Speech #WomenDefendRojava

Or: Why the fight for peace and self-determination in north Syria is a feminist fight.

Our speech for the Rojava solidarity demonstration at the 26th of october in Dresden:

The recent attacks from the turkish government are neither surprising nor unique. Quite the opposite, they are just the latest sad height in a series of tries to destroy the achievements of the kurdish women’s movement. Continue reading

Thank God? – On the resignation of Bishop Rentzing

(1973 leaflet criticising church)

 

In 2015, Carsten Rentzing was elected the protestant Bishop of Saxony in a close election. As a representative of arch-conservative views, he was explicitly criticized back then (also by us) not least because of his homophobic views. At the time, we expressed our concern that right-wing positions would receive additional support through the election of a reactionary theologian to the church leadership. In recent years, Rentzing has proven that he repeatedly uses his power, his possibilities and his networks for this purpose precisely.

During his term in office, the criticism did not diminish, even if Rentzing tried to label and prevent inner-church debates about the political orientation of the protestant Landeskirche (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony) as conniving attempts of schism.

Unfortunately, there were unpleasant occasions for it, which led to a number of smaller and larger scandals, which, in many cases, did not even reach the public.

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Support Alicja Tyisac

Dear Friends of Ciocia Basia,

we are currently trying to get funds for an eye operation for Alicja Tyisac, a Polish woman who lost most of her eyesight due to being denied abortion. We would be very happy about your support.

A pregnant woman from Poland, diagnosed with a severe eye disease, tried to get an abortion to avoid an escalation of her disease.

Her requests were rejected by several medical doctors and she underwent labor of her third child. Her condition later deteriorated, and she sued one of the doctors.

Her criminal lawsuits were rejected in Poland and the case was appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, which accepted one part of the complaint, and the plaintiff was awarded damages.

{source: Tysiąc v Poland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tysi%C4%85c_v_Poland}

At the moment “a woman” Alicja Tysiąc lives on 653 Polish Zloty a month, being: £135 and she is fighting to keep what’s left of her eye sight.

The medication costs her 4900pln (£1,019) …

Alicja is actively supporting #czarnyprotest and women right’s movement – NOW SHE NEEDS OUR SUPPORT.

YOU CAN SEND HER SUPPORT BY PAYPAL: email hidden; JavaScript is required

or via her Polish crowdfunding website: https://pomagam.pl/zoyl6qqx

Do you feel like..

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.. feminist politics
.. theoretical discussions
.. talking
.. radical critics on society
.. feministist militancy
.. emancipatory practice?

Then come to the e*vibes meeting, to get to know each other, on June 13th 2016 in front of kosmotique (Martin – Luther – Str. 13, Dresden) at 4.30pm or write an e-mail to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

All genders welcome!

++ Second bus (from Dresden to Annaberg-Buchholz) ++

A week ago we stated:

Hard to believe but we already sold all bustickets.. If you still need a opportunity to get from Dresden to Annaberg please write us via facebook or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Meanwhile backed by public demand we organized a second bus – so all of you can come with us to protest against anti feminist fundamentalist shit!
Tickets are available till 2nd of June in the book store “König Kurt” at AZ Conni (Rudolf-Leonhardt-Str. 39). If you can’t manage it in time, write us an e-mail and we will find a solution.

A letter! A letter! – An Answer of Feminist Fightback London!

Reply from Feminist Fightback London: After we had wished them a successful action on May 19th, this answer fluttered into our letterbox:

Dear comrades,

We were very happy to receive your letter in solidarity with our action. The pro-choice action in Stratford, London against “Helpers of God’s Precious Infants” on Sat 9th of May 2015 was vibrant and loud. Feminist protestors –both from Feminist Fightback and other allies that came for the action- blocked the anti-choice religious group as they tried to march from a church to the abortion clinic. The action took place outside the church –with the intention of not interfering nearby the abortion clinic- and attracted passer-bys who stopped and engaged with us. The group ranged from women to children to male allies around colourful handcrafted banners. We made noise with pots and pans, whistles and the stereo that was playing punk songs as well as feminist classics. There was a brilliant moment where we sang along to Aretha Franklin’s Respect, summed up why we were there: RESPECT women’s choices! The feminist presence managed to delay the anti-choice group for over two hours until we were pushed back by the police (who escorted the procession), though the anti-choice demonstration only had ten minutes in front of the clinic. A great achievement!

We would also wish to express our solidarity with your action on the 1st of June in Annaberg-Buchholz in Germany. It is great to make connections with and be inspired by comrades working on similar issues elsewhere. Attempts by religious groups to make regressive demands in terms of reproductive rights and harassing women against making choices regarding their own bodies, are merely the last desperate acts of a dilapidated dogma. We will continue to engage in action to stand against fundamentalist religious attempts to control and dictate women’s lives. We very much appreciate engaging in on-going conversations with comrades around the world on this issue!

We look forward to hearing about your experience and in combining efforts to overcome the challenges to our reproductive rights!

In solidarity,
Feminist Fightback

Information to the protest will be found here.