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San Francisco – Gender Strike! Bay Area
March 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
In solidarity with the International Women’s Strike, which has called for militant action, strikes, blockades, occupations, and disruption of business as usual, we call for an all out strike against gender and all its forms of oppression, and against all systems of capitalist, racist, xenophobic, and fascist domination.
On March 8th we propose a feminist strike which will not be content to pinkwash the bombs on Bagdad, or to knit crowns honoring biology as our destiny. Instead, we propose a different strike, a strike against all forms of gender domination. A gender strike from below.
DAY OF ACTION – SHUT DOWN ICE!
As feminists, we see the struggle against ICE, against deportations, against borders, imperialism, and nationalism, as deeply intertwined with and crucial to the struggle for gender liberation.
We call upon antagonists to these systems of oppression in the Bay Area to come out for a day of action to shut down ICE and demand the removal of any and all ICE operations from San Francisco and the wider Bay Area. If this is truly to be a sanctuary city, if sanctuary is to be more than an ideal or a convenient phrase, we must act decisively to make the concept a reality.
We call for this as one step toward fighting for a world we can survive and want to live in.
ICE is a direct manifestation of the worst forms of oppression faced by the most vulnerable women, queer and trans folks. Just last week, ICE arrested and deported a trans woman on the steps of an El Paso courthouse after she filed a protective order against her abusive boyfriend. Aggressive ICE raids have been reported around the country, and in the Bay Area they have shown up at social services agencies, grocery stores, and other public places, terrifying the local community and causing people to avoid going to work or to school.
THE FUTURE IS NOT FEMALE, IF IT IS TRULY FEMINIST.
Our actions will honor a different feminism, a feminism which refuses to collaborate with elite power brokers, naked capital and imperial interests, opportunists, managers and tepid reformists of every pink stripe.
Our feminism will never invoke the hollow praises of “intersectionality” because we *live* intersectionality, on our bodies and in our communities daily.
We must act on our own behalf: we will not be spoken for and co-opted by upwardly mobile “feminists” with designs on appropriating and exploiting our labor, our struggles and our formidable strength.
THE FUTURE IS NOT GENDERED, IF IT IS TRULY REVOLUTIONARY.
Ours is a feminism that always fights, uncompromisingly, in defense of all who are oppressed by gender: trans women, undocumented migrants and domestic workers, refugees, black and brown people subjected to daily harassment and murder by police, and all who are situated at the intersection of life and death, surviving so many deadly forms of racialized, feminized and gendered exploitation.
Ours is a feminism that is anti capitalist; that is antifascist; that is against all forms of supremacy, imperialism, and nationalism; ours is a feminism that must destroy every patriarchal wall or border built between us and *our future*. We proclaim, the future is our liberation! and nothing less.
AGAINST STATE VIOLENCE AND REPRESSION
Necessarily, our strike will not call upon the police to protect our “safety” because our feminism opposes state violence, absolutely.
Police do not make everyone safer. When women, especially those of color, call the police seeking protection from abusive partners, they are met with violence from the police. When people call the police for help in a mental health crisis, they are met with fatal violence from the police.
Rally against ALL forms of oppression, which deepen and contribute to patriarchy and all that genders us & subjects us to gendered violence, exclusion, exploitation & oppression!