Stop Patriarchy Street Actions Unleash Pent Up Anger Against War on Women
In the span of a few days, Stop Patriarchy took to the streets in Washington, DC, Oakland, San Francisco, and other cities to mount a head on political confrontation with the forces in society seeking to ban abortion and birth control.
Using bold visual displays and street theatre, the group is recasting the abortion debate to the real question it concentrates: Are women to be enslaved by forced reproduction or will they be free to be full human beings? By their actions, they are forging a new movement of resistance. At each action, people passing by were attracted to this unapologetic and determined stand and joined in protest on the spot.
“The war on women is real. It is not figurative, it is not an election ploy, it is not a talking point and it is not going away on its own,” said Sunsara Taylor, initiator of Stop Patriarchy. “Denying abortion and forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement. If we want women to be treated as full human beings, we must stand up, fight back, and bring in millions until we STOP the war on women.”
1/22 WASHINGTON, DC: March for “Life” brought to a halt for 30+ minutes – 8 arrested.
First time opposition like this has happened in decades.
VIDEO of arrested activists chanting inside police paddywagon.
1/24 SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Confronting Walk for “Life” West Coast with huge displays of women who died before Roe v. Wade and bold message of “Abortion on Demand & Without Apology” / “Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement”
Who is Stop Patriarchy?
“It is a group for everyone who wants to FIGHT to STOP the enslavement of women. Not politely lobby against it. Not grumble at the TV. Not simply post things on Twitter. And definitely not sit around waiting for those in power to “come to their senses.” It is also a movement for everyone who can be won to see the need for this – we are fighting aggressively to change minds and to grow and deepen and escalate until we succeed in changing everything!” (FULL STATEMENT)