Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts
If we look to
the ubiquitous commercials that zip past our eyeballs, we would
think that most women want the bun-roller or a new and improved
derma-peel. Each of which promises a brand new sexier you. But there
is a world beyond the glare of the TV screen where women are organizing
and fighting for - not a new toy but a new world.
On March 8th
2004, women around the world in LA, England, Argentina, Uganda,
Peru, Philadelphia, San Francisco, in Guyana, in southern India,
in Trinidad and Tobago, in Spain, women will be staging the fifth
global women's strike.
A movement involving
women in some sixty countries many involved in grass roots organizations.
Fighting for payment for housework, for clean safe water resources,
for housing, education, gender justice, and peace. In a world where
war is now our norm, the global women's strike is part of the vast
throng against war and occupation. Not only in Iraq, but in Palestine,
in Columbia, in the Congo and in Kashmir. Their organizing slogan,
which unites strikers from a broad array of struggles, is deceptively
simple: 'Invest in Caring not Killing.' Although the movement had
years ago in the '[Wages] for Housework' movement in England, it
has grown considerably into a worldwide antiracist and antiwar movement.
The movement recognizes the basic inequality built into the capitalist
economic system. The class, racial and gender based exploitation
underlying it all. Women's issues differ from nation to nation and
between classes in the same nation. Yet there are also similarities
in the fundamentals underlying those differences. On the supportive
role played by women in the home, Marxist, feminist Selma James
in her influential 1973 pamphlet 'Sex, Race and Class' writes: 'House
wives are involved in the production and, what is the same thing,
reproduction of workers. What Marx calls labor power. They service
those who are daily destroyed by working for wages and who need
to be daily renewed and they care for and discipline those who are
being prepared to
work when they grow up.' At base, James argues, because women's
work performs such a critical role in capitalist reproduction, it
should receive a commensurate return.
All around the
world women are trying to better their condition and that of families
and communities. In England, Crossroads Women's center at 230a Kentish
Town Road, London NW5 2AB, is coordinating the strike. Their email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Peru the Centro de Capacitacion para Trabajadoras del Hogar in
Lima can be emailed at email@example.com.
and Tobago, the National Union of Domestic Employees are organizing,
their email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here in the US, there are Crossroads women's centers in LA, San
Francisco, and Philadelphia. Their email addresses are simple:
Those without Internet access can call them by phone.
San Francisco (415) 626-4114
In Kampala, Uganda the Kaabong Women's Organization is concerned
not with war in a distant land, but war at home. For Uganda, there
has been war for the past 17 years. Their demand is not just for
peace, but for land and for water. For there, as in much in the
rest of the world, agriculture rests on the backs of billions of
women. The Kaabong Women's organization can be emailed: email@example.com
"Invest in Caring, not Killing", hmm what a concept.
From Death Row
this is Mumia Abu Jamal.
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