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(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) By Evangeline Lawson Evangeline Lawson is a southern California-based writer and content creator. You can learn more about her and her work at www.evangelinelawson.net 25 September was a typical cloudless, azure-skied day, but oddly quiet on a Saturday afternoon on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The bar-hopping crowd had yet to awaken from their Friday-night stupors and the luxury cars had not yet congested the streets. As a bustling assembly grew, the weather was not the only thing of beauty. Women with fair to brown skin, and hues in between, with hair pulled in ponytails or in curly afros, were...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) New York City Rises For and With the Women of Afghanistan, Attracting Changemakers From Diverse Backgrounds By Jerin Arifa, Activist/Writer and founder of Young Feminists and Allies (YFA), Inaugural Vitual Chapter for National Organization of Women (NOW) On a warm autumn day in New York City, activists gathered outside the United Nations to rally for and with the women of Afghanistan. Organized by One Billion Rising, the event was part of globally-occurring demonstrations, timed to coincide with a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. In NYC, ralliers included women, men, girls, boys and gender-nonconforming folks from all backgrounds. They wore...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) Nigeria suffers a variety of complex political problems including inequality, pastoralist herder violence, deepening regional divide, corruption, armed banditry, oil disputes, national disunity, communal pastoral conflicts, retributive colonial legacy, and the Boko Haram insurgency. These have emanated from a faulty federal system of governance which has not strategically stabilised from the independence period to the present. More so, the legacy of the Biafran War has extended an insatiable use of force on civilians which is largely seen in the excessive redress of any opposition. Thus, at present, Nigerians are without a civic voice or security as economic welfare...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) Together, we take to the streets in a global day of action during which activists, women’s organizations, human rights groups, and high profile individuals will mount in person events in cities, towns and areas across the globe. RISE FOR AND WITH THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN is a call to action developed in consultation with grassroots women leaders and activists on the ground in Afghanistan. A call to activists, supporters, allies, and elected officials to advocate for a more feminist forward foreign policy that prioritizes the self-determination of the Afghan people and non-violence, sustainability and freedom. Women of the world...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) On Saturday, September 25, we will take to the streets in a global day of action during which activists, women’s organizations, human rights groups, and high profile individuals will mount in person events in cities, towns and areas across the globe. PLAN or FIND an event in your city/town/school» Worldwide events are being led by local Afghan activists and informed by activists on the ground in Afghanistan. Already activists are planning events in Mexico, Croatia, Eswatini, Congo, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Italy, UK, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jamaica, Guatemala, Thailand, Nigeria, Portugal, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Zambia, Austria, and the...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: [email protected] Events Planned in Mexico, Croatia, Eswatini, Congo, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Italy, UK, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jamaica, Guatemala, Thailand, Nigeria, Portugal, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Zambia, Austria, and the United States September 17, 2021 - Following an online day of solidarity on September 1 in which activists, individuals, and groups from over 85 countries participated, RISE FOR AND WITH THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN will take to the streets on Saturday, September 25 in a day of global solidarity. Activists, women’s and human rights groups, and high profile individuals will mount in person actions across the globe. Some...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) We rose online on 1 September, now we will RISE in the streets 25 September. Already activists around the globe have planned events in the streets in Mexico, Croatia, Congo, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, UK, Philippines, Jamaica, Portugal, Taiwan, Austria, and the United States with events in Los Angeles and New York City in the works. Plan a rising in your community, school, or town. We take our lead from our Afghan sisters – activists who have amplified the on-the-ground realities and needs for over twenty years, working tirelessly and creatively to support women and girls and their...

Women of the world and our allies stand with the women – and all vulnerable groups – of Afghanistan against imperialism, militarism, fundamentalism, and fascism. None of us are free until the women of Afghanistan are free. We believe the women of Afghanistan have the right to education, to travel, to freedom of movement, to jobs, to security, just having freedom to be able to breathe and be. We cannot underestimate the power of our solidarity at this moment....

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org)   With the pandemic’s devastating effects on the prison communities and the world, this year has been tough on all of us. August 12th, 2021, was a day criminal justice advocates set aside to remember the life of Valerie Gaiter, my co-defendant. Val never received the proper medical evaluation and attention that could have saved her life. She also was never granted clemency. A group of formerly incarcerated women, men, and several assembly members came together for Val Gaiter: Chris Burdick, Carmen De La Rosa, Julian Salazar, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Harvey Epstein, Taylor Darling Latrice Walker, David Weprin, and Assembly Deputy Majority...