Saturday, July 12, 2008

NETROOTS NATION: FEMINISTS VS. PEOPLE OF COLOR?!!!


Of pressing importance to those of us who identify as feminist and are planning to attend the Netroots Nation event this week here in Austin: The online agenda has the Feminist Caucus placed opposite the Latino and African American Caucuses at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Given how race and sex have been pitted against one another under the patriarchy and particularly in this election, this is either very, very stupid planning or a perpetuation of the attempt to paint all feminists as white middle-class women.

My sisters and brothers, we cannot allow this to keep us apart. Earlier sessions that day include Moms, Youth, and GLBTQ Caucuses at 1:30, and Women's, Dads Caucuses at 3:00, neither of which should compete with Feminists or POC either. Therefore -- I propose we meet as the Feminist Caucus (all genders, races, classes) at the 12:00 lunch session. Let's order sandwiches from Thundercloud Subs (I'll give them a heads-up if I see agreement here) and start the conference off in solidarity.

Please pass the word, to any blog you can. They cannot take away our power if we don't allow them.

4 comments:

Liza Cowan said...

Sheesh! I hope you've sent this around.

Ian Welsh said...

Speaking from experience with the Netroots/Ykos folks I'd say you are 99.9% safe in assuming it is a mistake, not ideologically based. They aren't very good at such details.

Sue Katz said...

As always, you seem to be providing needed insight and leadership. Wish I were joining you there, but alas, I'm stuck on the east coast.
Sue

Maggie Jochild said...

Thanks, Ian, that's a relief to hear. It's been such a hard year for lifelong feminist Democrats.

And thanks for the support, Liza and Sue. I keep thinking you two should meet. Sue, Liza Cowan (THE Liza Cowan, think the Liza of Alix Dobkin's songs and also publisher of DYKE Magazine) now runs a fabulous art gallery in Burlington, VT called Pine Street Art Works. I know the East Coast is huge, but if you're ever going to be in Burlington, you should stop by Liza's galley and say hi. You seem to have a great deal in common.