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Sunday, 18 June, 5.30 pm
Stonewall celebration and documentary screening

Southwest of Salem:
The story of the San Antonio Four



In 1994, four working-class Latina lesbians, not long out of high school, were tried and convicted on false charges of gang raping two young girls. Liz Ramirez, Cassie Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh and Anna Vasquez became the San Antonio Four — victims of homophobic hysteria that was rampant in the U.S. in the 1980s and ‘90s.

This is a story of victims refusing to give in. The women fought back against a nationwide, paranoic belief that queers prey on children, a view that influenced law enforcement, from police to judges, and infected institutions, from pediatrics to childcare. Together, Ramirez, Rivera, Mayhugh and Vasquez insisted on their innocence against intense legal pressure. They finally won their exoneration in 2016.

Southwest of Salem exposes a dark past, and it’s a warning for the present. Latinas are second to Black women in being over-represented in U.S. prisons. Trump’s presidency is drawing from systemic racism, sexism and homophobia to pit working people against each other. Imagine what a movement, with the tenacity, courage and unity of these four women, could do!

Doors open at 5.30 pm, and the program starts at 6.00 pm
A midwinter dinner follows the film, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Movie and dinner donation: $25 solidarity, $15 waged and $10 unwaged

Hosted by Radical Women & Freedom Socialist Party
Proceeds go toward the international Freedom Socialist Fund Drive

For more information, contact radicalwomen@optusnet.com.au Join the Facebook event here.