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Recap: 12/17/11—2/18/12

Yes, I’m way behind.

I’ve been out of commission for a while, but that doesn’t mean women haven’t been busy in the Occupy Movement! Stay tuned for more consistent updates. 

"Justified Rage from an Unsafe Space: Reflection on Occupy Wall Street" by Charlene Obernauer for People of Color Organize

"Occupy Rape Culture" by Dana Holtby for The Dominion

"Transforming Personal Pain Into Positive Action: The Pixel Project’s 16 Positive Female Role Models 2011" from The Pixel Project

"Four Protesters Arrested for Occupying Egyptian Embassy in London" from Demotix

"Egyptian Women Protest Against Brutal Treatment by Military" from The Guardian [video]

"Steinem’s Wall Street Occupied as Women Still Earn Less Than Men" by Esme E. Deprez for Bloomberg

"Egyptian Police Beat & Expose Female Protester" [video]

"My Trip to Occupy Wall Street for ‘Trans-Form the Occupation’ on Sunday, November 13, 2011" by Gunner Scott for Gunner Scott: the Trans Activist Not the Wrestler

"Why I Occupy" by Diana J. Wynne for Around the World in 365 Days

"A Space of Our Own: A Women’s Perspective on Women and OWS" by NY brit expat for Daily Kos

"A Women’s Caucus Hallelujah Chorus from Occupy Boston" [video]

"Alison Davison: A Society Fueled by Curiosity, Wonder, and Compassion" by Mari Herreras for Tucson Weekly

"Occupying Patriarchy Throughout the US" from Occupy Patriarchy

"Egypt: Military Policy Towards Women Human Rights Defenders" from Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

"Occupy the Port Congo Line from Occupy Oakland" [video]

"Occupy and Women’s Rights" by Leela Yellesetty for Socialist Worker

"Why Immigration Is a Feminist Issue" by Laura Flanders for The Nation

"The 99%: How the Occupy Wall Street Movement Is Changing America" from AlterNet

"Public Sector Meltdown Hits Black Women the Hardest" by Lindsay Beyerstein for Ms. Magazine

"Blaming the Victim" by Laurie Penny for New Statesman

"Margaret Prescod Speaks at Occupy Los Angeles Women’s General Assembly" [video]

"Protest at DSS With Occupy Albany Women’s Caucus" [video]

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Talking about the need to confront patriarchy and insist that women’s voices be heard and women’s needs be met within the context of Occupy or any radical or progressive movement can feel like a lonely pursuit, but the good news is that actually a whole lot of people are working to do exactly that.  All around the U.S. and throughout the world there have been a number of very empowering actions and statements.  Here is a wrap up of some of the things that have been happening in the U.S. and later this week, I’ll do another post that links to actions in other countries.  If you know of something that should be added to this, please do so in the comments.

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In this inaugural broadcast of Feminist Peace Network Radio, Feminist Peace Network Director Lucinda Marshall will interview well-known feminist activist Robin Morgan about feminism and the Occupy movement.

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Oak Port entrance shut down - hundreds picketing - @codepink & feminists marching.
Photo and caption via Rae Abileah (@raeabileah) on Twitter.

Oak Port entrance shut down - hundreds picketing - @ & feminists marching.

Photo and caption via Rae Abileah (@raeabileah) on Twitter.

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This flyer was downloaded from the Oakland Occupy Patriarchy Web site.

This flyer was downloaded from the Oakland Occupy Patriarchy Web site.

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Love these women! These photos were taken from the Web site La Petite Feministe Anglaise.


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Roundup: 11/28/11—12/7/11

A Message from Xan Joi to the OWS Movement [video]

Occupy Wall Street Thanksgiving [video]

"Occupy This: Create a Lasting Legacy by Passing the Equal Rights Amendment" by Barbara Hannah Grufferman for the Huffington Post

"Redefining the Union Boss" by Kathleen Sharp for the New York Times

"With Dudes Like These, Who Needs The Patriarchy? Why I Left Occupy Denver" by spamsucks for Colorado Indymedia

"Oh Maybelline" by Lucinda Marshall for Occupy Patriarchy

"The 99 Percent Is Not 90 Percent Men" by Melanie Butler for People of Color Organize

"Whistles" by Lucinda Marshall for Occupy Patriarchy

"Participating in Direct Actions: A Guide for Transgender People" from Sylvia Rivera Law Project

"OWS—Where Does Feminism Fit?" by Lucinda Marshall for Women’s Media Center

"Trans-Forming Occupy Wall Street" for Out-FM [radio]

"#OccupyPatriarchy: Creating Alternative Models and Safe Spaces" by Laura Kacere for Feminist Campus

"When the System Itself Is the Problem" by Gina Quattrochi for Gay City News

"The Occupy Movement’s Woman Problem" by Tina Dupuy for The Atlantic

"Activists Tie Occupy Movement to Global Gender Rights" by Sandra Siagian for IPS News

"Sex, Class, and Occupy Wall Street" by Sasha for Sasha Said

"The Other 99%: Will Obama Betray Them?" by Carole Joffe for RH Reality Check

Occupy Seattle: Octogenarian Activist Dorli Rainey for Countdown with Keith Olbermann [video]

"New Eden, Old Devils" by Sady Doyle for In These Times

"Enough of Blaming Women" by Trish Kahle for I Can’t Believe We Still Have to Protest This Shit

"Women’s Statement" for Occupy Boston

Discussion of Women and Occupy Wall Street for WBAI [radio]

"Women Bring Peace to Zuccotti Park" by Victoria Pynchon for Forbes

"Occupy Thanksgiving" by Nancy Goldstein for The Guardian

"After Raids … Will OWS Shift Tactics?" for The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann [video]

"OWS Student Loans … Are Debt Strikes Coming?" for The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann [video]

"The Blame Game: Perpetuating a Culture of Violence" by Beth for Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

"Despite Flaws, OWS Deserves Our Participation" by Prometheus Brown for Aljazeera

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"Great, great line in roundtable discussion on KPFK’s Feminist Magazine about women’s involvement and childcare at #OccupyLA—if you don’t have women and children, it’s just a bunch of dudes."

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Unfortunately, logical as that might be, those who seek to address these topics and insist that they be part of the Occupy agenda are finding themselves confronting many of the same obstacles that women often face outside of the Occupy movement—such issues as safety, sexism, misogynist power structures and a lack of gendered analysis.  Women report being harassed and labeled divisive for speaking out and pointing to issues that affect women’s lives. There have been numerous reports of women being physically and sexually assaulted, and of women being shouted down and denied a chance to speak, problems that sound all too familiar to longtime feminist activists working within political, social and progressive movements.