4.19.16 - Speak-Out For Reproductive Rights

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, National Women’s Liberation (NWL), Gainesville chapter will hold a Speak-Out for Reproductive Rights on the Plaza of the Americas at UF at 12:00pm. 

This year, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 1411, an anti-abortion law defunding women’s clinics that provide abortions. The right to birth control, including abortion, is a cornerstone of women’s freedom. Women’s right to abortion is being chipped away at through each law passed, and we are fed up with it!

Join our social media campaigns #NotMyClinic and #ThisOppressesWomen

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4.19.16 - Turning Theory into Action!

action.collageJoin us on Tuesday April 19th for our monthly meeting. We will continue to build on our previous meetings where we held consciousness-raising sessions about our experiences with birth control and abortion and the choice to have or not have children as well as discussions surrounding the social wage theory by brainstorming new ideas for future actions.


As always we encourage all women to participate during this meeting, we want to hear your ideas!

Details: Tuesday April 19, 2016 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm @ The Commons in Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond, near the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street A/C/G. You can also take the 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or the D,N,R to Atlantic-Pacific. Map.


We meet the Third Tuesday of every month:

  •     Tuesday May 17, 2016  7:30 - 9:30pm
  •     Tuesday June 15, 2016 7:30 - 9:30pm

 

10.17.15 - Roots of the Women's Liberation Movement in the Civil Rights Movement

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From the left, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) workers Doris Rutledge, Gene Pinkston, Judith Benninger (Brown), and Ira Simmons, Gadsden County, Florida, August 1964.

Saturday, October 17, 2pm-5pm 

Location: To Be Determined

This workshop is for women to learn about the roots of the Women's Liberation Movement in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements—and how this history can be used today.

  • What were the positive lessons that gave women the tools to attack male supremacy?
  • How did Black women lead in the Women’s Liberation Movement and why is this not known?
  • What did Black organizers tell white women that caused them to organize for Women’s Liberation?

Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot and so that we can email you the readings in advance.  Space is limited so be sure to email and reserve your spot today.

A $10 donation will be requested at the workshop.

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10.7.15 - Campus Feminist Meeting

When: Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Anderson Hall, Rm. 117 at University of Florida (1507 W. University Ave. map)

rapist-victim-blamingThe University of Florida recently released the findings from its campus climate survey on sexual assault, which found that 20% of campus women have experienced sexual assault since coming to UF, while the majority of those assaults remain unreported. (See newspaper coverage of the survey in The Alligator and The Gainesville Sun.)  Is "rape culture" to blame for sexual assault or something else? Join us for a discussion on rape and sexual assault on campus.

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10.5.15 - Women of Color Discuss Organizing in Mixed-Race Groups

natalie.speakout.cropAs women of color, we are involved in various struggles for freedom and social justice. As a result we often find ourselves working with or in solidarity with white allies. Join the Women of Color Caucus for a consciousness-raising meeting on Monday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. EST to discuss our experiences organizing in mixed-race groups or coalitions (successes, challenges, etc.).

This meeting is open to women of color. You can join us for this meeting in person in:

  •     Gainesville, FL - RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (321) 230-4773 for meeting location information.
  •     New York City - RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (646) 285-1723 for meeting information.


If you are not able to make it to the meeting in person, you can participate by phone by sending your RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for call-in information.

9.15.15 - Third Tuesdays - NWL General Meeting

Join us this month to learn how you can help us take #ThisOppressesWomen further.

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Tues., Sept 15th from 7-9pm @ The Commons in Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond, near the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street A/C/G. You can also take the 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or the D,N,R to Atlantic-Pacific. Map.

We have been distributing #ThisOppressesWomen stickers for slapping on sexist ads, and we're taking the campaign further. Help us create a video that will showcase women's testimony.  We'll be in the streets talking to women on Sunday Sept 20th, 1pm-5pm. Meet outside the Atlantic Center, corner of Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue (near the Guitar Center). Email us for more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


We meet the Third Tuesday of every month:

  • Tues., October 20th 7:00-9:00
  • Tues., November 17th 7:00-9:00

9.2.15 - Campus Feminist Meeting

Join us for our first meeting of the semester and learn about the #thisoppresseswomen sticker campaign and how you can get involved with National Women's Liberation.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Anderson Hall, Rm. 117 at University of Florida (1507 W. University Ave. map)

 

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National Women's Liberation and Redstockings recently teamed up to re-create the vintage 1969 "This Oppresses Women" sticker for slapping on sexist ads. The sticker is one of the "1960s gems" from the Redstockings Women's Liberation Archives for Action. The sticker went viral, and has been covered by press around the world. Get your stack at the meeting and help to plan next steps in the campaign.

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8.18.15 - Third Tuesdays - NWL General Meeting

NYWL.meetingIn our August 18th meeting we will discuss NWL's founding statement "What We Want, What We Believe." Please read the statement and join us to discuss: 

What resonates with you? What do you disagree with? How can we rebuild a strong women's liberation movement that will put male chauvinism on the run again? 

 

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Join Us at the Feminist Video Booths

action.photo.stickerWe have been distributing #ThisOppressesWomen stickers for slapping on sexist ads, and we're taking the campaign further. Help us create a video that will showcase women's testimony.

We'll be asking: How are you oppressed as a woman? How does sexism affect you?

Sunday Sept 20th, 1pm-3pm
Meet outside the Atlantic Center, corner of Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue (near the Guitar Center). 
 
Tuesday Sept 29th, 5pm-7pm
Meet at the Ghandi statue in the southwest corner of Union Square
 
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and let us know if you can come.

7.21.15 - Third Tuesdays - NWL General Meeting

Displaying Reserve Third Tuesdays 7-9pm for our monthly meetings @ the Commons in Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond, near the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street A/C/G. You can also take the 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or the D,N,R to Atlantic-Pacific. (map)

Next Meeting: Tues., July 21st, 7:00-9:00pm

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#thisoppresseswomen stickers are popping up everywhere! Get your stack at our monthly meeting. Join us to discuss: what's next in the campaign? who benefits from sexist advertising? who pays? why are we still fighting this crap?

National Women's Liberation and Redstockings teamed up to recreate a vintage 1969 "This Oppresses Women" sticker, and have been distributing them to women at protests, their monthly meetings and other venues. The sticker went viral, and has been covered by press around the world.

Contact us for more info and to get involved: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

“This Oppresses Women” Stickers Go Viral

By Jenny Brown

 Photo: Katya Powder/Instagram

The feminist groups National Women’s Liberation and Redstockings have been getting lots of press—as far away as India—for vintage stickers they’re distributing that keep appearing on sexist ads in New York.  Photos of altered ads are popping up all over the internet with the hashtag #thisoppresseswomen.

“Women are sick of being bombarded with advertisements that depict women only as sexual objects," Erin Mahoney of National Women's Liberation told The Huffington Post. "That use our bodies to sell products. That embolden men to disrespect us. That tell us we are not worthy unless we conform to unrealistic, sexist, racist, and unhealthy beauty standards.”

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#ThisOppressesWomen Stickers Going Global

 Over the past few days, the stickers created by National Women's Liberation and Redstockings have been covered by reporters in the U.K., India and the U.S.

We are sick of being bombarded with advertisements that depict women only as sexual objects.That use our bodies to sell products. That embolden men to disrespect us. That tell us we are not worthy unless we conform to unrealistic, sexist, racist and unhealthy beauty standards.

Help make this go viral. If you see a sexist ad photograph it and put it out with the hashtag #THISOPPRESSESWOMEN. Do the same if you spot the stickers on any ads.  

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Retweet some of our tweets @4womenslib

If you would like stickers, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

6.16.15 - Third Tuesdays - NWL Monthly Meeting

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Women, are you sick of being bombarded with advertisements that depict women as sexual objects? That use our bodies to sell products? That embolden men to disrespect us? That tell us we are not worthy unless we conform to unrealistic, sexist, racist, and unhealthy beauty standards?

So are we! Join us and fight back. Attend our next meeting on Tues June 16th at 7pm.

When: Tuesday, June 16th from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Commons in Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond, near the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street A/C/G. You can also take the 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or the D,N,R to Atlantic-Pacific. Map.

RSVP: Encouraged but not required, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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6.4.2015 - Women of Color Discuss Organizing in Mixed-Race Groups

natalie.speakout.cropAs women of color, we are involved in various struggles for freedom and social justice. As a result we often find ourselves working with or in solidarity with white allies. Join the Women of Color Caucus for a meeting on Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss our experiences organizing in mixed-race groups or coalitions (successes, challenges, etc.). We will also be discussing the following readings:

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5.19.15 - Third Tuesdays - NWL Monthly Meeting

Part of our Third Tuesdays Monthly Meetings. New women welcome!

When: Tuesday May 19th from 7:00-9:00pm
Where: The Commons in Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond, near the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street A/C/G. You can also take the 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or the D,N,R to Atlantic-Pacific. map
RSVP: Encouraged but not required, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Help us sharpen our aim and our analysis! In our May meeting, we will be evaluating the materials we created for our last action on street harassment and sexist ads with an eye towards holding another action this summer.

Join us for a lively discussion of the following flyers and statements:

  • Street Harassment Project Mission Statement (Pre-Amble, Our Beliefs, Our Intentions)
  •     Redstockings 1969 Stickers Assail 2015 Ads
  •     NWL/Redstockings flyer "All men benefit but 'The Man' Profits"

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4.21.15 - Picket Against the Increasing Punishment and Prosecution of Women for Our Ability to Get Pregnant

Self-determination.flyer.side1Join National Women's Liberation and Gainesville Area NOW to picket against the increasing punishment and prosecution of women by politicians, our police, and court system who are supposed to work for all the people.

When: Tues., April 21 @ 5pm (will go to 6:30pm)
Where: SW Corner of Univ. Ave and 13th St.

We will make signs before the picket on April 21
@ Wild Iris, 22 E 5th Ave from 2:30-4:30pm

And save the date for our follow-up meeting:
Thursday, May 7th, 2015 @ 6:30-7:30pm
National Women’s Liberation Strategy Meeting
@ 14 E Univ. Ave (by the University Club, downtown)

 

Women Should Not Be Punished, Arrested and Prosecuted for Our Ability to Get Pregnant - This is Happening in the U.S.

2015 - Purvi Patel was sentenced to 41 years in prison formiscarrying a fetus

2014 - Jennifer Whalen was sentenced to 18 months in prison forordering her daughter drugs that could induce an abortion

2012 - Jennie Linn McCormack was arrested for a self-inducedabortion

2011 - Bei Bei Shuai was charged with murder and was jailed for435 days for attempting suicide while pregnant

2010 - Christine Taylor was arrested for falling down the stairswhile pregnant

2009 - Samantha Burton was held against her will in a hospitalby court order in the alleged interest of fetal viability

NWL Believes:

• Abortion is legal. It should available to ALL without restrictions.

• Women should have the right to make our own medical decisions – even when we’re pregnant.

• Women should control when and if we have children – and society should support us for either decision.

• Self-Determination includes safe and legal abortions, as well as access to birth control, prenatal care, and child care (regardless of ability to pay) and paid parental leave. No woman should be forced into sterilization, as it is her choice if or when she will have a child.

• We need an organized, strong feminist movement to make demands and keep up the pressure to end the assault on abortion, birth control and health care- and win gains.

4.21.15 - Is consumerism a major form of oppression of women?

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Photo from Ellen Willis Tumblr

Ellen Willis's 1969 paper 'Consumerism' and Women takes on this widespread anti-woman misconception.

Join us for a study and discussion of the paper at our monthly meeting in April. We encourage participants to read the article, Consumerism and Women, before the meeting, but will also provide hard copies and time to review the piece in the meeting. The article is a gem from the Redstockings Women's Liberation Archives for Action.

When:Tuesday April 21st from 6:30-8:30pm
Where:The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn between Hoyt and Bond, near the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street A/C/G. You can also take the 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or the D,N,R to Atlantic-Pacific. map
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"For women, buying and wearing clothes and beauty aids is not so much consumption as it is work." - Ellen Willis

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NWL Protests Street Harassment & Sexist Ads

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On Saturday, February 7, 2015, National Women's Liberation and Redstockings organized an action Outside of American Apparel in NYC to raise consciousness about street and workplace harassment, sexist advertising and the connection between them.

- See video of protest

- See photos of protest

- Download Flier

 

3.16.15 - NWL Co-sponsors Film Screening of "Made in Dagenham"

Made.in.DagenhamAlachua County Labor Coalition is screening the film "Made in Dagenham" on Monday, March 16, at 7PM at the Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St. The Gainesville Chapter of National Women’s Liberation and Gainesville Area NOW will co-sponsor the event.

"Made in Dagenham" is the 2010 film about female workers at the Ford Dagenham (England) car plant who walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. Their actions played a major role in the battle for equal pay, both nationally and internationally. Although the women are skilled upholstery seamstresses, they are classified as unskilled labor and paid a fraction of what the men make. While trying to address their grievances with the company, the women become outraged by the lack of respect shown by the company. When their grievances go unanswered, the 187 women workers go on strike.

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3.17.15 - NYC Monthly Meetings

WL.where.do.i.fitNational Women's Liberation (NWL) is holding Monthly Meetings at The Commons in downtown Brooklyn. We'll be building on our recent action co-sponsored with Redstockings protesting street harassment and sexist ads (photos here and video clip here). Join us to study our oppression as women, participate in consciousness-raising, and plan feminist actions.

We are meeting the third Tuesday of every month, so mark your calendars! In order to win more for women, we need to get together:

    Tues. March 17th from 6:30-8:30
    Tues. April 21st from 6:30-8:30
    Tues. May 19th from 6:30-8:30

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