Solidarity Statement for 2008 March 8 International Women’s Day March,
Brussels, Belgium from Mary Lou Greenberg, Revolutionary
Communist Party USA
In 2006 I
was honored to be part of your proud and determined
march in Germany and The Hague. Today in Brussels,
your continuing bold defiance of the woman-hating
regime in Iran and other
Islamic fundamentalists, and your defiance of US efforts to use women’s
oppression to justify its war for empire in the Middle East and its threats to
need to be heard around the world.
Anyone looking for a way
out of today’s horrors and destruction can take inspiration from the women here
who refuse to bow down or be intimidated by either the whips
and stonings of the Islamic theocrats or the
guns and bombs of U.S.
imperialism. By spitting in the face of both oppressive alternatives, you are
showing that it is possible for women – and men – to rely on themselves and
forge another way.
Today the world’s
peoples are being told they must side with one oppressor over another – what
Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party
USA, has called “historically outmoded strata among colonized and oppressed
humanity up against historically outmoded ruling strata of the imperialist
system. These two reactionary poles reinforce each other, even while opposing
each other. If you side with either of these ‘outmodeds,’
you end up strengthening both.”
The refusal of the women
on this march to side with either of these reactionary poles can help others to
stand firm against both. We in the U.S. are proud to stand with you in
For people in the U.S., it is especially important to have clarity
and build resistance to the far greater
oppressor – U.S. imperialism
– and its crimes, including the possibility of war on Iran. As an internationalist,
revolutionary party working in the U.S., we take seriously our special
responsibility to stand firm against these crimes and lead others to do so.
The horrific oppression
of women throughout this planet is woven deeply into the fabric of class
society today, reinforcing and being reinforced by other forms of oppression.
But things don’t have to be this way – and the only reason they are this way is
because of the economic and social relations constantly generated by class
society, by a whole system that can only operate by exploiting and oppressing
the vast majority of humanity.
revolution and communism. Whether in imperialist countries or in
countries dominated by imperialism, this is the only way to thoroughly shatter
the patriarchal chains that enslave and suppress women and all chains that
condemn the great majority of humanity to suffering and degradation. Just think
of what unchained humanity could accomplish -
the new songs that could be sung, the new wonders that could be discovered and
imagined and achieved. The lives that could be saved and the
spirits that could soar. And think of the women – half of humanity - who
would be unleashed to contribute to all of this.
I am very happy to send
this message of solidarity with your march and the larger struggle that it is
part of. Together and in internationalist unity, we will break the chains and
unleash the fury of women as a mighty force for revolution.