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South Dakota's Abortion Ban: A Discussion by Reproductive Freedom Activist Marlene Gerber Fried
south-dakota.pngOn February 24th, the state of South Dakota passed a ban on nearly all abortions. The ban, which is expected to take effect this July, will shut down the state's one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, forcing many pregnant females to travel long distances or perhaps seek underground providers. The ban is expected to challenge Roe versus Wade, the 33-year-old legislation that legalized abortion in the U.S.

As co-founder of the National Network of Abortion Funds and organizer of Hampshire College's annual reproductive justice conference, Marlene Gerber Fried has a long history within the reproductive justice movement. On Tuesday, February 28th, she spoke near Boston about the meaning of South Dakota's abortion ban. This is an audio recording of her lecture.

[For the whole story, please listen to the posted .mp3 audio file]
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05 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Gender : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Coalition Forms to Defend Local Abortion Clinics
clinic-protest.jpgSparked by an apparent need to support visitors of Planned Parenthood in the face of anti-abortion harassment, the Coalition to Defend Reproductive Rights formed a few months ago. On Saturday, November 12th, members of the new group stood outside of the clinic on Commonwealth Ave., holding pink banners and blocking the graphic signs of anti-abortion protesters.
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14 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Gender : Organizing
Hey Baby! Girls in Hyde Square Will Not Be Silent in the Face of Sexual Harassers
harassment-card.gifAUDIO: A rally on August 25th sparked off a campaign to stop sexual harassment on JP's streets. Teenagers from the Hyde Square Task Force have organized the campaign, which includes not only the rally but also flyering and talking to other teenagers in public school classrooms across the city. The campaign is timely as school starts and students walk to and from school. It also follows the alleged gang rape of a teenaged girl several months ago at the Jackson Square T stop. For the whole story, listen to the posted radio piece.
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04 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / Gender
Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls Hits the Northeast
rock_girlsonstge2.jpgAn offshoot of the original Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls that recently sprung up on the west coast, the Willie Mae Rock Camp was organized by feminist musicians and offered workshops on such topics as anti-oppression, instrument instruction, and self-defense.

Feminist musicians had been organizing for about a year to bring the first Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls to New York City. It took place August 8th through the 12th near Central Park. The camp was open to all self-identified girls ages 8 through 18, and drew around 80 kids from around the city by working through local Girls Clubs and schools, offering a sliding-scale tuition. To hear interviews with the girls and others, listen to the posted .mp3.
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16 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Gender : Media : Organizing
Child-care providers in RI fight for union rights
melida 1.gifOn June 22, Rhode Island governor Donald Carcieri vetoed the Family Childcare Providers Business Opportunity Act of 2005. The act would have allowed the state's 1,300 licensed and hundreds of other unlicensed home-based day care providers, members of the union SEIU 1199, to bargain collectively with the state for wages and benefits.

As wages fall behind inflation for most workers, and welfare payments are eliminated, the home based day care workers have become essential for working parents in Rhode Island. The day care fees are subsidized for thirteen thousand parents by the state, although these subsidies are being cut to pay for tax cuts for the richest Rhode Islanders. But the day care workers are poorly compensated for their central role in the state's economy. The Day Care Justice Co-Op, an organization of day care workers that preceeded the union drive, found that after deducting for the cost of childrens' toys, books, food, safety equipment, and sometimes assistants, the day care workers, mostly black and latina women, ended up with a wage of only $2.76 per hour, less than the legal minimum wage.
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28 Jun 2005 | Filed under: News / Gender : Labor : Race : Social Welfare
Transgender Law in Massachusetts and Beyond
How are trans people treated under the law in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the U.S.? This is an audio recording of a talk by attorney Cole Thayer at the Harvard Law School from Tuesday, April 26.
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28 Apr 2005 | Filed under: News / Gender : GLBT/Queer
Rally at Mexican Consulate Demands Justice for the Women of Juarez and Chihuahua
blood-flyer2.jpgOn April 1st a crowd of about 50 people gathered outside the Mexican Consulate of Boston to demand justice for the women of Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico.

As people sang and handed out literature, a large banner stated, “4, 857 DEAD AND MISSING WOMEN, Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico” with a silhouette of a woman with a question mark. The rally took place on the sidewalk outside the Mexican Consulate offices at 20 Park Place in downtown Boston, at noon on Friday.
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04 Apr 2005 | Filed under: News / Gender : Human Rights : International
Bostonians Protest the Inauguration of President Bush
DCP_0001.JPGOn Thursday, January 20, the day President Bush was inaugurated for his second term and thousands marched in opposition in Washington DC, about thirty hardy souls braved the bitter cold to stand from 5:30 to 6:30 in Copley Square, protesting here in Boston. Although the protest was organized by United for Justice with Peace (UJP), the main local anti-war coalition, the signs people bore showed that they had a variety of concerns--not just ending the occupation of Iraq, but also domestic issues such as the attacks on civil liberties and reproductive rights and the destruction of the welfare system. Organizers with UJP that I spoke with expressed not only their opposition to the Bush administration’s policies, but their fears that the Bush administration is making a concerted, purposeful assault on what’s left of democracy in this country.
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21 Jan 2005 | Filed under: News / Gender : Human Rights : International : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
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