The Radical Alliance for Gender Equality is a direct action grassroots organization in Denton, TX. We are currently organizing against the draconian anti-abortion legislation, HB2 in Texas. We also have an event planned for Trans Day of Remembrance. And we do so much more! If you are interested in learning more about RAGE or starting your own chapter, please email us at: email@example.com
We originated as a coalition of local Denton reproductive rights activists in response to an anti-choice campaign, 40 Days for Life, that was taking place in our area. We countered this campaign with our own "40 Days for Choice" and have continued to work together under the name R.A.G.E. since we plan to address not only women's reproductive rights, but issues that affect the LGBTQ community as well. We believe in equality for all genders and solidarity between them. We support the struggle for reforms, such as universal health care, that benefit women and LGBTQ people with the ultimate revolutionary aim of sexual liberation for all.
Since October 2011, we have organized regular clinic defense protests at an abortion clinic in Fort Worth. This clinic in particular has been under attack by anti-choice bigots who harass patients and workers at the clinic in an attempt to squelch our right to determine when and how we reproduce. We have hosted several educational forums and panels about LGBTQ oppression and the role of non-profits in the struggle for women's health (think Susan G. Komen v. the TEA fund). We have helped organize protests and actions against sexual assault in our community as well as protesting Crisis Pregnancy Centers, fake clinics that try to shame and coerce women from having abortions. We also have a large focus on education as it is essential to the success of our organizing and activism to have a large understanding about the issues we're dealing with, theoretically and historically.
Oppression affects all of us in some form or another. We have a material interest in uniting to support the rights of all oppressed people. This group specifically addresses the oppression of women and LGBTQ people, but we have a strong emphasis on the intersectionality of oppressions such as race and class. Thus, we show solidarity with other activist groups and causes in our locality. History teaches us that it is not the acts of one great person that change society, but the mass action of communities and oppressed people of the world. In order to build such a movement, we must start with a project to make change in our local community, organizing independently of the political system. We are a nonpartisan group that views political candidates and electoral politics as a potential tactical and strategical means to an end, not the end itself. What is this end? Gender equality and sexual liberation for all.
We cannot fight our fight alone and therefore find it necessary to link up with other organizations that are fighting for justice and equality in order to push our movement forward. While we have begun with a focus on abortion rights and access, we are hoping to focus on a number of related issues including but not limited to other reproductive justice concerns such as birth activism as well as anti-rape efforts, sex education, equal pay for equal work, non-discrimination policies and effective sexual harassment policies, sex-worker rights, anti-body shaming, support for mothers, ending intimate partner violence, ending violence against marginalized identities, and expanding hate crimes protection for transgender/gender-queer people.
We want to be a coalition of people from all walks of life addressing gender equality through the lens of intersectionality, addressing racism, class inequality, ableism, cissexism, heterosexism, xenophobia, and imperialism. We are very open to your input as throughout this project and we are looking for more DFW-area activists to join us!
We are currently meeting at 7pm on Mondays at Language building room 209 on the UNT campus.