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Mobilize on December 1 for abortion rights

A Reader’s reply: Fighting for the future!

Tempest reader and member of Chicago for Abortion Rights, Linda Loew responds to our recent article, “Won’t go back; Reports from the abortion justice struggles”, specifically calling attention to a series of protest actions being planned for across the country on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. At the comrade’s urging, we are pleased to present her contribution and information for the actions in Chicago, Mississippi, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. We encourage our readers and Tempest Collective members to look for and participate in local actions.

The November 17 Tempest article, “Won’t go back; Reports from the abortion justice struggles”, makes several important points, and among them, it declares the critical importance of taking to the streets and hails the outpouring of abortion rights supporters on October 2, all over the country.

In fact, more than 100,000 people were in the streets of the U.S. on that day. It should therefore be a priority of Tempest and all its readers to get out into the streets on December 1 and organize others to join us.

All eyes will be on the U.S. Supreme Court when it hears oral arguments in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, involving the 15-week Mississippi abortion ban, which directly seeks to overturn Roe v. Wade.

There are mobilizations planned for outside the Supreme Court in Washington D.C., including an action in the morning, “Abortion is Essential: Rally for Our Rights” and one at 1:00 p.m. ET that calls for “Holding the Line for Abortion Justice.” (see information below.)

There is also an Abortion Freedom Fighters Day of Action planned for Jackson, Mississippi. Please note that this action is very significant in that one of the organizers is SHERO Mississippi (Sisters Helping Every woman Rise and Organize), which is an organization dedicated to building and promoting leadership among Black women and girls. Other organizers include Mississippi in Action and the Mississippi Abortion Access Coalition.  They have support from Planned Parenthood Southeast.

And, we in Chicago have assembled a coalition of 14 pro-abortion groups, and growing, to “Rally for Abortion Rights: Defend Roe.”

In all these places, and everywhere else we learn about, we should be turning out as many as we can of the majority in this country that opposes overturning Roe and is for removing obstacles to obtaining safe and legal abortions.

We are against legislative bans at 6 weeks, 15 weeks, all bans! We are against all restrictions! We must defend Roe and the right to control our bodies and our lives!

We are at a critical juncture in the fight to defend and extend abortion rights, and we must act with urgency, building unity in action everywhere that we can!

Image by Rally for Abortion Rights: Defend Roe. Photo by Linda Loew.
In Chicago, join the Rally for Abortion Rights: Defend Roe.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CST
Federal Plaza, Adams and Dearborn
Chicago, IL

Image by Abortion Freedom Fighters Day of Action!
In Mississippi, join the Abortion Freedom Fighters Day of Action!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST
Smith Park
250 N. West Street
Jackson, Mississippi

Image from Women’s March Facebook page.

In Washington, D.C., join both the Center for Reproductive Justice/ National Abortion Action Coalition Rally and the Washington D.C. Women’s March action 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Image by Abortion is Essential: Rally for Our Rights.
First Washington, D.C. Action:

Starting at 7:30 a.m. EST
U.S. Supreme Court
Washington, D.C.

Image by Holding the Line for Abortion Justice.

Second Washington D.C. Action:
1:00 p.m. EST
Columbus Circle, NE
Washington, D.C.

Flyer by Reproductive Justice Now.

In New York City, Phoenix, AZ, San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA.

Reproductive Justice Now has a list of December 1st actions in all of those localities, including organizing tools and other ways to plug in.


Featured Image Credit: Photo by Joe PIette Image modified by Tempest.

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Linda Loew is a longtime socialist, feminist, and union activist. Now retired, she previously served as recording secretary and solidarity chair of AFSCME Local 1989 which led the successful passage of the first Black Lives Matter support resolution before the AFSCME Illinois state convention. Currently, she is an active member of Chicago for Abortion Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, and the Illinois Single Payer Coalition.