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AF3IRM 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Calendar

November 25th – December 10th
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 

November

Sunday, November 21st
New York | Asian Pacific Forum “Post-Elections Unscripted” – Interview with Ninotchka Rosca, Joan Ariete and Aree Worawongwasu  (Audio will be released soon)
For more info, contact: nynj@af3irm.org

Thursday, November 24th

SF Bay Area | Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz
For more info, contact: sfbayarea@af3irm.org

Friday, November 25th 
SF Bay Area | Annual Shellmound Prayer & Protest
Shellmound Street and Ohlone Way, Emeryville, CA
For more info, contact: sfbayarea@af3irm.org


December

Thursday, December 1st – Saturday, December 3rd
New York | Films of/for the Faraway: A Fundraiser for Standing Rock (Film Screenings)
6:30pm to 9:00pm
AJ Muste, 168 Canal St, New York, NY 10013
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/358222347903281/
For more info, contact: nynj@af3irm.org


Thursday, December 1st
South Bay | Film Screening & Dialogue (Members-only)
For more info, contact: southbay@af3irm.org


Friday, December 2nd or Saturday, December 3rd
South Bay | Banner Drop
For more info, contact: southbay@af3irm.org


Saturday, December 3rd
Honolulu | Facing Trump: Margin to Center (Part of Hawaii People’s Congress)
725 F Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96813
Register: http://tinyurl.com/hn3u4tt
For more info, contact: hawaii@af3irm.org


Thursday, December 8th
Los Angeles | Women of Color Post-Election Dialogues
Mercado La Paloma, 3655 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007
For more info, contact: losangeles@af3irm.org


Friday, December 9th
Los Angeles | Instagram Takeover
Follow @af3irm on Instagram!
For more info, contact: losangeles@af3irm.org


Saturday, December 10th
New York | Patriarchy in Activist Spaces 
AJ Muste, 168 Canal St, New York, NY 10013
For more info, contact: nynj@af3irm.org


Saturday, December 10th
SF Bay Area | In the Era of Trump: Women of Color Against Neo-Fascism
California State University East Bay – Meiklejohn Hall, Hayward, CA 94542
4PM to 6PM
For more info, contact: sfbayarea@af3irm.org


AF3IRM Women Reflect on #16Days, Rise Up and Push Forward in Fight for Liberation

NATIONAL–The women of AF3IRM closed out the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence this week on International Human Rights Day. Never has it been clearer that women belong in the struggle and more importantly, at the head of the struggle for the liberation of humanity.  These #16Days reminded us of the absolute necessity of women’s activism and the need to keep pushing forward.

AF3IRM chapters across the nation engaged in educational discussions, open mics, vigils, online actions, banner drops, and met with other like-minded women and organizations to continue to build towards a new world. We also took to the streets and demanded the end to state violence – from Ferguson to Ayotzinapa, Salinas to Staten Island, Olongapo City to Gaza, Cuidad Juarez to Afghanistan. The women of AF3IRM understand the intersectionality of our oppressions and we know that these issues of genocide, police brutality, and institutionalized violence are feminist issues. We fight against a system replete with state violence and daily terrorism, where militarization, colonization and imperialism come together to suppress and oppress our communities for Capital’s gain.  We stand up against a world that is quick to silence and erase us. We know this system was never designed to protect us and women especially take on daunting tasks in the face of it.

We have joined #16Days again and again because year after year, month after month, day after day, we find ourselves facing a world that does not value us women as whole human beings. We face a world that reduces us to the criminalization of the color of our skin, the fetishization and commodification of our bodies and our sexuality, the exploitation of our labor, and our use as collateral in war and conflict.

During the AF3IRM National Summit “Women on the Wave,” we asserted that we are unapologetic in defining our feminism and unapologetic in fighting back against this war on women. As transnational/women of color, we know why we are here – why we organize, theory-build, and wage transnational feminist activism – because we are not safe, our children are not safe. If we do not rise up and fight back against this assault, more lives will be lost, more names will be forgotten, more families and communities torn apart.

Our lives and survival as transnational women of color depend on our collective resistance against violence in all its forms. When our communities are under attack, we have choose to stand up and fight back. Our very existence demands it.

Actions and events from our 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence included:

  • AF3IRM New York gathered in Foley Square with an altar to the Missing, Murdered and Trafficked women worldwide as they remembered our fallen sisters.

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  • AF3IRM Central Coast hosted their Revolutionary Reflections Open Mic at Zami Housing Cooperative, where AF3IRM sisters, supporters, and allies shared space and poems/testimonios of how gender violence manifests in not only interpersonal relationships but also as street harassment, state terror, and economic oppression.

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  • AF3IRM Orange County held a candlelight vigil for victims of gender violence at Cabrillo Park in Santa Ana and displayed signs honoring victims of gender violence and those who need justice now. We lit candles and spoke about violence against women/girls and feminized bodies. We spoke about why we are here and then moved on to put our vows to end gender violence in words and hang them on a tree.

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  • AF3IRM South Bay hosted an Open Mic Night in collaboration with KmB Sessions at Veteran’s Park in Carson, CA. Allies, supporters, and members holding up signs to show support and solidarity against police brutality.

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  • AF3IRM Los Angeles met with the  Ovarian Psycos and started to plan activities for 2015, as we recognize the need to work collectively with other radical women of color and feminist organizations.AF3IRM + Ovarian Psycos
  • AF3IRM San Francisco Bay Area did a banner drop in Berkeley off of a freeway that has an estimated 150,000 commuters each day going to San Francisco. 

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  • AF3IRM chapters across the country also took part in actions and rallies in the wake of the non-indictment decisions in the cases against the murderers of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, in solidarity with the the Ayotzinapa protests,  and against all instances of state violence and police brutality.

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Renewed by the swell of activism around the country and by the transformative power of women’s activism, we continue the fight against gender violence and for liberation past these #16Days. We urge all to join us in this struggle and to get organized.

Join us for these upcoming events and go to our website to learn more about the work of AF3IRM.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13TH

CENTRAL COAST | National Day of Protest: March Against Police Violence – Clocktower in Downtown Santa Cruz @ 1pm

NEW YORK | #FeministsontheMove: Women’s Contingent for #MillionsMarchNYC led by AF3IRM NYC and Sister Circle Collective – Washington Square Park @ 1pm

SAN DIEGO | Discussion on Womyn and Prison Industrial Complex: a Global and Local Struggle – Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar (3562 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116) @ 3pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14TH

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA | Kick Back/Create Not Consume Mixer – Oakland @ 2:30pm (Contact sfbayarea@af3irm.org for more info)

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AF3IRM Calls for Renewed Vigor in the Fight Against Sexism, Racism and Class Oppression. The Time is Now.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2014
Contact: Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director, AF3IRM@AF3IRM.ORG


NATIONAL –
Trailed by the soot and smoke of street confrontations over the Ferguson decision, the women of AF3IRM begin today the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, enraged by the knowledge that sexism and racism are but two sides of the systematic oppression which maintains class society.

Even as we confront the casual murder by the police of black youths in the United States, we face the reality of an equally casual and racialized kidnap, murder and trafficking of women.

We face a world where one of three females experience sexualized violence. We face a world where girls are killed rather than allowing them to be educated.  We face a world where  women’s bodies are a commodity.  We face a world where women’s work, including the birthing and nurturing of children, is so undervalued that a bullet can wipe out with impunity years of care and struggle.  We face a world where women are blamed for the very violence inflicted upon them, where their rights over body and uterus are handed over to others in authority.  We face a world where women fight femicide and are killed as casually as earth itself is destroyed.

The numbers do not lie:  64,000 black women missing in the US;  328 women murdered in Honduras this year alone;  530 women murdered in Mexico in 2012-2013 with 1,200 disappeared between 2012-2013;  1,200 mostly First Nations women missing and murdered in Canada;  6,000 women murdered in Guatemala over a ten-year period;  20.9 million trafficked globally, 55% of them women.

We begin the 16 Days in a state of fury as Mike Brown’s murderer Darren Wilson, a police officer, walks free.  Set against the jail sentence imposed upon Marissa Alexander – who killed no one and who fired a warning shot against a man intent on further domestic violence –  the refusal to indict Wilson underscores how women of color, transnational women, are at the lowest rung of this (in) justice system.

We begin the 16 Days with the knowledge that more than a million women still await their visas to be united with their families here in the US, and that the presidential executive order purported to be immigration reform is but a police directive intended to be a sop to a certain segment of the (im)migrant population and thus split the movement against colonialism’s artificially created borders.

We begin the 16 Days with a indictment of Capitalism and Imperialism, for its export of violence and instigation of armed conflict in the homes of millions of women,  from Palestine to Afghanistan, from Nigeria to Olongapo, Philippines, where a US marine allegedly murdered Jennifer Laude, a transgender, after a brutal beating.

We begin the 16 Days with the awareness that entire governments are corrupted by this profit-making machinery called war and business  —  a machinery protected and institutionalized by agreements and treaties over which women are not consulted.

We begin the 16 Days in rage over Mexico’s 43 missing students, victims of Capital’s drug-profiteering machinery and its corollary weapons-smuggling machinery.

We begin the 16 Days in nausea over the results of the legalization of prostitution, where $3.50 can buy sex with a child in Brazil and a flat fee can buy a man whatever sex with no matter how many in the brothels of Germany.

We begin the 16 Days with an immense burden of grief and anger over so many deaths and murders and violence.

But we also begin the 16 Days buoyed by the knowledge of the transformative power of women’s activism.  We shall change this;  we shall end capital’s rapacity;  we shall consign imperialism to the dustbin of history where it belongs.  We shall gather together;  we shall march;  we shall shout;  we shall weave our voices into a song of humanity triumphant.  We shall grieve and heal and fight on.

Women, rise up!  Now is the time to end exploitation and oppression.  Now is the time to end sexism and racism.  Now is the time to create a new human world.

END FEMICIDE!

SURVIVAL FOR ALL, NOT FOR THE FEW!

END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN – FROM THE VERY THOUGHT OF IT TO THE REALITY OF IT!

A WOMAN’S PLACE IS AT THE HEAD OF THE STRUGGLE FOR THE LIBERATION OF HUMANITY!
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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence includes: the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov. 25), International Women Human Rights Defenders Day (Nov. 29), International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (Dec. 2), Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre (Dec. 6), and International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10). Throughout the 16 Days, AF3IRM chapters will engage in activities that challenge the militarization, exploitation, and erasure of women and our communities, beginning with New York’s altar remembering our fallen sisters on November 25th. The women of AF3IRM will present visual and performance art events and displays as well as engage in political education and subversive acts of resistance. Visit our website for a calendar of events.

AF3IRM Calendar for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

[Information on this page may be updated – be sure to check back for the latest details]

November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

New York | Altar of Homage and Remembrance: Missing, Murdered and Trafficked Women
Foley Square, Manhattan NYC
7:00-9:00PM Eastern
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/796503800391987/
Contact: nynj@af3irm.org

November 26

Orange County | Santana in Solidarity with Ferguson: Vigil and March
Sasscer Park
6:00PM Pacific

Los Angeles | March for Mike Brown
Downtown Federal Courthouse, 312 N. Spring St., Los Angeles
3:00PM Pacific

November 27

San Francisco/ Bay Area | Women’s Contingent to Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz
Contact: sfbayarea@af3irm.org for info

New York | Coat Drop

November 28

San Francisco/ Bay Area | Women’s Contingent to Annual Shellmound Protest in Emeryville
Contact: sfbayarea@af3irm.org for info

New York | BlackOut Black Friday Actions

November 29 International Human Rights Defenders Day

San Diego | Educational Discussion on Womyn and the Prison Industrial Complex: a Global and Local Struggle (RESCHEDULED TO DEC. 13)
Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar, 3562 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
3:00PM-6:00PM Pacific
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/815797435151575/

November 30

San Francisco/Bay Area | Banner Drop

December 1

National | Asian Pacific Forum (December 1, 2014 Episode): “From Ferguson to NYC, Demands for Police Accountability; Militarism and Gender-based Violence” Featuring Kristen Jackson of AF3IRM LA
9:00PM Eastern/ 6:00PM Pacific
Listen live on WBAI 99.5 or stream online at: http://stream.wbai.org/

December 2

Central Coast | Revolutionary Reflections Open Mic
Zami Housing Cooperative, 807 Laurel St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
8:00PM-10:00PM Pacific
$5-$10 Suggested Donation
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/539526596183756
Contact: af3irmcentralcoast@gmail.com

December 3

Los Angeles | AF3IRM Social Media Takeover
FB: www.facebook.com/af3irm
Twitter: @AF3IRM / http://www.twitter.com/af3irm
Instagram: @AF3IRM / http://instagram.com/af3irm

New York | #USTired2 NYC with Ayotzinapa! Vigil
Times Square
7:00PM Eastern
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/469485376522968
Contact: nynj@af3irm.org

December 4

Central Coast | Rape in the Fields Film Screening and Discussion
UC Santa Cruz – McHenry Library 0345 (ground floor)
3:30PM-5:00PM
Contact: af3irmcentralcoast@gmail.com

December 5

South Bay | AF3IRM South Bay and KmBxSessions Open Mic Night
Veterans Park, 22400 Moneta Ave, Carson, CA 90745
6:00PM-9:00PM Pacific
$10 general/$5 student suggested donation
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1511939089092877
Contact: af3irmsouthbay@gmail.com

Los Angeles | AF3IRM Social Media on Femicide
FB: www.facebook.com/af3irm
Twitter: @AF3IRM / http://www.twitter.com/af3irm
Instagram: @AF3IRM / http://instagram.com/af3irm

December 6  Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre

December 7

Orange County | Candelight Vigil For Victims of Gender Violence
Cabrillo Park, Santa Ana
5:00PM Pacific
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/299636390228820/

San Diego | Very Young Girls Film Screening

December 8

December 9

San Diego | Feminism and Disability: An Educational Discussion (RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY 7)
Google Hangout
7:00PM Pacific
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1510837229186554/

December 10  International Human Rights Day

Orange County | Objectification in the Media Discussion and AF3IRM OC Mixer
UC Irvine, Cross Cultural Center
6:30PM – 8:00PM Pacific
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1518488155069637/

San Francisco/Bay Area | Banner Drop

South Bay | Mixer
Hojas Tea House, 1201 Avalon Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744
7:00PM Pacific
Contact: af3irmsouthbay@gmail.com