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

"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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Video of NWL Protesting Street Harassment & Sexist Ads

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.

 

 

1.24.15 - Roe v. Wade Anniversary Show: A Benefit for National Women's Liberation

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Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015

Time: Doors open at 9pm, Show starts at 10pm

Place: The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino

The Gainesville Chapter of National Women's Liberation (NWL) invites you to join us for a Roe v. Wade anniversary & NWL benefit show. The event will feature Howleez, Guts and Letters. If you can't attend, please consider a donation.

Join us to celebrate the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973. The right to birth control, including abortion, is a cornerstone of women's freedom. Without an organized, strong, visible feminist movement making demands and keeping up the pressure, Roe v. Wade and other victories we've had on abortion, birth control, and health care will continue to be threatened. Click here to find out more about the fight for abortion and birth control.

 

2.21.15 - Women of Color Caucus Meeting

Join us for our next Women of Color Caucus Meeting, Sat., February 21, 2015 at noon. We will be holding a consciousness-raising meeting in Gainesville, Florida and New York City at locations to be determined. We will be discussing our experiences with violence by answering the following questions:

 

When have you been physically or verbally threatened or experienced violence against you (i.e. from men, from police, etc.)? Did you fight back in some way? Why or why not? What happened? What role did race play, if any? What role did sex play, if any?

 

The Women of Color Caucus (WOCC) is an organizing think tank composed of women of color associated with National Women's Liberation (NWL). We believe that women of color involved in women's liberation must also meet separately from white women in order to address problems specifically affecting women of color. For more information, visit us online.

2.7.15 - Join NWL in NYC to Protest Street Harassment

Join National Women's Liberation and Redstockings for an action to raise consciousness about street and workplace harassment, sexist advertising and the connection between them.

When: Saturday, February 7th, Noon-2
Where: Outside American Apparel, 704 Broadway, just north of West 4th Street, New York, NY (see on map)


Call on men to stop harassing women and to speak up when they see other men harassing women. Let's call out ad-makers for using imagery that oppresses women and men for falling for it. Come fight with us! We'll be picketing and handing out flyers in front of American Apparel, a company which is notorious for objectifying women in their advertisements.

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"This oppresses women" sticker, Redstockings, 1969. More from the Redstockings Archives for Action at www.redstockings.org.


Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know if you can make it, and help spread the word! 

NWL Consciousness-Raising Study Group - Jan. 2015

NWL.CRSG.2015WHEN: Mondays, January 26, February 9, February 23 & March 9, 6pm to 8:30pm

WHERE: Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, “La Casita”
1504 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32603

FEE: $25 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

This series of consciousness-raising study groups is for women who want to understand basic truths and political causes of the unfairness in our daily lives; how Reproductive Justice and the social wage are the right of every woman; and how each woman can contribute as grassroots organizers.

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12.11.14 - Roe v. Wade Event Planning Committee Meeting

WL.where.do.i.fitThe Gainesville Chapter of National Women's Liberation (NWL) is beginning to plan our second annual Roe v. Wade anniversary & NWL benefit show in January. Last year's event- which featured local female-led bands, raffle prizes, political content, food, and drinks- was a huge success. Help us do it again and go further this year!

Join us for our first committee meeting on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:00pm at our office downtown, 14 E. University Ave., #204. (The entrance is in the back of the building between the back entrance of Salon La Di Da and the University Club.)

The right to birth control, including abortion, is a cornerstone of women's freedom. Without an organized, strong, visible feminist movement making demands and keeping up the pressure, Roe v. Wade and other victories we've had on abortion, birth control, and health care will continue to be threatened. Click here to find out more about the fight for abortion and birth control.

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know if you're planning to attend or if you'd like to be involved but are unable to make it to this first meeting.

9.24.14 - Join us for our first Fall meeting

Join the Gainesville Chapter of NWL for a general meeting. We'll be discussing the recent attacks against women on campus, the campus and community responses, and how feminists are responding.

When: Wed., Sept. 24, 2014 at 5:30

Where: The Institute of Black Culture, 1510 W. University Ave.

Directions: On W. Univ. Ave. directly across from the UF Campus, at the intersection of W. Univ. Ave. and NW 15th Street.  

Parking: Small lots open to the community in the evening are directly behind the IBC and next door at the Institute for Hispanic-Latino Cultures. There is also some on street parking. 

10.16.14 - Join us for an Action Planning Meeting

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  • Are you tired of victim blaming and shaming when women report rape? 
  • Do you believe the University of Florida should be doing more to combat rape on campus? 
  • Are you ready to take action against rape and violence against women on campus and in our community?

 

 

Join the Gainesville Chapter of NWL for an action planning meeting:

When: Thurs., Oct. 16, 2014 at 5:30

Where: The Institute of Black Culture, 1510 W. University Ave.

Directions: On W. Univ. Ave. directly across from the UF Campus, at the intersection of W. Univ. Ave. and NW 15th Street.  

Parking: Small lots open to the community in the evening are directly behind the IBC and next door at the Institute for Hispanic-Latino Cultures. There is also some on street parking. 

Save the date for our next fall meeting: Wed. Nov. 19 at 5:30pm at the IBC.

 

Sept. 2014 - "Building Women's Liberation Now" class to be offered in NYC


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

Fee: $45 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Sign up: Registration is now closed. No walk-in registrations will be accepted on site. 

 

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.

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7.30.14 - Hobby Lobby Protest Pre-Party

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Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30pm

Wild Iris Books

22 SE 5th Ave, Suite D 

Gainesville, Florida

Click here to RSVP

 

Come make signs with us as we prepare for the grand opening of Hobby Lobby Gainesville. We are joining a coalition of community groups to protest the Newberry Road opening on August 1, 2014. Two days before we are going to have a party at Wild Iris to get ready. National Women's Liberation-Gainesville Chapter will lead a consciousness raising at 6:30 and a sign-making party will commence at 7:30. Wine, cheese, and feminism! Bring poster board and markers and your favorite feminist slogans!

9.9.14 - Students of Women's Liberation Movement History and Theory Wanted

                                                            
Over the next few months, National Women's Liberation will be working with Redstockings members and volunteers to revise and expand the organizer's class: "Women's Liberation: Where Do I Fit In?" This class was developed by Gainesville (FL) Women's Liberation and Redstockings using literature from the Redstockings Women's Liberation Archives for Action

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. 
 
Join Us!
Our final study and curriculum planning meeting will be Tuesday, September 9 from 7 - 9pm. In Florida, the meeting will be held at 1229 NW 12th Ave., Gainesville, FL. In NYC, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for meeting location information.
 
Email us if you are interested in being a part of the study and curriculum planning meetings this summer. Click here if you are interested in taking the class this Fall. To be a part of these meetings we ask that you commit to reading the class materials for the meetings you attend.

Tell the FDA to Put All Forms of the Morning-After Pill Over the Counter Now

Tell the Food and Drug Administration: Side with Women and Girls, Not Drug Companies. Put All Forms of the Morning-After Pill Over the Counter. 

In June 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally put Plan B One-Step® over the counter without any restrictions.  The FDA did this in response to the Tummino v. Hamburg federal court decision in April 2013 which was pushed forward by a decade of grassroots feminist pressure.  

The FDA’s action could have brought the U.S. in line with the scientific evidence and over 60 countries around the world that have no age restrictions on the Morning-After Pill. 

But instead, the FDA continues to create sexist obstacles to the Morning-After Pill.  In July 2013 – just three months after a federal judge condemned the FDA and Health and Human Services for bowing to political pressure – the FDA granted only one manufacturer the exclusive right to sell Plan B One-Step® brand pill over the counter with no age restriction. Generic versions remain behind the counter and also require an I.D. to purchase them. The result:  we pay more!

The Morning-After Pill is an important form of birth control that women and girls need at our fingertips. The FDA should side with women and girls, not with drug companies that are making a profit at our expense. 

We, the undersigned, demand:1 

  • The FDA put all Morning-After Pill products over the counter
  • Access for all, no restrictions, including cost!  If women and girls can’t afford the Morning-After Pill, the government is still restricting access and putting it out of our reach
  • Birth control and abortion should be free as part of a national health insurance system

As feminist abortion law repeal movement pioneer, Lucinda Cisler said in 1970: Because no one else [except the Women’s Liberation Movement] is going to cry out against these restrictions, it is up to feminists to make the strongest and most precise demands upon the lawmakers—who ostensibly exist to serve us. We will not accept insults and call them "steps in the right direction."2

 

1Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  your name and address to be added to the petition.

2From "Abortion Law Repeal (Sort of): A Warning to Women." Lucinda Cisler was chair of the National Organization for Women Taskforce on Reproduction and Its Control (1969-1971) and founder and first secretary of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws. More history on the abortion fight at the Redstockings Archives for Action.

5.13.14 - Gov. Scott: Women Demand You Veto Anti-Abortion Bill (HB1047/SB918)

Call Governor Rick Scott at (850) 488-7146 or click here to send him an email demanding he veto anti-abortion bill HB1047/SB918!

Press Contacts:

Kendra Vincent, Chapter Chair, National Women's Liberation-Gainesville chapter, ph. 352-256-3164

Brooke Eliazar-Macke, Organizer, National Women's Liberation- Gainesville chapter, ph. 352-514-7769

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

GOVERNOR SCOTT: WOMEN DEMAND YOU VETO ANTI-ABORTION BILL! (HB1047/SB918) 

The Florida Legislature is attacking women's and girl's rights in Florida. HB1047/SB918, which vaguely claims to "revise circumstances under which a pregnancy in the third trimester may be terminated," permits doctors to place the potential life of a fetus above the life of a woman.

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June 2014 - Women's Liberation: Where Do I Fit In?

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 Photo by Jenny Brown

Four-week workshop series

Tuesdays in June, 6:30-8:30

(June 3 through June 24)

Cost: $40

This series is for women who want to understand truths and political causes of the unfairness in our 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.

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3.27.14 to 3.29.14 - NWL and Redstockings at the Boston Women’s Liberation Conference

footer white bgJoin National Women’s Liberation and Redstockings at the Boston Women’s Liberation Conference, March 27 - 29, 2014.

Speakers include Redstockings women’s liberation pioneer Kathie Sarachild and National Women’s Liberation member Annie Tummino, lead Plaintiff in the Morning-After Pill lawsuit against the FDA.

Visit www.redstockings.org for conference information, schedules and registration.

2.17.14 - Abortion Speakout at 12:30pm

Join us for a Speakout on Abortion on Monday, Feburary 17, 2014, at 12:30pm at the Plaza of the Americas at the University of Florida.

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