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Robert Augman writes
"Special Event:Women in the Road Blockades and Self-Managed Enterprises:
A Multi-Media Presentation by Graciela Monteagudo on the Economic Crisis and Social Movements in Argentina

In the mid-90’s, when IMF recipes rendered 26% of Argentina’s population unemployed, women were the first to take over the highways bringing international attention to the desperate situation of masses of families without income nor welfare programs to care for their basic needs. It was women too who started the first self-managed enterprises (bakeries, sewing shops, organic gardens) in neighborhoods all over the country where unemployment rose to 80%.

Women in the Road Blockades is a multi-media presentation that frames these women’s lives in a comprehensive socio-historic background of Argentina’s social movements through the use of puppets, songs, video clips and other media.

Thursday, April 21st 2005, 6-8pm
New School University - 55 W 13th Street, Student Activity Space, Room 101

*This is a free event, presented by the Argentina Autonomista Project, and sponsored by the Eugene Lang Student Union.

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Robert Augman writes "Special Event:

Women in the Road Blockades and Self-Managed Enterprises:
A Multi-Media Presentation by Graciela Monteagudo on the Economic Crisis and Social Movements in Argentina

In the mid-90’s, when IMF recipes rendered 26% of Argentina’s population unemployed, women were the first to take over the highways bringing international attention to the desperate situation of masses of families without income nor welfare programs to care for their basic needs. It was women too who started the first self-managed enterprises (bakeries, sewing shops, organic gardens) in neighborhoods all over the country where unemployment rose to 80%.

Women in the Road Blockades is a multi-media presentation that frames these women’s lives in a comprehensive socio-historic background of Argentina’s social movements through the use of puppets, songs, video clips and other media.

Thursday, April 21st 2005, 6-8pm
New School University - 55 W 13th Street, Student Activity Space, Room 101

*This is a free event, presented by the Argentina Autonomista Project, and sponsored by the Eugene Lang Student Union."

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Altar Magazine writes:

"Coming Up Short" Women's Film Festival
New York City, April 10, 2005

We're almost out of tickets for "Coming Up Short: Films By Women Filmmakers." On April 10th, celebrate Women's History Month at the Pioneer Theater in NYC and walk away with a gift bag full of prizes from our sponsors worth over $50. Films include:

Anonymous Comrade writes:

Breaking the Ice:
Anarchist Men and Sexism in the Movement


Ernesto Aguilar

In Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil
Rights Movement the New Left
Sara Evans writes in painful
detail about the mistreatment of women in political movements. Her
narrative is a sober reminder that sexism within movements has been
going on for years. Today we have many ongoing dialogs about sexism in
the anarchist movement. Most are led by women, and they have created a
space in which to engage constructively. Anarchist men are
unfortunately often silent on the issue of sexism and gender inequity
in our movement. As a male in a visible position, I'm both at fault for
not being more outspoken on it, and for being sexist and wrong on many
occasions. Without honest and self-critical efforts by men, efforts for
change could be for naught, because we are part of the problem. I write
this in hopes that other anarchist males take it upon themselves to act
on sexism and gender inequity and make both priorities.



In the days Evans writes about, many mistakes were made in focusing on
individual lifestyles rather than structural issues. These days, we
make some of the same errors. In my opinion, this discussion is
positioned around three points: 1.) understanding that the debate over
sexism and issues related to female-male relations isn't so much a
debate about actions, but legitimacy; 2.) understanding that all men
are responsible, and that we need to be forthright in admitting our
mistakes as a matter of political, rather than moral/personal,
principle; and 3.) understanding that anarchist women and men must take
an active role in shifting the dispute beyond individual-based
'accountability' and toward a community-based system of restorative
justice.

Anonymous Comrade writes

"Tank Girls: the Frontline Feminists"

Christine Aziz, Independent

These women have come from around the world to bring down Iran's ayatollahs. So why were they bombed by the West? Christine Aziz visits their
desert HQ

As the coalition bombs hit the flat salt plains on the north-eastern border of Iraq, members of a little known, female-led Iranian army huddled in a bunker. While the earth shook, showering dust on their neatly pressed khaki headscarves, 25-year old Laleh Tarighi and her fellow combatants tried to protect themselves.


Eighteen months later, recalling the terror of being attacked by British and US bombers during the invasion of Iraq last year, Tarighi, a former pupil of Parkside and Hill Road School in Cambridge, says: "We were puzzled more than afraid. We knew our officers had sent messages to the Pentagon insisting that we were neutral and shouldn't be attacked. We were only in Iraq to overthrow the Islamic fundamentalist regime across the border in Iran."

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Anonymous Comrade writes:

Tank girls: the frontline feminists

These women have come from around the world to bring down Iran's ayatollahs. So why were they bombed by the West? Christine Aziz visits their
desert HQ

28 December 2004

As the coalition bombs hit the flat salt plains on the north-eastern border of Iraq, members of a little known, female-led Iranian army huddled in a bunker. While the earth shook, showering dust on their neatly pressed khaki headscarves, 25-year old Laleh Tarighi and her fellow combatants tried to protect themselves.

Eighteen months later, recalling the terror of being attacked by British and US bombers during the invasion of Iraq last year, Tarighi, a former pupil of Parkside and Hill Road School in Cambridge, says: "We were puzzled more than afraid. We knew our officers had sent messages to the Pentagon insisting that we were neutral and shouldn't be attacked. We were only in Iraq to overthrow the Islamic fundamentalist regime across the border in Iran."

"Caliban & the Witch" Presentation
Silvia Federici

Listen to Silvia Frederici's talk about her new book, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation.


This is an audio recording from Federici's presentation at Fusion Arts in New York City on November 30, 2004. It's in five parts.

"Gays Ponder Bush Victory:

President Takes One Quarter of Gay Vote, Stunning Some Activists"

Lou Chibarro Jr., Washington Blade

Gay rights leaders pored over the numbers behind President Bush's
victory over Senator John Kerry in Tuesday's election to assess
whether gay marriage provided the president with the hot-button
social issue he needed to propel him to a second term in the White House.

"Intersections:

The LGBTQ Role in Society, the Struggle and Socialism"

Badili Jones

The discussion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) movement
concerns a movement of profound difference that
in and of itself is a convergence of differences
centered on the question of sexuality and gender
variance. Homosexuality and bisexuality is about
sexual orientation while transgenderism is about
gender. These differences at times intersect one
another.

Over the course of time these movements
for recognition and liberation have joined. This
movement has come to be commonly known as the
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and
Questioning Movement. Another term that has
gained common usage, especially among youth has
been the term "queer." "Queer" specifically
refers to a particular development and direction
of identity, culture and community that has
expanded to include all whose sexual life and
sensual social identities depart from the
heterosexual mainstream. Historically, the term
"in the life" developed in the African-American
community to have a similar meaning as "queer"
has in the overall community.

hpwombat writes:

"Nihilism and Women"
High Priest Wombat, KSC


The practice of nihilism is to attack the totality without hope that progress will occur. We are not advancing into a better society, despite the rhetoric from the left. What are our options? Do nothing and accept the conditions that are given to us from one ideology or another? Pretend that working for reforms and creating social services will somehow make a difference as the present order recuperates our struggles? Wrap ourselves into roles of the victim or the martyr and push ourselves into the service of suffering and misery?


The present order is a failure, we cannot escape its totality, there is no where to hide. We have no hope in changing society as it is, so it must be destroyed. We must free ourselves from its perpetuation, it is in our interest to do so. All other options are acceptance, critical or not. We need not be limited in our struggle and our actions must expand to all aspects of life.

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