WOMEN’S COALITION DECLARATION
“Moving from silence into speech is for the oppressed, the colonized, the exploited, and those who stand and struggle side by side a gesture of defiance that heals, that makes new life and new growth possible. It is that act of speech, of “talking back,” that is no mere gesture of empty words, that is the expression of our movement from object to subject – the liberated voice.” (bell hooks)
“Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.” (Cheris Kramarae)
“People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat…”
Feminist Magazine is on the air to educate, advocate, inform, and entertain through a variety of feminist lenses. We provide the tools necessary to implement feminist analysis and action via interviews, commentaries, performances, news, open dialogues and other features involving activists, intellectuals, and artists, etc.
We are open to all feminist-identified women. In our interactions with each other, and on the airwaves, the members of the Women’s Coalition strive to narrow the disparity between feminist theory and practice.
Feminism represents a transnational, progressive movement to end patriarchy/sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression. We are committed to women’s empowerment and share an understanding that the oppression of women is rooted in patriarchy, racism and classism. Patriarch/sexism is a gender-based system of domination that intersects with other systems of domination.
We see feminism as a maximally inclusionary movement which actively includes working against discrimination and oppression based on age, color, disability status, education, employment, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, immigration status, licenses/degrees or lack thereof, marital status, national origin, physical or mental attributes, race, religion, sexual orientation or preference, military service, or any other actual or perceived differences among us.
We are committed to creating a world in which peace, with social/economic justice and compassion, prevails, in which we all have equal rights and in which differences are honored, respected and celebrated instead of persecuted, judged or even just tolerated.
We share a commitment to self-determination both in the microcosm of one-to-one relationships and in the macrocosm of group-to-group and nation-to-nation interactions. We actively support (and see ourselves as a part of) the people who struggle against social injustices in all their multi-dimensional forms.
We are committed to:
- Maximizing our effectiveness in producing quality feminist programming;
- The progressive development of the Women’s Coalition and Feminist Magazine;
- This declaration;
- Skills and resource sharing (following the model of “each one, teach one”);
- Decision-making by consensus (except in extreme circumstances);
- The spirit and practice of criticism/self-criticism;
- Supporting feminist women and men and LGBT peoples involved in KPFK programming;
- Advocating for feminist values at KPFK and throughout the Pacifica network; and supporting the KPFK/Pacifica mission.