Frieda Afary, Julia Wallace, Lara Al Kateb, and Mary Ann Curtis
Saturday, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
This panel is aimed at promoting socialist feminist organizing by addressing the following questions: Why is authoritarianism on the rise globally, and how does it affect women? How can the “Me Too Movement” challenge the capitalist commodification of women’s bodies? What are the connections between Black Lives Matter and the movement against patriarchy/homophobia? What do the struggles of women in the West and the Middle East have in common? Do socialist feminists have an alternative to capitalism?
Mary Ann Curtis, socialist feminist labor activist and community organizer, is a member of the Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women and AFSCME Retirees, Chapter 36. The 1960s Black Civil Rights movement sparked her involvement in the fight to end segregation. Her job at a Chicago Black youth center inspired her ongoing advocacy for public education and housing. As a public university staff member and active unionist, she worked with others to defend the lowest paid. Her internationalism began in Taipei, Taiwan as an English teacher. With an M.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, she travelled to China. Her article, China today through feminist eyes: free market misery and resistance, can be found in the Freedom Socialist
Julia Wallace: Black anti-racist activist, member of SEIU and Left Voice
Lara al Kateb is a Syrian socialist feminist