Slightly more militant than chants and petitions are marches, and some of those also happened last Sunday, for the anniversary of suffrage. A relatively new organization, Women Organizing to Resist and Defend, held marches in several cities to protest the “War on Women” (scare quotes because The Media). From WORD’s promotional materials and online presence, we can deduce this is a group aimed mostly at getting lots and lots of relatively privileged, new-to-feminism folks to show up and march and yell. Fine. They’re not explicitly transphobic, which is more than I can say for certain other faces (that look like Caitlin Moran’s face) of modern feminism.
Looking ahead, it would seem that tactics are changing. Clearly, we in the RJ community have been engaging in direct action such as hotlines, abortion funds, and transport services for awhile. Folks who attended the Take Root conference can probably speak to the current state of direct action and resistance with regards to explicitly RJ-oriented goals eloquently, and I invite you to do so. On a national scale, however, intersectionality and access issues always seem to be overshadowed by gigantic “Keep Abortion Legal” signs that were literally designed forty years ago. But as this letter from the New York Times helps to illustrate, direct action training sessions and camps are on the upswing. Environmental activists in Texas recently trained in blockade tactics, and as the Occupy movement prepares to mark its one-year anniversary, that type of escalation no longer seems so radical and new. This year’s predicted (or rather hoped-and-planned-for) wave of civil disobedience may just decide to focus on achieving and protecting true reproductive justice. Our generation is admirably rage-filled. Some of us just hit the snooze/privilege button on our “shit is fucked up and bullshit” alarm clocks a few too many times.
Pearl just got back from Oklahoma where she died and became a ghost due to being surrounded on all sides by badass OK4RJ contributors for a solid hour or so.
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