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This Saturday: No Borders! No Nations! End Deportations! Noise Demo by AF3IRM SF Bay Area

In recognition of International Women’s Day, AF3IRM SF/Bay Area calls on the community to join us in solidarity with all immigrants for a noise demonstration outside of the Bay Area’s largest ICE Detention Facility – the Contra Costa West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA.

On March 11th, we stand with all immigrants, denounce the targeting of migrant women including, Guadalupe Garcia De Rayos, Jeanette Vizguerra, Valeria de la Luz, Ms. Gonzalez, Sara Beltran-Hernandez, & Daniela Vargas, and honor the ongoing resistance of women on the front lines, leading the fight against Trump’s racist (anti-indigenous, anti-black, anti-arab, anti-asian), xenophobic, and islamophobic executive orders & defying ICE arrests, raids, detention, and deportation!

Our solidarity breaks through walls! Bring pots & pans, drums, noise-makers, bull-horns, music, signs, your voice, your friends! Let this State and administration hear us loud and clear; immigrants are welcome here!

#NiUnaMas #Not1More #HereToStay

No Borders! No Nations! End Deportation!
Noise Demonstration
Saturday, March 11, 2017
3:00PM to 8:00PM
Contra Costa West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA 94806
Contact: [email protected]

TRANSPORTATION:
If you plan on taking the bus, AC Transit route 71 will get you directly to the location. Carpools & caravans are highly encouraged.

For drivers, there are a few parking lot options in the area–
Attendees can park at the Richmond Parkway Transit Center for a $4 FEE and take the AC Transit Bus to the facility (via ROUTE 71).

Single trips on the AC Transit bus are $2.10 (one-way) and day passes cost $5.

The Route 71 schedule can be viewed on this website:
http://www.actransit.org/maps/schedule_results.php…

Additionally there may be available parking in the surrounding residential neighborhoods, on cross streets 1) Atlas Rd. & Horizon Dr. or 2) Giant Rd. & Phanor Dr.

ABOUT THE DETENTION FACILITY
The Richmond ICE Detention Center is located in a semi-remote area. We believe that this location and its architectural design are intentional. This place is purposefully built is to keep detainees locked far away from loved ones & to discourage the general public from being in the area. Do not let this inhumane construction discourage you; that’s exactly what they want!

Please also note that people and vehicles may potentially be subject to searches while on the ICE facility grounds. No firearms, weapons, drugs nor alcohol are permitted on the premises.

SAFETY:
Don’t go to actions alone; Bring a buddy or group!
Do not snitch on each other! Do not talk to police about yourself or anyone else. Use extreme discretion when posting photos & video on social media.

NATIONAL LAWYER’S GUILD (NLG) LEGAL HOTLINE:
415-285-1011 **Write this phone number in permanent marker on your body**

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (KYR):
You have the right to remain SILENT, say “I am going to remain silent.”
You have the right to lawyer. Say, ” I want to talk to a lawyer.”
You have the right to walk away if you are not being detained by an officer, ask: “Am I free to go?” If they say no, ask “am I being detained.” Repeat, until you are told you are free to go.
Let it be known that you DO NOT consent to any searches. (Note: areas of the detention facility say that they may search people on the premises– please keep this in mind. Doesn’t hurt to announce it anyway).
We can film the police!

NOTE (KYR): Do not assume the authorities will honor or uphold your rights. It is likely that they will violate them. You are your best advocate– explicitly affirm these rights by vocalizing them clearly. Also, know that cops are allowed to LIE to you. GOLDEN RULE: DO NOT TALK TO COPS (unless it’s to say you aren’t going to talk to them )– anything you say can be used against you or other people.


En reconocimiento del Día International de la Mujer, AF3IRM SF/Bay Area invita a la comunidad a que nos acompañe en solidaridad con todos los inmigrantes en la demostración enfrente del Centro de Detención mas grande en la área de la bahía – Centro de Detención del Condado Contra Costa West en Richmond, CA.

El 11 de marzo mostraremos apoyo a inmigrantes, denunciaremos el ataque en contra de mujeres migrantes incluyendo a Guadalupe García De Rayos, Jeanette Vizguerra, Valeria de la Luz, Ms. González, Sara Beltran-Hernandez, y Daniela Vargas, y honoremos la resistencia continua de mujeres luchando en contra de las ordenes ejecutivas racista, xenofóbicas e islamofobicas de Trump.

Nuestra unidad romperá muros! Traigan hoyas, tambores, silbatos, música, carteles, sus voces y amigos! Haremos que el la administración nos escuche fuerte y claro! Inmigrantes son bienvenidos aquí!

No fronteras! No naciones! Fin a las deportaciones!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
3:00PM to 8:00PM
Centro de Detención del Condado Contra Costa West
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA 94806
Información de contacto: [email protected]

#NiUnaMas
“Aqui estamos y no nos vamos!”

TRANSPORTE:
Si desea tomar el autobús, AC Transit route 71 lx lleva directamente a la locación. Les recomendamos que viajen juntxs. Proveeremos un mapa con estacionamiento que quede cerca de la locación cuanto antes posible.

ACERCA DEL CENTRO DE DETENCIÓN:
Lxs personas y sus vehículos serán sujetos a búsquedas mientras estén en el centro de detención. No están permitidas las armas de fuego ni las armas en general, ni tampoco las drogas o el alcohol.

SEGURIDAD:
Siempre traiga a algún/a compañerx; no vaya sin acompañamiento a las demostraciones.
No soples a nadie de la demostración! No hable con la policía sobre usted ni cualquier otra persona. Use discreción mientras utilize medios de comunicación social.

NATIONAL LAWYER’S GUILD (NLG) LEGAL HOTLINE (EL GREMIO NACIONAL DE ABOGADOS):
415-285-1011 **Escriba este número con tinta permanente en su cuerpo**

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (KYR)/ CONOZCA SUS DERECHOS:
https://nationalimmigrationproject.org/…/know-your-rights-e…
Usted tiene el derecho a…
-Permanecer en silencio, diga, “Voy a guardar silencio.”
-Hablar con un abogado, diga, “Quiero hablar con un abogado.”
-Irse si no esta detenidx por un policia, pregunte: “¿Me puedo ir?” Si le dice que no, pregunte “¿Estoy siendo detenidx?” Repita hasta que le digan que se puede ir.
Que se sepa que NO TIENE porqué consentir a ninguna búsqueda. (Atención: ciertos lugares dentro del centro de detención tienen avisos para hacer búsquedas — por favor acuérdese de esto.)
¡Podemos filmar a la policia!

PD CONOZCA SUS DERECHOS:
No asuma que las autoridades honraran o apoyaran sus derechos. Es probable que violen sus derechos. Usted es su mejor defensor/a — afirme estos derechos explícitamente en voz alta. Adicionalmente, debe saber que la policía esta permitida a MENTIRLES. LEY DE ORO: NO HABLE CON LA POLICÍA (salvo que sea para decirles que no hablaran con ellxs )– todo lo que usted diga puede ser utilizado en su contra o en contra de los demás.


About AF3IRM
AF3IRM is an autonomous, transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization entirely built by, run by, and led by women of color. We are an all-volunteer, grassroots organization whose members recognize the intersectionality of gender, race, class, indigenous, and immigrant struggles and the absolute necessity of transnational women’s revolutionary resistance.

AF3IRM: Now is the Time for the Feminist Uprising!

NATIONAL – This International Working Women’s Day and Women’s Month, AF3IRM raises the call for the Feminist Uprising! On Sunday, March 5th, we took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles with 3,000 people for our third straight International Women’s Day March and we will join the actions for the International Women’s Strike on March 8th with women in over 50 countries. We lead and participate in these militant actions and activities for this year’s Women’s Month, because as transnational women of color living in the United States today, we know that women’s resistance and leadership in the struggle must be intensified in the face of systemic violence against women and the onslaught of fascism.

We mark International Working Women’s Day (IWD) and remember our feminist roots of resistance and the new movements led by women that have carried us forward- IWD’s radical roots in the labor strikes of 1909, organized by the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union, as well as the 1912 Bread and Roses strike for a living wage and the right to live with dignity; Women’s Groups for Defense and Assistance (Gddd) who fought against fascism in Italy; the World War II comfort women from the Philippines and Korea, who still fight for recognition and are against revisionist history to this day; the women leading Idle No More and Standing Rock; the founding of #BlackLivesMatter by queer black women; #NiUnaMenos in Argentina; and the mass mobilization of the Women’s March on Washington.

The history of women’s resistance has not only taught us that we must fight for our lives, but has also shown us new possibilities. For every time women mobilize, we can taste liberation. As much as colonization, capitalism, patriarchy and white supremacy have tried to exploit, erase and silence us, we women see each other and the power others have tried to strip away, and we believe in what we can achieve together. We become architects of a new vision of freedom that we recognize in each other – not just in the massive actions, but also in the vigils, the art and music, the educational spaces created by community, the women’s circles occurring in the face of the murders and rapes of women, of countless economic and social injustices that happen when the world cannot be bothered to pay attention. We see the everyday acts of struggle, of strength, of support, of survival, and of triumph, and we take it even further – we dream, organize and consistently resist because we believe in the persistence of our hope and vision.

We in AF3IRM have fought for women’s liberation for decades, well before the current administration, and the conditions today are ripe to heighten the fight. There is a global resurgence of fascism through the far-right movement not only here in the United States but in France with Marine Le Pen, Brexit in the UK, and leadership in Greece, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, and the Philippines, and as feminists we must defeat it . Its authoritarian dictatorships have always relied on the oppression of womankind, therefore the liberation of women must be central in the struggle against it. As transnational, im/migrant women of color, we recognize that the roots of fascism are deeply entangled with a centuries-old ideology of the patriarchal right to women’s bodies. We women also face issues that go beyond governmental politics – systemic racism, sexism, class oppression, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, and ableism are built into the very fabric of this country. Every day women face violence in many forms from street harassment to cyber bullying, to domestic violence, rape, stalking and their own criminalization as they fight the abuse inflicted upon them. Now is the time for the feminist uprising – to harness the power of women and lead a resistance centered on the dismantling of systems that oppress the most marginalized among us until our collective liberation is won.

We women must engage in the feminist uprising. To defeat fascism and to end the genocide of womankind , we must take lead in a resistance that is intersectional, deeply political, comprehensive, and critical of current systems, but also reflective of our vision. Our liberation means reproductive justice – safe and affordable access to birth control and abortions and to be able to parent without fear of violence. It means we fight for the women and children in the sex trade – that we call for the end of trafficking and push for the decriminalization of those trafficked and prostituted, but also fight against the power dynamics that exploit women’s bodies. We must stand against the terrorizing of our im/migrant communities as new Muslim and refugee bans are enacted and Islamophobia wage violence against Muslim, Arab, Southwest Asian and North Afrikan, East Afrikan, and Southeast Asian communities – and the end to US imperialist intervention. Our liberation means we defend our communities against ICE raids against im/migrants and push back against detention, deportation, family separation and the building of a wall with Mexico. It means we defend the rights of queer and trans people- especially as trans women face high rates of violence, with 7 of our sisters killed already this year, and are at high risk of suicide. We stand for the missing, murdered and trafficked indigenous women and the calls for self-determination and sovereignty from Standing Rock to Hawai’i. It means continued and improved protections – not cuts – to Violence Against Women programs and grants and asylum for im/migrant women trying to escape violence, not just from war but also domestic and interpersonal violence. Our liberation means that as survivors of sexual assault and harassment, our stories are heard and believed and that justice reflects our needs and healing.

We call on those who have started to rise up to fight beyond today because the far-right, Neo-Nazi movement will continue with or without a Trump regime. The danger is not just in these blatant attacks on our communities – but it is also in the failure of those to rise up in the fight for the liberation of all. Our collective liberation demands we all take action and that we women build and practice a feminism that is political, because our lives and those of our sisters worldwide depend on it.

Join an organization that is strategic and has a vision to win. We must put our belief, our energy, our labor into a massive movement of people, with specific demands that may involve sacrifice, such as the Women’s Strike on March 8th, because our freedom depends on it. Our oppression crosses borders and in the face of global fascism, so must our resistance. We must build strategic alliances within the U.S. and abroad that are horizontal, intersectional, and decolonized.

The time for the feminist uprising is now. As transnational women of color, our resistance is revolutionary. It is our time to build and fight for this new world. We in AF3IRM have stepped up our organizing and planning. We have developed our own plan of action that is specific to the needs and demands of these challenging times. We have actions planned throughout the year that will lead up to our National Conference in New York City in October. These events and actions include/have included: the International Women’s Day March in Los Angeles, the International Women’s Strike, our No Ban No Borders noise demo in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our feminist uprising has already begun. You will see us. You will hear us. You will fear us and you will yield.

We women of color have come together as a force – we know we have more to lose so we have a stronger will to fight and win. Without women there is no revolution. And without women leading, liberation will never be won. Join the feminist uprising today!

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AF3IRM has events planned throughout Women’s Month, including the International Women’s Day March and Rally in Los Angeles, the International Women’s Strike in the United States, a noise demonstration for all immigrants at the Contra Costa West County Detention Center in Northern California, and more. Please see our calendar (http://bit.ly/af3iwd17) for more info.

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

 

Women of Color to Take Over Downtown Los Angeles for the Third Straight Year in honor of International Women’s Day

Contact:
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director, AF3IRM
[email protected] | 323-813-4272

LOS ANGELES–On Sunday, March 5th, 2017, AF3IRM will center the experiences and voices of women of color with a march and rally in downtown Los Angeles to mark International Women’s Day. This march, organized for the third year in a row, will call attention to the diverse issues facing women today, as well as call on women and allies to join the feminist uprising and put forth collective visions of liberation and freedom. Over the past two years, AF3IRM has brought thousands of people to downtown Los Angeles to speak out against attacks on women and our communities worldwide, demonstrate solidarity for women’s struggles, and remember the legacies and herstories of women who have come before us. Now in the wake of the new presidential administration, the massive Women’s March, and the continued acts of public resistance, AF3IRM expects this year’s gathering to be bigger than ever as more people are activated and eager to get organized for change. The march will begin and end at the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters and will include a stop at the Metropolitan Detention Center. Speakers throughout the march will represent various organizations such as [email protected] Coalition, Black Lives Matter LA, Immigrant Youth Coalition, Tiyaa, and UTLA . Performers scheduled to appear include Maya Jupiter, Medusa, Grammy Award-winning Quetzal, and Xochi Flores from Los Cambalache.

This International Women’s Day March and Rally is part of AF3IRM’s Women’s Month activities across the nation. Other events include participating in the International Women’s Day Strike on March 8th and the “No Borders! No Nations! End Deportations!” demonstration in solidarity with all immigrants at the Contra Costa West County Detention Facility in Northern California on March 11th. International Women’s Day (also known as International Working Women’s Day) has been observed around the world since 1911.

WHAT: International Women’s Day March and Rally
WHEN: Sunday, March 5th, 2017, 12 Noon
WHERE: Downtown Los Angeles
START: Los Angeles Police Department, 100 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
FACEBOOK INVITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/221499078304152/
MORE ABOUT AF3IRM: http://af3irm.org

Additional information:

AF3IRM is a national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism and dedicated to the fight against oppression in all its forms. With the slogan “a woman’s place is at the head of the struggle,” AF3IRM is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization whose members recognize the intersectionality of their struggles and the absolute necessity of women’s revolutionary resistance.

 

Women of Color March for Women’s Liberation, Lead Largest US Rally for International Women’s Day for the Second Year in a Row

For Immediate Release
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director
[email protected]
323/813-4272

LOS ANGELES–Rain gave way to bright sunshine on Sunday, as over 1,500 participants followed the call of AF3IRM, a transnational feminist organization, to take over the streets of Los Angeles in the name of women’s liberation. Those in attendance ranged in age, gender, and ethnicity and filled the streets with their voices, songs, and bodies of resistance.  With 97 endorsing organizations, the International Women’s Day March and Rally on March 6th reflected the intersectionality of women’s struggles and the need for women and allies to work together to end what AF3IRM calls “genocide of womankind” and all forms of violence against women.

The empowering energy of the march was palpable. With each speech, song, and stop, participants became more engaged and inspired to think about what their liberation looks like. Led by the Mamas’ Contingent and their children in strollers, the route followed the multi-rally tradition of last year’s march and started with Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters and continued onward to the Federal Building, the Detention Center,  Union Station, and finally ending on the Cesar Chavez Bridge.  The speeches and performances  covered a diverse range of women’s issues from police brutality to immigration rights, to state violence and transwomen rights, to Islamophobia and occupation, and the missing and murdered women and girls locally. Speakers were from organizations such as the [email protected] Coalition, Black Lives Matter, Ovarian Psyco Cycles, Tiyya Foundation, FAMILIA Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Justice for My Sister, USC Students for Justice in Palestine, Global Women’s Strike, KmB Pro-People Youth, and IDEPSCA.

The flames of creative resistance were alive that day – from Faith Santilla’s poem “Mirror Images”  to the music-filled march and program.  [email protected] and [email protected] played songs as others danced and sang with them.  Hip hop artist Mystic fired up the crowd in front of LAPD, while Tylana Enomoto and Martha Gonzales of Quetzal joined with other musicians from the Federal Building all the way to the Cesar Chavez Bridge to serenade detainees in the style of #ChantDowntheWalls. The chants of “Whose Streets, Our Streets” roared through the Cesar Chavez tunnel. Maya Jupiter closed out the day’s program, singing against the backdrop of the bridge and LA River.

Attendees held up signs of a rose within a fist, a symbol of AF3IRM’s Purple Rose Campaign against trafficking and a reminder of the power of women’s resistance. Many of the placards had quotes, poems, and slogans that paid tribute to many of our sheroes, activists, authors, and artists. They re-affirmed the value of women (“Women’s Voice is a Revolution”) and  shared the words of June Jordan, Adrienne Rich, Berta Cáceres, Yuri Kochiyama, Rupi Kaur, Naomi Littlebear and Sandra Cisneros. Others, such as one that said “Hillary, bombing is not feminist,” sent clear messages to those in power that the people are vigilant and critical of those who seek to be leaders of this country.

The International Women’s Day March and Rally, organized and led by the women of color in AF3IRM, was once again the largest rally in the country in honor of International Women’s Day, despite the earlier threats of rainfall. The revolutionary spirit of women and the beauty of our collective resistance shined through and blessed the event. It was clear from the faces and voices of those present that the march provided a much needed space for all women and their allies to come together not only to resist but to dream of a better world. As AF3IRM’s National Chair Jollene Levid said at the opening rally, “We are the architects of our own realities” and the march provided another step for many to move forward towards our liberation and into a new world of our own creation.

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