Friday, 3 February 2012

Feminist Activists Take Part in Bloody Sunday Solidarity

Leaflet distributed at the march by social justice activists and feminists.

 Today we march in solidarity with all the Bloody Sunday family members and those who are organising the March for Justice.

We also march in solidarity with the mothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina who since 1976 are campaigning to hold to account those responsible for the disappearance of their sons and daughters during military repression in the country; with the women in the Middle East and beyond who, through non-violent protests, resist the imperialist aggression which is tearing apart their families and communities and ignores their sovereignty as a people; with the indigenous women who fight displacement and land deprivation against a capitalist corporation economy, and who argue the limitations of international law;with all those women worldwide who employ civil disobedience as a legitimate weapon to challenge the structures of power that violates their and their fellow citizens human rights, knowing that reprisals will be hardest on them just because they are female, and more likely to suffer social marginalisation and sexual violence; with all those incarcerated for their beliefs, noncompliance and nonconformity.


Today we march in solidarity because their struggle is our struggle.

Campaigning for justice is not an isolated issue or individual protest around the world, it is an attempt to overthrow the tyranny of power and to call for a world in which truth, justice, human dignity and political freedom are celebrated, a world in which women, the oppressed, the dispossessed and the indigenous people are all free individuals within a collective of equals.

The issues which brought civil rights protesters out on the streets of Derry in 1972 continue to be issues for a new generation. Throughout its forty years, the march has raised a voice nationally and internationally for a better world. We hear that voice. Listen to the cry!