Pro-choice supporters mobilize in Texas

By CHRISTINE MARIE An extraordinary mobilization of support for abortion access in Texas last week has stimulated the imagination of reproductive justice activists everywhere. On June 25-26, close to 200,000 people around the country stayed up past 4 a.m. to watch the livestream of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis wrapping up an 11-hour filibuster that…

Women face triple economic burden

By ANN MONTAGUE The economic burdens on women are triple—working in undervalued jobs, domestic work, and cutbacks in social services used by women. In the first place, women’s work continues to be undervalued and underpaid. Women are half the labor force and continue to earn 76 cents on the dollar earned by men. There remains…

Women & coming working-class fightback

By CHRISTINE MARIE This article is based on a portion of the resolution on the oppression of women, written by the author, that was approved by the 2012 Socialist Action convention. “Such demands [from the women’s liberation movement] go to the very heart of the specific oppression of women exercised through the family and strike…

Presidential Debate: Where are the women?

By ALICE RICHARD  On Oct. 3, President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney squared off in the first presidential debate, in which independent parties were prohibited from participating. The debate was focused on domestic policy, and the candidates primarily sparred on taxes, Social Security, and the federal deficit. Despite the White House’s assurances that…

Activists discuss SlutWalk perspectives

On July 23, about 30 dedicated activists assembled for an politically and socially incisive panel discussion about building SlutWalks, the international movement of women fighting against blaming rape victims and the oppression of woman more generally. The tone for the open discussion was set by brief presentations from two Bay Area SlutWalk activists, Mer Stevens,…

Slutwalks spread to Mexico

The first “slutwalk” began in Toronto early this year by women who were angered by members of the criminal justice system continually blaming the victims of sexual attacks. Since then, these colorful protests have spread across the world. While the slutwalks occurring in cities across Europe and the U.S. have faced critique by communities of…

Democrats’ Healthcare “Reform” Bails Out Insurers

By ANDREW POLLACK The following article will appear in the April 2010 edition of Socialist Action newspaper. In late March, after months of debate, Congress passed, and President Barack Obama signed into law, a bill that progressive columnist Chris Hedges accurately described as “the health-care industry’s version of the Wall Street bailout.” Rose Ann DeMoro,…