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Women of Color Convene to Chant Down the Walls of Fascism in the United States, Moving Beyond the Aims of the Los Angeles Women’s March

Contact:
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director, AF3IRM
[email protected] | 323-813-4272
Armando Carmona, Communications Coordinator, NDLON
[email protected] | 323-250-3018

Los Angeles– This Saturday, January 21, 2017, the Los Angeles chapter of AF3IRM will carve out much-needed spaces for women and communities of color at the Women’s March on Washington in Los Angeles. Beginning at 9am, they will lead a contingent of women of color and their allies through the march and later will hold an alternative end rally to the official closing program.

This event, in partnership with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, will be a special Chant Down the Walls that will center the voices and struggles of communities of color. Those interested in joining are encouraged to meet at the the corner of Aliso and Alameda at 12 noon. At that time, women of color, musicians, poets, advocates, families and allies will gather outside the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles. Women representatives from local grassroots groups, collectives and organizations will speak during the event. Performers will include award-winning poet, Faith Santilla, a Los Angeles-based women mariachi trio, La Victoria, and members of the singer-songwriter collective, Cuicani.

“We seek to highlight through our words, poetry, music and activism the injustices related to the treatment of immigrants, our solidarity with those incarcerated, and the issues women color face. This event is important because we are more than just Anti-Trump, we are pro-woman and we have an actual vision to put forward. We in AF3IRM are calling for genuine liberation,” stated Kyrie Sanchinelli-Salazar, chapter coordinator of AF3IRM Los Angeles.

AF3IRM asserts that all must move beyond simply “a march for human rights” and actively protest the policies of the fascist Donald Trump and his platform of misogyny, racism and ableism. The women of AF3IRM have and will continue to fight for the rights of all women-identified people, including immigrant, undocumented or not, indigenous, disabled, LGBTQ and other women whose voices have been largely left out of the Women’s March in Los Angeles.

To stay up to date, visit the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/705790922922816/

 

Chant Down The Walls
(following Women’s March on Washington – Los Angeles)
Led by AF3IRM Los Angeles and National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Saturday, January 21st 2017
12pm – 2pm
Metropolitan Detention Center, 535 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Femicide Ends Here | AF3IRM National Statement for the Presidential Inauguration and Women’s March on Washington

The women of AF3IRM declare:  

FEMICIDE ENDS HERE–ONWARD WITH THE FEMINIST AGENDA OF GENUINE LIBERATION AND FREEDOM FOR ALL!

We’ve been clearly warned: we are in for more turbulent times.  But to Donald Trump and company we issue our own warning: you will cower in our fierce determination, in our deep resolve to create in ways never before seen, in forms that are sustainable and lasting, and which will inevitably destroy the world you’ve been trying to corral us in.

As transnational women of color, as immigrants and children of immigrants, we know hatred and violence intimately.  We know them from a long history of subjugation as women of color.  We face and skirmish with them daily.  And daily we live on.

The world’s governments, the global financial institutions, and the political pundits are wrong: there is nothing uncertain about what a Trump era means.  In fact, there is only certainty—the assurance that there will be violent intensification of what we’ve already seen and experienced: a rise in hate crimes, emboldened white supremacists, homophobia, debasement of the lives of people with disabilities, militarized policing, heightened military actions, privatization of public services, profitable denial of climate change, erasure of indigenous cultures, criminalization of immigrants…

The truth is, fascist/neo-fascist agendas, like that of Trump’s and his cronies’, are built on misogyny, sexism, racism, and gross economic disparity;  reinforced by brutality, hatred, fear-mongering, curtailment of civil rights, further marginalization of those already teetering on the edge.

We are certain that Trump’s neo-fascist agenda means femicide.  By femicide we mean the slow genocide of womankind.  This femicide is the kind that at once kills us and ensures that some of us survive just enough to serve the agenda’s interest, as dehumanized beings whose movements are controlled, with grossly absent choices and non-existent avenues for expression and fulfillment.  There is the certainty, as history has shown, that this femicide diminishes women both as objects for consumption and as consumers chasing the dangling carrot of false happiness and self-realization.  Women are bearers, nurturers, caretakers of generations.  Then, in ensuring a docile population, in ensuring a steady supply of obedient cogs in a wheel, there is nothing more effective than femicide.  This, we know, is what lies ahead under Trump’s autocratic rule.

But there is also the certainty that there will be us.  The us that strengthens unions when big business beat down its workers;  creates educational alternatives when the school system teaches docility.  When access to food and healthcare are denied, there is the us that establishes off-the-grid forms of agriculture in cooperative urban farming, the us that reaches for ancestral medicine and healing practices that defy the pharmaceutical industry.  The us that constructs spaces for the arts when creative paths lead only to submission to the mainstream and denial of our true selves.  The us that uphold the gains of our predecessors and draw spirit from the struggles of our ancestors.

The truth is, it is within our power to triumph over Trump and this misogynistic, neo-fascist system of profit.  We know that this system will crumble without a subdued labor force, the existence of poverty, the devaluation of populations into mere names and numbers in registries.  Indeed, it is with our hands, our resources, our energy that this system has built its world.  Indeed, it is the slow genocide of womankind, that historic and continuing dehumanization of the section of humanity that has the sole ability to produce generations in whose shoulders and backs rest the survival of this system.

The truth is, it is within our power to define our value system, to create a world that reflect our principles.  As transnational women of color, as immigrants and children of immigrants, we carry the trauma of colonialism in our marrow.  It has been passed on genetically.  But we carry too the warrior spirit of our ancestors.  That too has been passed on genetically.  To the women of the US and the world, we say this: we will share with you this fierceness that runs in our veins;  we will dare to constructively debate with you, to examine and resolve our respective culpabilities.  Many of us feminists have been kept from our true objective of liberation, not by obstacles, but by a clear path to lesser goals.  Yes, we have the capacity to resist, to protest, to take to the streets, to fight for concessions in a system that’s ultimately built to destroy our humanity.  But we have an even more potent capacity: to build a culture that we can truly claim as our own, to create a world of our own definition.  It is in our blood.  It is our true nature.

WE WILL NOT ALLOW A MISOGYNIST TO TWEET OUR LIVES AWAY.  FEMINISTS FIGHT FASCISM.  THIS IS THE FEMINIST UPRISING.

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AF3IRM Meeting Points and Contact Info for the Women’s Marches

Women’s March on Washington
AF3IRM NYC will be leading their #FeministsFightFascism contingent at the Washington DC march. They will meet at Garfield Park at the intersection of 3rd and G Street SE, DC 20001. Look for purple berets and scarves between 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM.
For more info, contact: [email protected]

Women’s March on Washington – Los Angeles & Chant Down the Walls-Beyond the Los Angeles Women’s March
AF3IRM Los Angeles will be leading a Women of Color Contingent and co-organizing Chant Down the Walls with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Contingent will meet at 6th and Olive Sts in downtown Los Angeles at 9am. Chant Down the Walls will start at 12noon in front of the Metropolitan Detention Center.
FB Event Page for their contingent and Chant Down the Walls: https://www.facebook.com/events/705790922922816/
For more info, contact: [email protected]

Women’s March on Washington – O’ahu
AF3IRM Hawaii is one of the co-chairs of this march. To join their contingent of immigrant and indigenous feminist activists, please meet at 9am in front of the Queen Lili’uokalani statue at the Hawai’i State Capitol Building. For more info, contact: [email protected].

Women’s March on Washington – Oakland
AF3IRM SF Bay Area will be leading their Feminist Uprising contingent at the march.
FB Event Page for their contingent: https://www.facebook.com/events/1950540588508216/
For more info, contact: [email protected]

 

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].

#FeministsFightFascism: AF3IRM NYC Statement for the Women’s March on Washington

OPPOSE ALL POLICIES LEADING TO FEMICIDE!
ONWARD WITH THE STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION!
FEMINISTS FORGE ON WITH THE FIGHT AGAINST FASCISM.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact [email protected] for more information

 

NEW YORK CITY–In the tradition and legacy of Rosa Luxemburg, we march.  We march against incipient fascism; we march against misogyny; we march against racism and white supremacy; we march against exploitation and classism.  We march against a world order being imposed upon us – one that is extremely toxic to our physical, psychological, spiritual and communal well-being.

In the tradition and legacy of the Iroquois women, we affirm our right to an equal share of power – political, economic, social, spiritual;  we affirm our right to public space and public discourse;  we affirm our right – nay, our duty – to protect the Earth – land, water, air and forest — for the survival of our children and our communities, indeed for the survival of humanity.  We march in affirmation of the values of the communal societies of the indigenous, aboriginal and native.

In the tradition of Claudia Jones, who lies entombed to the left of Karl Marx, we continue our opposition to and our dismantling of the corporate state, whose repugnant public face is now Donald Trump — shameless in his misogyny, shameless in his white supremacy, shameless in his exploitation of the workers who create the wealth that marks him a billionaire, shameless in his allegiance to the privatization of everything a human needs, from a sleeping bed to schools; shameless in re-fashioning democracy for the maximum benefit of Capital.  He is not our president.

As transnational women of color, as immigrants and children of immigrants, we have known from birth the triple burden of being poor, non-white and female.  As transnational women of color, we have been known from birth the rapacity of intersectional nodes of Capital’s exploitation.  We have suffered from birth the daily dose of class, color and gender hatred, upon which Capital builds its machinery of death and profit.

As transnational women of color, we say we gather today to end femicide – the one certain by-product of the privatization of our health care, social security, of our schools.  We march to end femicide – the one certain by-product of misogyny.  We march to end femicide – the one certain by-product of white male supremacy and its support of male violence.

We will not allow a white supremacist misogynist capitalist to tweet our lives away.  We will not simply endure such trivialization of what our lives are worth;  we will prevail over it.  We say here and now:  A Woman’s Place Is At The Helm Of The Struggle.  Femicide ends here.  Liberation starts now.

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AF3IRM NYC will be participating in the Women’s March on Washington in Washington DC on Saturday, January 21st. If you are interested in joining their contingent, please contact [email protected].