A newly re-issued book on organizing by women of color activists has important lessons for the fight for reproductive justice today, writes Haley Swenson.
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UNDIVIDED RIGHTS: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, re-issued this year by Haymarket Books, documents the contributions of women of color activists to the struggle for reproductive justice over the last four decades. At a time when activists fear more repression and retrenchment on women's issues, learning about the work that has been accomplished in earlier difficult times is invaluable.
Pranav Jani, a longtime SocialistWorker.org contributor and associate professor at Ohio State University (OSU), writes about the climate on campus following the horrible attack on November 28 and the determination of students and faculty to resist the tide of hate and scapegoating. OSU students Maryam Abdi, Stu Edgecombe, Andrea Guttman Fuentes and Yashna Panda contributed interviews and additional comments.
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To repeat: We don't know why Artan did what he did. There is no definite link between his religion and his race and his actions. The vast majority of people who feel alienated and oppressed on this campus don't resort to acts of violence--which can only produce fear, leading to further backlashes against minority communities.
The ISO Columbus condemns the Ohio state house’s underhanded tactic of sneaking in the inappropriately misnamed “Heartbeat bill” into a law to expedite the reporting of child abuse and neglect by medical professionals. The “Heartbeat bill” bans abortion at the moment that a heartbeat is detected in a fetus, usually around 6-8 weeks. This is before many people know that they are pregnant, and is long before viability or brain activity has been established. The “Heartbeat bill” has been opposed by Ohio Right-to-Life, the largest anti-choice organization in the state, for being too extreme and unconstitutional. The so-called “lame duck” congressional session, between the election of new bourgeois politicians and their inaugurations, allows sitting congresspeople to fast-track a number of reactionary, conservative, anti-women, and anti-worker bills without accountability to their constituency. It is a farce of democracy that this dangerous, and by all accounts illegal, bill will be signed into law by right-winger John Kasich. The ACLU has announced that they will fight the bill in court, but Kasich’s administration will be using workers’ hard-earned tax money to fund the defense of this attack on reproductive rights.
In a state where police are allowed to kill Black children and Black men for carrying toy guns, headed by a Governor who wrote into law welfare reform that gutted food stamp benefits and financial assistance for the most vulnerable in our country during his tenure in the U.S. Congress, it is unconscionable that the Ohio state legislature’s priorities would be to continue the assault on reproductive justice.
Our collective liberation cannot depend on bourgeois politicians who practice a mockery of democracy. Our collective liberation requires reproductive freedom for all.