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Mothers Breastfeed and Protest at Facebook's HQ in Palo Alto

by ~Bradley (bradley [at] riseup.net)
M.I.L.C. (Mothers International Lactation Campaign) reports that recently, Facebook has started 'pulling a myspace' by not allowing people to post profile pictures of babies nursing. The pictures have been reported as 'obscene' and have been removed- their posters warned not to repost or fear being kicked off of Facebook.

On December 27, M.I.L.C. demonstrated in front of Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto, CA in response to Facebook designating breastfeeding photos as obscene, removing them from member albums and profiles, banning and restoring user accounts without explanation, and not answering emails from users. Mothers breastfed their babies and displayed photos removed by Facebook as part of a coordinated and widespread campaign in support of the rights of breastfeeding mothers and their children everywhere.
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The Raging Grannies contributed a song written for the occasion called 'Rise Up!' and sang it with M.I.L.C. in front of Facebook's door.

More coverage is published at:
Protest In Palo Alto Against Facebook Censoring Of Breast Feeding
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/12/27/18556608.php


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§Facebook Security
by ~Bradley
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§M.I.L.C. and Raging Grannies Sing 'Rise Up!'
by ~Bradley
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lyrics to 'Rise Up!' by the Raging Grannies, and more photos, are posted at:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/12/27/18556629.php
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Patricia Madden of San Jose.
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Heather Farley of Provo, Utah says, "I don't want future moms to feel that breastfeeding is shameful. It might keep them from breastfeeding."
§Heather Farley
by ~Bradley
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§Breastfeeding in front of Facebook
by ~Bradley
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§Alexa and Ethan
by ~Bradley
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§WE.riseup.net
by ~Bradley
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WE.riseup.net, aka Crabgrass.

"Crabgrass is a software libre web application designed for social networking, group collaboration and network organizing. Our goal is to create communication tools that are tailored specifically to meet the needs of bottom up grassroots organizing. By social networking, we mean the ability of users to get to know one another through their online contributions and presence. By group collaboration, we mean the ability of small groups to get things done, such as share files, track tasks and projects, make decisions and build repositories of shared knowledge. By network organizing, we mean the ability of multiple groups to work together on projects in a democratic manner."

https://we.riseup.net
§Facebook Policies
by ~Bradley
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§Sexualizing Breasts
by ~Bradley
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§Breastfeeding is "Allowed" in "California"
by ~Bradley
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California Civil Code 43.3

"Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may
breastfeed her child in any location, public or private ... where the mother and the child are otherwise authorized to be present."
§Take My Picture
by ~Bradley
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§Breastfeeding Demonstration at Facebook in Palo Alto
by ~Bradley
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§Rise Up! Raging Grannies @ Facebook Demo
by ~Bradley
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