Candlelight Vigil and Speak Out
March 8, 2011

 

AF3IRM San Diego to speak out against women and children becoming spoils of wars, abuse of women in the military

 

PRESS RELEASE

Olive Panes
AF3IRM San Diego Chapter Coordinator
March 1, 2011

On International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, AF3IRM San Diego will be holding a candlelight vigil and speak out against militarism: the continued U.S. wars and occupation, the devastating effects on women and children, and the mistreatment of women in the military. The event will take place in front of the Miramar Air Base where allies such as Collectivo Zapatista, Comité de Mujeres Patricia Marín, KMB and PSL will voice out their demands.

Militarism is an ideology that creates a culture of fear and supports the use of violence, aggression, or military interventions for settling disputes and enforcing economic and political interests. AF3IRM asserts that women fall victim to slavery, sex, rape and forced prostitution as a result of militarism. Further, women are the spoils of war and exposed the actual realities – the displacement, harassment, rape and murder of women and children worldwide. Women’s bodies become a symbolic battlefields, recreating the acts of conquering troops upon occupied peoples. Additionally, women in the military are also victims within this institution. With 1 in 3 women in the military being raped or sexually assaulted, a gross lack in services, and the war budget making it impossible to fund any new programs to address these inhumane conditions for women, we call to demand the following:

End all U.S. wars, military occupations worldwide

We demand justice for the women around the world sexually assaulted by US military servicemen

End the rape, sexual assault, poverty draft of women in the US military.

END MILITARISM AND ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!

To read the press release for more details and contact information, click here.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Time: 5:30-7pm

Where: Sidewalk across the street from Miramar Air Station (Clayton Drive & Miramar Road)

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