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THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: LESSONS FOR WOMEN'S LIBERATION
By Kathie Sarachild, 1983. A firsthand evaluation of the powerful radical organizing principles learned participating as a volunteer in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's Mississippi projects in 1964-65. "Shows dynamically how Women's Liberation came from Civil Rights Movement work." -Judith Brown. Presented at "The Sixties Speak to the Eighties" 1983 conference, U of Mass, Amherst.
8 1/2 X 11 pamphlet, 10 pages.

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ORIGINS OF CONSCIOUSNESS-RAISING IN THE SOUTH: GAINESVILLE OR TAMPA?
Judith Brown, 1986. Some detailed history of the origins of consciousness-raising in the form of a letter protesting distortions of movement history in a New York Times article.
8 1/2 X 11 pamphlet, 8 pages.

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WOMEN FOR PEACE OR WOMEN'S LIBERATION?
THE VIETNAM ERA SOIL FOR FEMINISM

Redstockings essays by Jenny Brown and Kathie Sarachild that appeared in the journal Vietnam Generation's "Gender and the War" issue, summer/fall 1989. Drawing from the Archives, they apply the history of radical feminism's criticism of women's peace groups to new conditions.
32 5 1/4 X 4 pages.

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SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR MEMORIAL SPEAKOUT
May 1, 1986. The U.S. memorial for the mother of radical feminism, held 2 weeks after her death. Testimonies by many early feminist organizers,
including Ti-Grace Atkinson, Ros Baxandall, Corinne Coleman, Patricia Mainardi, Irene Peslikis, Victoria Schultz, Celestine Ware with messages from Judith Benninger Brown, Shulamith Firestone, Patricia
Robinson, Brooke Williams, Julia Wright

2 CD set.

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ABOLISH THE TIME LIMIT ON THE ERA!
Redstockings political expose and Woman's Party historical critique of the unusual and reactionary time limit grafted onto the 1970's version of the Equal Rights Amendment that was a major factor in the ERA's defeat. Includes an original, poster-sized red and white Redstockings broadside.
6 photocopied documents, 11 pages.

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THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION, THE WOMEN'S LIBERATION MOVEMENT,
AND THE SPIRIT OF THE '60's

Speech given by Colette Price of Redstockings at a symposium on China's Cultural Revolution, Hunter College, New York City, 1987.
8 1/2 X 11 pamphlet, 10 pages.

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ARCHIVES FOR ACTION PACKET

Some Documents From and Media Responses to Redstockings
Abortion Speakouts, 1969 and 1989.
8 1/2 X 11 packet, 25 pgs.



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Photo: February 22, 1969, Dan Hogan Charles,
The New York Times

Redstockings disrupt an abortion reform hearing.
They demanded repeal of all abortion laws and that
women testify as the real experts on abortion - the
hearing consisted of 14 men and a nun. Redstockings' co-founder Ellen Willis, standing in the middle of the
uproar with her notes, will soon write about her group's
actions in unsigned reflections in The New Yorker's
"Talk of the Town", February 22, 1969. Click here
for the article
. Other coverage of the disruption
is in the Archives for Action packet, described on left.

































ABORTION: WOMEN TELL IT LIKE IT IS, WAS,
AND OUGHT TO BE 1969-1989

Audiotapes of the 20th anniversary tribute to the first women who spoke out publicly about their then-criminal abortions. Redstockings 1969 testifiers and new workers take stock of 20 years of personal and political experience-for refueling and moving forward. Includes interviews with reunion participants before and after the speakout by WBAI radio correspondent Sasha Nyary, as well as her news broadcast about the event.
2 CD set.


 
Photo: Jonathan Kaufman, March 3, 1989, New York City.
20th Anniversary Abortion Speakout in Washington
Square Methodist Church, where Redstockings held
the first speakout. From left: Irene Peslikis,
Elizabeth Most, Barbara Susan, Donna Fyfe.


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Florynce Kennedy speaking,
March  3, 1989.

 Photo: Jonathan Kaufman

From the 1989 Redstockings Abortion speakout:
"My name is Flo Kennedy and I'm a lawyer and I crawled off my death bed to come down here . . . I feel the speakout was absolutely fantastic . . . What we must remember is, every struggle pays off . . . and I think the next 20 years will find progression depended on the amount of struggle."

 


Found at last and now available!
THE FIRST ABORTION SPEAKOUT-1969

The original Redstockings abortion speakout in New York City, March 21, 1969.  Women, defying law and custom, for the first time tell publicly about their then-criminal abortions.
"We are the ones that have had the abortions...This is why we're here tonight, to make things come home...We are the only experts." --A women testifying in 1969

2 CD set.

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WOMEN'S STUDIES OR WOMEN'S LIBERATION STUDIES?
Carol Giardina of Gainesville Women's Liberation challenges Women's Studies to return to its Women's Liberation Movement roots and purpose. "The first reason to learn history is to learn that the important things we have now were taken in a fight ... taken, not given. ... You can't have a Women's Studies program and won't have one much longer unless there is a movement against the oppression of women." Presented for Women's History Month at the University of Florida, Gainesville, 1991.
8 1/2 X 11 pamphlet, 11 pages.

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