Sunsara Taylor

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Sunsara Taylor
Sunsara Taylor at Texas Freethought Convention panel.jpg
Taylor pictured in 2011
Years active2006–present
Political partyRevolutionary Communist Party, USA
Websitetwitter.com/sunsarataylor

Sunsara Taylor is a political activist who is a supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (RCP),[1] and groups associated with it, such as Refuse Fascism and World Can't Wait. She has been a vocal opponent of the anti-abortion movement, the sex industry, and U.S. imperialism, having debated these topics on Fox News.

Activism[edit]

According to Taylor, she is an advocate for "the new synthesis on revolution and communism developed by Bob Avakian".[2]

World Can't Wait[edit]

Taylor is a member of the advisory board of World Can't Wait.[2] In a 2006 article for the group, titled "Comparing Bush to Hitler: Lessons for Today", she declared that the presidency of George W. Bush was "fascistic", and called for Bush to be "driven from office".[3]

Stop Patriarchy[edit]

According to the organization Stop Patriarchy, Taylor is "a key initiator of this movement to End Pornography and Patriarchy: the Enslavement and Degradation of Women, a.k.a. Stop Patriarchy".[2] In that capacity, she led the group's 2013 promotional tour called the "Abortion Rights Freedom Ride".[2][4][5]

Stop Patriarchy has been described as the "pro-choice group Texas feminists hate"; Texans for Reproductive Justice have said they "oppose Stop Patriarchy’s messaging, tactics, dishonesty, and racism".[4] Taylor responded by accusing Texans for Reproductive Justice of hypocrisy, declaring that at "the top of the Texans for Reproductive Justice site is a flag that flew over half of Mexico. They're flying a southern slave-state flag - Texas was created in order to expand the power of slave states in Congress. The hypocrisy is stunning."[4]

Taylor also led protests against the film release of Fifty Shades of Grey.[6]

2016 RCP protests at the Republican National Convention[edit]

During the 2016 Republican National Convention, she served as a spokesperson[7] for the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, addressing reporters outside the Cleveland Justice Center in what the Los Angeles Times described as a rare moment of attention for the party, and declaring that "America was never great".[8] She later alleged Cleveland police had lied when they said they had intervened to stop a flag burning due to a protester accidentally setting himself on fire.[7]

Refuse Fascism[edit]

Taylor holds a sign reading "No! Fascist 'Speech' Week" on the sidewalk outside Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley, September 2017.

As of 2017 Taylor, was an organizer with Refuse Fascism, which described its objective as "Stop Trump/Pence Fascism".[9][10] As a representative of the group, she spoke at the 2017 Women's March on Washington,[11] protested outside Trump Tower, and tweeted video of protesters burning the United States flag,[12] and later drew media attention after comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight.[9]

In an interview with KPFK, she called for Donald Trump to be "driven from office".[13]

On August 12, 2018, Taylor and other supporters of Refuse Fascism and the RCP took part in protests organized against the far-right Unite the Right 2 rally in Washington D.C.[14]

Writing and commentary[edit]

Taylor is a former co-host of the weekly WBAI-FM radio show Equal Time for Free Thought. She has written for Revolution and Truthdig, and been featured as a guest on The O'Reilly Factor, Tucker Carlson, the Sean Hannity Show, and other shows on Fox.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asma, Stephen (2013). Against Fairness. University of Chicago Press. p. 112. ISBN 0226029867.
  2. ^ a b c d "Who is Sunsara Taylor?". stoppatriarchy.org. Stop Patriarchy. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Comparing Bush to Hitler: Lessons for Today". worldcantwait.net. World Can't Wait. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Stoeffel, Kat (July 29, 2014). "Q&A: The Pro-Choice Group Texas Feminists Hate". New York Magazine. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Flock, Elizabeth (July 22, 2013). "Pro-Abortion Activists Going on Freedom Ride to Call For 'Abortion on Demand'". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Rampell, Ed (February 18, 2015). "Fifty Shades of Protest". The Progressive. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Nelson, Steven (July 21, 2016). "Cleveland Cops Accused of Lying About Flag-Burning Protesters Catching Fire". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Pearce, Matt (June 21, 2016). "'Please ignore the man with the bullhorn': A reporter's diary from outside the GOP convention". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Hains, Tim (22 February 2017). "Back to Videos 'Refuse Fascism' Activist vs. Tucker Carlson: Trump Is More Dangerous Than Hitler". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  10. ^ "About / Contact". refusefascism.org. Refuse Fascism. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  11. ^ O'Connor, Brendan (January 21, 2017). "Women's Marchers Drove the 'Trump Unity Bridge' Out of Town". Jezebel. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  12. ^ "Protesters burn flag outside Trump's New York hotel". The Hill. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  13. ^ "Michael Slate Show". KPFK. January 6, 2017.
  14. ^ Books, Revolution (2018-08-15), Report Back from Washington, retrieved 2018-08-22
  15. ^ "Sunsara Taylor Bio". insight-press.com. Insight Press. Retrieved February 22, 2017.

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