Green Sunday: The abortion battle in Texas and what it says about American politics today
We will explore the Texas anti-abortion law (SB8) and the struggle against it (and similar legislation). But we want to go deeper, by locating this struggle in the context of the polarization of politics in America and other countries. The US is more severely divided than it has been for decades. Trump is no longer President, but Trumpism is very much alive. In the sixties and seventies, the last period of major polarization, our movement, including radical feminism, was growing. Now, despite some increased numbers and visibility, the movement seems not up to the many challenges we face. What are we to do?
Snehal Shingavi is associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, where he teaches South Asian literatures in English, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the literature of the South Asian diaspora. He received his PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley and has taught previously at Notre Dame de Namur University and the University of Mary Washington. He is a long-time social justice activist and has participated in a number of campaigns and movements, including: the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, the third world Liberation Front, the Association of Graduate Student Employees/UAW local 2865, Students for Justice in Palestine, Friends of South Asia, United Students Against Sweatshops, the Green Party (where he managed Aimee Allison’s bid for Oakland City Council as a Green), the Campus Antiwar Network, the Texas State Employees Union/CWA local 6186, the Palestine Solidarity Committee, the Stop the Cuts Coalition, Occupy Austin, the People’s Task Force, and the Democratic Socialists of America. He is the author of The Mahatma Misunderstood: the politics and forms of literary nationalism in India (Anthem Books, 2013). He has also published widely in places like GQ India, the International Socialist Review, Postcolonial Text, South Asia, The New Inquiry, the South Asia Journal, The Book Review and the Annual of Urdu Studies.
Nancy Rosenstock is a long time fighter for women’s liberation as well as a socialist. In the early 1970s, Rosenstock was an activist in Boston Female Liberation, one of the first radical feminist organizations, and she served on the national staff of the Women’s National Abortion Action Coalition in 1971. Today she is a member of Chicago for Abortion Rights. She is the author of the forthcoming book*Inside The Second Wave of Feminism: A Participants’ Account of Boston Female Liberation, 1968–1972, which is scheduled for publication in 2022 by Haymarket Books.
My remarks will focus on where we are at currently in the fight for the right of women to choose abortion. Since the 1973 historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision decriminalizing abortion, right-wing forces, fueled by the government, and both major political parties, have led attack after attack on abortion rights. Today we are at a critical juncture. What is necessary to counter these attacks and build a fighting movement? What lessons can we draw from the past decades?
October 10th, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Via Zoom: please see access info below
Green Sundays are a series of free public programs & discussions on topics “du jour” sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County and held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party follows at 7:00 pm, after a 30-minute break. Council meetings are open to anyone who is interested.
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Description: Green Sunday presentation at 5 PM
(Followed by County Council business meeting at 7:00. All are welcome to attend)
Time: Oct. 10, 2021, 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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