Socialist Feminist Panel: Abortion is Our Right to Strike

December 8, 2019

East Bay DSA is co-sponsoring a panel at the Howard Zinn Book Fair titled: Abortion is our Right to Strike: The U.S. birth strike against the patriarchy and an app supporting global access to safe abortion information.

Jenny Brown of National Women’s Liberation will discuss her book Birth Strike: The birth rate is plunging in the U.S.: It’s a spontaneous birth strike! In other countries, panic over low birth rates has led governments to underwrite childbearing and childrearing with generous universal programs, but in the U.S., we just get more laws against abortion. Here, women have not yet realized the potential of our bargaining position. When we do, it will lead to new strategies for improving the difficult working conditions U.S. parents now face when raising children.

Sarah Shannon of Hesperian will discuss the Safe Abortion app: Policies criminalizing the right to reproductive health and abortion in the U.S. and globally, led Hesperian Health Guides to develop this free app. This presentation will suggest ways people and providers can go on strike against patriarchy and use the app to support people seeking safe abortion information and access in the Bay Area and beyond. A hands-on opportunity to use the app and discuss how spreading safe abortion information can help defeat efforts to prohibit reproductive health access in the U.S. and globally.

Madhavi Kuthanur and Lori Berenson, staff members at Hesperian Health Guides, will be presenting on behalf of Sarah Shannon.

The session will be chaired by Allie Lahey of East Bay DSA.

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When: December 8, 2019, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Where: City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus: Howard Zinn Book Fair, Room 211 1125 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA, 94110
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