Sunday, February 19, 2006

Global Women's Strike!

As a proud member of the Global Women’s Strike, I encourage everyone I meet to support our cause, which is the human cause:


And as a respected professor with numerous academic achievements, I have designed my “Progressive Struggles for Global Communities” course (which, I may add, is very popular) to match the tenets of the Strike’s Global Demands:

Payment for all caring work - in wages, pensions, land & other resources.

It’s a fact that women perform 2/3 of the world’s work, and do not get paid for it. Why? Because they perform caring work and the male American military machine only pays for their own genocidal aggression. We need, right now, a mass redistribution of wealth to pay for female caring work.

Pay equity for all, women & men, in the global market

Of course, the pay equity will occur only after the aforementioned wealth redistribution. Ideally, everyone will get paid the same wages, regardless of what they do. Equality must be our goal.

Food security for breastfeeding mothers, paid maternity leave and maternity breaks. Stop penalizing us for being women.

It’s also a fact that breastfeeding mothers are susceptible to starvation, which is why food security must be guaranteed. And since private markets have repeatedly demonstrated their failure to produce food, this function must be administered by a caring (which means female) government. And, needless to say, maternity leave should be paid at triple wages; i.e., having a child demands more than straight pay. Let's continue the work of Betty Friedan and stop penalizing us for being women!

Accessible clean water, healthcare, housing, transport, literacy.

When will we finally rise in unity and demand an end to our poisoned water, our lack of medicine, our living in the gutters, our absence of transportation, and our illiterate status? When will we finally have a caring government?

Non-polluting energy & technology which shortens the hours we work. We all need stoves, fridges, washing machines, computers, & time off!

Simply put, we work continuously and need time off. And yet, with all that work, we have no stoves, fridges, washing machines, or computers. Someone…make it happen! And it had better not pollute.

Protection & asylum from all violence & persecution, including by family members & people in positions of authority.

And that goes especially for protection from the fascists in the White House. People, do I smell a revolution?

Freedom of movement. Capital travels freely, why not people?

I want to take a dozen Pakistani tribesmen into my house, but our racist dictatorial regime will not permit their free movement into America. Well, I demand that they allow it, and you should demand it as well.

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