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(en) US, LA, Mujeres Libres Declaracion / Mission Statement [ca]

Date Wed, 17 Aug 2005 12:46:21 +0300


Mujeres Libres is a collective that works with and is part of the Los
Angeles chapter of the Southern California Anarchist Federation
if you're interested contact Ale, at intiale@yahoo.com
We are revolutionary anarchists (1), women and men, opposing any form
of dominance, oppression, and exploitation of women by patriarchy (2)
and capitalism (3). As anarchists, we are aware of the multitude of
shapes that domination and exploitation over women can assume: sexual and
emotional exploitation in relationships; capitalist exploitation of low
and unpaid female labor; all forms of machista (4) violence against
women from whistling in the streets to rape; statist denial of reproductive
and civil rights; patriarchal defining of female identity and its
violent enforcement; social gender roles and unequal labor division;
racism, classism (5) and marginalism (6) against non-mainstream women; and many
others.

We, women and men of the “Mujeres Libres”, oppose the patriarchal and
capitalist system of domination of women with our vision of self-determined
individuals living, loving, and working in equal relationships, all
of us having the same level of responsibility, accountability,
opportunities and freedom: we are all equal because we are all different.
We oppose the specific system of capitalist exploitation of female labor
with our vision of equal rewards for female work, wherever it may take
place. We oppose patriarchal arrogance and paternalism (7) with our vision
of autonomy (8) and self-determination. Every woman shall have the
choice to define herself in her own way, according to her needs and
desires. We oppose all forms of violence with our vision of non-domination.

We know that the process of decolonization (9) and emancipation
requires not only a struggle against the state and its allies, but also
working within ourselves, our relationships and our communities. That is
why we not only want to destroy this oppressive system and its agents, but
to proactively build the future world in which we want to live. As
anarchists we believe that this struggle has to take place in our
autonomous communities, in our neighborhoods and families, and through
mutual aid within and between these communities, forming a network of
solidarity. Our grassroots struggle does not know borders - it is transnational
(10), transgendered, multiethnic, and diverse. It has to empower women,
their status, organizations and position in society in general through
direct action and education, through cultural expression and by means
of our creativity. Our communities shall be nurturing and loving
environments so we can resist the destructive forces from within and
outside.


We are prepared for a long struggle:
Long live the Mujeres Libres! Que vivan las Mujeres Libres!

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Definitions:

(1) Anarchist: A person who rejects all forms of government or
hierarchy plus a highly pro-democratic, egalitarian being.

(2) Patriarchy: A form of social power given unevenly to men, in which
men dominate or exploit women in various circumstances.

(3) Capitalism: An economic system based on money and private ownership
of factories, schools, institutions, food, etc., which effects the
political and social systems; leaving a select few to have all the gains
and power.

(4) Machismo: The culture and ideology behind "masculinity," stressing
characteristics such as arrogance, male dominance, domination of women,
aggression, and patriarchy.

(5) Classism: Refers to discrimination based on class - the classist
does not apply the same set of values and rights to somebody of a “lower
class.”

(6) Marginalism: Similar to racism and classism, but towards somebody
on the margins of society, such as homeless people, beggars,
prostitutes, junkies, etc.

(7) Paternalism: Condescending behavior towards somebody assumed not
capable of taking responsibility for their life, thus imposing culture
and decisions, restricting their freedom and autonomy.

(8) Autonomy: Self-government or self-management of a community,
region, workplace, individual etc. - they are free to make their own
decisions independently.

(9) Decolonization: The process by which we begin to challenge our
internalized beliefsand ideologies that have been thrust upon us by the
colonizers/oppressors.

(10) Transnational: Transcending our nations - implying that we are not
representatives of specific nations since it is often these
nation-states that oppress us.

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From: m0rph 30 <morph3030@yahoo.com>

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