Los Angeles 2012 Activities Archive

Monday, December 17, 7:00pm
Women Warriors Film Series:
"The Inconvenient Truth About Waiting for Superman"

Union teachers, students and parents on the frontlines of defending public education in New York City collaborated on this scathing response to the pro-charter documentary "Waiting for Superman". It exposes the profit-driven and union-busting motives of the charter school movement and what youth, parents and educators really want -- well- funded and multicultural public schools where student learning and parent involvement are top priority. Discussion will follow the film. What do you think it will take to defend education for all?

$2 door donation. Hearty snacks served at 6:30pm for a $5 donation. Everyone is welcome.

Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles
Off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38 and 209. For more information contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net. Disabled accessible.

Monday, December 10, 7:00pm
Women Warriors Film Series:
"Precious Knowledge"

As anti-immigrant legislation, SB 1070, passed in Arizona, the same right-wing lawmakers pushed to abolish Ethnic Studies in the Tucson schools. Be inspired by the fight that has propelled Tucson High School students and teachers -- many of whom were outspoken mujeres -- to the front line of an epic civil rights battle. Discussion will follow the film. What effective strategies would fully protect and expand Ethnic Studies in public schools?

$2 door donation. Hearty snacks served at 6:30pm for a $5 donation. Everyone is welcome.

Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles
Off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38 and 209. For more information contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net. Disabled accessible.

Monday, December 3, 7:00pm
Women Warriors Film Series:
"Every Mother's Son"

Three mothers from racially diverse backgrounds and living in New York City, tell their story about the murder of their sons at the hands of the police. Iris Baez, Kadiatou Diallo, and Doris Busch Boskey came together out of tragedy and transformed it into a fight back movement against police brutality. As a united force they exposed the racism and corruption entrenched in law enforcement. Discussion will follow the film. What can be done to end police violence?

$2 door donation. Hearty snacks served at 6:30pm for a $5 donation. Everyone is welcome.

Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles
Off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38 and 209. For more information contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net. Disabled accessible.

Friday, November 16, 7:00pm
Thanksgiving Feast Tribute to Native Americans
Columbus and the Pilgrims got everything wrong when they landed on these shores and quite a bit of racist propaganda surrounds Thanksgiving. Columbus didn't land in India and the people of this hemisphere did not need the "blessing" of conquest. The 30 million indigenous people already here produced brilliant scientists and astronomers, architects and builders. They were orators, farmers, jewelry-makers, creators of political institutions and social orders that lasted hundreds or thousands of years. At the time of the conquest, the indigenous people cultivated over 300 food crops which today are the basis of 60% of what is eaten on our planet.

What would the Italians be without tomatoes and zucchini? The Thais, the Chinese and East Indians without hot peppers? Southern cooking without hominy and grits? New England without the clam bake? West Africans without peanuts? Seattle without smoked salmon? Or turkey without cranberries?

We can thank Native Americans for all this and much more! Celebrate the contributions of indigenous communities to U.S. society and the rest of the globe.

Festivities will include:
• Arts and crafts corner for kids
• Political prisoner holiday post-card writing corner
• Petition-signing table on current Native American rights campaigns

Home-cooked Turkey Dinner with all the Fixings (vegetarian options included) served at 7:30pm for a $10 donation ($5 for child's plate).

Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles
Off the 10 Freeway at Arlington. On bus lines #38 and 209.
For more information or childcare (please call 3 days in advance) contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net. Disabled accessible. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, October 11, 7:00pm
Radical Women meeting
Let's get down to feisty feminist business!

Learn how this grassroots feminist organization evaluates its work and decides political priorities. Chime in on plans for an upcoming film series and a Thanksgiving dinner and tribute to Native Americans. Get the latest on opportunities to help organize a national write-in protest vote for the Vote Socialism Durham-López "Un-Millionaire" Presidential campaign.

A savory autumn supper, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30pm for an $8 donation.

Gathering will be held at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38 and 209. For more information contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net. Disabled accessible. Everyone is welcome.

Mondays, July 9 thru August 27, 6:30-8:30pm
Public Class: Overcoming Racism - A Radical Approach
Is racial conflict inevitable in a multi-racial society? Or is it the product of social and economic conditions -- past and present -- that can be understood and changed?

This two-part class will utilize works by writers of color, feminists and radicals to explore these questions and the vanguard role of people of color in social justice movements, including the challenges and rewards of organizing across color lines.

Section I: July 9 – July 30, the Roots of Racial Prejudice
July 9 – Has racism always existed? The truth can set us free
July 16 – Profit and prejudice under capitalism
July 23 – Blacks and the unfinished Freedom Struggle
July 30 – Autonomy or separatism: Which road for people of color?

Section II: August 6 – 27, Bridging the Race Divide
August 6 – Feminists of color: Putting it all together
August 13 – Immigrant workers: Rekindling the spirit of unionism
August 20 – Challenges and rewards of organizing across color lines
August 27 – Revolutionary Integration: The people's tool for dismantling the master's house

Class fees are $3.00 per session or $20 for entire series. Readings and class materials are included in the cost. Hearty after work snacks served at 6:00 pm for a $5 donation.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Classes will be at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38 and 209. Disabled accessible.

Co-sponsored by Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party. For more information or to get the readings in advance, call 323-732-6416 or email fspla@earthlink.net.

Friday, August 24, 7:00pm
Book Party and Women's Rights Day Celebration:
A Banquet of Poems with Ground-breaking Feminist
Nellie Wong

Celebrate the publication of Breakfast Lunch Dinner, the fourth book of poetry by this esteemed Bay Area writer. Welding art and revolution, Wong's words are inspired by her immigrant family, working-class roots and decades of organizing for socialism. Her work has been presented in China, Cuba and throughout the U.S. Wong co-founded the early Asian American feminist literary and performance group Unbound Feet. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Acclaimed Chicana novelist Lucha Corpi says of Breakfast Lunch Dinner: "Together [the poems] paint a picture of city life at once ordinary and extra-ordinary, where family is as old and sustaining as poetry and music, and joy and activism are integral parts of daily activity. Brava!"

An Asian Fusion dinner, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30pm for an $8.00 donation. Work exchanges available. Everyone is welcome.

Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A. (off the 10 freeway at Arlington, bus line 207)
For childcare (please call 3 days in advanced) or more information, contact 323-732-6416, radicalwomenla@earthlink.net. Wheelchair accessible.

Thursday, July 12, 7:00pm
Let's get down to feisty feminist business!
Learn how this grassroots feminist organization decides its political activities and fundraising goals. Preparations for an upcoming Women's Rights Day celebration and annual Rummage Sale will round out Radical Women's monthly meeting. Get the latest on opportunities to participate in current organizing campaigns, including the Freedom Socialist Party's Durham-Lopez "Un-Millionaire" presidential campaign.

A home-cooked dinner, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30 p.m. for an $8 donation.

Gathering will be held at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38 and 209. For more information or childcare (please call 3 days in advance) contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net. Disabled accessible. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, June 14, 7:00pm
Socialist feminism or radical feminism
– what's the difference?

A longstanding debate has existed within the feminist movement over the source of women's oppression and how to fight it. Radical Women is socialist feminist, believing that the capitalist economic system upholds patriarchy and spawns violence against women and women of color because inequality is the source of super-profits. Contemporary radical feminist leaders point to a male, heterosexual, porn-centered culture as the source of women's embattled status.

Where do these different viewpoints lead on questions such as fighting rape, attitudes towards transgender folks, and strategies for liberation? Join the discussion to explore and answer these questions and more. A tribute to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) pride month will round out Radical Women’s monthly gathering.

A delicious dinner, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30 p.m. for an $8 donation. Everyone is welcome.

Gathering will be held at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38 and 209. For more information or childcare (please call 5 days in advance) contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net. Disabled accessible.

Thursday May 24, 7:00pm
Radical Women Business Meeting:
Does Obama Deserve Women's Votes?

How much better is it for women now than when Republican patriarchs ruled? The Durham-Lopez 2012 U.S Presidential/Vice Presidential team maintains that President Obama has simply continued the policies -- foreign and domestic -- of G.W. Bush that have left women, workers and the poor more vulnerable and outraged than ever before. The Durham-Lopez Vote Socialism campaign argues that women and other oppressed groups should protest the capitalist system at the ballot box by voting for the greater good and not the lesser evil.

The discussion will focus on Obama's waffling on reproductive rights for women of color, lesbians, immigrant women and youth. Bring your ideas on what is needed to build a grassroots feminist electoral campaign that will fight for bold solutions to the multiple problems facing women, people of color, workers and children.

A delicious spring dinner, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30pm for an $8 donation. Everyone is welcome.

Gathering will be held at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on the bus lines #38 and 209. For more information or childcare (please call 3 days in advance) contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net. Disabled accessible.

Thursday, March 22, 7:00pm
Radical Women public meeting
In "Abused & abandoned: Penn State opens window to sexual violence against boys and men," a Radical Women column published in the Freedom Socialist, writer Hilary Bowker maintains that the growing recognition of sexual abuse -- and its social stigma -- against males of all ages would be strengthened by a deeper feminist alliance between men and women, and by attacking its social roots. This featured discussion at the Radical Women meeting will evaluate the argument that while sexual violence is multifaceted, the treatment of females and children as private property is the central reason it occurs.

What do you think? Bring your ideas of what is needed to build a grassroots feminist movement that will fight for civil and human rights for all women, men and children.

A delicious dinner, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30 p.m. for an $8 donation. Everyone is welcome.

Gathering will be held at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38 and 209. For more information or childcare (please call 5 days in advance) contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net. Disabled accessible.

Thursday, March 8, 7:00pm
International Women's Day Tribute:
Help socialist feminists get on the ballot!

This global holiday was initiated in 1911 by U.S. socialist women to demand the vote and to support the struggles of female garment workers. Community members and civil rights defenders are warmly invited to raise a toast to the past and present women's rights battles, U.S. and internationally, to stop discrimination, war and poverty.

As the mainstream news-making presidential campaign race gets underway, your help and creative ideas will be put to good use on an important socialist feminist presidential campaign. Candidates Stephen Durham and Christina Lopez, are a multi-racial and gay and straight team whose core platform prioritizes civil rights issues for women, immigrants and workers. They have also been excluded from the Peace and Freedom Party June 5 primary ballot -- illegally -- by Secretary of State and Democratic Party honcho Debra Bowen.

This International Women's Day tribute will also feature a strategy session on how to win our right to candidates on the ballot committed to fight for us. Learn more about this historic grassroots effort and bring a friend!

A delectable Border-Bustin' Buffet, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30 p.m. for an $8 donation. Everyone is welcome.

Gathering will be held at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38 and 209. For more information or childcare (please call 5 days in advance) contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net. Disabled accessible.

Friday, February 24, 7:00pm
Black History Month film showing
Freedom on My Mind

This feature-length, award-winning film brings to life the 1960-1965 Mississippi Voter Registration Project. The documentary tells the story of local sharecroppers -- led by women like Fannie Lou Hamer -- and young civil rights organizers, Black and white, who worked together to challenge the apartheid system in Mississippi. The betrayal of their demands for equality and political power at the 1964 Democratic Party Convention was a watershed event in the modern civil rights movement.

Today, racist and xenophobic "voter ID" laws threaten '60s civil rights gains with a gateway to Jim Crow. An open mic will follow the film on how to regain and extend all human and civil rights.

A Chili and Cornbread supper, with vegetarian option will be served at 6:30 p.m. Film donation $3-$5, supper donation $8, (work exchanges available for low income).

Gathering will be held at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38 and 209. Co-sponsored by the Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women. For more information or childcare (please call 5 days in advance) contact 323-732-6416 or email fspla@earthlink.net.

Thursday, February 9, 7:00pm
Let's get down to feisty feminist business!
Learn how this grassroots feminist organization evaluates its political activities and determines yearly fundraising goals. Preparations for upcoming Black History Month and International Women's Day celebrations will round out Radical Women's monthly meeting. Get the latest on opportunities to participate in current organizing campaigns.

A Rebel-Girl Supper, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30pm for an $8 donation.

Gathering will be held at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38 and 209. For more information or childcare (please call 3 days in advance) contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net.

Thursday, January 26, 7:00 pm
Roe v. Wade 39th Anniversary Commemoration
We Must Defend Ourselves! Women of Color Fight for Reproductive Rights

Women of color have historically connected reproductive rights issues to civil and workers' rights. Charlotte Strauss Swanson, feminist and sociology scholar at Occidental College, will discuss the pivotal role, past and present, women of color have played to stop the sexist and racist attacks on reproductive healthcare. In recent attempts, the rightwing movement has targeted immigrant and other communities of color in a campaign to undermine abortion rights for all women. Bring your ideas and hear from other feminists on what it will take to safeguard women's right to control their lives and revive the multi-racial and multi-issue feminist movement to lead the fight. Strauss Swanson's multi-media presentation is the highlight of Radical Women's celebration of the 1973 legal decision that decriminalized abortion.

A Rebel Girl Supper, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30 p.m. for an $8.00 donation. For childcare, please call three days in advance.

Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson, L.A., CA 90018. Off the 10 Fwy. at Western Ave., bus #38 & 209. For more info call 323-732-6416 or email radicalwomenla@earthlink.net.

Thursday, January 12, 7:00pm
Kick off 2012 with Radical Women!
Learn how this grassroots feminist organization sets political priorities and plans yearly fundraising to reach these goals. Get the latest on opportunities to participate in current organizing.

A hearty winter supper, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30 pm for an $8.00 donation.

Meeting held at Solidarity Hall, located at 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles (off the 10 Freeway at Arlington, on bus lines #38, 209). For more information or childcare (please call 3 days in advance) contact 323-732-6416 or radicalwomenla@earthlink.net.