The march was a great sucess, however half of my inbox are emails from you guys
about issues that don't concern me. PLEASE take me off this list!
Quoting Kathleen Brown <[log in to unmask]>:
> 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.
> Kathleen B.
> ISO and the Women's Center
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