Million-some Women to March Again
The Million Woman March announced plans for its three year reunion in
2000. The original MWM took place October 25, 1997 in Philadelphia.
As many as two million women, mostly of African descent, gathered together
The platform of the 2000 reunion march includes: creating mechanisms
to aid Black women upon leaving the penal system; the development of
health facilities with a major emphasis on alternative medicine; support
for Black women professionals, entrepreneurs, and politicians; and creating
a place of respect for the elders in Black communities.
The vision behind the reunion march was described by Phil' Kaa Chionesu,
the main organizer of both the '97 and 2000 march: "We (Black women)
are not only blessed with a unique power, we are now blessed with an
even greater ability to use it. We are more in tune to not only what
needs to be done, but how. We are more prepared to get the necessary
work done. Like the forces of nature, we will move forward gracefully
while demonstrating our real and true power unconditionally."
(info from MWM press release 10/25/99)
Original Amazon vs Amazon.com Lesbophobes
Amazon Bookstore, a feminist bookstore in Minneapolis that was founded
in 1970 (the oldest feminist bookstore in the country) is suing Amazon.com
(founded in 1995) for trademark infringement. The feminist bookstore
has lost money for years because of the confusion created by the rich
company's use of the name. The owners of the original Amazon had attempted
to find a peaceful solution to the problem, but their efforts were rebuffed.
Amazon.com is dealing with the lawsuit by using homophobia. This is
the dialogue that took place during the deposition:
Q: Have you had any interest in promoting lesbian ideals in the community?
Amazon's lawyer: Object to the question as vague. Also it's completely
A: I don't know exactly. Can you be a little clearer?
Q: I'll ask you this, are you gay? ...
Q: Are any of the employees at the Bookstore gay, and forgive me for
asking this question. Amazon's lawyer: I'm going to object to the question
as irrelevant. Calls for speculation.
A: You're asking me to speculate on my coworkers' sexuality, is that
the question? Later, the Amazon.com lawyer presents a document to another
Q: You see in the e-mail it states, all the owners at this time of Amazon
Bookstore Cooperative and historically have been all lesbians. Do you
A: No. Where is that?
Q: Is that an accurate statement, to your knowledge? I don't mean to
ask a personal question, and I apologize for doing so.
Let's face it, Seattle would be a much better city if we had a feminist,
lesbian-promoting bookstore like Amazon, and we'd all be better off
without the homophobic, employee-abusing, trademark-stealing Amazon.com.
If you have extra dollars on hand, consider making a contribute to Amazon
Bookstore Legal Defense Fund, 1612 Harmon Place, Mpls, MN 55403.