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This Sunday, Aug. 26: Take to the streets of SF in defense of women's rights!


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Why I'm Marching on Aug. 26

Women and their allies will take to the street on Sunday, Aug. 26 in cities across the country to stand up against the right-wing war on women's rights. In San Francisco, we will be gathering at 24th and Mission Streets at 12 noon for a march and rally.

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their conventions in Tampa and Charlotte, we will celebrate Women’s Equality Day by sending a clear message: Women will not stand by while our rights are under attack.

Access to healthcare – including contraception and abortion – childcare, housing, welfare and other benefits are being slashed across the country.

We are tired of politicians playing political football with our lives. It’s time we take action. It’s time we organize and fight back.

See a list of demonstrations in other cities.

How you can help build for Aug. 26:

We will meet for all the activities below at 2969 Mission St. (between 25th and 26th Streets near 24th St. BART).

Thursday, Aug. 23

5pm: Sign-making session
6pm: Street leafletting and postering

Friday, Aug. 24

4:30pm: Banner drop over the freeway (carpool from 2969 Mission St.)

Saturday, Aug. 25

11am - 5pm: Work session in preparation for Aug. 26 demonstration

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Thousands sign petition demanding Akin resign: Keep up the momentum!

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I demand the immediate resignation of Congressman Todd Akin who went on national television to defame victims of rape and all women when he said that pregnancy is "really, really" rare in cases of "legitimate rape." Akin wants to destroy abortion rights for all women, including rape victims. His implication is clear: pregnant rape victims weren't really raped. What an outrageous lie! Akin and the other right wing political bigots are carrying out a war against women and women's rights by by perpetuating the most vile and sexist stereotypes. Akin must go!

 

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Sign the petition:
Demand Todd Akin's resignation!

As Congressman Akin announced today that he will stay in the Senate race, thousands of people across the country have joined in a campaign to demand his resignation, calling him unfit to hold public office.

Fill out the form to the right to sign the petition.

Representative Akin, who has asserted that women who get pregnant from rape weren’t really raped – and thus should not be allowed abortion rights -- is standing by his grotesque and misogynist statement.

Today the Washington Post likened his position to a “crusade.” Akin said, “We believe taking this stand is going to strengthen our country… What we’re doing here is standing on a principle of what America is.”

Your voice is urgently needed to send a clear and powerful message to Akin and all those who are waging a vicious war on women – he must resign. Fill out the form to the right to sign the petition. His disgusting diatribe is not aberrational but rather part of the right wing’s full-court press to ban abortion rights altogether. These rights were won because millions of women were in the streets in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Today, we are building a new fightback movement to defend and expand our rights!

This Sunday, Aug. 26, we will match our words with action. Women and our allies will take to the streets across the country to counter the anti-women offensive led by extreme-right forces such as Akin. Volunteers are working tirelessly to build demonstrations in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities.

Please make an urgently needed donation now to help us produce literature, posters and leaflets, cover the cost of banners and sound equipment, and pay for travel costs for low-income students and activists.

Join us in the streets on Aug. 26!

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Sign the petition: Demand that Rep. Todd Akin resign now!

Todd Akin appears on KTVI-TV
Todd Akin on KTVI-TV

While explaining his position on abortion rights during a video interview Sunday, Missouri Congressman and Senate candidate Todd Akin outlandishly remarked that pregnancy is "really, really" rare in cases of "legitimate rape." The overt insinuation that rape victims who become pregnant were not the victims of rape at all--and, as a consequence, should have no abortion rights--is a vicious two-for-one attack on victims of sexual violence and women's right to choose.

Sign the petition: Demand that Rep. Akin resign now!

The baseless and unscientific character of Akin's remarks merits no discussion. A 1996 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology cited by women's issues website Jezebel indicates that 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year. Rape is a major cause of unwanted pregnancies. The suggestion that such cases do not qualify as "legitimate rape" is a blatant example of the victim-blaming mentality that helps perpetuate violence against women.

What is truly alarming is that this brand of extreme anti-women rhetoric, with the likes of Akin and Rush Limbaugh leading the charge, has become an all-too-common part of mainstream political discourse.

The time has come to end these vicious attacks on women’s rights and dignity in electoral politics. This is a call to action. It’s time to fight back.

Sign the petition now: Stop attacking women to win votes! Hands off our bodies! Stop sexual violence against women!

The Democratic party, for its part, is offering no real fight-back alternative for women. The Obama administration, facing Republican opposition, dropped a 2009 provision for family planning. The White House made the unprecedented step of overruling the FDA in 2011 in order to keep Plan B out of the reach of women under 18. And as part of an electoral maneuver, Democrats opportunistically spent over $1.5 million to help Akin win the Republican Senate primary in Missouri. Legislative initiatives are eroding women's rights in state after state.

It’s clear that women can’t count on Democrats or Republicans to fight for our rights. We need a new women’s movement independent of both dominant political parties. On Aug. 26, supporters of women's rights will take to the streets across the country, continuing the tradition of struggle that won the very rights that now under attack. We will march for reproductive rights. We will march for working women. We will march for equality. Join us.

Sign the petition condemning these outrageous attacks on women now. Learn more about the Aug. 26 demonstrations and how you can get involved in the new movement for women’s equality.

Sincerely,
All of us with Women Organized to Resist and Defend

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Across the country, women are fed up with right-wing attacks on our most basic rights. We’ve had enough of politicians treating our hard-won rights like bargaining chips. Women are ready to fight back.

Please take two minutes to watch and share our new video about the August 26 National Day of Action to defend women’s rights.

On August 26, as Republicans and Democrats prepare for their conventions in Tampa and Charlotte, we will celebrate Women’s Equality Day by sending a clear message: Women will not stand by while our rights are under attack.

Please take two minutes to watch this important video and share it widely. Help WORD build the August 26 National Day of Action in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and other cities across the United States.

The August 26 National Day of Action to defend women’s rights is just over a week away. Now is the time to get involved: endorse the August 26 call to action, make a generous donation to support our work, volunteer in your city, and download flyers to help us spread the word.

Get involved - less than 2 weeks to go!

Posters for August 26 march in Hollywood

THIS SATURDAY  
August 18th, 1pm

137 N. Virgil Ave, #201
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Call: (213) 251-1058
Email: la@defendwomensrights.org

We’re less than two weeks away from the August 26th march and rally to defend women’s rights! On August 26th, national Women’s Equality Day, women and our allies will take to the streets in Los Angeles and other cities across the United States to stand up and fight back against the attacks on our rights.

If you can’t make it to Tampa or to Charlotte to protest, stay in LA and march with us - let the politicians know that we will not be silent while they play political football with our rights and our lives!

Volunteers are needed to make this demonstration a success. A new feminist movement is growing, and it’s not too late to volunteer and get involved!

Join us for an important volunteer meeting on Saturday, August 18th. This meeting will be a great opportunity to connect with other activists and organizers and find out how you can help build the movement to defend women’s rights in Los Angeles. Come, bring your friends and join us for street outreach immediately following the meeting.

Pick up materials: stickers, posters and flyers – help us spread the word! If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can still help build this march. We have plenty of outreach materials at our office. Let us know if you’d like to stop by and pick some up. We have stickers, flyers and posters available: everything you need to form your own outreach team and spread the word in your area! You can also download flyers to print.

Don’t forget to RSVP to the march on Facebook: Join the event, share and invite your friends!    

Thank you for all your hard work. Together, we are building a powerful new movement to fight for equality for all! Let’s keep building momentum, and together we can make this march a great one!

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The right to control our bodies: priceless

Less than two weeks left!
Please help us spread the word about the Aug. 26 demonstration for women's rights!

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Dear ,

Woman holding sign: My body belongs to me, not Congress
"Because my body belongs to me,
not men in Congress!"

The Aug. 26 National Day of Action to Defend Women’s Rights is now less than two weeks away. WORD organizers in Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC, San Francisco and elsewhere across the country are working tirelessly to build demonstrations, spread the word, and raise funds. We need your help to make this important day of action a success.

The right wing is sparing no expense to take away women’s rights. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, anti-choice Political Action Committees spent close to half a million dollars on the 2008 election campaign to take away our control over our bodies. And they're at it again, with more than $124,000 already spent in this election cycle as of June 4.

Countering this well-funded right-wing assault requires unity, militancy—and money. WORD is meeting the challenge head on with a call for mass demonstrations on Aug. 26 immediately preceding the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Your financial support is urgently needed for us to succeed.

A $20 donation will let us print 2,000 flyers. A $60 donation will allow a low-income student to travel by bus to the Aug. 26 demonstrations in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. A $120 donation will cover the monthly cost of a phone line used by our volunteers. Sound equipment, placards, banners, transportation and other expenses for Aug. 26 will cost thousands of dollars. Please take a moment to make a generous donation to this critical campaign.

Get involved today:

The battle for our rights won’t be decided through the ballot—it will be decided in the streets. Please give generously to support this grassroots effort.

Sincerely,

All of us at WORD
Women Organized to Resist and Defend

Less than two weeks left!
Please help us spread the word about the Aug. 26 demonstration for women's rights!

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Get involved in the struggle to defend women's rights!

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Get involved in the struggle to defend women's rights!

Volunteer meeting this Saturday!

137 N. Virgil Ave, #201 Los Angeles, CA 90004

Call: (213) 251-1058
Email: la@defendwomensrights.org

On Sunday August 26th, National Women's Equality Day, WORD(Women Organized to Resist and Defend) Los Angeles is calling for a mass protest in Hollywood to defend women's rights. We want to let the politicians of both major parties know that we will not stand by while women's rights are under attack.

Read the national call-to-action for August 26th!

Get involved! Help us build the August 26th Demonstration in Los Angeles:

This Saturday, August 11th, WORD Los Angeles is holding a volunteers meeting! Join us if you would like to get involved and build the August 26th demonstration for women's rights. At this meeting you will be able to:

  • Find out more about WORD LA and connect with volunteer activists and organizers who are taking action against the war on women!
  • Discuss ways to get involved and help spread the word about this important demonstration. We've done some great outreach all over Southern California so far, but there is a lot more to do! Come get stickers, flyers and posters and help us spread the word!
  • Discuss the latest political updates in the war on women - and how we plan to fight back! We will discuss plans for the day of August 26th and our strategy for building the movement in LA and beyond!
  • After the meeting, join an outreach team for a chance to hit the streets and let everyone know about August 26th!

Volunteers from all over Southern California are working hard to build the August 26th demonstration for women's rights, but there is still time to get involved. Come, bring friends and join this important movement!

Get involved with WORD and the Aug. 26 protests to Defend Women’s Rights:

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Open Letter from Supporters of Aug. 26

Open Letter from Supporters of Aug. 26

Sun, Aug. 26: Defend Women’s Rights in LA, SF, NYC, Chicago & elsewhere

Dear supporter of women's rights,

Banner says: "Defend Women's Rights - Protest in Los Angeles"

WORD volunteers do a banner drop over a busy Los Angeles freeway, June 2.

The right wing is on the offensive in the war on women's rights. Access to healthcare - including contraception and abortion - childcare, housing, welfare and other benefits are being slashed across the country. In 2011 alone, 26 different states enacted new anti-choice laws.

Across the nation, women are tired of politicians playing political football with our lives. It’s time we take action. It’s time we organize and fight back.

On Women’s Equality Day, August 26 – the eve of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, which will be immediately followed by the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. - women and their allies will take to the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago and other cities across the country in defense of women's rights.

Sign on now and be a part of this historic movement! Thousands of women and men will be mobilizing to stand up for women’s rights. We need your support: become an official endorser and let others know that you support this mobilization. Make a donation, if you can and help us spread the word! For more information, go to: DefendWomensRights.org.

Sincerely,

  • Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
  • Roseanne Barr, actor
  • Farheen Hakeem, National Co-Chair, Green Party of the United States
  • Leah Bolger, President, Veterans for Peace
  • Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
  • Sarah Sloan and Peta Lindsay, ANSWER Coalition
  • Jollene Levid, National Chairperson, AF3IRM (Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization)
  • Kristin Jordan, African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (A.A.L.U.S.C.) Member and Group Facilitator
  • Karina Garcia, Co-Founder, Lucha; Faculty Advisor, Youth Against War and Racism 
  • Gabi Lazaro, Mami's Unite
  • Theresa and Blase Bonpane, Directors, Office of the Americas
  • Donna Goodman, Vice President, Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation*; Co-chair, Women's Rights & Concerns Committee, United University Professions, AFT Local 2190, AFL-CIO* (for identification only)
  • Christine Araquel, organizer, KmB Pro-People Youth
  • Julie Levine, Topanga Peace Alliance/ MLK Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Peace
  • Frances Villar, Chairperson, Department of Science, Harlem Renaissance High School 
  • Josephine Arce, Professor, Elementary Education, San Francisco State University*
  • Rebecca Rojas, Ph.D., professor and licensed psychologist

Call to Action initiated by WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend), a new grassroots, feminist organization that is dedicated to building the struggle for women’s rights and equality for all.

Get involved with WORD and the Aug. 26 protests to Defend Women’s Rights:

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Spread the word about Aug. 26:

Women's Rights are Under Attack!

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Dear friend,

Volunteers are mobilizing in cities across the United States to build for the Aug. 26 mobilizations in defense of women's rights. Banner drops, leafleting, postering, internet outreach and phone banking are taking place to bring women and all those who want to defend women's rights out to the streets.

Women are tired of politicians playing political football with our lives, and we're ready to fight back. On August 26th, Women's Equality Day, we'll take our demands to the streets in a national day of action.

This truly grassroots effort needs only one thing to succeed: you, and people like you.

Please take a moment to help us spread the word now by sharing the Aug. 26 Call to Action on Facebook and Twitter:

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You can also print and distribute posters and flyers to build for the demonstrations taking place around the country.

If you'd like to organize an Aug. 26 event in your city, please let us know the details so we can list it on our website.

There are many ways you can get involved. We need volunteers to help build for this exciting day of action—get in touch with us to be a part of this effort!

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We look forward to seeing you on Aug. 26!

Sincerely,

All of us at WORD
Women Organized to Resist and Defend