- Category: Events
Building Women’s Liberation Now: Gems from the 1960s &
Beyond for Radical Feminist Theory & Action Today
A joint project of Redstockings and National Women's Liberation
10 weekly sessions: Thursdays, September 18th-November 20th, 7-9pm
Where: Center for Constitutional Rights, 666 Broadway, Manhattan
Fee: $45 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
This class is for women who want to understand basic truths and political causes of the unfairness in our daily lives; how a feminist movement was organized to change this; what we can do now to build the kind of movement that can put the male chauvinist establishment on the run again; and how each woman can contribute to that effort.
- Category: Actions
On August 1, 2014, NWL members joined a coalition of Gainesville groups in protesting the opening of the Gainesville Hobby Lobby.
NWL chair Kendra Vincent, pictured left, attends the Hobby Lobby Protest. (Photo by Amy Coenen)
See more photos from the Gainesville Hobby Lobby Protest here.
See press coverage of the Gainesville Hobby Lobby Protest:
8.1.14 - WCJB TV 20 - Gainesville Activists Protest Hobby Lobby
8.1.14 - The Gainesville Sun - Some 90 people join protest against Hobby Lobby
8.1.14 - The Alligator - Hobby Lobby Protest
- Category: Events
Redstockings, with NWL assistance, will teach the class this coming September in NYC, and this preparatory study and revision will strengthen the theory and lessons of the class. The class is part of our work to build a grassroots movement of women to bring new fire to the fight for our liberation.
Our final study and curriculum planning meeting has been postponed. Check back for the final meeting date, which will be in September 2014.
- Category: Position Papers
The Supreme Court's disgraceful opinion in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. today underscores the need for an organized and mobilized women's liberation movement.
The Court's all-male majority held that corporations can choose to exclude contraception coverage from their employees' health insurance plans based on religious beliefs. The court was clear that this exemption applies only to birth control and not to coverage of, for example, blood transfusions or vaccinations, which also commonly violate religious practices. In other words, the Court created an exception that applies only to women. We have seen this before in our fight to put the morning-after pill over the counter, when the FDA repeatedly created harmful, arbitrary rules that it had never applied to any other drug.
We will not stand by as five men on the Supreme Court help corporations -- predominantly owned by men -- institutionalize sexism and call it religious freedom. We will not stand by as women's self-determination is jeopardized and reproductive healthcare is undercut and marginalized.
99% of women ages 15-44 have relied on contraception to strengthen our families and our lives. This includes women of different political views and a range of religious beliefs.
We need a stronger feminist movement with deeper unity, greater analysis of our conditions and strategies for how to fight back.
What You Can Do:
1) Go to a feminist meeting and/or become a member or donate to a group, whether it be NWL, NOW or another. If you are in New York City, take our class this Fall, "Building Women's Liberation Now: Gems from the '60s and Beyond for Radical Feminist Theory and Action Today."
2) Organize an action at a Hobby Lobby. Make clear that people who use and benefit from birth control are a powerful majority, and Hobby Lobby's actions have serious consequences.
3) Support the fight for single payer healthcare, which would remove employers from healthcare decision-making altogether.