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Saturday, June 29, 12 noon
Women Fight Back - Organizing Conference & Workshops
Unite Here Local 11 building, 464 Lucas Ave, Downtown LA, 90017
Join Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD) and other feminist and women’s organizations for a
regional Women’s Organizing Conference. Come connect with other activists, students, labor organizers
and women of all ages from throughout California for a day of learning, sharing experiences and
building the movement for equality for women.
The last few years have seen a shocking number of attacks on women: on our rights, on our bodies and
on our lives. In 2011 more restrictions on women’s right to abortion were enacted than in any other
year in US history, and 2012 saw the second-highest number of restrictions passed. Politicians,
legislators and the religious right are working furiously to strip away our rights on the state and
federal level. In response to the financial crisis created by the big banks, the government is
implementing severe budget cuts, which are rapidly eliminating the social programs that poor and low
-income women depend on. Access to healthcare—including contraception and abortion—childcare,
housing, welfare and other benefits are being slashed across the country.
On the job, women still earn less than men on average, at level of education, across every
occupation. The United States is still the only developed nation in the world that does not guarantee
paid maternity leave for women workers.
In the United States and elsewhere, violence against women is tolerated and often condoned. 1.3
million women are raped every year and one in four experiences violence at the hands of a current or
former intimate partner.
But women are fighting back. We are tired of politicians playing political football with our lives.
We are taking to the streets to win back our rights and create a better world for our sisters. WORD
Los Angeles has led and participated in numerous actions for women’s rights all over Southern
Join us and our allies on Saturday, June 29th to learn more about this important struggle and how you
can be part of the new, fighting movement to defend women’s rights.
-------Speakers LIst (partial)-----
Suyapa Portillo, Professor of Chican@ Latin@ Transnational Studies at Pitzer College; Organizer for
the Honduras and Latin American Solidarity Movement
Bamby Salcedo, President, TransLatin@ Coalition
Juana Rosa Cavero, Director, Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles
Genevieve Huizar, United Survivors of Anaheim, mother of Manuel Diaz who was murdered by the Anaheim
Autumn Thomas-Morales, Organizer, WORD Sacramento
Jollene Levid, National Chairperson, Af3irm (Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting
Gloria La Riva, President, Typographical Sector CWA Local 3952
Carla Osorio, Boyle Heights Project Coordinator, East Los Angeles Women’s Center
Cheryl Zarate, Vice Chair, Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB)