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NYC: Sept. 22: Women Rise Up forum with Bree Newsome, Jennicet Gutierrez, Marilyn Zuniga - Please RSVP


Tuesday, September 22, 2015
from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016




On July 4th, 2015 Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole on the South Carolina State House grounds and removed the racist symbol of slavery, the Confederate Flag.  With the assistance of Black and white comrades, Bree carried out an act of heroic defiance that resonated to all of us in struggle.  Bree and James Tyson, who assisted her from the ground, were arrested.  Newsome is facing at least three years in jail, if convicted.  Activists are demanding that ALL charges be dropped against her.  There are no words for Bree's courage in challenging racism in the South.  

 On June 24th, 2015 Jennicet Gutiérrez, a Mexican undocumented transwoman active in the immigration and LGBTQ movements, boldly took center stage at a White House event when she courageously called President Barack Obama out on his policies on migrant detentions.  As Obama began to deliver his speech at the LGBTQ Pride Event hosted by the White House, Gutiérrez interrupted him by declaring: "President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention...I am tired of the violence we're facing."  

 Marylin Zuñiga is a first-year teacher in the Orange Township NJ public schools.  In the Sping of 2015, Marylin was suspended from her teaching position at Forest Street Elementary School because she allowed her 3rd grade students to send get-well cards to Mumia Abu-Jamal, the beloved Pennsylvania political prisoner.  This unjust suspension has been fought by her and her countless supporters.  She has been called a “model teacher,” everyone has stated that her students were flourishing and she was valued by parents. 

 Join us for a special forum with these three women warriors who through their recent transgressive acts have inspired us with their revolutionary defiance of the racist status quo.  The forum will address the Black Lives Matter movement and other movements for racial and sexual justice as well as the important leadership and activist roles that women continue to play at the forefront of these movements. 




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