25 Nov, London: Reclaim the Fight: Feminists Rise Up Against Fascism Demo

On International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women
Reclaim the Fight: Feminists Rise Up Against Fascism Demonstration

work makes life possible. For this we are rewarded with violence and
exploitation in the streets, at work and at home. We’re told that our
inferior position in society, and our suffering, are inevitable – even
natural. We still earn less and are expected to put up with disrespect,
discrimination and assault at work and in our communities. We have had
enough. In solidarity and righteous feminist rage, we are fighting back
across the world.

It’s ok to be scared.
A fascist has just been
elected as President in Brazil. In the US a white supremacist murdered
eleven Jewish people in their synagogue and white nationalists have been
elected to Congress. The Trump Administration has launched a deadly
attack on transgender people’s right to exist and anti-trans feminists
in Britain are using their powerful standing to target trans people, and
trans women in particular. The Israeli government continues to commit
genocide against the Palestinian people with weapons sold to them by the
UK. The Polish President included far-right groups as co-organisers of
the official state celebrations of the National Independence Day, thus
legitimising their anti-migrant and white-supremacist rhetoric. The
fascist Turkish government has invaded and occupied the Kurdish city of
Afrin in Rojava/northern Syria and is working with genocidal groups in
the Middle East to try and defeat the Kurdish revolution and, in
particular, its women-led resistance. Tommy Robinson continues to be
given legitimacy by the mainstream media despite inspiring a racist
murder in Finsbury Park. He pretends to care about victims of child
abuse to provoke fears that our Muslim brothers are a threat to ‘our’
women – as if he has ownership over women. Yet he says nothing when our
rapists are white.

It’s ok to be angry.
For decades we have
watched the earth being destroyed and our communities ripped apart.
Across the UK migrants and people of colour are harassed by police and
surveilled at school and university through the Prevent programme, while
nearly every youth centre has been shut down. Decent well-paid work is
becoming harder to find and many of us work in jobs that pay poverty
wages and strip us of our dignity. Austerity policies have caused
millions of families to rely on food banks to feed their kids. Thousands
of disabled people have died because of benefit sanctions. For as long
as we can remember, survivors have bravely spoken about being raped and
abused, and even after #MeToo, we are still not believed.

ok to fight back.
Feminists across the world are leading the resistance
against fascism. Kurdish women and their internationalist comrades,
such as British anti-fascist feminist Anna Campbell, have been resisting
the brutal patriarchal attacks of ISIS who assault and mutilate the
bodies of women as part of a wider tactic of using sexual violence as a
tool of war. Our fight to end rape and sexual violence is the fight
against fascism. At the heart of fascism is a set of ideas that views
certain women as the only legitimate “breeders”. Women’s role is as
mothers whose bodies are at the service of men and the nation. The fight
for abortion rights from Poland, Northern Ireland, Brazil, and
Argentina, to name just a few, is a fight against fascism and a struggle
to regain control of our own bodies and lives.

Reclaim the
Fight: Feminists Rise Up Against Fascism
is for people of all and no
genders. We need your help to build a militant and joyful demonstration
against the rise of fascism and structural violence. We particularly
welcome the participation of trans women, non-binary people and sex
workers who are often excluded from feminist mobilisations. The Reclaim
the Fight: Women Rise Up Against Fascism demonstration is endorsed by:

Anti-Fascist Assembly; Kurdish Women’s Assembly; Kurdish Student Union;
Women’s Strike Assembly; Dziewuchy London; Brazilian Women Against
Fascism; Women’s March London; Women Unite. Please email: to add your organisation to the list of supporters.


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