Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Night Common Sense

The 40th Anniversary of the Young Lords Party is happening today in NYC. I along with many other folks do not have the money for transportation or ability (standing long periods of time, access to facilities, etc.) to join in the festivities. We are there in spirit!

Today, I'd like to quote from the Young Lords 13 Point Program & Platform. Point 10 reads:

We want equality for women. Machismo must be revolutionary... not oppressive.

Under capitalism, our women have been oppressed by both the society and our own men. The doctrine of machismo has been used by our men to take out their frustrations against their wives, sisters, mothers, and children. Our men must support their women in their fight for economic and social equality, and must recognize that our women are equals in every way within the revolutionary ranks.

Forward, Sisters, In The Struggle!

I'm happy to say that the man who raised me did so in this way. I grew up only knowing revolutionary machismo.

Read more about The Mujeres of the Young Lords.

I teach parts of this text in my class, every class regardless of topic, because this is our life!

You may still purchase the documentary about the Young Lords by Iris Morales.

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