National Week of Action October 16-22

The ANSWER Coalition is supporting the Oct. 16 - 22 National Week of Action called by Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD). We encourage all of our members and supporters to participate and take to the streets in defense of women's rights.

Challenge politicians with the direct question: Will you or will you not sign the Women's Rights Pledge?

“I pledge to never vote for any legislation that limits or restricts women’s right to abortion or attempts to circumvent women’s full access to healthcare.”

At a town hall meeting earlier this month, Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri suggested that businesses should have the “freedom” to pay women less for equal work. It’s not the first time Akin has attacked women and women’s rights. Earlier this year, he infamously declared that victims of “legitimate rape” cannot get pregnant. WORD is continuing to circulate our petition demanding his immediate resignation.

Todd Akin is one of the better-known misogynists in public office, but he is by no means the only one. Women and women’s rights are under relentless attack from politicians and the media. Right-wing politicians like Akin lead attacks on our hard-won rights while so-called “progressives” compromise and capitulate. This has been happening for decades, and if it continues we’ll soon be left with no rights at all.

Women’s rights are not up for debate!

Mitt Romney wants to strip women of our rights and President Obama wants to avoid the issue. Neither of them will defend our rights. While all eyes are on the presidential election, women across the country will take the streets to demand attention to the issues that affect our lives.

WORD is organizing protests outside the presidential debates on Oct. 16 in Hempstead, New York and on Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Florida. During the week of October 16-22, women across the United States will march and protest in locally organized actions to defend women’s rights.

Find an action in your city and get involved!

Tuesday, October 16
Outside the second Presidential Debate
Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (Long Island)
Gather at 5:00 pm
Corner of Hempstead Turpike/Fulton Ave. and California Ave./Hofstra Blvd.
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Friday, October 19
San Francisco, California
Powell & Market, 5:30 pm
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Saturday, October 20
Los Angeles, California
Wilshire & Western, 1 pm
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Saturday, October 20
New Haven, Connecticut
College & Chapel, 12 noon
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Saturday, October 20
Chicago, Illinois
Women's Speakout
12noon at Chicago Water Tower (Michigan & Pearson)
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Monday, October 22
Outside the third Presidential Debate
Boca Raton, Florida
Gather at 7:00 pm
At the "Peace Corner" on Glades Road and St. Andrews Blvd.
March to Lynn University (site of the debate)
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