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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.

Women’s March Shuts Down Streets of Los Angeles in the Name of Justice and Liberation

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

LOS ANGELES–A march with an estimated 2,000 participants, organized by two feminists of color groups, AF3IRM and Ovarian Psyco-Cycles, shut down the streets of downtown Los Angeles this past Sunday. It was obvious from the onset that this was no ordinary march – as AF3IRM National Chair Jollene Levid stated, “when our history books look back, they are going to recognize the statistic we are creating today. When they look back to March 8, 2015, they will see that waves and waves – hundreds, thousands, of women of color and allies shut down downtown Los Angeles.”

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The International Women’s Day March making its way through downtown Los Angeles to Boyle Heights.

Those in attendance joined together on International Women’s Day in the name of women’s issues and lives and to continue the fight against oppression and violence. They held up signs to inspire and inform, such as “Dreaming is an Act of Resistance,” “Your Transphobia is Not Feminism,” and “Feminism is a not a word – it’s an action.” Posters even reflected feminist literature and celebrated women of color activists, artists, and authors. The event also remembered many of the women victims of violence, with participants carrying placards with images of several women and girls murdered in recent years, including Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, Mary Unique Spears, and Jennifer Laude.

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Guerrilla theater in front of City Hall.

Following the lead of AF3IRM and Ovarian Psyco-Cycles, speakers and participants addressed diverse issues to reflect the intersectionality of women’s oppression, including police brutality, state violence and occupation, immigration rights, economic justice, transwomen rights, and reproductive justice. The march was particularly unique in that multiple rally points were made as participants gathered at City Hall, moved to LAPD, the Federal Building and the Detention Center, and finished at Mariachi Plaza. Representatives from the Fight for $15, BlackLivesMatter LA, Immigrant Youth Coalition, Labor Strategy Center, [email protected] Coalition, and others, who were among the more than 70 groups that endorsed the march,  educated and fired up the crowd. In front of City Hall, Def Jam poet Mayda del Valle’s voice soared as she asked “Where’s the sense in this, LA? Where’s the beauty in this, LA?” in her critique of economic inequality. Indeed, these were questions raised in spirit at all the stops and answered with calls for continued resistance and affirmation for women’s lives.

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Mamas in Actions contingent leading the march.

Many moments of beauty and resistance were found that day. In front of LAPD headquarters, journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga led libations and invoked the names of murdered black women. Those imprisoned in the detention center responded to the crowds’ call “Our youth, our nation – stop the deportations!” by clanging on their walls and windows. Marchers chanted “We are the women, the mighty mighty women, fighting for justice and our liberation” and “Whose streets? Our streets!” Whole families participated- including a mothers’ contingent with their children in strollers at the front of the march- while musicians led groups in song, with people dancing around them.

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“Organized and Dangerous – Onward to Liberation” and other placards by AF3IRM that attendees carried at the International Women’s Day March.

As The Oracle Jayne Doe sang in the closing program, “Rebel – you’re a rebel with cause, fighting for it all” – it was clear from the many marching and the chants that echoed throughout the streets and neighborhoods of downtown Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, that the spirit of revolutionary and transformative change, especially for women of color, are very much alive. The women are “organized and dangerous,” as AF3IRM asserted in their national statement for International Women’s Day, and with more joining the movement and in solidarity, liberation is on its way.

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Coverage of our International Women’s Day March:

TAGBOARDS: #WhyWeMarch8  |  #IWDLA2015

ARTICLES, VIDEOS, & AUDIO

From EFE International: Dozens of organizations demand gender equality in Los Angeles (Video)
From Fight for $15 LA: International Women’s Day (Storify)
From La Opinión: Mujeres marchan en Los Ángeles en su día
From ABS-CBN: Pinays join International Women’s Day protests in LA
From Balitang America: Why Protecting the Rights of Filipinas Must Extend Beyond Borders (Video)
From Latino Rebels: International Women’s Day march in LA radio report segment coverage (2nd segment)
From La Prensa: A thousand people advocate for gender equality in Los Angeles
From The Sundial: Celebrating International Women’s Day
From TeleSur: International Women’s Day: Women Resist (Storify/Photos)
From LA Times: Hundreds rally for women’s causes in downtown Los Angeles
From National Journal: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: CELEBRATIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS (Photo)
From Informativo Pacifica: Madre de Juárez inicia huelga de hambre al término de la marcha del Día Internacional de la Mujer (Video)

 

Organized and Dangerous: Women Push Onward to Liberation

For Immediate Release

Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director
[email protected]
323-813-4272

NATIONAL–AF3IRM celebrates International Women’s Day — also known as International Working Women’s Day — the best way we know how: by affirming the absolute necessity of women-led organizing and fighting for liberation!

The strength and courage of women is transformative and powerful. We know the roots of International Women’s Day in the strikes and struggles of women workers. We have witnessed how women-created actions snowballed into vast movements for social justice: Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors started #BlackLivesMatter, while Idle No More came from Jessica Gordon, Sylvia McAdam, Nina Wilson, and Sheelah McLean. We have seen the power of women’s organizing when we waged the Stand With Grace campaign and won.

As a transnational feminist organization that is purposeful in its work, we remind all of our commitment to these intersectional struggles against gender-based violence, commodification, fetishization, and economic oppression. We organize around our own oppressions and we do so that women may not only survive but thrive. We have a vision of world different from the reality we face in almost every corner of the world – from rape culture to trafficking, from the missing and murdered women from Canada and Mexico to Guatemala to the women imprisoned for miscarriages in El Salvador, to the concerted effort to take away hard-won women’s rights in the United States, to the use of women’s bodies as pawns in war and conflict.

We have a vision of a world that is a negation of the current one run by the combined ferocity of Capital and Patriarchy, maintained by a continuing ferocious assault upon womankind. We organize, we struggle, we study our experience and articulate our worldview — because humanity and the earth will not survive if we continue to follow what is being dictated upon us.

Realizing that hitherto proposed paradigms have failed to correct and address comprehensively all systems of oppression and exploitation, we assert that a woman’s place is at the head of the struggle for liberation. All of written human history — from slavery to capitalism and even the socialist “experiments” of the last century have been enmeshed with patriarchy and dominance. Hence, we affirm our right to our struggle, the women’s right to their own rebellion and liberation. We aim these words not only at the so-called conservative “right” but at the entire political spectrum.

Our liberation may be bound with yours — but our liberation cannot be achieved through subservience to your liberation. Women’s liberation in these times comprise of these: the dismantling of Patriarchy, resistance to Capital and the end to Imperialism. These are indivisible components of the women’s struggle. We cannot achieve our liberation by allowing ourselves to be silenced, our worldview ignored and our movements subjugated under other movements, our history and achievements erased.

The women of AF3IRM live their oppression and struggle every minute of the day, day after day. From that experiential knowledge, we create our theory and guide to action. We work to manifest a just world of equality; we are fiercely resolute in transforming what justice and solidarity looks like. We are becoming the change we seek, and so we are also the future our enemies fear.

This International Women’s Day and during Women’s Month, AF3IRM chapters across the country refuse to have women’s work, lives, and stories vanished. We take over the streets of Los Angeles with our sisters from Ovarian Psyco-Cycles for a historic march with over seventy endorsers on International Women’s Day. This is the first major march led and organized by transnational feminists and women of color. We are at the Empowering Women of Color Conference at UC Berkeley with a workshop led by our Central Coast and SF Bay Area chapters. We are connecting and organizing with more women in areas like New York, where we host our annual Happy Hour Against Patriarchy — a mocking of the masculinist edict suffering is women’s fate. At a vigil in San Diego, we are memorializing the women leaders of the struggle, and the missing, murdered, abused and trafficked women and girls that others have forgotten at a vigil in San Diego.

AF3IRM is and always has been purposeful in its work and we remind our sisters from the streets of Los Angeles to the boroughs of New York, from Canada to Mexico, from India to the Philippines, from Palestine to El Salvador, that even as we acknowledge our differences, we will continue to support each other’s struggles. We will continue to organize, to mobilize, to act and to speak.

Either we fight and struggle side by side, in mutual respect and benefit, or we shall have to wait another 10,000 years for liberation.

Rise, sisters. We can hear the new world breathing. Liberation is calling our name.

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Happy Hour Against Patriarchy in New York

unnamedNew York City — The transnational feminist organization AF3IRM will commemorate March as International Women’s Month on March 7, 2015 through a cultural exchange of arts, poetry, and a lecture-conversation on theory building.

Called the ‘Happy Hour Against the Patriarchy’, AF3IRM New York will share excerpts of their member’s books and journals, render songs, read poems, and show their works of art in the auspices of the YaYa Network in lower Manhattan from six o’clock in the evening.

There will be a short lecture on the importance of theory building for the feminist movement world-wide which will be shared and facilitated by Ms. Ninotchka Rosca, one of the founding chairpersons of AF3IRM.

The ‘Happy Hour Against Patriarchy’ is designed to strengthen political and personal ties among us sisters and enrich each other’s cultural and ideological depth, said Olivia Canlas, AF3IRM New York coordinator.

AF3IRM is in the forefront in the movement against trafficking against women and children through its Purple Rose campaign. In New York, it has gained ground in institutionalizing the Summer School of Women’s Activism which is now on its 5th year. It tackles major topics on the history of women’s rights movements, trafficking, militarism, and current conditions of women’s rights movements globally.

For interested participants in the Happy Hour on March 7, contact Leani Auxilio at [email protected] or Patricia Ramirez at [email protected]. There is a suggested donation of $5-10. Guests are also welcome to share their talents and bring along favorite food and drinks at the party.

View the Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/959248704088169