Posts in: women & feminism

Military indoctrination: A factory for producing violence against women

Winter/Spring 2007

A long-ignored aspect of Washington’s war machine is now getting sporadic attention in the U.S. mainstream media. This is the explosion of violence against women, both in war zones and the military itself. The corporate media, however, is incapable of tracing this problem to its source: the character of imperialist military indoctrination. Gender-specific brutality is… Read more »

Radical Women hosts Indigenous rabble-rouser

Winter/Spring 2007

Nellie Moore and Alison Thorne at Solidarity Salon. On 17 April, Solidarity Salon was filled with Radical Women (RW) members, supporters and new friends eager to hear Nellie Moore, a veteran fighter for Aboriginal rights. RW decided to host the gathering to pay tribute to Moore and provide a platform for her to talk about… Read more »

Water is a feminist issue

Summer/Autumn 2007

Victoria burning, Melburnians choking from the smoke, parched land everywhere. This is life in the southeast corner of the earth’s driest continent. Across the Pacific, on the U.S.-Canadian border, pre-Christmas storms flooded homes, cut power and blocked main roads. On Christmas day, post-tsunami Aceh and North Sumatra were once again under water and mud. These… Read more »

Fijian feminist Shamima Ali: Moving beyond band-aid feminism

Summer/Autumn 2007

Shamima Ali is an Indo-Fijian feminist activist who works with the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC). She visitied Melbourne recently to participate in the Second Latin American and Asia Pacific Solidarity Gathering. Prior to the recent coup in Fiji, Alison Thorne caught up with her for Radical Women. The FWCC was established in 1984. The… Read more »

Free, 24-hour Childcare is a necessity, not a pipe dream!

Summer/Autumn 2007

One hundred sixty-two thousand working mothers in Australia would return to work if they could access childcare. And that’s only the official figure! If free, 24-hour childcare were available, the number would be zero. “Free?! This is utopian. Impossible!” say many feminists who believe strongly in women’s right to childcare. Not only is this solution… Read more »

Yellow Woman Speaks by Merle Woo

Summer/Autumn 2007

Merle Woo’s poetry achieves a rare combination of substance and style. Undoubtedly political, often shocking, Yellow Woman Speaks is a pleasure to read. Her conversational, open, no-bull tone made me feel, as I turned page after page, that I was not sitting alone in my room reading, but engaged in an intense and wonderful discussion… Read more »

Two initiatives to remember Errol Wyles Junior

Summer/Autumn 2007

Poet, Amelia Walker, came up with the idea of producing a zine to pay tribute to Errol Wyles Junior after she attended a screening of Black and White Justice, hosted by the Indigenous Social Justice Association (Melbourne Supporters Group). A major issue discussed that night was the lack of public awareness of how and why… Read more »