Faces of feminism - Page 3

As the War on Women rages, Bay Area feminism comes to the fore

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My organization Mujeres Unidas y Activas (www.mujeresunidas.net) is based on a double mission: personal transformation and community power for social justice. MUA is a place where women arrive through different challenges in their lives. We try to provide emotional support and references so that they don't feel like they're alone, so that they have strength to begin the process of healing and making changes. Those can include issues of domestic violence, problems with teenage children, labor or housing issues — when they arrive at MUA they begin the process of developing their self esteem and becoming stronger. They also begin to participate in trainings and making changes in their community and to the system through civic and political participation. At MUA, women find a home. They feel comfortable because they're always welcome. We're developing strong leadership, leadership that is at the table when it comes to making decisions about our campaigns, like our letter of labor rights and the help we give to victims of domestic violence through our crisis line. Every day our members are developing their ability to be involved in the organization and community, and making changes in their personal and familial lives.

ALIX ROSENTHAL

Attorney and elected member of the SF Democratic County Central Committee

As an elected member of the SF DCCC (www.sfdemocrats.org), the governing body of the SF Democratic Party, I am working to involve the party in recruiting more women to run for political office locally. In the June 2012 election, I assembled a slate of the female candidates for DCCC — we called ourselves "Elect Women 2012." It was a controversial effort, because it included both progressives and moderates. In the wake of a highly contentious and factional term on the DCCC, we hoped to prove that moderates and progressives can work together to re-energize Democrats in this important presidential election cycle. Running for office in San Francisco is a high stakes game; it is costly and requires an extensive political network. And so the DCCC is where many future candidates get their start — it is where they build the connections necessary to run for higher office, and where they hone their fundraising abilities. By recruiting and supporting women candidates for the DCCC, I am hoping to build a "farm team" of female candidates within the party. This year, I am proud that the seven women incumbents on the DCCC retained our seats in the June election, and that we achieved parity by electing four new women to the party's governing board. I look forward to seeing what these women can accomplish together.

LAURA THOMAS

Deputy state director of Drug Policy Alliance

Comments

Mia

What a babe. sigh.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 04, 2012 @ 11:38 am

Werk!!!

Posted by JEP on Jul. 05, 2012 @ 11:36 am

Eventually, women will be equals to men because eventually (not in our lifetimes) government support will cease when the money runs out. And cohabitation with men will cease to be an option once men collectively realize the inherent legal dangers and other liabilities associated with having a woman live in their homes.

So will end these handouts and dishonest prostitution, forcing women to mature into responsible adults. One day, most women will be productive members of society, they will be innovators and inventors. They will stand side by side with men in the maintenance of the infrastructures of society. But we will all be long dead before that happens. And men need now to avoid at all costs, impregnating these children in adult form, and inviting them to live in our homes.

Posted by rufus on Jul. 05, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

The irony of seeking empowerment through a self-reinforcing delusion of victimhood is truly astounding.

Posted by Taylor on Jul. 05, 2012 @ 11:52 pm
WTF

What the hell is wrong with these ignorant woman-hating people? Who is moderating these comments?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 06, 2012 @ 9:24 am

Go, you fabulous feminists! So happy that the Bay Guardian is hosting. The feminist agenda is ALIVE and WELL and VERY MUCH NEEDED!

Posted by guest on Jul. 08, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

Feminism is a global hate movement. It is about as 'alive and well' as the Ku Klux Klan. Rather than black people, men and boys are the target of feminist hatred. These misandrists are all as ignorant as simple-minded as extreme racists.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 09, 2012 @ 6:12 am

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