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3rd Annual "Walk For Life - West Coast" Anti-Abortion Demonstration
5 MP3s of audio from the demonstration and counterdemonstration for "Walk For Life". Once again, upward towards 10,000 church-funded anti-abortion demonstrators came to town on the anniversary of Roe vs Wade with their repressive message "women deserve better than abortion", and were met by a much smaller, but highly spirited pro-reproductive rights counter demonstration reminding that "San Francisco is a pro-choice town".
In the first MP3, audio from the pro-reproduction rights speak-out at Pier 5 preceding the march. Features veteren Socialist Feminist poet/activist Nellie Wong, reading a prepared speech from fellow veteren Socialist Feminist poet/activist Merle Woo, who was unable to attend; an impassioned, "n- holds-barred" speech from Lindsey Comey, long-time director of the Women's Choice Clinic and lesbian mother; and Dr. Jo Waxman, a family practice physician at the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine and SF Now. Each of the three speak for the need for a full reproductive rights agenda. (19:31)
Listen to some highly orchestrated, totally illogical speeches from the demonstators. Includes "Democrats For Life", reclaiming their party from pro-abortion positions; Edie Black; and perennial anti-abortion hero, African American Reverend Bernard Childress, bashing African American liberal politicians and calling himself the real civil rights leader in the spirit of Martin Luther King. (12:18)
DJ Rubble interviews BACORRs Elizabeth Creely, who analyzes the days activities, including the need for more creative tactics going forward; and Freedom Socialist Party's Moises Montoya, who talks about gay solidarity with abortion rights activists and what's needed for a truly radical queer agenda. (8:48)
DJ Rubble interviews BACORR/FSP bilingual activist Norma Gallegos. Norma had just completed an interview with the corporate spanish-speaking TV press, discusses what they wanted to hear, including a clear "family values" bias. (7:03)
Pro-reproductive rights chants from the streets at during the march. Anti-abortionist strategy was again not to engage with anyone who does not agree with them, counterdemonstrators chanted in their faces as much as allowed by police, to let them know they are unwelcome and drive them out of town. (11:22)