GWS is an international network campaigning for a living wage for mothers & other carers, we have been calling for a women's strike since 8 March 2000. GWS is co-ordinated by the Wages for Housework Campaign & Selma James
URGENT FUNDRAISING APPEAL! Support the networks of the Global Women’s Strike (GWS), Women of Color in the GWS and Payday men’s network delegation to DC to take part in the final week of the 40 Days of Action launching The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival!
The week of June 18-23, multi-racial grassroots campaigners with the networks of the Global Women’s Strike in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California will travel to Washington DC, joining thousands of others across the US for Week 6 of actions called by The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival, including a final Global Day of Solidarity and Sending Forth Call to Action Mass Rally on Saturday, June 23 at 10am on the National Mall, 7th Street Stage.
With weekly actions organized in 35-40 states across the country since May 14, bringing together diverse parts of the movement, and over 2,000 arrested in nonviolent moral fusion direct action, The Poor People’s Campaign carries forward the work of Dr. Martin Luther King and many others in organizing the original Poor People’s Campaign fifty years ago. Please support our effort to take part in and help build this historic national movement bringing people together to end poverty, racism, the war economy and ecological devastation. These movements don’t come often in a lifetime, we don’t get many chances like this.
We urgently need your help to raise $3000 to cover our costs for travel, housing, food and water, child and elder care, first aid and rally materials. Below are photos highlighting some of our active involvement in the Poor People’s Campaign so far. Thank you for your support and solidarity!
PLEASE MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TODAY:
(add “GWS PPC” in the designation) Checks can also be made out to our fiscal sponsor Women in Dialogue and mailed to Women in Dialogue, PO Box 11795, Philadelphia PA 19101
We hope everyone can come to the benefit concert for the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund — we have a great line up of musicians! But if you can’t be there in person, you can still make a tax-deductible donation here or send a check to fiscal sponsor Women in Dialogue, P.O. Box 14512, San Francisco, CA 94114. Thank you!
BENEFIT SHOW for the HAITI EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland
Saturday, December 9th 7-10pm Sliding Scale $10+ Tickets at the door. Wheelchair accessible.
A celebration of Lori Nairne’s life will be held at the Omni Collective – Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck in Oakland – on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 2:30 p.m.
Lori Nairne, women’s, queer rights and anti-racist campaigner, nurse and homeopath, died of natural causes on Saturday, Aug. 19, aged 65. She was a founding member of Wages Due Lesbians (now Queer Strike) and the Wages for Housework Campaign/SF (WFH) and joint coordinator of the Global Women’s Strike (GWS) Bay Area. A member of the California Nurses Association, she worked for over 25 years for Kaiser Permanente, retiring last year.
Daughter of Andrew and Lois Mae Nairne, Lori was born on Oct. 23, 1951, and grew up in Stockton, California. She made her way to Berkeley and later to what she considered the “Independent Republic of San Francisco.” She was part of the movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s, starting with student organizing and the election of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California, and the protests following his murder. In 1973, after moving to SF, she met Selma James, who was on a speaking tour for what became the Wages for Housework Campaign (WFH) and embraced that political perspective, to which she dedicated herself for the rest of her life.
Lori became an RN. Selma James recalls: “There was a massive women’s movement for reproductive rights and holistic health. Like many others, Lori wanted a day job that wouldn’t contradict her movement principles. She felt that as a woman, nursing was as close as she could get to humane and caring work.”
In the 1980s she co-coordinated the campaign, initiated by nurses in WFH, which won an upgrade program for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) who could use on-the-job training as credit towards becoming a higher paid RN. Many benefitted from this program, particularly women of color. She also coordinated an initiative to send medical equipment to the Global South at low cost.
Lori studied at the Pacific Academy of Homeopathic Medicine to become a licensed homeopath. She was appalled at big pharma’s capitalistic domination of healthcare, which she was forced to impose – what she called “Western medicine.” She loved homeopathy’s holistic approach, based on strengthening each individual’s “vital force.” She often did homeopathic consultations for free or low-cost, including via skype in Ireland, Peru, Spain and U.K.
In 2011 she spent a month in Guyana training grassroots women in the Global Women’s Strike network who were interested in learning how to use homeopathy at their women’s center in Georgetown. Her patients remarked that she never rushed you and was eager to learn the details of your health that only you could know (homeopathy depends on this information to find the right remedy). Many cite her caring and her kindness, and what a cheerful temperament she had.
Lori’s impact was profound. In the early days of the LGBTQ movement, before it was generally accepted that lesbian women were and had a right to be mothers, she and others in Wages Due Lesbians/SF organized the first Lesbian Mothers Contingent to Gay Pride. Out of it grew an annual Mothers’ Day in the Park, where lesbian women and their children gathered to picnic and to defend lesbian mothers’ right to custody of their children, which at that time was under threat. She and others in her organization had a close working relationship with Tom Ammiano, gay SF supervisor and California assemblyman, one of the few politicians accountable to the movement.
As coordinator of Legal Action for Women in SF, she co-ran the Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemobile (an English-style double-decker bus) that brought a free legal service to low-income people in different neighborhoods for several years. With Rachel West of US PROStitutes Collective and Margaret Prescod of Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders in LA, she supported the victims of serial rapist and attempted murderer Jack Bokin.
The police and DA had dismissed their brutal attacks because they were mostly sex workers, enabling Bokin to continue raping and attacking. She coordinated a daily court monitoring of his trial and protested on the steps of the court, letting the judicial authorities know that they were being monitored. Bokin was convicted and sentenced to 231 years to life.
In 2015, again with US PROS, the International Prostitutes Collective, formerly incarcerated people (FIPs) and others, she helped win key changes in the way sex workers are seen by the public, treated by the police, and considered by the California Victims Compensation program. Sex workers and most FIPs who are victims of rape or other violent crimes now have the legal right to compensation.
Representing Queer Strike and along with Payday, an international network of men with the GWS, Lori helped spearhead the successful “Grand Marshall, Not Court Martial” campaign for trans military-whistleblower Chelsea Manning to be named Grand Marshall of the 2014 SF Pride March, in which military recruiters were also banned and the pro-corporate Pride board was removed. She was instrumental in getting a member of the campaign on the Pride board.
She did consistent support work for the Haiti Action Committee, the voice of the Haitian grassroots movement in the Bay Area.
She also more recently contributed to the formation of the Omni Collective in Oakland. Lori was a very gifted speaker. On March 8, 2017, she gave a rousing speech, opening the International Women’s Strike event in Oakland; the strike, the first of its kind, took place in over 50 countries.
Lori was involved in two organizing efforts to press Rainbow Grocery Cooperative to remove Israeli goods from their shelves in support of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the murderous apartheid policies of the Israeli government.
Lori was part of WFH delegations to the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, the U.N. Decade for Women in Nairobi in 1985 and its follow up in Beijing in 1995, the World Social Forum in Caracas in 2006, and international conferences in the U.K.
Lori helped raise and continued to be close with Julie, Vicki and Eliot Treece, as well Daniel Chimowitz and Katlian Salley. She would often drive to Oregon to visit her father, stopping at Mount Shasta, where she found spiritual nourishment.
She is survived by her father and her brother Kenneth.
Lori’s reach was national and international. She will be sorely missed by her many friends and close colleagues in several countries and U.S. cities.
A celebration of Lori Nairne’s life will be held at the Omni Collective on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 2:30 p.m.
Many of you may have already heard the shocking, sudden and sad news that Lori Nairne has died. We are all devastated. We loved Lori; she was our dear campaign sister and friend.
Lori was a dedicated and active member of the Wages for Housework Campaign (WFH) since 1973 when she first met Selma James. She was a founding member of Wages Due Lesbians (now Queer Strike) in San Francisco, and with the Global Women’s Strike (GWS) since it was launched by WFH in 2000.
Lori was a movement person before we met her. She had been in student organizing in the ‘60s in Berkeley and in her ‘Independent Republic of San Francisco’. She loved movement life and was involved in every important occasion and initiative we took part in. With Rachel West she helped organize our campaigning in the San Francisco Bay Area. She coordinated Legal Action for Women there and worked closely with the US PROStitutes Collective, Women of Color in the GWS and Payday men’s network, and in support of Haiti Action Committee. She spearheaded the successful struggle for Chelsea Manning to be named Grand Marshall of the 2014 SF Pride March, military recruiters to be banned from the march and the removal of the pro-corporate Pride board. She was part of our delegations to the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, the UN Decade for Women in Nairobi in 1985 and Beijing in 1995, the World Social Forum in Caracas in 2006, as well as all our international conferences in the US and the UK. She also did much of the daily organizational housework that keeps a campaign functioning.
Importantly she was a nurse; like many other women in the movement, she wanted to earn her living by doing a caring job. She later became a homeopath because she rejected big pharma’s capitalistic domination of healthcare – what she called ‘western’. She loved homeopathy’s holistic approach which begins with each individual’s ‘vital force’. Many of us internationally consulted her about health questions for ourselves and our loved ones (human or animal). She was often our first and sometimes our only possible port of call when we needed information and a knowledgeable alternative view on health. She was cheerful, warm and caring, and made herself readily available. In 2011 she spent a month in Guyana training women in our network who were interested in learning how to use homeopathy. She worked with the homeopath at our women’s centre in London and was often on skype or email with someone in our network who needed help.
Not a mother herself, Lori was involved in the raising and caring for a number of children. She loved them and they loved her, and they remained close as adults.
Lori was found in her home on Saturday, August 19th. A close friend who had borrowed her car and was returning it with some groceries, called the police when Lori didn’t answer the door, though the light was on. After further calls they finally turned up and broke in. The exact cause of death is not yet confirmed. Lori had some health problems but no one had thought them life threatening so the news was entirely unexpected.
There will be a witnessed cremation with close family and friends at the beginning of September and a public celebration of Lori’s life and her contributions to the movement in October – date to be confirmed. We want to include everyone’s memories and what she meant to them. Please send us your thoughts and photos so we can circulate them together.
Lori, Presente! You will be badly missed. Global Women’s Strike