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Elizabeth Schulte rounds up reports from around the country as supporters of reproductive rights made it clear they are ready to stand up to the right-wing assault.
February 13, 2017
All over the country, thousands turned out at Planned Parenthood clinics to show their support for women's right to choose and to counter anti-abortion groups who called a February 11 day of action in support of the federal government defunding the women's health care provider.
Whether it was the huge crowd in Minnesota, where thousands gathered to face off against anti-abortion fanatics, or the counterprotesters in places you might not have guessed—the 200 people in Peoria, Illinois, the hundreds in Reno, Nevada, the dozens in Evansville, Indiana--the opposition to the anti-choice bigots on February 11 showed the huge support for a woman's right to choose around the country.
But not only that. The mobilizations showed people's willingness—eagerness, really—to take on the anti-abortion right.
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Jen Roesch on why you should defend abortion rights and Planned Parenthood—in a debate in New York City with an anti-choice activist. Watch a full playlist of videos from the day’s events here.
Registration for Socialism 2017 is now open!
The ISO—publisher of Socialist Worker/Obrero Socialist newspaper—is a proud cosponsor of Socialism 2017, a four-day conference which will take place July 6-9, in Chicago. Visit the S17 website to register and get info about our student and early-bird discounts, free on-site childcare, and the latest updates about speakers and talks. For a sense of what you can expect at Socialism 2017, visit the archive of talks from Socialism 2016 at WeAreMany.org.Read more
On Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, over a thousand people gathered at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC to hear Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill, Anand Gopal, Owen Jones, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor speak on what resistance should look like in the age of Trump and what kind of positive program we should be fighting for. An ebook of the speeches from this event is available for free here. The event was sponsored by Verso Books, Haymarket Books, and Jacobin Magazine.
News and opinion published by the ISO—monthly in print and daily on the Web at SocialistWorker.org.
Friday, February 17th
Comment: Jen Roesch
Thursday, February 16th
Comment: Eric Ruder
Trump's false claims of voter fraud are being used to scapegoat the undocumented, but immigrant rights supporters are sending a message of resistance.
Wednesday, February 15th
Report: Lucian Villaseñor
The wave of ICE raids across the country has created widespread fear in immigrant communities, but also defiant resistance led by young immigrants.
Tuesday, February 14th
Comment: Danny Katch
The federal court rejection of Trump's ban on Muslims is a victory for the protests against him--but don't trust that this White House will give up.
Monday, February 13th
Report: Elizabeth Schulte
All over the country, thousands turned out at Planned Parenthood clinics to show their support for choice--and counter anti-abortion groups.
Friday, February 10th
Analysis: Nicole Colson
Trump's right-wing admirers around the U.S. are trying to blunt protests against him by proposing new laws explicitly designed to curtail dissent.
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016), and assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. The widely-acclaimed book surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality, arguing that this struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation. Activist and scholar Cornel West called her book “the best analysis we have of the #BlackLivesMatter moment.” The movement, which emerged under the first African-American president, faces a new situation with the election of an openly racist and xenophobic president, Donald Trump. Ashley Smith interviewed her in late November to discuss the legacy of the Obama era and the prospects for struggle under these new unexpected circumstances.Read more