Charter of Proletarian Feminism – For the People Baltimore

New Afrikan revolutionary organizer Gloria Richardson at demonstration in Cambridge, Maryland, July 1963. Image courtesy SNCCdigital.org

By: For the People – Baltimore

Recognizing the prescriptive program of the Center for Marxist Leninist-Maoist Studies as
outlined in the On Standards of Feminist Conduct article posted to signalfire.org in 2013, which
states that “The guiding principles outlined here should determine the formulation of organizational
policies in the US on anti-women violence”


Recognizing that many organizations in Baltimore calling themselves Communists did not live up to
their “feminist principles” by failing to
:

Recognize, oppose, and make known violent male chauvinistic attitudes and actions
by their members.

Prevent these chauvinistic members from committing sexual violence against
non-men.

Eject those members who had violated the feminist principles that the organization
claims to hold.

Enact a program that gave justice and support to the victims of these violent acts.

Recognizing that if FTP-Baltimore declares itself a Proletarian Feminist organization, it must:

Create an internal structure that prioritizes the feminist struggle above the concerns
of men.

Develop a culture that supports this structure.

Expose and struggle against male-chauvinism wherever it rises among the ranks of
FTP-Baltimore or its comrades.

Have a process where any member accused of enacting patriarchal aggression,
harassment, or violence against non-men, especially when such acts are sexual in
nature, are stripped of membership and all membership privileges, and are removed
from organizing spaces immediately.

Only allow, with the guidance and consent of their victims, re-admittance to
offending members who have publicly self-criticized and spent a period of time
working for the proletarian feminist struggle outside of FTP-Baltimore organizing
spaces:


a) This option should only be available to members whose transgression was
non-violent in nature. Individuals with a history of patriarchal violence or abuse
should be exposed and prevented from endangering others.

The non-men of FTP-Baltimore will organize themselves into a Committee for Proletarian
Feminist Practice which shall set for itself the following tasks:

Investigate and make statements on issues relating to proletarian feminism, and violations
thereof, within FTP-Baltimore as well as allied and adjacent groups

Create a structure that prevents anti-feminist conduct or male violence against non-men

Enact a process of expulsion, criticism, and removal of members who have committed such
acts

Enforce a culture of Proletarian Feminist thought, and that prioritizes non-male leadership.


Until such time as these structures can be fully developed, the Committee for Proletarian Feminist
Practice shall defer to the guidance and principles outlined in the CMLMS article On Standards of
Feminist Conduct.

Adopted unanimously by the Constitution Committee of FTP-Baltimore on 11 November, 2020


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