Today we are sharing news with you about two important battles we have supported – one a ‘thank you’ and celebration; the other an urgent call for support in any way you can –
World Can’t Wait Chicago
From the Ad Hoc Committee for Reason:
You’re Invited to the “After Party” for Gregory Koger! Saturday, Nov. 2 Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago Doors open 6:30 pm, festivities begin at 7 pm
After a four-year battle against a truly vindictive prosecution, our friend Gregory Koger is finally out of the clutches of the Cook County system of criminal injustice. Gregory, his defense committee, and friends fought tirelessly against a prosecution for the “crime” of taping a statement against censorship at the “Ethical” Humanist Society of Chicago. Hard to believe? Read the details & watch the video he took that day at here. Gregory faced such an outrageous prosecution mainly because he is a former prisoner who has now dedicated his life to the emancipation of humanity.
Now, we invite you to celebrate the fact that Gregory has served the outrageous sentence he was given and he will now be with us again contributing to the fight to liberate humanity and the planet! We also want to thank all of you for the support you have given in this battle.
This will be an evening of music and celebration; please bring any finger food you’d like to share.
Ad Hoc Committee for Reason
And from StopPatriarchy.org, which can be contacted in Chicago here –
Abortion Rights Emergency in Mississippi and Albuquerque and YOU Are Needed NOWAs you know, this past summer, StopPatriarchy.org led a 15 state, one month long Abortion Rights Freedom Ride caravan responding to the state of emergency surrounding abortion rights nationwide. But that was just a beginning. We made a commitment and we are seeing it through. Now: in the month of November, StopPatriarchy.org is mobilizing a national response to the two most concentrated assaults on women’s right to abortion. Oct 29 – Nov 6: We are traveling to Jackson, MS where a woman-hating Christian fascist organization will lay siege to and terrorize the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. Nov 15-17: We are traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico where a ballot initiative would ban abortion at 20 weeks, thereby shutting down half the third-trimester abortion providers in the country.
We call on you to join with and support this effort because it is immoral to abandon the women of Mississippi and New Mexico. And it is delusional to think that if these assaults are not resisted and defeated now, similar attacks on women’s right to abortion won’t soon confront women everywhere else.Our new campaign to raise $15,000 for this mobilization has just been launched on IndieGoGo. The deadline to reach this goal is November 13. Please donate whatever you can at www.igg.me/at/abortionrightsemergency
- Join us in Jackson MS from Oct 29-Nov 6 and Albuquerque NM from Nov 15-17. Sign up online for all or part of the time.
- Send your message of support to be delivered to the last clinic in Mississippi and to abortion providers in Albuquerque.
- Sign and circulate the Abortion on Demand & Without Apology statement-among friends, family, online communities and to any prominent people you know. Add your personal message when you sign.
- Organize a satellite protest in your local area to alert people to what’ going on in these flashpoints. Use your voice and your influence to turn these vicious attacks into a resounding political defeat for those who want to criminalize abortion.
One way or another, be part of a national response tothese attacks.
Joan for Stop Patriarchy
At Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Aug 17, 2013
Funding an Emergency
Whatever you can contribute – $10, $20 or $200 – it all makes a difference. And everyone can share this request with friends and urge them to contribute. Together we can confront this national assault on women’s rights where it is most concentrated now!