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Date Tue, 13 Apr 2004 09:16:15 +0200 (CEST)

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Anti-Racist Action is calling for a visible antifascist bloc on April
25th in Washington DC as part of the March For Women's Lives.
The climate of fear engendered in this country by the Bush
administration's military agression and assult on civil liberties has
created an opportunity for the forces of the right wing to
consolidate their power and work together to push through an
agenda which is oppressive in many ways, one of the most visible
today being the assault on sexual and reproductive freedom. This
calls for nothing less than total resistance, and it is critical for
anti-authoritarians to make our presence felt as part of this opposition.

As anti-authoritarians and anti-fascists, we work to build strong
communities of families and inclusive support networks. We
come from a position where we find our attempts at strengthening
our communities under attack by state regulations in many
different ways. We need to stand up for what we need: full
reproductive freedom, access to birth control, acceptance of
adoption as a choice, support structures for having and raising
children, access to affordable prenatal and birth options, and free
abortion on demand. Ultimately we want to care for ourselves and
we believe in taking practical steps toward that - NOW.

Our call for an antifascist bloc allows us to raise awareness of the
ties between fascism and the restriction of sexual freedom.
Historical fascism was much more effective in its patriarchal
redefining of gender relations in the "homeland" than in its more
widely publicized racist outrages, and right-wing religious and
nationalist movements today, from the Taliban to the Christian
Right, similarly build their power first and foremost on state power
over women as a class, and state regulation and social
conditioning of sexual and family relationships. Bringing up this
often-overlooked connection keeps the struggles of women and
sexual minorities from being marginalized.

This march, organized by mainstream and liberal feminist groups,
will be the largest gathering in recent years of a broad spectrum of
forces opposed to the current right-wing clampdown on sexual
and reproductive freedom, and in the context of a presidential
election season and ongoing legal and political battles in the fields
of gay marriage and abortion rights, it will be highly significancant
in its own right. While we recognize this march as an important
step towards fighting for the freedom of choice, we also identify
the need for a greater focus in local work. There are many steps
we can take to increase our presence and impact right where we
live. We need to be shutting down fake clinics,providing abortion
clinic defense, creating alternative and independent groups
focusing on reproductive health, supporting sexual freedom,
reaching out to youth with empowering messages about sexuality
and choices, reinventing the family structure and organizing
opposition to anti-freedom groups/events.

The March For Womens Lives begins at 12 noon at the Mall. The
antifascist bloc will meet with the Radical Cheerleaders' Bloc
Potluck at 11:00 am at Stanton Park (C St. between 4th and 6th,
NE). We are calling for a bloc with banners having creative
antifascist, women's liberation, and "freedom without
compromise" statements. We encourage everyone to bring
information on the organizing work being done in your own
communities to hand out at the march and rally.

See you in the streets!

Baltimore and New Jersey Anti-Racist Action
mobtownara@hotmail.com newjerseyara@ziplip.com

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