What we're about

"The task of an activist is not to navigate systems of oppressive power with as much personal integrity as possible; it is to dismantle those systems.” Lierre Keith, co-author of the book Deep Green Resistance

If you have an interest in films by or about women, please join our sister Meetup group Cinema Femina: https://www.meetup.com/Cinema-Femina/

If you share an interest in feminist literature you may ask to join The Feminist Book Club: https://www.meetup.com/FeministReaders/
("Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books." bell hooks)
You may also wish to vist Reading Feminist Theory: https://www.meetup.com/Reading-Feminist-Theory-on-Politics/

If you share concerns about Human Trafficking, the plight of prostituted people, labor exploitation, domestic servitude, servile marriage, and related issues... please visit our sister Meetup group Fight Slavery Now!: https://www.meetup.com/Fight-Slavery-Now/

To delve into the many facets of Human Trafficking please visit the website: http://fightslaverynow.org/

Radical Feminist Activists Meetup Group (RadFem) was founded in 2011, had hosted hundreds of Meetups of all sorts and had garnered over 500 supporters before a previous organizer shut it down on New Year's Day 2016. That organizer began a new less inclusive group with a similar name and we wish them only the best. But lost in the process were all records, files, studies, reports, photos, discussions, e-lists, event history... the entire institutional memory of this group representing the collective product of many feminists over a period of years.

Those resources were created for the benefit of, and were open to, the entire Feminist community, members and non-members alike. It will take some time, but we have been rebuilding both the site and the collective inclusive spirit of the group. Silence is not an option. We have been able to restore or replicate some of this information. Since 2016 we've hosted/posted almost 400 Meetups and membership has risen to over a thousand good people interested in confronting misogyny and advancing a radical feminist agenda at home and globally, across lines of race, class, gender and ethnicity.

Please be a feminist or open to feminism if you join. There are plenty of other groups to join if you are neither. Beyond that, we welcome feminists of all stripes, colors, creeds, and gender identities who are committed to challenging, confronting, and ultimately dismantling Patriarchy. Together we hope to forge a path to sexual equality and gender justice for all, not just by talking among ourselves, but by speaking out, writing, marching, demonstrating, protesting and actively projecting a loud and fierce voice in opposition to Rape Culture and the War on Women.

Radical Feminism is not a monolithic ideology, but it does hold to some basic tenets that set it apart from what has become known as 'liberal feminism'. Notably it views patriarchy as the first and foremost form of oppression, serving as a template for racial and class hierarchies. It regards prostitution as the "world's oldest oppression". I t does not seek equality for women on masculine terms, but rather seeks freedom for all from the social construct of gender norms.

For a deeper look: DGR RadFem (https://deepgreenresistancenewyork.org/radical-feminism/)

For a discussion of the distinction between radical vs. liberal analysis check out this video w/Lierre Keith. (https://youtu.be/BuBS-pkNWN0)

For a better understanding of Patriarchy: A Brief History of Patriarchy (https://dgrnewsservice.org/resistance-culture/radical-feminism/a-brief-history-of-patriarchy/?utm_source=DGR+News+Service&utm_campaign=5fda561962-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_51489b99cd-5fda561962-412253873) by Dr. Gerda Lerner

This is a member-led and self-directed group. Please share not only events of interest, but ideas for actions we can take individually or collectively. Post to the message board, upload links through the comments, or suggest a Meetup. Courtesy and respect are expected and extended. Your private contact information is always protected by Meetup and shared with no one, not even the organizers.

This group subscribes and adheres to the elements of Security Culture as enumerated by Deep Green Resistance here: SECURITY CULTURE. (http://deepgreenresistance.org/en/get-involved/security-culture) Please do not use this site for any commercial purposes, but feel free to initiate discussions and post events of interest.

2016 Post-election note: RESISTANCE... NOW MORE THAN EVER

Male supremacy must end. Oppression and violence are not natural or inevitable. Neither is patriarchy or any collection of interlocking/intersecting systems of oppression. Radical Feminism, in the truest sense of the word 'Radical', is about going to the root of the systems of oppression that we all participate in and perpetuate, creating change from the ground up and making the world a better, more equitable, non-oppressive place.

We believe change is possible and above all necessary. Radical Feminist Activists is a place for Radical Feminists to gather, consciousness raise, get creative, share stories, and engage in activism in New York City and beyond. Please join us in this struggle.

Issues we care about (neither exhaustive nor in any hierarchy):

- Reproductive rights and women's healthcare
- Domestic violence
- Rape and sexual abuse
- Human trafficking
- Childhood sexual abuse (CSA)
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- 'Honor' Violence (so-called)
- History of feminist theory and what sets Radical Feminism apart
- The wage gap and the glass ceiling
- Sexual harassment and stalking
- Heteronormativity, homophobia, transphobia
- Violence against sex/gender nonconforming people
- Femicide
- Pornography
- Prostituted women
- Sex/gender roles and stereotypes
- Sexism in media and advertising
- Global solidarity
- Intersection w/ race and class oppression
- Racism
- Islamophobia and antiSemitism
- Mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex
- Migration and Immigrant rights

Join us to plan activist events and projects; get together to discuss feminism, current events, and anything else of interest; plan creative projects like advertising campaigns, videos, stories, spoken word and poetry; and start activist actions on issues that matter to us all!

Peace, Justice and Freedom...

Upcoming events (5)

Use the Power You Have: Pramila Jayapal & V (Eve Ensler) in Conversation, 7/13

Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman's Guide to Politics and Political Change With author Pramila Jayapal and V (Eve Ensler), in Conversation July 13, 2020, 6:30 PM ET https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qNhh0HmIRuOmpfRJrZBupA?ct=t(January+Programs+Week+2+(01092018) At a moment of immense political and social upheaval, join in a conversation that threads the intersection of identity, grassroots activism, and political leadership. Pramila Jayapal, the first South Asian American woman elected to Congress, shares the story of her political awakening, from progressive organizing to the Washington State Assembly to the House of Representatives, in her new book "Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman's Guide to Politics and Political Change." She is joined by V, the iconic playwright, activist, and author of "The Vagina Monologues" formerly known as Eve Ensler, in a conversation that illustrates pathways to changing the world. Please note that the capacity for this webinar is 500 attendees. Time

Law of the Land: The Supreme Court Year in Review, ONLINE, 7/16

Law of the Land: The Supreme Court Year in Review, ONLINE https://www.92y.org/event/law-of-the-land Tickets:$10 Co-presented with FOLCS (Forum for Law, Culture, and Society) Adam Liptak, Lisa Green, Dahlia Lithwick, and Tiffany Graham, moderated by Thane Rosenbaum This program is taking place remotely. If you have signed up, you will receive an email with details of how to access the program. You will have exclusive access to view it at the scheduled time, or any time afterwards. Join 92Y and the Forum on Life, Culture & Society for its annual program, Law of the Land: The Supreme Court’s Year in Review. The series has proven to be immensely popular, mostly because the Supreme Court, and the goings on there, are largely mysterious to most people. We will take you inside the Court’s major rulings and discuss their bearing on past and future cases. Thane Rosenbaum, Creative Director of the Forum on Life, Culture & Society at Touro College, brings a diverse panel of engaging experts—the New York Times’ Adam Liptak; MSNBC’s Lisa Green; Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick; and law professor from the Touro Law Center, Tiffany Graham—to delve into the cases decided this past Term, when the Supreme Court, during a pandemic, took on issues related to abortion, ObamaCare, DACA, gun ownership, workplace protection for gays and transgenders, and President Trump’s tax returns. CLE for this program is anticipated and will be announced upon approval. Please direct any queries to Shervin Abachi at [masked].

Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation, 2020 Online Global Summit, 7/18 - 7/28

Coalition to End Sexual Exploitaton, 2020 Global Summit

Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Online Global Summit 10 DAYS, 100 SPEAKERS, 10,000 ABOLITIONISTS... Register Free! https://cese2020.heysummit.com/ WHY THE ONLINE GLOBAL #CESESummit? The rise of the Internet, social media, and other technologies have completely revolutionized the way people live. Along with the good these developments have made possible, they have also unleashed tidal waves of sexual harm: pornography exposure abuse; sexually explicit and sexually violent video games; child sexual abuse images; spycamming; sexting; sextortion; “sugar daddy” sites; online sex trafficking; prostitution review boards; compulsive sexual behaviors; grooming, and more Modern technology is accelerating the pace and scale of sexual abuse and exploitation. This reality—combined with a toxic deluge of pop culture messages normalizing harmful attitudes and behaviors—is rapidly transforming forms of sexual abuse, violence, and exploitation from the intolerable to the fashionable and “normal.” Young people are the most impacted. They have little to no chance of living lives free from the harmful impacts of these phenomena. These challenges are urgent. If we don’t act now, we may miss this narrow window of opportunity to turn the tide. We must stand together to confront the rising tide of abuse and exploitation. This is why the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Online Global Summit creates a one-of-a-kind setting, where people from across sexual abuse and exploitation sectors, as well as from a diverse range of professional, political, and personal backgrounds, coalesce to be informed, equipped, connected and inspired. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to find common purpose with others who believe in preserving respect, intimacy, mutuality, responsibility, and love in human sexual relationships. Come join us as we fight for a world free from sexual abuse and exploitation!

#BlackWomenLead: A Conversation on Black Women's Leadership in NYC, 7/22

Please join Dare to Run on 7/22/20 for a Conversation on Black Women's Leadership in NYC. In the wake of recent events that have been happening around the country, Dare to Run is proud to have special guest speaker Chivona Renee Newsome sit down with us to discuss what's happening at all levels of government and why black women are such an important part of the conversation. Ms. Newsome is a Democratic Congressional candidate for NY's 15th CD, and a co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York. Chivona Newsome: https://ballotpedia.org/Chivona_Newsome Date: 7/22/20 Time: 6:30 pm EDT Location: Zoom Free Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blackwomenlead-a-conversation-on-black-womens-leadership-in-nyc-tickets-109189314178 Also, please don't forget: Applications for our Virtual Cohort for Fall 2020 are open now! Apply here: https://www.daretorun.org/apply-for-fall-2020. Applications are due via email to [masked] by July 31, 2020. Submit yours today! DARE TO RUN is the organizer of #BlackWomenLead: A Conversation on Black Women's Leadership in NYC ​The mission of Dare to Run is to educate and empower women with the skills necessary to run for public office at the local, state and national level of government. We offer female college graduates the chance to participate in a two-year certificate program in pursuit of a career path in public service. Dare to Run gives women the opportunity to be a voice for their communities by committing to run campaigns in search of elected office within two years of graduation from the program. Please direct any questions to: Rachelle J. Suissa, M.A., M.S. President and Founder Dare to Run, Inc. 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Organization [masked][masked] (C) https://www.daretorun.org/

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