Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: GROUND ZERO TEXAS

A fight to turn the tide in the all-out assault on women's right to abortion and birth control. July 30 thru Aug & into Sept.
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Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas

A fight to turn the tide in the all-out assault on women's right to abortion and birth control.

We draw inspiration from the original Freedom Riders because of their willingness to put everything on the line to stop a horrible injustice that millions had grown to accept as “just the way things are.” At stake today is whether women - one half of humanity - will be legally treated as less than full human beings.

Texas: GROUND ZERO

“If nothing changes, on September 1st all but six abortion clinics in Texas will be closed (there were 46 in 2011).

“Women will begin dying from dangerous illegal abortions. Others will be imprisoned for self-inducing abortions. Thousands more will have their lives foreclosed by being forced to bear children they do not want – shattering their dreams, trapping them in abusive relationships, and/or driving them into humiliating and dangerous poverty. Rural, poor, immigrant, and women of color will be hardest hit.

“Worse, this emergency in Texas is not an isolated problem.

“Hundreds of abortion restrictions have been enacted in recent years. Six states have only one abortion clinic left. Eight abortion doctors and staff have been murdered. Countless women have been shamed and humiliated.

“Those driving this attack on women's most fundamental rights are deadly serious. They will not stop until all abortions have been criminalized for all women in all circumstances.

“THIS MUST NOT BE ALLOWED! Forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement.”

  • from statement initiated by Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Advisory Board Members: Diane Derzis, Carol Downer, Merle Hoffman, Sunsara Taylor, along with Sikivu Hutchinson and Rev. Donna Schaper

A Time for Courage and Daring

Courageous people are doing important work to keep abortion available. At the same time, it must be confronted soberly:much more is needed.

What happens this summer in Texas will affect women everywhere. It is the responsibility of everyone who does not want to see women forced to have children against their will to stand up and fight. Not some time in the future, but now.

Volunteers will travel through Texas, joining with people in Texas and around the country to stand up in mass, independent political resistance.

People's Hearings – Modeled after the Emergency Speak Outs which involved testimony of abortions before legalization, courageous abortion doctors, and others, we will hold People's Hearings which will be live-webcast around the country every week to wake people up to the true emergency and stakes of this fight.

Honor Abortion Providers – With banners for people to sign, we’ll spread the message: "Abortion Providers Are Heroes."

Dramatic Protests – Politically confront forces and institutions behind the anti-abortion attacks with images and stories of women who died when abortion was illegal, bloody coat-hangers, and shackles representing female enslavement.

WEEK OF DEFIANCE – Final week of August, a national WEEK OF DEFIANCE. Into the streets with the pictures and stories of women, bloody coat-hangers, and shackles across the country.

After that – If the clinic closures go forward on September 1st, Abortion Rights Freedom Riders pledge to stick around to be part of mobilizing people's outrage and refusing to accept this assault on women's lives.

The Funds We Need

$25,000 is needed to get the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride on the road. It will help make it possible for inspiring young activists and others to be on the road for a full month having a major political impact as well as involving hundreds throughout Texas and thousands around the country. Think: airfare, van rentals, gas, housing and living expenses. Think: thousands of leaflets, palm-cards, stickers, banners, etc. It will help with the cost of national webcasts to project the message of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride throughout society in real time.

Then, there will be additional fundraising during the month-long ride to cover the rest of the costs, including to help produce a high quality film so that the impact of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride can be felt far beyond the summer.

Give as much as you can, whether that be $2,500 or $25 or $5. It really matters.

Other Ways You Can TAKE PART

Join the Freedom Ride in Texas - sign up online for part of the time or the whole ride.

Sign the new Statement on the Emergency in Texas here.

Tune in every Wednesday night throughout August for the live webcast People's Hearings. Spread the word about this and bring friends together to watch, thereby building communities of resistance.

Take to the streets wherever you are for the end of August WEEK OF DEFIANCE.

Reach out to people you know in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley and ask them to join in with the Freedom Ride and speak-outs, provide housing, organize welcome parties and protests, and offer support in any way.

Send in testimony for the People's Hearings with your own pre-Roe abortion story or statement or story from today about what women are being forced to go through.

Email text or video to be posted on to StopPatriarchy(at)gmail.com

Who We Are

The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas was initiated by the movement to End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women (StopPatriarchy.org). You can read our Call to Action here.

The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Advisory Board consists of:

    Diane Derzis, owner, Jackson Women's Health Organization (last abortion clinic in Mississippi)

    Carol Downer, co-founder of Feminist Women's Health Center which began doing abortions in 1971

    Merle Hoffman, CEO Choices Women's Medical Center which began doing abortions in 1971

    Wendy Robinson, Director, Voice of Choice

    Mary Lou Singleton, licensed midwife and family nurse practitioner, founder of Personhood for Women

    Sunsara Taylor, writer, Revolution, initiator, End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women

You can read the Report from last summer's Abortion Rights Freedom Ride in 2013 here.

Watch the webcast of our April 11, 2014 Speakout at Advent Lutheran Church in NYC, and see photos from the April 12 actions across the country here.

We value and seek to work with everyone who is working to defend women's right to abortion and to end all forms of violence and oppression against women. Contact us at StopPatriarchy(at)gmail.com.

We have a powerful track record of going right up against the most entrenched institutions and forces of patriarchy, and bringing forward powerful, transformative and contagious resistance.

Thank You

Whatever you do, THANK YOU for being part of a movement that can really make a huge difference for the future of women everywhere!

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  • $10USD
    Abortion on Demand Stickers

    3 of our much-loved "Abortion on Demand and Without Apology" stickers + our personal thank-you. Support the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride and spread the message wherever you are.

    19 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $25USD
    Stop Patriarchy BUTTONS

    Full set of five Abortion Rights Freedom Ride buttons and stickers. Abortion on Demand and Without Apology! Abortion Providers Are Heroes. Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement! We Are the Liberation Generation. And more.

    17 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $50USD
    StopPatriarchy Iron-on Patches

    A full set of FIVE Stop Patriarchy iron-on patches. "Abortion on Demand and Without Apology," "Stop the War on Women," "Stop Patriarchy" and more. Beautiful, colorful, provocative. Spread resistance.

    9 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $75USD
    Abortion On Demand T-shirt

    Rock the t-shirt that turns heads and sets terms: "Abortion On Demand And Without Apology!"

    4 out of 50 claimed
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  • $100USD
    Sacred Speech - INSCRIBED

    "Sacred Speech: A Practical Guide for Keeping Spirit in Your Speech." Your copy of this book donated and inscribed by author Rev. Donna Schaper, Senior Minister at Judson Church in New York City as her thank-you to donors. Judson Church pioneered a clergy consultation service when abortion was illegal and continues to this day. "Sacred Speech" includes a special chapter on abortion.

    4 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $100USD
    Moral Combat - INSCRIBED

    "Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics and the Values Wars." Your copy of this book donated and inscribed by author Sikivu Hutchinson. “Moral Combat provides a provocative analysis of the political and religious battle for America’s soul.”

    8 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $150USD
    This Common Secret + Film

    “This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor.” Your copy of this book donated and inscribed by author Dr. Susan Wicklund. PLUS "Abortion, Morality and the Liberation of Women" film of an event featuring Dr. Wicklund and Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution newspaper.

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $150USD
    Gear to start a movement

    You'll be ready to start a movement with an Abortion on Demand and Without Apology t-shirt, a complete set of Stop Patriarchy buttons, stickers and iron-on patches. PLUS 20 feet of "DANGER: CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN" crime scene tape. Use this tape to rope off sites where crimes against women are being perpetrated. Let's fight for a world without such crimes!

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $250USD
    New View of A Womans Body +KIT

    "A New View of a Woman's Body: A Fully-Illustrated Guide" by Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers. This path-breaking book advanced the science of women's physiology and sexuality. Donated and inscribed by Carol Downer, feminist women’s health pioneer and co-founder of Feminist Women's Health Center in Los Angeles which started providing abortions in 1971. PLUS a self-exam kit (speculum, mirror, instructions) also donated by Carol Downer.

    3 out of 10 claimed
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  • $500USD
    Art Photo Print Framed

    11 x 17 Framed Photo Print - Digital Pigment Print. Archival quality. Beautiful expression of a year of joyous resistance from the movement to Stop Patriarchy.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $500USD
    Support a Freedom Rider

    For two weeks in August, you will receive regular updates, text messages and postcards from an Abortion Rights Freedom Rider PLUS a phone or skype call, and be personally connected to this fight for women's lives.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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    $1,000USD
    Abortion for low-income woman

    An abortion will be provided in your name to a low-income woman who otherwise could not afford this choice. This life-giving service is made possible by Diane Derzis, owner of Jackson Women's Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. “Abortion is definitely a moral choice and we've got to reclaim that ground.” -- Diane Derzis

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    $1,000USD
    Abortion for a woman in Texas

    An abortion will be provided in your name to a low-income woman in Texas who otherwise could not afford this choice. This life-giving service is being donated by a provider in Texas in support of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas.

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    Sponsor a Freedom Rider

    This will cover participation of one Abortion Rights Freedom Rider. For the full Ride, you will receive regular updates, text messages and postcards from a volunteer on the Ride and be personally connected to this fight for women's lives. PLUS: your name (or names if a group effort) will be inscribed on the back of an "Abortion on Demand and Without Apology" T-shirt with the words "We Have Your Back" and will be worn in Texas.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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