Women Strike Back!

Look at this picture:

It looks a bit like that huge ’69 anti-Vietnam war march doesn’t it, the one they took the piss out of in Forrest Gump?

But that picture was taken yesterday.

Yesterday.

There’s an excellent full report about The March For Women’s Lives here and the official site is here.

Look at those people, probably a million plus marching in support of women’s rights. There were, apparently, a scattering of anti-abortion protestors but their right-wing, loony fundamentalist agenda was drowned out by the sound of these pro-choice protestors. The placards reading ‘Feminists Are The Majority’ seemed amazingly apt.

The US government is currently in the grip of an extreme right-wing cabal, a group committed on the one hand to ending as many human lives as possible with their PNAC strategy whilst at the same time absorbing fundamentalist dogma about the rights of foetuses. Why are pro-lifers always pro-war, eh? Do the lives of post-birth humans not count?

The March For Women’s Lives has been yet another kick in the teeth for the Bush administration. Look at that crowd of marchers, all intent on maintaining control of their own bodies and ousting the Republican administration that’s so keen on winding back time. Barefoot and pregnant – that’s the Republican view of a woman’s place.

Actress Whoopi Goldberg brandished a wire coat hanger, a symbol of abortions women performed on themselves, as she stood on a stage in front of the U.S. Capitol. “There is a whole generation of people who don’t know what that is,” she said. “This is what we used, and never again will this be the choice of any women in this world.”(Source Mercury News)

We’re living in different times now. The last year has seen the entire world change. We’ve seen the biggest ever protest in British history and now the biggest ever women’s march in the USA. These protests have shown that the majority of people are peace-loving, not right-wing nutters who blast a lot of hot air and have a dis-proportionate control of the media. Look at the picture at the top of the page: those are ordinary people like you and me, mostly young women, children and men who believe in human freedom and human rights.

I’ll leave you with some of my fave ever hip hop lyrics, ‘Femme Fetal’ by Digable Planets:

“[Butterfly]
It was 8:49 on a beautiful 9th day of july
There was not a cloud to speak of so the orange sun hung
Lonely in the sky
I was laying prone in my catbeat home
Listening to fine nappy jackie and his jazzcat’s horn
Sliding in a tape of Bird on verve when suddenly rang my phone
Hello butterfly, a voice said
Slip on some duds comb out your fro and slide on down to my pad
The vibe here is very pleasant and i truly request your presence
A problem of great magnitude has arose
And as we speak it grows
Damn, what could it be i thought
A juice i bought and rolled on down to her pad
Seeing bros i know slapping fives i arrived and pressed G-5
And there was nikki
Lookin some kind of sad with tears fallin from her eyes
She sat me down
And dug my frown and began to run it down
“You remember my boyfriend sid that fly kid who i love
Well our love was often a verb and spontaneity has brought a third
But do to our youth an economic state we wish to terminate
About this we don’t feel great , but baby that’s how it is
But the feds have dissed me
They ignore and dismiss
And the pro-lifers harrass me outside the clinic
And call me a murderer, now that’s hate
So needless to say we’re in a mental state of debate”
Hey beautiful bird i said digging her somber mood
The fascists are some heavy dudes
They don’t really give a damn about life
They just don’t want a woman to
Control her body or have the right to choose
But baby that ain’t nothin
They just want a male finger on the button
Because if you say war they will send them to die by the score

Aborting mission should be your volition
But if souter and thomas have their way
You’ll be standing in line unable to get welfare while they’re out
Hunting and fishing
It has always been around it will always have a niche
But they’ll make it a privelege not a right
Accessible only to the rich
Pro-lifers should dig themselves
Cause life doesn’t stop after birth
And to a child borne to the unprepared
It might even just get worse
Supporters of the h-bomb and fire bombing clinics
What type of shit is that? orwellian in fact
If roe v wade was overturned would not the desire remain intact
Leaving young girls to risk their healths
And doctors to botch and watch as they kill themselves
I don’t want to sound macabre
But hey, isn’t it my job
To lay it on the masses and get them off their asses
To fight against these fascists
So whatever you decide make that move with pride
Sid will be there (ladybug will be there, doodlebug will be there)
And so will i
An insect til i die
Rhythms and sounds
Spinning around
Confrontations
Across the nation
Your block
My block
Dreadlocks
What a shock
Land of the free – but not me