Faces of feminism - Page 4

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

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Ending the failed war on drugs is a women's issue because women are far too often bearing the brunt of that failure, losing their freedom, children, economic independence, safety, health, and sometimes their lives as victims of the war on drugs. Women in prison in California can be shackled during childbirth, lose custody of their children because they use legal medical marijuana. They're vulnerable to HIV and hepatitis C because they or their partners don't have access to sterile syringes for injecting drugs. My major project for the Drug Policy Alliance (www.drugpolicy.org) is mobilizing San Francisco to show the rest of the world how effective progressive drug policy can be. I want to see San Francisco open the first supervised injection facility in the United States, to end new HIV and hepatitis C infections among people who use drugs. I want us to truly have effective, culturally appropriate substance use treatment for everyone who requests it. I want San Francisco to end the cycle of undercover drug buys-incarceration-recidivism. I want us to address the appalling racial disparities in who gets arrested, convicted, and incarcerated for drug offenses here. I want us to aggressively defend our ground-breaking, well-regulated medical cannabis dispensary system against all federal intervention. San Francisco is leading the way in the United States in addressing the harms of drug use and drug prohibition but we have a lot more we can do.

MIA TU MUTCH

Transgender activist and SF Youth Commission officer

I've worked for a plethora of LGBTQ organizations and have been on several national speaking tours. I currently serve as media and public relations officer of the San Francisco Youth Commission, and use my position to promote LGBTQ safety and overall health. I've partnered with several city departments in order to create a cultural competency video that will train all service providers on best practices for working with LGBTQ youth. As a vocal advocate against hate crimes and sexual assaults, I'm working with local groups to create a community patrol in the Mission to prevent violence against women and transgender people. I'm also the founder of Fundraising Everywhere for All Transitions: a Health Empowerment Revolution! (FEATHER), a collective aimed at making gender-affirming transitions more affordable for low income transgender people. I work to create avenues of equality for those who benefit the least from patriarchy by creating a culture of safety and support for people of all genders.

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