“On New Year’s Eve 1971, 75 women took over an abandoned building on Fifth Street owned by the city of New York. They issued the following statement on January 29:
Because we want to develop our own culture. Because we want to overcome stereotypes. Because we refuse to have “equal rights” in a corrupt society; Because we want to survive, grow, be ourselves… We took over a building to put into action with women those things essential to women _ health care, child care, food conspiracy, clothing and book exchange, gimme women’s shelter, a lesbian rights center, interacts center, feminist school, drug rehabilitation.
We know the city does not provide for us. Now we know the city will not allow us to provide for ourselves. For this reason we are busted. We were busted because we are women acting independent of men, independent of the system…In other words, we were women being revolutionaries. “
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