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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: [email protected]

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 [email protected]
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 [email protected]

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

 

Why AF3IRM Hawai’i Marches

OAHU–The Women’s March on Washington and many of its sister marches across the United States have been criticized as overly professionalized, hegemonized by the Democratic Party, and forcefully insistent on a common sorority without centering women with layered dimensions of oppression. AF3IRM Hawai’i joins the Women’s March on O‘ahu as a co-chairing organization to fill in the gaps created by top-down organizing and to center the leadership of working women of color. AF3IRM Hawai’i is the only all-volunteer, multiethnic feminist activist organization in Hawai’i led by women of color who engage policy, community, courtroom, and home to liberate women.

AF3IRM is marching to begin the construction of an intersectional women’s movement in Hawai’i. Women of color, especially those interested in activism, should not feel invited to the march– they should feel like the center of the march. The role of activists is invaluable in making the work of local non-profits and elected officials possible. If people are uncomfortable with our spirit of protest, let them be. Misogyny makes us uncomfortable in our own skins.

Women’s survival is at high risk and what AF3IRM wants – women’s liberation – will ultimately interfere with markets, government, and our private lives. As the bluest state in the United States, nowhere is it more true than in Hawai‘i that the Democratic Party machine is largely responsible for women’s misery. AF3IRM Hawai‘i supports women on the frontlines, including pro-feminist policymakers, but we also reject electoral politics and lawmaking as the primary means of political engagement for most women. We immigrants and daughters of immigrants are marching for more than human rights or civil rights or citizenship rights. In reality, rights are never applied equally, especially to people of color, women, immigrants, and indigenous people.

AF3IRM is marching to begin a renewed disruption of the systems that sustain women’s oppression. We are marching not only against the police, but its global sibling the U.S. military, and its parent, the U.S. state, which has determined that we have less rights than others. War, euphemized as defense and security, and one of the main pillars of Hawai‘i’s economy, is disproportionately destructive to women. The state is the single biggest adversary of women, especially Native Hawaiians and immigrants. Relying on the state to do things for us is not how we will find security. We have to empower ourselves and communities to find peace over violence.

Beyond co-organizing this Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington – O‘ahu, we are currently overseeing the Justice for Women Fellowship at the Hawai‘i State Legislature, planning a local Revolutionary Mothering event, and calling for contributions to a special emergency fund for young women in Hawai‘i without legal status. If you share our vision and fire, see you this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Queen Lili’uokalani statue.

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Khara Jabola-Carolus of AF3IRM Hawai’i was featured on the Civil Beat Podcast talking about the Women’s March on Washington in Oahu and why she’s marching. [She is featured throughout the podcast but first starts speaking around the 5:45 mark.] To listen, visit: http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/01/pod-squad-defending-womens-rights-as-trump-takes-over/

For more information on the Women’s March on Washington – O’ahu, check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2151761851715491/

To join the AF3IRM Hawai’i contingent, please meet at 9:00 in front of the Queen Lili’uokalani statue at the Hawai’i State Capitol Building. For more information, please contact [email protected].

AF3IRM Denounces Federal Government’s Attempts to Define Sovereignty For Native Hawaiians; Echoes Calls for Genuine Self-Determination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2014
Contacts:
Nadezna Ortega, AF3IRM Oahu, [email protected], 808-255-3410
Leotele Renee Togafau, AF3IRM Oahu, [email protected]m, 808-429-8337
Jollene Levid, AF3IRM National Chairperson, [email protected], 323-356-4748

OAHU — Federal recognition is being fast-tracked by the Obama administration, Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA, a state institution), members of Congress, developers, and other institutions that would benefit or would get an expansion of their power and authority. Federal recognition is sham sovereignty where Native Hawaiians would exercise control over their own affairs, but still under the power and authority of the United States government. AF3IRM echoes the warning cries of Native Hawaiian activists who see this as another opportunity for more land-grabbing and development by settlers and corporations in Hawai`i that began with the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893.

AF3IRM demands that the hearings held for federal recognition actually show the range of opinions of Native Hawaiians themselves. The federal hearings are skewed and ignore the vast majority of Native Hawaiians who oppose federal recognition and instead call for genuine sovereignty from the United States. The hearings also ignore the fact that federal recognition would be a continuation of the monumental crime perpetrated by the United States against the Kingdom of Hawai`i. The crucible of historical and legal examination leads to the truth that the Hawaiian Islands is not a U.S. territory. This truth continues to spread to the U.S. continent and beyond, and we repeat it for more to learn: the annexation of Hawai`i by the United States is a myth. The instrument that allegedly ceded Hawai`i to the United States, the Joint Resolution of 1898, was unlawful according to U.S. Constitution and international law. It is logically impossible for a country to pass a law that violates its own laws to acquire a sovereign nation. This means that the U.S. did not, in fact, annex Hawai`i.

AF3IRM, in its transnational feminist practice, echoes the calls of its Native Hawaiian sisters, who have been pushing for complete independence from the United States since the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and the Kingdom of Hawai`i – a sovereign nation once recognized by many countries all over the world. The transnational women of AF3IRM know all too well the effects of colonization. Hawai`i is no different; the Kingdom of Hawai`i was overthrown as a land grab by the plantation oligarchs with the help of the U.S. military. These are the same marines who were on the USS Boston – the ship and crew who went to the Philippines to kill and colonize that country. The illegal oligarchy was backed by imperialist U.S. President McKinley, the same president who took Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines as U.S. colonies. As of 2013, even the United Nations still recognizes Hawai`i as an occupied country.

Just as centuries of conquest of transnational women have taught us, the women of AF3IRM know that the only answer to this renewed attack on Hawai`i is heightened resistance. Federal recognition will be a devastating blow to the call for true freedom, so AF3IRM follows the lead of its Native Hawaiian sisters in demanding what the people really want — sovereignty, not a new form of US occupation. –##