Cross-Border Feminists against patriarchal violence
Call for a public assembly for December 13

From our diverse feminisms, networked and empowered by our cross-border connection, we invite all women, lesbians, transgender, transvestite, intersex, migrant, indigenous, black and Afro-descendant people, to a cross-border public assembly on December 13, 2020 to give us strength and build towards the feminist strike of March 8, 2021.

With this assembly we want to connect the struggles and rebellions that we are putting together today around November 25, the international day against sexist and gender violence, and all the feminist and anti-patriarchal struggles that have occurred in the world in recent months, so that our collective voice can resonate globally, challenging the limits that the pandemic places on us.

We have already made it clear that we do not want to return to normal because normality was the problem. We have already said that we are not going to pay for the crisis with our bodies and territories. We have already loudly denounced how the neoliberal management of the pandemic intensifies systematic violence against women and LGBTQI people as well as colonial and racist oppressions.

Now we want to show our collective power even more, so that our experiences, struggles and rebellions can strengthen each other, connect and expand at the cross-border level, shaping the process of the feminist strike that allows us to expose and withdraw from the patriarchal, racist, capitalist and colonial institutions of our societies.

While we have created support and self-defense networks to curb the increase in domestic violence, we have not stopped fighting and denouncing sexist and gender-based violence, as we do on November 25 around the world.

While we have worked on the front lines in hospitals, schools, factories, sanitation and cleaning services, and continued to do the work in our homes, we have not stopped building for a feminist strike to show that if we stop our labor, it will stop the world, as we did on May 1.

While we continue to cross borders to supply the necessary labor to ensure the food chain and care services in exchange for a measly salary, we have not stopped denouncing institutional racism and demanding residency status and a universal income that can allow us to live with dignity.

While in indigenous communities we have guaranteed the reproduction of life through collective efforts to confront the pandemic, we have not stopped defending our territories from theft of natural resources and militarization.

While engaged on the fronts of war and conflict such as in Kurdistan and Palestine, we have not stopped our feminist and anti-imperialist revolution. We demand freedom for all and all political prisoners.

While health has been managed individually and corporately, we have not stopped highlighting the differences in social and material conditions of sex, class and race of access to health, fighting for our reproductive freedom and for free, legal and safe abortion.

In recent years we have succeeded in creating a global feminist movement, bringing a feminist perspective across all social movements as demonstrated by the struggles of Black Lives Matters in the US, #EndSars against police brutality in Nigeria, and others that are shaking fascist and conservative governments around the world, as they have done in Bolivia, Peru and Chile.

Instead of surrendering to isolation and attacks on our bodies and territories imposed by the neoliberal management of this pandemic, we have further expanded our struggle and have not let go. We have even strengthened our global interconnection, as demonstrated by the organization of the 35th Encuentro Plurinacional of women and LGBTQ+ in Latin America, the creation of EAST (Essential Autonomous Struggles Transnational) in Europe and beyond to connect the struggles against devaluation of the productive and reproductive work of women and migrants, the transnational solidarity given to Polish women’s strike for legalized abortion, and the strengthening of this Cross-Border Feminists space that now wants to expand and draw in those that are not yet part of it.

In a historical moment in which our productive and reproductive work is more intense, exploited and devalued than ever, and in which patriarchal, gender, capitalist and racist violence attacks us with greater force, we feel the urgency to nurture the global feminist strike and we call everyone who wants to join the cross-border feminist struggle to participate in the public assembly on December 13.

Up with those who fight!

Issued November 25, 2020

Cross-Border Feminists/Feministas Transfronterizas