Throughout the last two weeks, we have been following closely the uprising of our Polish sisters and comrades who are currently engaged in a bloody combat against a renewed patriarchal and clerical offensive empowered by parliamentary authority. These combined forces are acting hand-in-hand in order to impose upon women in Poland a ban on decision-making over their own bodies by further restricting their right to abortion.
We admire all those who, despite the danger of infection with the coronavirus, march into the streets and put their bodies and lives on the line for freedom and resistance in order to reclaim what was once already won. The power and determination of the people revolting in Poland has inspired and filled us with hope that local and international insurrections of anti-authoritarian movements and freedom fighters will overthrow the oppressive attempts of the clerofascist Patriarchy.Numerous recent and fierce popular uprisings all over the world are proof that a loud and clear resistance against repressive authority and capital in the times of the coronavirus crisis is not only possible but also indispensable. From the anti-racist struggles against killer cops in the USA, anti-colonial uprisings of indigenous peoples in Canada and Chile, resistance against neo-liberalism in Argentina and Mexico, numerous workers' revolts in Indonesia, Thailand and elsewhere, to the revolutionary struggles against totalitarian governmental acts eg in Italy and France etc.
Patriarchal manoeuvres are only one amongst many approaches that authorities rely upon in their agenda of oppression, which deterministically tries to impose social roles and the meaning of life on individuals, specifically on the basis of the gender imaginary. In this attempt, the State has chosen a traditional ally - the Church. In our local context, we have recently seen an increase in public appearances that demonstrate this alliance at the highest level. The word of the Roman Catholic Church once again gained the honorable position in the prime-time of public television.
The Church, which has already traditionally served as the agitprop tool of Patriarchy, has used its newfound momentum on stage - alongside government officials - to revive its campaign against abortion. Its violent propaganda was not only present in the public media, but also physically in the streets - in the form of posters and of the "March for Life" that took place in Ljubljana about a month ago. Under the pretext of celebrating life and love, hundreds of members and sympathizers of the patriarchal church community gathered. Armed with balloons, banners, vulgar comments and physical violence against those who resisted, they expressed their aversion towards the right of women to decide freely on the issues of pregnancy and natality.
Equally repulsive is the letter of the former Archbishop Stres in the statement of the Justice and Peace Commission entitled Life Takes Precedence Over Ideology and the Struggle for Power. The statement is precisely an impetus to maintain authority, as it represents and defends the political views of the current government and puts pressure on anyone who disagrees with them - it attacks "irresponsible citizens", discredits the public media, generates fear around the weekly Friday protests and the demonstrators themselves, and generally propagates the idea of a "culture of death," which allegedly threatens Slovenia. On the other hand, the statement cites as a prime example the "March for Life" and the "fighters" who defend "
The morally unacceptable and manipulative attitude towards human life, something the opposite side is accused of in this statement, is indeed the normality of the Church itself. When the former Archbishop Stres talks about the health and lives of women, he is in fact talking about rules that would take away women's control over their own bodies and lives. If he talks about the right to "life from conception onward", he is referring to the fetus from which a white, heterosexual Catholic European can develop in a nuclear family. When he talks about children's rights, he is not only using these rights for his own political agenda, but at the same time forgetting about the rights of refugee children and also deliberately diverting attention from far too many stories of children who have been victims of pedophilia,It is clear that the clerical alliance formed by the State, the Church and all its civil branches has practically unlimited resources that they can arbitrarily invest in propaganda material and campaigns. That is why it is absolutely imperative to be aware that we can only resist if we put on the line precisely that which they are attacking; exactly that which they are trying to control with the resurgence of clerical-patriarchal ideas; exactly that over which these "God-sent white men of strength" are trying to dictate their terms - we must put our bodies on the line.
Only so we can defend them, only in this way can they remain free.We will spell it out for them - with a sea of bodies and, if necessary, with our own blood - a loud, booming NO !.
This is why we stand in total solidarity with the popular uprising in Poland and at the same time will continue to lead our own struggle against the local patriarchs.
OUR BODIES, OUR CHOICES!CHURCH and STATE, OUT FROM OUR UTERUSES!NO PASARAN! - THIS IS WAR!
Black Cats - Črne Mačke
Ljubljana, November 4, 2020