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The central thesis of Resistance Behind Bars is truly profound. In clear, non-academic language, Law argues that recent scholarship documenting and radically criticizing the increased incarceration rates and mistreatment of women prisoners "largely ignores what the women themselves do to change or protest these circumstances, thus reinforcing the belief that incarcerated women do not organize." Alongside academia, Law also harshly criticizes radical prison activists, arguing that "just as the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s downplayed the role of women in favor of highlighting male spokesmen and leaders, the prisoners' rights movement has focused and continues to focus on men to speak for the masses."

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Last week, National Public Radio featured a discussion on First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady received her degree from Princeton and her law degree from Harvard. The host made sure to mention this. But the tease was Michelle Obama’s shoulders. She exposed her shoulders at her husband’s first State of the Union address! The First Lady has been out and about to schools in Washington D.C. reading to children - said in the parentheses, again. But those shoulders!

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This is a science that’s called “image making.” They hold you in check through this science of imagery.

-Malcolm X

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Amidst a deepening economic crisis engendered by the global financial meltdown, thousands of women workers belonging to the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) poured out into the streets of key Manila, Cebu, Davao, General Santos and Cotabato, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day to demand full employment and equality between women and men.

“The global financial crisis is the final evidence that the neoliberal project – the restructuring of the economy through privatization, liberalization and deregulation – has miserably failed,” Marlene Sindayen, APL Women coordinator, said. “What we need is nothing less than a complete overhaul of the government’s flawed market-oriented economic policies. Unfortunately, the Arroyo regime’s response to the worsening crisis is severely inadequate,” she declared.

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Event also marks the 10th anniversary of the Global Women's Strike

On Friday March 6, several dozen mothers, grandmothers, children, and their supporters gathered in front of the Department of Human Services (DHS) office in downtown Philadelphia to challenge the agency's priorities and practices. The women say the DHS has a pattern of mistaking poverty for neglect, and trauma caused by domestic violence as evidence of poor mothering. Several spoke at length about their experience trying to get their children back from the state foster care system, or encountering abuse, neglect and racism within what are supposed to be solutions. The group then marched down the street to the Arch Street United Methodist Church, where a teach-in was held. Read More & Pics | globalwomenstrike.net | Related: Philadelphia Activists Attend International Gathering

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Facing the Man Together

"No one should have to go meet the man alone," said community organizer Phoebe Jones. Coordinated by the Every Mother is a Working Mother Network (EMWMN), the "DHS, Give Us Back Our Children" group is run on a mutual aid, self-help basis. Anyone can come, share their story and obtain the advisement and aid of their peers. Each person also is expected to donate their time to advising others. Participants keep tabs on each case, accompany each other to hearings and meetings, and plan together on how to change the system.

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In solidarity and with utmost joy, the International League of People's Struggle joins today the celebration of women in general and their revolutionary struggle for emancipation and liberation from imperialism, feudalism and patriarchalism. We remember and honor millions of women who trailblazed and paved the path for women's liberation movement.

 

 

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The secret Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) document exposed by Sen. Joker Arroyo is the latest in a string of arguments to hang the iniquitous agreement. The secret document is an insult that adds to the injury of Daniel Smith’s contempt of our justice system.

The VFA must be scrapped now. It was ratified by the Senate in 1999 and 10 years of an unequal treaty is much too long already. This secret document is slap in the face of the Philippine Senate and Filipino people since it was hidden from public knowledge. The Senate cannot waste any time in abrogating the VFA.

From the very start the VFA was one-sided. While it was approved by the Philippine Senate, the US Senate did not ratify it. Thus even its status as a bilateral treaty is questionable.

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From January 31 to February 8, 2009, activists from Philadelphia’s Every Mother is a Working Mother Network traveled to London to meet with women from Bolivia, Canada, China, Greece, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Palestine, Peru, Scotland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, US, Venezuela, and Wales for an International Gathering of the Global Women's Strike and the International Women Count Network. See the schedule of speakers below. To interview one of the speakers, contact womensstrike8m (at) server101 (dot) com. Report from London Indymedia | Photos from the Strike: Day1, Day2 | globalwomenstrike.net

Past Coverage: March 8 Events Connect the Dots Between War and the Oppression of Women Worldwide

INTERNATIONAL GATHERING of the GLOBAL WOMEN’S STRIKE
& INTERNATIONAL WOMEN COUNT NETWORK


The struggle against
poverty, war & occupation

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The cause of women’s liberation and the rights of women against sexual discrimination, exploitation and violence

At no time in human history have we witnessed such unrestrained and rapacious displacement and dispossession of women across the globe, spawning uncontrollable poverty and deprivation.

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Marianne Williamson, Medea Benjamin, Judith LeBlanc speak at the World Peace Forum.

While producing Think Peace: Portrait of a 20th Century Movement, we became aware of the role that powerful women are playing in implementing peace in this century.  We shot so much insightful

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