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LIST_CHOICE May 2004

Subject:

Re: meeting tonight

From:

Kathleen Brown <[log in to unmask]>

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Choice Coalition <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 4 May 2004 08:32:39 -0700

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I agree with Kris.  It makes the most sense to divide
it evenly, democraticlly, between the four groups in
the coalition.  Then, they can keep it if they choose
for a future feminist event (maybe in which all groups
can take part).

I'm also worried about the anti-ISO sentiment, because
1) I am a member, and was very involved in building
the bus, as was the entire organization, 2) I think
the coalition should be democratic, that means not
excluding any group becuase of their political
orientation.  McCarthyism in the 50s ripped socialists
out of unions, who had been some of the best builders,
and unions suffered deeply.  We should get rid of Cold
War ideology, redbaiting, and embrace ANYONE who
wanted to and was part of the coalition, understanding
there are political differences.  In fact, it was
socialists who helped launch first coalition meeting.

It should just be a majority vote on what to do with
the money.  Since people did not show up at the
meeting, designate a spot and time (maybe next Monday
at 7?) to have a vote.  Obviously post-march there is
not "a movement" to fight for abortion rights, which
is disappointing to say the least and a bad start for
lots of new activists who do want to fight and win.

Lastly, Wednesday night at 7:30 in Lafayette 100 there
is a meeting featuring Charlotte Miller- in "Why You
Should be a Socialist."  Specifically, it will talk
about how in a time of deep polarization and crisis in
the Whitehouse, how the Democrats are not an
alternative to Bush, but will actually push through
the Bush agenda better than he can; around abortion,
gay marriage, the death penalty, the war on
immigrants, and the occupation in Iraq, while the left
collapses into supporting him, and his agenda. (Which
only differs in tactic, not in goal).

Instead, we should focus our energies on rebuilding
movements that have the politics and strategies to win
in the near future and can start the struggle for a
better world.  We should simultaneously and
unapolagetically rebuild a strong left wing: free
abortion on demand, universal health care, gay
marriage as a civil right, US out of Iraq, etc.  These
demands will not come out of the whitehouse, but from
our organization independently.  Now is the time to
consolidate and build it!  Every person matters.

thanks,
Kathleen B.
ISO and the Women's Center




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