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Statement from a Yellow Vests group in France

As you know there has been widespread street protests all over France in the last few weeks. It started against an increase in the tax on petrol while the rich had had a tax cut. The protests have grown and broadened their demands, and many sectors including students, ambulance workers, campaigners against police murders and others have joined.

We share with you this impressive statement from the Yellow Vests in Commercy, a small town in France’s north east, which describes where the movement is at.

See also links to two earlier reports by Ben Martin of Payday men’s network.

The French take to the barricades Morning Star, 28 November 2018

Revolution in France – Update on Payday facebook page, 8 December 2018

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfLIYpJHir4&feature=youtu.be

Published in lundi matin website on 6 December 2018 and translated by us.

 

Call from the Yellow Vests of Commercy
to set up popular assemblies

“We will not be ruled. We will not be divided and bought off.”

NO TO RIP OFF! LONG LIFE DIRECT DEMOCRACY!
NO NEED FOR REGIONAL ‘REPRESENTATIVES’!

For nearly two weeks the movement of yellow vests has brought hundreds of thousands of people in the streets all over France, often for the first time. The price of fuel was the drop of diesel that set the plain on fire. The suffering, the enough-is-enough, and the injustice have never been so widespread. Now, all across the country, hundreds of local groups are organizing themselves in their own different ways.

Here in Commercy, in the Meuse, we have been operating from the beginning with daily popular assemblies, where each person participates equally. We organized to block entrances to the city and service stations, and filtering road blocks. In the process, we built a cabin in the central square. We meet there every day to organize ourselves, decide next actions, interact with people, and welcome those who join the movement. We also organize “solidarity soups” to live beautiful moments together and get to know each other. In equality.

But now the government, and some parts of the movement, propose to appoint representatives for each region! That is to say a few people who would become the only “interlocutors” to public authorities and summarize our diversity.

But we do not want “representatives” who would end up talking for us!

What’s the point? At Commercy a punctual delegation met the sub-prefect, in big cities others met directly with the Prefect: they ALREADY have conveyed our anger and our demands. They ALREADY know that we are determined to finish off with this hated president, this detestable government, and the rotten system they embody!

And that’s what scares the government! Because he knows that if they begin to give in on taxes and fuels, they will also have to back down on pensions, the unemployed, the status of civil servants, and all the rest! They also knows VERY WELL that they risk intensifying a GENERALIZED MOVEMENT AGAINST THE SYSTEM!

It is not to better understand our anger and our demands that the government wants “representatives”: it is to supervise and bury us! As with the union leadership, they look for intermediaries, people with whom they could negotiate. On whom they can put pressure to appease the eruption. People that they can then buy off and press to divide the movement to bury it.

But that’s without counting on the strength and intelligence of our movement. It’s without counting that we are thinking, organizing, developing our actions that scare them so much and amplifying the movement!

And above all, there is a very important thing: everywhere the movement of the yellow vests demand in various forms, something that is well beyond the purchasing power! This thing is power to the people, by the people, for the people. It is a new system where “those who are nothing” as they say with contempt, regain power over all those who stuff themselves, over those who rule, and over the money powers. It’s equality. It’s justice. It’s freedom. That’s what we want! And it starts from the grassroots!

If we appoint “representatives” and “spokespersons”, it will eventually make us passive. Worse: we will quickly reproduce the system and act from top down like the scoundrels who rule us. These so-called “representatives of the people” who are filling their pockets, who make laws that rot our lives and serve the interests of the ultra-rich!

Let’s not put our finger in the gear of representation and hijacking. This is not the time to hand over our voice to a handful of people, even if they seem honest. They must listen to all of us or to no one!

From Commercy, we therefore call for the creation throughout France of popular committees, which function in regular general assemblies. Places where speech is liberated, where one dares to express oneself, to train oneself, to help one another. If there must be delegates, it is at the level of each local yellow vests people’s committee, closer to the voice of the people. With imperative, revocable, and rotating mandates. With transparency. With trust.

We also call for the hundreds of groups of yellow vests to have a cabin as in Commercy, or a “people’s house” as in Saint-Nazaire, in short, a place of rallying and organization! And that they coordinate themselves, at the local and departmental level, in equality!

This is how we will win, because that, up there, they are not used to manage it! And it scares them a lot.

We will not let ourselves be ruled. We will not let ourselves be divided and bought off.

No to self-proclaimed representatives and spokespersons! Let’s take back the power over our lives! Long live the yellow vests in their diversity!

LONG LIVE PEOPLE POWER, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE!

If you agree with the basics of this appeal where you are, in your local group of yellow vests, or other, contact us at giletsjaunescommercy@gmail.com and let’s coordinate ourselves on the basis of popular and egalitarian assemblies!

 

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11 Dec: Protecting Breastfeeding from state intervention

From Legal Action for Women:

Dear Friends,

Protecting breastfeeding from State intervention (family courts, detention centres, hospitals, prisons, etc.)

We thought you would like to know about an important meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding & Inequalities on Tuesday 11 December 2018.  See agenda here.

Solveig Francis and Shoda Rackal from Milk of Human Kindness and members of the Support Not Separation coalition will be presenting.  As you may know, despite the wealth of evidence on the importance of breastfeeding, there is no protection for mothers and babies in the kind of situations indicated above, no requirement for those making decisions over children’s futures to protect their right to being breastfed, and to avoid the trauma of separation, which interrupts or ends breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding has even been used as evidence against the mother, and to give fathers overnight contact while the child is still breastfeeding.

You are welcome to attend the meeting which will be held in Committee Room 8, Portcullis House (entrance on Victoria Embankment around the corner from Westminster tube).  The meeting starts at 1pm – aim to arrive by 12.50 (after allowing 30 mins to go through security) when we will be escorted to the room.

We would welcome any personal stories about this problem that we might be able to raise. Of course any account will be kept anonymous.

Please let us know if you can come (especially as the meeting room can change at short notice).

Nina

0207 482 2496

https://supportnotseparation.blog/

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International Women’s Strike 2019 – “Stop the world and change it”

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Launch of Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket

 

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Selma James in Il Manifesto: «Per affermare il valore della cura, sciopero globale»

INTERNAZIONALE

Intervista. La cura è un’attività umanizzante, si diventa un essere umano completo quando si rende l’altro centrale nel proprio operato, oggi gli uomini stanno imparando

 Selma James

Insieme a Nina Lopez (portavoce del Collettivo Inglese delle Prostitute) siete state a Gottinga, in Germania, per parlare di sciopero delle donne. Che impressioni hai avuto dal dibattito e dagli incontri a latere?

Prima di andare a Gottinga abbiamo avuto una serie di incontri a Berlino, un’esperienza molto ricca per noi. Abbiamo imparato molto. A Gottinga è stato diverso, un incontro più accademico. Si è discusso molto della definizione, cioè se chiamarlo «sciopero femminista» o «sciopero delle donne». Tra le ragioni di chi voleva chiamarlo «sciopero femminista», a parte quella dell’inclusione di persone trans o di altri generi, c’era quella dell’inclusione degli uomini, alcuni di loro sono femministi e in questo modo sarebbero stati inclusi. Il secondo motivo, era quello di volersi differenziare dalle donne che non sono femministe. Provo a dire la mia su questi punti. Penso sia importante per gli uomini avere un rapporto con lo sciopero e vederlo come un potenziamento per loro. Gli uomini sono stati sempre esortati a dire sciocchezze sulle donne, ma mai a parlare del proprio sfruttamento, di come soffrono, della loro posizione all’interno della famiglia, di cosa significhi essere uomini,di cosa significa vivere con la silouette maschile, di uomo macho che ti viene imposta. Penso sia tempo che gli uomini riconoscano che il rapporto tra loro e le donne è un rapporto di potere. Quindi non vogliamo che gli uomini siano tagliati fuori dallo sciopero, ma che lo appoggino perchè il potere che le donne costruiscono serva è anche per la loro liberazione. Lo sciopero globale delle donne è ovviamente inclusivo verso le persone transgender. Ognuno deve potersi identificare nel genere che desidera e aderire allo sciopero. Allo stesso tempo, rispetto alle esitazioni nel chiamarlo «sciopero delle donne», non credo che le donne debbano essere invisibili per far sì che lo sciopero abbia successo. Perché allora tanto varrebbe chiamarlo sciopero generale. Rendere le donne invisibili apre il varco all’agenda maschile. Altra cosa che non condivido è che la donna che si definisce femminista sia diversa dalle altre donne. Difficilmente le donne che vivono le situazioni più difficili, le donne deportate, si autodefiniscono femministe e al contrario molte donne in Parlamento si definiscono femministe, e poi votano le misure di austerity. Io mi dichiaro femminista, ne ho il diritto, ma in un movimento di massa non comincerei con ciò che esclude la base.

La cura prima era appannaggio delle donne, oggi forse questo è meno scontato, ma la cura è spesso delegata alle persone più povere. Come vedi il futuro della cura libera dallo sfruttamento?

Penso sia una parte cruciale della lotta di classe in questo momento. È una battaglia delle donne quella per avere il lavoro di cura riconosciuto, affinché la cura non ci impoverisca, affinché non sia la nostra unica mansione, affinché ognuna abbia altre opzioni. Il partito conservatore ha una soluzione per questo: i robot, un robot che controlla se la persona è ancora viva. Ma la verità è che la cura non può essere un lavoro come gli altri e che non può essere robotizzata. La cura è una relazione con persone a cui teniamo e non solo di cui ci prendiamo cura. La società deve dare la priorità a questa attività, questa è la mia soluzione. La società deve ricostruire se stessa a partire dalle relazioni, che sono relazioni di cura data ma anche ricevuta. Se costruiamo un movimento di massa, e non credo che oggi si possa fare a meno di questo, dovremmo elaborare come prima cosa come organizzare la cura. Ad esempio quanto le persone che ricevono cure possono autodeterminare ciò di cui hanno bisogno. Oggi molte persone anziane sono escluse dalla società, perché ci si possa occupare di loro in maniera più efficace, sono messi negli istituti. Questo accade anche con molti bambini, non possiamo decidere come e quando stanno negli asili perché siamo costretti a lavorare per il profitto di qualcun altro. Noi donne, e anche gli uomini, stiamo lavorando troppo, e non è necessario, temono che se non andiamo a lavorare possiamo fare qualcosa di terribile, come organizzarci contro il sistema. Dobbiamo ridurre la quantità di lavoro nei paese industrializzati, e collaborare con i paesi più poveri per trovare le tecnologie che consentano anche a loro una liberazione dall’incredibile quantità di lavoro che sono costrette a fare. Faccio un esempio legato alla Germania, c’è stato uno sciopero di 900mila lavoratori del settore metalmeccanico, e come risultato si è ottenuta la possibilità di lavorare per due anni 28 ore settimanali per avere più tempo per la cura. La cosa interessante è che l’82% di questi lavoratori sono maschi. Questo è un passo avanti, significa che gli uomini vogliono più tempo per la cura, anche se può comportare un calo del reddito. La cura è un’attività umanizzante, si diventa un essere umano completo quando si rende l’altro centrale nel proprio operato, oggi anche gli uomini stanno imparando. Ma ci deve essere tempo e spazio per questo, e ci deve essere denaro che consente di fare questo. Il mio punto è che la questione della cura si affronta rendendola una priorità collettiva.

Il movimento delle donne curde porta avanti una battaglia importante in un contesto difficile come quello mediorientale. Come pensi che si possano connettere le lotte che spesso si danno in contesti e in forme diverse?

La questione cruciale è l’indipendenza finanziaria in tutto il mondo, chiedere denaro o la terra, a volte per le donne la terra può essere una fonte di indipendenza finanziaria, per come sono strutturate alcune società. Penso che la prima cosa da fare è riconoscere indipendenza economica per chi svolge attività di cura. Le donne in primis, ma non solo. Un salario che ci permetta di evitare la violenza, disertare la guerra, proteggere l’ambiente, nutrire i bambini e chiunque abbia fame. È un potere sociale del tutto nuovo quello che deriverebbe dal salario per chi si prende cura.

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Cardiff People’s Assembly hosting an event with Selma James, “Women Race and Class: Uniting Our Struggles”.

Selma James – on struggles of women

On 30th November, Cardiff People’s Assembly is hosting an event with Selma James, “Women Race and Class: Uniting Our Struggles”.
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International Women’s Strike planning meeting Tues 20 Nov, 6pm

Come to a planning meeting for the International Women’s Strike (IWS: 8 March 2019)
6pm, Tuesday 20 November 2018

Liz Hilton (EMPOWER-Thailand) is in London for a few days. So we are meeting now to benefit from Thai women’s struggle and especially their mass movement of sex workers. Also, Liz, Selma James and Nina Lopez (Global Women’s Strike- UK) were invited to Germany’s national IWS planning meeting and will report back.

VENUE: Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX

Fully wheelchair accessible (including toilet). Sound amplification available for hard of hearing people. Please let us know if you need childcare. Refreshments.

ALL WOMEN WELCOME.

Bring news and views of other IWS meetings you may be involved in.

 Report and discussion on what grassroots women in Germany, Ireland, Peru, Spain, Thailand and US … are planning for 8 March 2019. Bring your ideas and suggestions.

Last year women took action across all continents. There were speak-outs, sit-ins and occupations, pickets, banner drops, direct action, and a spectacular mass strike across the Spanish State in which six million women took part.

There’s been general agreement that women would strike in whichever ways we could from both waged and unwaged work, and that the huge contribution we make with our caring work in the family and outside would be highlighted.

Different countries and areas and groups within each country issued statements with their demands. See IWS website and this Guardian article for info on the history of IWS.

Some men, including Payday men’s network, have supported from the start. How should we ask men to support this year? How is men’s support a power for women, and how is our women’s strike a power for them?

Some unions are also with us and may send representatives. What about your union?

Ideas for demands this year include:

End poverty and destitution. Scrap Universal Credit. No evictions. No zero-hour contracts. Scrap benefit sanctions. A living wage for mothers and all carers. End the hostile environment against immigrants, asylum seekers, women and children of colour, disabled women, single mothers, claimants… A £15 per hour minimum wage for all regardless of age. End forced separation of children from their mothers. Black Lives Matter! End racism and all discrimination. Prosecute rapists not rape victims. End violence at home and at work. Direct action against environmental devastation. Increase pensions. End deportations. Decriminalise sex work. Accessible free public transport. Stop violence and discrimination vs trans and non-binary people. A shorter working week. And more…

IDEAS FOR ACTION????  Bring them to the meeting!

IF YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH – JOIN THE INTERNATONAL WOMEN’S STRIKE!!!

 Contact: Global Women’s Strike (020) 7482 2496/Facebook/@WomensStrike

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“Universal Credit – a hostile environment for women”. Article in Morning Star.

SELMA JAMES AND SOLVEIG FRANCIS | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Women are more likely to be single parents and carers, which is why the attacks on welfare under the universal credit policy have been an act of political misogyny, writes SELMA JAMES and SOLVEIG FRANCIS

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THE FURY against universal credit (UC), imposing destitution and even death, is growing, even among Tory MPs.

While all claimants will be affected, women and children are its first targets and all on low incomes are undermined. As welfare is eroded, we cannot turn down even starvation wages. Bear in mind that UC rates are frozen until 2020, regardless of inflation.

UC combines income support, jobseeker’s allowance, employment and support allowance, working tax credit, child tax credit and housing benefit, most often claimed by women who, especially when we have children and other dependents, have the lowest incomes and are the ones who do without to meet the survival needs of those we care for.

The £37 billion siphoned out of the welfare budget since 2010 was mainly stolen from women. Women, especially single mothers and disabled women, are austerity’s biggest losers.

UC cuts children’s benefit — money for the second child is £11 lower than for the first and there is no money for subsequent children, which is a loss of £232 a month per child, for no reason except state control of fertility for low income women. This especially hits communities with larger families, for example Asian and Irish.

There is one degrading exception to the third or subsequent children being deprived of subsistence. Mothers can try to convince jobcentre strangers that this child was conceived by rape.

After the first two children, twins must share the benefit of a single child. The money for some disabled children is halved from £61 to £32 and 25,000 disabled single mothers will lose about £250 a month because severe disability premium is abolished.

Would-be claimants face multiple deterrents. You claim on line and within seven days must arrange an interview with a work coach.

Women with literacy problems, no smart phone or internet access, who need the library but find it closed or must stay with a sick child and miss a deadline, have been cut off. Job Centres are closing — yet another obstacle.

Those transferring to UC from tax credits have been told they won’t lose out, but “change of circumstance,” such as moving home, demands a fresh claim and this is always at the lower rate.

Domestic violence victims fleeing to a refuge — a “change of circumstance” — will be further assaulted with a lower rate.
The waiting time for the first payment is five weeks. Claimants can survive this yawning gap by applying for a DWP loan at 40 per cent interest!

In areas where UC has been introduced, evictions have soared, food bank use doubled and women forced into prostitution. DWP refuses to release reports on UC-related deaths. Dickensian class society never died.

UC is structured to prevent women having the independent income established by campaigning MP Eleanor Rathbone in 1945 with Child Benefit, paid to mothers, and later Child Tax Credit, but UC, including its child element, is paid monthly to the main wage earner, usually the man.

It reinforces the power of men, including violent ones. This was intentional. UC architect, Iain Duncan Smith, told the 2010 Tory Party conference: “There is no better shield from child poverty than strong and stable families.”

The Child Support Act (1993), abolition of one parent benefit (1997), and from 1999 ever tougher compulsory ‘work-related’ requirements for mothers (even those with infants), were the beginning of the end of single mothers’ financial independence. Our campaigning with breastfeeding mothers in 2009 eventually won an exemption for mothers of children under one, which we have kept under UC.

These cuts made way for the Welfare Reform Act 2012 which introduced UC and phased out Income Support. It also set a cap on how much benefit claimants without a waged job could get from all sources regardless of rent or number of children.

A legal challenge by single mothers failed in 2015. Judges deemed the cap to “breach the UK obligation … to treat the best interests of children as a primary consideration” but accepted it as “legitimate.”

Baroness Hale, dissenting in the Supreme Court, said the cap “breaks the link between benefit and need.”

Under UC, those accused of “not trying hard enough” to get a job are sanctioned more harshly. A work coach decides whether a woman escaping domestic violence can be exempted from job-seeking for 13 weeks.

The latest budget changes little. People can keep £381 — it was £298 — a month of their earnings before 68p is clawed back from every £1 earned above this. This ensures work does not pay, but we are still forced to do it.

£1 billion over five years is the new allocation for such changes, compared to the £1 billion a year added to defence.

UC drives austerity forward, reinforcing the attack on women who suffer 86 per cent of its cuts. Rather than simplifying, it complicates and mystifies, imposing a hostile environment on all of us, especially women, the carers.

A disproportionate number of those targeted are people of colour and/or immigrants. UC reinforces the power of men within the family even while it cuts men’s benefits too.

Our struggle to defeat it is one with the struggle for a living wage.

Employers benefit from a desperate workforce deprived of the benefits we’re entitled to. Among the hardest hit are the mothers and other unwaged family carers who, like all workers, are entitled to a living wage.

Instead they are forced into the lowest paid work while squeezing caring work into a double day.

The McStrikers and the anti-UC protests are central to the movement to finally end poverty.

  • Solveig Francis, benefits adviser at the Crossroads Women’s Centre
  • Selma James, Wages for Housework Campaign

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https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/universal-credit-hostile-environment-women

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£1 trillion worth of unpaid housework, figures show

The article by Lindsey German of Counterfire with its juicy quote about “unpaid work” was passed on to me, and I was delighted to receive it.

[It said:]

“The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has estimated that the amount of unpaid household work carried out in the UK is worth £1.24 trillion a year. The value has grown by 80% since 2005.

“The unpaid work includes childcare, laundry, cooking, but also driving to work and those lengthy periods on computers when you are sorting insurance, or banking, or paying your bills having read your own meter. The majority of this work is carried out by women, already at a disadvantage in the labour market, and under increasing pressure over their unpaid work in the home as well.

“These are the figures which underline the reality that the vast majority of us experience in our daily lives. And it is a miserable, unhappy picture for many, often leading to stress and illness . . .”

It seems that Ms German has “discovered” that most unwaged work is done by women. That’s good. But it is late, since women have been doing this for centuries and some of us made it central to our politics from 1972.  After all, this work cares for people and helps them to make society, and increasingly we are dependent on this work for survival.  May we suggest how this injustice and overwork can be overcome?  The work she describes and a great deal more, which she has no room to mention, includes the important job that mothers do to protect our children and the whole community from all kinds of discrimination and even physical assault.  A Black mother has her hands full to protect her children from the racism including of police, social workers, even teachers etc. This  life-saving work of caring, and protecting and defending should not impoverish us, as it does now,  by not being socially recognized with a payment. We want a living wage for all carers, so that our burden can be lightened and we will not be punished with poverty, and invisible in the movement for change.   Did you know about the Fracking Grannies, who campaigned for years against this destruction of the environment?  Women are doing this life-enhancing work in so many ways, and in so many countries.  Demanding payment for such social caring supports it and therefore supports protecting our society not destroying it as governments, industry and the military have been doing.  It’s a demand to support and protect Life on Earth in all its forms.

Perhaps Ms German will want to support this.

The cuts in benefits such as UC would have killed many more people had not women spent the whole 24 hour day helping and fighting for our survival.

Selma James

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US Poor People’s Campaign launch 6 weeks of action

14 MAY 2018 – POOR PEOPLE’S
CAMPAIGN LAUNCH SIX WEEKS OF NONVIOLENT
DIRECT ACTION ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

A new multiracial mass movement has been growing in the United States. The Poor People’s Campaign: a National Call for Moral Revival (PPC) is launching its first nation-wide event on May 14, the day after the US Mothers’ Day.

Through highly publicized, non-violent moral fusion, protests and direct action over a 6-week period in at least 30 states and the District of Columbia, the PPC aims to force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy during a key election year and beyond. The first national event is on May 14.

The new PPC is co-chaired by Rev William Barber and Rev Liz Theoharis. See recent interview with Rev Barber: Here’s how the Poor People’s Campaign aims to finish what MLK started.

For more information about PPC: newpoorpeoplescampaign@gmail.com
For more information about Global Women’s Strike: gws@globalwomenstrike.net

Rev Liz Theoharis and Rev William Barber
WEEKLY THEMES

WEEK ONE (May 13-19) – SOMEBODY’S HURTING OUR PEOPLE: Children, Women, and People with Disabilities in Poverty

WEEK TWO (May 20-26) – LINKING SYSTEMIC RACISM AND POVERTY: Voting Rights, Immigration, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the Mistreatment of Indigenous Communities

WEEK THREE (May 27-June 2) – THE WAR ECONOMY: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence

WEEK FOUR (June 3-9) – THE RIGHT TO HEALTH AND A HEALTHY PLANET: Ecological Devastation and Health Care

WEEK FIVE (June 10-16) – EVERYBODY’S GOT THE RIGHT TO LIVE: Education, Living Wage Jobs, Income, Housing

WEEK SIX (June 17-22) – A NEW AND UNSETTLING FORCE: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative

June 23 – Global Day of Solidarity and Sending Forth Call to Action Mass Rally in Washington DC

The PPC ‘draws on the unfinished work’ of Dr Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign 50 years ago. King, along with other leaders of the poor such as Johnnie Tillmon of National Welfare Rights Organization, called for a radical redistribution of political and economic power. King was killed shortly after.

The Global Women’s Strike (GWS) is among hundreds of organizations which have endorsed the PPC and will be taking part in the six weeks of action. What happens in the US has a huge impact everywhere; the whole world needs a Poor People’s Campaign.

What some of the endorsers are saying (follow links for full statements):

Margaret Prescod, Women of Color Global Women’s Strike:

“Since the 60s, we have been campaigning for remuneration for unwaged work. We have struggled to bring all sectors of women together on this basis, despite racism, the threat of deportation, mass incarceration, police violence and discrimination on every other ground from disability to sexual orientation. The PPC has called forth a mass movement to change the power of all the grassroots to reclaim what is ours and found society anew. We are delighted to be part of this new hope.”

Phoebe Jones, GWS:

“We welcome that Mother’s Day was chosen to launch the PPC season of protest. Mother’s Day is historically a time to recognize and value the work and all the contributions of mothers, most of whom are impoverished despite an individual contribution estimated at $143,000 a year.”

Pat Albright, former welfare recipient, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network:

  Now is the time to come together across divides, including the divide between mothers on welfare and other families that weaken all of us in our struggle to end poverty.”

Eric Gjertsen, Payday men’s network and family caregiver:

“The PPC gets it that war and military budgets are the enemy, depriving us of every possibility for our lives and our families’ lives. We want the time and resources to be carers. We refuse to be killers or to be criminalized for resisting poverty and militarism.”

Dean Kendall, queer subsistence farmer and Payday member:

“We want to live in a world that values everyone’s contributions, including the critters – plants and animals – and the lands and waters, on which all our lives and happiness depend. This new multiracial movement is bringing together folks in rural communities with urban and suburban folks who are also campaigning for universal healthcare and against the poisoning of our food and water and the air we breathe.”

In London we will host a public meeting on Tuesday 3 July with Margaret Prescod (Women of Color GWS) who is part of California’s PPC’s organizing group. It will be an opportunity to hear directly from a participant in the six-week events and watch some of the coverage together.