Tuesday, January 23, 2018

1/25 Meeting: #MeToo: The Fight Against Sexism in the Era of Trump

ISO-Boston Meeting:
#MeToo: The Fight Against Sexism in the Era of Trump
with Sharon Smith, author of Women & Socialism: Class, Race & Capital
Thursday, January 25 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Cambridge Community Center
5 Callender St, Cambridge, MA 02139

This event (see details below) will feature a talk given and discussion led by Sharon Smith, acclaimed intersectional feminist author and fierce activist. Sharon writes extensively on multiracial, pro-trans, feminist liberation and the hidden history of the U.S. working class/labor movement. Her books include the seminal "Women & Socialism: Class, Race & Capital" (bit.ly/women-socialism) and "Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States" (bit.ly/sub_fire) (both Haymarket Books).

For a sampling of Sharon's work, see (only some of!) her International Socialist Review (ISR) articles and We Are Many talks below:

--Article: "Fighting for reproductive rights in the age of Trump" (bit.ly/isr-repro-rights)
--Article: "Capitalism & sexual assault: Towards a more comprehensive understanding" (bit.ly/capital-assault)
--Article: "Black feminism & intersectionality" (bit.ly/black-feminism)
--Talk: "The fight for a socialist future" (bit.ly/fight-future)
--Talk: "Reform or revolution: Can capitalism evolve towards socialism?" (bit.ly/reform-rev)
--Talk: "Intersectionality & Marxism" (bit.ly/inter-marx)

As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Women's March -- the largest day of protest in modern U.S. history -- a new movement for women's liberation is growing. The #MeToo campaign, launched by activist Tarana Burke, broke the silence surrounding the sexual assault and harassment rampant in today's workplaces and beyond. Countless women bravely shared their stories, leading to the unprecedented ousting of men from their positions of power. We must continue to stand with women who come forward with allegations of sexual abuse, to demonstrate that we will no longer tolerate a world in which women must live in fear of harassment, violence, and retribution.

There is still work to be done. Trump -- the misogynist-in-chief -- still sits at the helm of the U.S. empire, with roughly 20 allegations leveled against him. Abortion rights are under attack as immigrant women like Jane Doe continue to have their access to abortion blocked, and Republicans mask their attempts to suppress women under the guise of anti-eugenics rhetoric. And the U.S. maternal mortality rate is the highest of all industrialized countries thanks to a racist healthcare system in which Black mothers are 300% more likely to die of pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes than white women.

Join the ISO and Sharon Smith (author of "Women and Socialism: Class, Race and Capital") for a discussion of the incredible gains we've made towards women's liberation in the past year, why gender inequity persists, and what we must do to rebuild a new women’s movement that centers on the needs of the most oppressed and the fight for reproductive rights.

To prepare for this meeting, check out the following articles on Socialist Worker:

--"The silence is broken" by Jen Roesch
--"Hearing all the voices of the #MeToo movement" by Camila Quarta
--"#MeToo shakes the Washington elite" by the SW Editorial Board
--"What we learned when women said #MeToo" by Leia Petty, Jen Roesch, and Elizabeth Schulte