This week, reproductive rights protests took place across the country to protest Texas’ SB 8 anti-abortion law and assert women’s right to choose abortion. In New York, the October 2 action of about 5,000 people was sent by PSL mayoral candidate Cathy Rojas to an enthusiastic response. Here is his speech.
ABORTO SI, ABORTO NO, ESO LO DECIDO YO! [Abortion yes, abortion no, itâs my decision!-ed]
Hello everyone, my name is Cathy Rojas. I am originally from Queens, the daughter of Colombian immigrants and a teacher in a public school. I am also a candidate for mayor of New York. But I’m not here to talk about electoral politics. I’m here to talk about the one thing that makes all the difference, and that is building a powerful non-stop movement.
Texas state politicians say they are trying to protect life; Texas, where people froze to death earlier this year from climate change, greedy for-profit power companies, and a complete lack of government support; Texas, one of the worst, if not the worst, states to live in terms of having adequate funding for schools for children, or access to health care for women; Texas, with one of the highest rates of child hunger and poverty. The state is now leading the attacks on abortion rights and access in this country.
These right-wing politicians responsible for these policies do not represent the people of Texas. They don’t respect people’s rights and they don’t care about their well-being.
Their claim to “protect life” would be a joke if so many lives weren’t really at stake!
But let’s not lose sight of the maneuver they’re playing right now. Right now our people – the poor and the hardworking, in Texas, New York and across the country – are in crisis. We are in the midst of a public health crisis, an economic crisis, an education crisis, a climate crisis, etc. But instead of dealing with the real issues, right-wing politicians are now trying to distract, divide, and cripple us by stepping up attacks on the right to abortion.
You know, I watch what’s going on in Washington, DC and Texas, and you can’t help but notice that politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, are utterly ineffective at pushing through reforms and the most basic necessities. But they immediately jump into action when it comes to bailing out the banks and the ultra-rich, and they always find time to step up the attack on women and LGBTQ people, immigrants, blacks and other communities. vulnerable.
But that’s what we’re fighting against, brothers and sisters – not just bad law in Texas, but a whole system. This system has at its top a clique of billionaire bigots, their politicians to hire, the courts that auction off – right down to the Supreme Court – the corporate-controlled media, an army of lobbyists, and on the front line. , to keep us, the police and the ICE online.
This is what we are fighting against. It may sound scary. But who are we ? What do we have?
We are the tens of millions of women and trans and gender nonconforming people who have a vested interest in this fight for access to abortion. We are the frontline workers, the overworked and underpaid, the immigrants, the millions of people on the streets for black lives, the protectors of the water, the millions of young people who are fed up with capitalism and say : âWe need system change, not climate change.â We are the MANY.
They have their armies, their militants, their lobbyists, their intellectuals, their media spokespersons. We need to build the NTRE.
What their side has is organization. They have the power because they are organized. We can also have power, but we have to be organized, not just once a year or on election day, but all year round.
And our movement must be fueled by solidarity. A lot of people don’t know what this means. It’s very simple, it means: âAn injury to one is an injury to all.
Today it is the right to abortion in Texas, tomorrow it could be resisting deportations in Brooklyn, or supporting immigrant delivery men in the Bronx, or it could protest another black person killed by police racist, or it could mean hanging out with people in other countries facing US bombs and sanctions. Everything is connected. It is all part of our common struggle. Do not let them divide us into a hundred “problems”.
This is why I am proud to join with all of you today in the fight for access to abortion and health care, because abortion care IS health care.
And his fight for the future. And I really mean it. We are all fighting for the future. They want to drag us into the past. But we are not going back.
We know that a better world is possible. We know that we are living at a time in history when the resources, technology and education exist to ensure that the basic needs of the entire planet can be met: jobs, housing, education, health care, clean energy. These are not pipe dreams, these are human rights that can be realized for ALL, right now.
This is what we want. This is what we are fighting for. And we’re not going to stop until we figure it out.
IF WE DON’T GET JUSTICE THEN THEN THERE IS NO PEACE!