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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

9 responses to “Elorza supports Wednesday’s ‘Day Without a Woman’ demonstration”

  1. RITaxpayer

    I find it ironic that one of the organizers of this march for “equity, justice and human rights” is Rasmea Odeh, a convicted terrorist and savage murderer of two students in Israel who were innocently shopping in a grocery store when she, Rasmea Odeh decided to bomb it. So much for ‘human rights’.
    This is a FINE demonstration to stay away from. What this beast is doing in MY COUNTRY is beyond explanation.
    Find another way to stand for womens rights rather than join forces with a savage like Rasmea Odeh.

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    1. Johnnie

      They gave you Mother’s Day, what more do you want?

      The subordination of women — and particularly all the unpaid labor they provide — is an essential pillar of a capitalist economy. Without it their system would begin to unravel. As you can see from the comments here, the last thing the rulers and their mouth-pieces want are women uniting and seeking common cause with their oppressed sisters worldwide.

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  2. RITaxpayer

    For more info on the beast known as Rasmea: http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/03/on-march-8-remember-victims-of-daywithoutawoman-co-organizer-rasmea-odeh-daywithoutedwardandleon/

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  3. Randall Rose

    Thanks to RITaxpayer for bringing up the accusations of terrorism against organizer Odeh. That’s worth considering, and spurred me to look things up. I appreciate the links from RITaxpayer and Steve, which are among the most helpful on the subject.

    Although I think Rasmea Odeh probably was tortured, overall the evidence suggests that she did kill people in 1969 in an act of terrorism. See this link:
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/11/rasmea-odeh-rightly-convicted-of-israeli-supermarket-bombing-and-u-s-immigration-fraud/

    I’ve read some of the articles which argue that she wasn’t a terrorist, but I don’t find them as convincing. If anyone knows more convincing evidence on Odeh’s side, please post it. It may be that, as the American judge said who ordered her deported, Odeh has “changed her ways” since that 1969 bombing, and I think that evidence from torture shouldn’t be used in court, but even apart from her confession which may have been obtained by torture, there’s other evidence showing that she was involved in the bombing.

    However, Odeh does not seem to be an organizer of the Women’s March on Washington. What happened seems to be this: The Women’s March on Washington announced in February that they would call for a women’s general strike titled “A Day without a Woman” to be held on a date to be determined. At about the same time in February, a group of women who consider themselves militant feminists, including Odeh, Angela Davis and 6 others, issued their own call for a women’s strike on March 8, which is International Women’s Day, and pointed out that feminist groups in other countries were doing the same. The group including Odeh and Davis explained that their proposed strike opposes “male violence”, which may be a significant way of phrasing things given the issue of the 1969 bombing. After Odeh and Davis’s group advocated for a women’s strike on March 8, the Women’s March on Washington then went ahead and announced that their proposed women’s strike would be on March 8. I get the impression that the Women’s March on Washington wants to keep its distance from Odeh and Davis’s group. On their website, when they explain why they accepted the March 8 date, they pointedly avoid mentioning the call by Odeh and Davis and instead refer to the actions in other countries, saying “We were compelled to stand with women around the globe, just as they stood with us on January 21st.” They also note that “There are lots of campaigns about International Women’s Day”, so it seems that they want to be clear that supporting their March 8 women’s strike need not mean supporting Odeh and Davis’s group. The Women’s March on Washington has stressed their strong commitment to nonviolence, so perhaps they don’t want their effort to be seen as led by people like Odeh.

    Sources:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-terrorist-bombing-sentencing-met-20150312-story.html
    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/06/day-without-women-calls-grow-general-womens-strike
    http://www.vogue.com/article/womens-strike-history-a-day-without-a-woman
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/06/women-strike-trump-resistance-power
    https://www.womensmarch.com/march-8th-faq
    https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/

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    1. RITaxpayer

      Very informative, Randell. Thanks for this.

      I’d still stay home rather than have my good intentions for womens rights be misconstrued as standing with a convicted and PROVEN terrorist. Stay strong and fight another battle.

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