin at 7pm Friday, February 17, 2017 located at Pansaari in the District. Before the vision to liberation is ordained, the discussion on what love looks like in this new era shall be redefined under the corporatist context. What does it mean for our survival to be tied to our resistance? In this era of family separation and mass genocide, what does justice have to do with love? These questions are at the very core of why we women fight.

This is a call for women in the DMV to fight against this neo-fascist regime destroying our communities! Theory build with us towards the collective vision of genuine liberation for all humanity!

Resist Trump!
Resist bigotry!
Resist patriarchy!

Love” by Assata Shakur
Love is contraband in Hell,
cause love is an acid that eats away bars.
But you, me, and tomorrow
hold hands and make vows
that struggle will multiply.
The hacksaw has two blades.
The shotgun has two barrels.
We are pregnant with freedom.
We are a conspiracy.