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.Abortion Law Repeal (Sort Of): A Warning to Women, by Lucinda Cisler.  © 1970, 1973.

●    Article by the founding chair of the National Organization for Women Taskforce on Reproduction and Its Control (1969-1971) and founder and first secretary of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, now the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL).

4.Consciousness-Raising: A Radical Weapon, by Kathie Sarachild. 1975.

●    Article from Feminist Revolution, see ordering information at Published by Redstockings © 1975; abridged by Random House, 1978.

5.What is Consciousness-Raising?, by Kristy Royall. 1995.

●    Article by a former co-president of University of Florida/SFCC Campus NOW. Originally published in Infusion: Tools for Action and Education, of the Center for Campus Organizing, Cambridge, Mass. Reprinted with annotations in the Gainesville Iguana, January 1996.

6.Speakout video, Annie Tummino at NYC Health and Human Services building. January 2013.

●    NWL organizer and lead plaintiff in Tummino v. Hamburg.

7.Redstockings Archives for Action packet: Some Documents From and Media Responses To Two Redstockings Abortion Speakouts, 1969 and 1989

●    Collects the press on the 1969 history of the New York State Legislative abortion hearing disruption and the Redstockings speakout at Washington Square Methodist Church that followed.
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8.“An Organizing Packet… A Call to Speakout: Abolish All Barriers to Abortion Rights and Fight for Women’s Liberation,” 2001.

●    More on how NWL uses consciousness raising