History for Activist Use


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National Women's Liberation comes from a collaboration between organizers from Redstockings of the Women's Liberation Movement (NY) and Gainesville (FL) Women’s Liberation starting in 1968.  Redstockings is a radical feminist think tank and one of the original groups of the 1960s Women’s Liberation Movement in New York City. Gainesville Women's Liberation is the first women’s liberation group in the South, founded in 1968. This collaboration continues today.





National Week of Action for Abortion and Birth Control - Recommended Readings

Women are the Experts: National Week of Action for Abortion and Birth Control
June 3 - 10, 2016
#thisoppresseswomen  #notmyclinic  #shoutyourabortion

Call to Action - Women Demand Control Over Our Reproduction (view as PDF)

National Women's Liberation Speakout Kit (view as PDF)

Below is the list of readings on the radical history of winning abortion in this country and examples of fliers and events using consciousness-raising organizing. We hope this will spark your ideas and strengthen our case for using women’s experience to develop activist theory and put it into action.

1. Abortion Without Apology: The demand for abortion has had the most success when it’s been free of preemptive compromise, by Jenny Brown & Erin Mahoney. December 31, 2015.

●    Article by two NWL organizers summing up lessons from the role of the 1960s radical feminist movement in the abortion struggle. Published in Jacobin Magazine, December 31, 2015.

2.Women are the Experts flier, Redstockings, January 1969.

●    Flier From the feminist disruption of the New York State Legislative Hearing on abortion reform.


3.27.14 to 3.29.14 - NWL and Redstockings at the Boston Women’s Liberation Conference

footer white bgJoin National Women’s Liberation and Redstockings at the Boston Women’s Liberation Conference, March 27 - 29, 2014.

Speakers include Redstockings women’s liberation pioneer Kathie Sarachild and National Women’s Liberation member Annie Tummino, lead Plaintiff in the Morning-After Pill lawsuit against the FDA.

Visit www.redstockings.org for conference information, schedules and registration.

3.30.14 - Honoring the Fighting Legacy of Chokwe Lumumba

To the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, New Afrikan People's Organization, National Conference of Black Lawyers, Friends and Family of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba:

On behalf of National Women's Liberation, I write to send our love and solidarity as you mourn the great loss and celebrate the life of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. I attended the celebration of Chokwe Lumumba in Brooklyn last night and was struck by the powerful, radical community present in the church. There was a feeling of hope and strength that inspired me as a women's liberation fighter and labor union organizer. The stories, laughs, ritual, leadership, community, political unity and honesty, raised the bar for me as an organizer and the kind of community we all need to build to make radical change. A testament of that was when his daughter, Rukia Lumumba, movingly spoke of this community that she could count on now that her parents were gone and then spoke of her dedication to continuing to build that work as a member of it.

We lost an important freedom fighter on February 25, 2014. When I heard the news, my heart sank. Our best radical movements are strong, but when leaders like Chokwe Lumumba die, the loss is a big hit. While I didn't know Lumumba personally, I knew MXGM and have long respected the deep, thoughtful work you all do. When we were forming National Women's Liberation we looked to Malcolm X Grassroots Movement on important questions of structure and decision-making. We consulted with members of MXGM as we were building our member-based group to fight for women's liberation. We are grateful for the work Lumumba and others did to build this group and owe some of our foundation to lessons we've learned from you.