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Ana:A revolutionary Iranian woman speaks on the Uprising in Iran

Friday, April 02, 2010
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Revolution Books
2600 Bancroft Avenue
Location Details:
YWCA in Berkeley
2600 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA

Ana – a revolutionary communist Iranian woman and former political prisoner – speaks on Women and the Righteous Uprising in Iran

“I struggled, I was imprisoned, I was tortured and even murdered. I struggled to bury the monarchy in the hope of freedom and equality, but you stole all my struggles. You throw me into the depth of history, you sent me to hell, you put a veil on my head and deprived me of my most basic rights ... you insulted me, you lashed me for bad covering, using your Islamic laws you gave men unlimited power to win their support … now this is me. Me, me who has risen, this is me who has awakened … and I am aware that within Islam there is nothing but slavery and imprisonment (for women), and I know that cannot achieve even my smallest demands…My liberation, it can only be achieved by my own hand, with our united and conscious rebelliousness ... Down with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and down with compulsory Hejab.”
--from a play by Ana about Iranian women

Ana rebelled against the Shah’s regime in the 1970s as a member of the Iranian Student Association. After the 1979 revolution, she returned to Iran to fight for a real revolution. She marched with tens of thousands in 1979 on International Women’s Day against Khomeini’s forced veiling of women. She was one of many revolutionaries, communists, and others who were arrested and tortured by the Islamic Republic, spending 8 years as a political prisoner and suffering horribly. She is one of the few people who witnessed and survived the regime’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners.

Today, Ana remains a courageous revolutionary communist, an uncompromising opponent of both Iran’s Islamic Republic and U.S. imperialism, a fighter for the emancipation of all humanity. She’s a spokesperson for the March 8 Women's Organization (Iran-Afghanistan) which has organized International Women's Day demonstrations globally.

Friday, April 2 - 7pm
YWCA Berkeley/Oakland*
2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
At Bowditch, one block east of Telegraph

Donation Requested
Sponsored by Revolution Books

• How Iran’s Islamic Republic is based on the subjugation of women
• What it was like to be a political prisoner of Iran’s Islamic theocracy
• Women and the righteous uprising in Iran today
• U.S. wars and women in Iraq and Afghanistan
• Can the “Green Movement’s” program liberate Iranian women?
• The revolutionary communist program for women’s liberation and human emancipation

Break the Chains!
Unleash the Fury of Women as a Mighty Force for Revolution!

* This meeting is not sponsored by the YWCA
Added to the calendar on Sat, Mar 27, 2010 9:02AM
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