Open Letter: To the Civil Liberties & Public Policy program
from Sunsara Taylor
and members of StopPatriarchy.org who attended the CLPP Conference:
We are outraged at the illegitimate, immoral and dangerous decision made by CLPP organizers, including CLPP Director Mia Sullivan, to use police to eject us from your conference under threat of arrest simply for peacefully advocating an anti-pornography position to those who approached us at our own organizational table on Saturday, April 13, 2013.
This action on your part violates the most basic and essential standards of any movement against oppression. The police are the armed enforcers of a highly oppressive and repressive state. There is a long and brutal history of the role of the police – from the murder and wrongful imprisonment of Black Panther Party members in the 1960s to the more recent coordinated brutality inflicted on Occupy protesters across the country – in attempting to crush, punish, and demoralize those who would lift their heads to fight against oppression. No one who calls on the police to suppress and physically threaten others who are fighting against oppression can legitimately claim to be doing anything other than the work of this highly oppressive, violent, and repressive state.
We demand that you repudiate this decision
Labels: anti-patriarchy, anti-pornography, anti-sex trafficking, CLPP, Hampshire College, Mia Sullivan, political repression, pro-choice, repro-rights, Stop Patriarchy, sunsara taylor, women's liberation