This International Women’s Day: DESTROY THE PATRIARCHICAL PRISON SYSTEM!
The history of women has been plagued with humiliations and scorn on the part of the various systems of slavery and submission that have existed. One of the main tools of control used by patriarchy has been the objectification of women as property, and thus it is no wonder that in a society which values the commodification of all things for the sake of profit – products, labour, resources, etc –that self identified women continue to be the target of this repression. Domination, colonialism and violence have always been unleashed on the bodies of women as a possession to be conquered – and with it the earth – as part of the structural patriarchy that has continued the rape, plunder and genocide of the land and its indigenous peoples.
Today, we begin our Rally and March at the foot of the Toronto Chilean Consulate which resides on the 18th floor of No. 2 Bloor Street West, a State that has violated, plundered and committed genocide against the Mapuche indigenous Nation for the possession of their land since its very inception. This country is no exception to these atrocities, as the skyscrapers that lay at this corner are the expression of the objectification, displacement and genocide on this land, as they stand on the sacred burial ground of indigenous people –pertaining to various nations including the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Mississauga-Cree. Their remains are still underneath the ground of these buildings, further demonstrating the colonial genocide of indigenous peoples on this land.
Those who rebel against this structural violence and refuse to see themselves or their environment as objects to be exploited are quickly punished as criminals or deviants deserving of the proper punishment to fulfill their roles in society – to be objectified. Thus, the prison system is the vivid expression of this structural violence – forcing all those who refuse to submit to the colonial norms to submit their bodies and their lives to the will of power and capital. It is in this way that prison becomes the ultimate expression of Patriarchical structural violence in our society as it serves to further objectify women and their bodies into the property of the State.
However, despite the harassment and persecution, much resistance has risen from the depth of this brutality. It is for this reason why today we stand in solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers who struggle against the ongoing capitalist encroachment for possession of their territory – who struggle to maintain their very existence as a people – and have had to pay the heavy price of political prison and even death at the hands of the genocidal State. It is also for this reason why today we stand with our sisters locally, currently in prison at Vanier Correctional Centre for Women in Milton, ON or facing ongoing charges for having dared to stand up against the economic powers of the world, reflected at the Toronto G20 Summit of June 2010. Our sisters proved that they will not be objectified, nor will they be restricted by the determination of a society based on private property and commodification.
This International Women’s Day, we have nothing to celebrate and everything to fight back.
WE DENOUNCE THE STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE OF THE JUDICIAL/PRISON SYSTEM ON OUR COMMUNITIES IN RESISTANCE AGAINST COLONIALISM, CAPITALISM & PATRIARCHY ON THIS STOLEN LAND!!
WE DENOUNCE THE USE OF FEMALE COPS USING ISSUES OF VIOLENCE TO INFILTRATE AND IMPRISON OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS!!
FREE MANDY HISCOCKS, LEAH HENDERSON, KELLY PFLUG-BACK & ALL [TORONTO] G20 POLITICAL PRISONERS/ARRESTEES!!!
FREEDOM FOR PATRICIA TRONCOSO, MONICA CABALLERO & ALL MAPUCHE/ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS IN $HILE!!!
DOWN WITH THE PRISON SYSTEM! FREE OUR POLITICAL PRISONERS!!
They may imprison our bodies, but they can never imprison our desire to struggle; to be free.
Organized by The Women’s Coordinating Committee for A Free Wallmapu [Toronto]