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Throughout U.S., demonstrators linked labor struggles with migrant solidarity, ladies’s points, LGBTQ+ lives, and extra. Right here, staff chant ‘Resist!’ as they march in Washington, D.C.

Requires a Ladies’s Strike ignited Worldwide Ladies’s Day within the U.S. on March eight. Organizers have been following up on the huge Jan. 21 ladies’s protests, held on all seven continents, towards the inauguration of the extreme-far-right Donald Trump administration.

In accordance with womenstrikeus.org, 50 U.S. actions on March eight have been a part of a “new worldwide feminist motion” to particularly defend “ladies who've been marginalized and silenced by many years of neoliberalism directed in the direction of working ladies, ladies of shade, Native ladies, disabled ladies, immigrant ladies, Muslim ladies, lesbian, queer and trans ladies.” They condemned not solely the Trump administration’s woman-hating insurance policies but in addition the U.S. “decades-long financial inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars overseas.”

Additionally organizing for March eight have been U.S. sponsors of the Jan. 21 Ladies’s March on Washington, mobilized as “A Day And not using a Lady,” to acknowledge “the big worth that ladies of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system — whereas receiving decrease wages and experiencing larger inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.” (womensmarch.com/womensday)

One Billion Rising, a marketing campaign to finish the exploitation of girls, joined with labor organizations in a robust present of pressure at an indication on the Division of Labor in Washington, D.C., beneath the banner “Ladies Staff Rising.” The protest was introduced in solidarity with ladies marching all over the world. Highlighted was the battle to finish sexual harassment and violence towards ladies staff “every single day at workplaces throughout the nation, in each occupation and business.” (womenworkersrising on Fb)

The One Billion coalition included the African American Coverage Discussion board, the American Federation of Academics, Household Values @ Work, Worldwide Labor Rights Discussion board, Jobs with Justice, Nationwide Home Staff Alliance, Nationwide Nurses United, Nationwide Group for Ladies and the Restaurant Alternatives Facilities United. Additionally current have been OUR Walmart members from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Colorado and California.

Faculties in each Alexandria, Va., and Chapel Hill-Carrboro, N.C., have been closed on March eight due to anticipated giant employees absences because of the strike. In Ithaca, N.Y., organizers from the Ladies Strike and Decarcerate Tompkins County got here collectively in a March for Incarcerated Ladies and Their Households. Underneath the slogan #SayHerName, they reached out to supporters: “We ask you to deliver your physique for the ladies who can't; to recollect our sisters who're behind bars.”

This March eight was not a day of well mannered lip-service and compliments to ladies. As an alternative it was “feminism of the 99%” with walk-outs and stay-homes from workplaces; rallies, protests and marches; workshops on the right way to arrange at work, the historical past of girls’s labor, learn how to leaflet your neighborhood; dance, music and theater performances; and a cry of “Resist, resist, resist!” ringing all through the day.

However most vital was the decision for ladies to strike, issued at a mass degree of organizing and attraction. This class-conscious rallying cry related ladies’s wrestle for liberation with staff’ energy to withhold labor as a weapon towards capitalism. The decision “Ladies Strike!” reconnected Worldwide Ladies’s Day to its revolutionary socialist origins and promoted the hope that a new motion for ladies’s liberation is rising, rooted in school wrestle. Plans are already underway for participation within the Might 1 International Strike.

Some members in New York IWD dialogue, March 11.

In New York Metropolis, the Worldwide Working Ladies’s Day Coalition held an intergenerational, multiracial “Ladies Rise and Manage!” roundtable dialogue on March 11. The assembly was devoted to the preventing spirit of individuals’s lawyer Lynne Stewart, who died on March 7. Consistent with the coalition’s perspective that “each difficulty is a lady’s problem,” panelists from numerous teams mentioned a wide selection of struggles, together with reproductive justice and well being care; immigrant rights; public schooling; college students with disabilities and the proper to accessible, public transportation; reasonably priced housing; struggle and occupation; Indigenous sovereignty; political prisoners; violence towards ladies; Haiti; the correct to arrange; Black and trans lives matter; and extra.

Every challenge was mentioned inside the framework of organizing objectives and of challenges confronted and classes discovered from organizing experiences. When the coalition meets once more in early April, amongst numerous actions to be mentioned shall be help for for the International Might Day Strike. — Monica Moorehead

Philly IWD march advances in solidarity.

Lots of of protesters gathered in early night on March eight at Logan Sq. in Philadelphia, then took to Middle Metropolis streets to protest financial and political inequality as a part of the worldwide name for a “Day And not using a Lady.” Earlier that day, metropolis academics had picketed earlier than courses, with about 930 of them staying out of labor and utilizing the day to foyer the Metropolis Council on instructional points. Many joined the night protest.

Because the march superior, typically towards metropolis visitors, indicators and chants referred to as for the inclusion of Black, Brown, immigrant, LGBTQ+ and Muslim considerations.  Audio system demanded solidarity with intercourse staff in addition to low-wage staff preventing for the appropriate to unionize. Others voiced outrage over the current elevated murders of girls of shade and transgender individuals. The march ended at Thomas Paine Plaza with an outside speak-out.    — Betsey Piette

Near 400 individuals took to the streets in Baltimore to protest on Worldwide Ladies’s Day. Referred to as by the newly shaped Ladies’s Fightback Community, the march attracted a various crowd of principally younger Black, Latinx and white ladies, although older activists additionally joined. The 77-year-old Rev. Annie Chambers, a veteran housing organizer, boldly led from her electrical wheelchair regardless of steady harassment from police, who threatened to arrest protesters en mass at a number of factors.

Stopping on the ladies’s jail, protesters demanded an finish to mass incarceration, after which marched to the Douglass Houses public housing improvement for a speak-out on how ladies are exploited in public housing. Then the Ladies’s Fightback Community marched to the police station, previous Metropolis Corridor, and ended their occasion at McKeldin Sq..

Together with main points dealing with ladies, together with trans ladies, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming ladies, the occasion addressed Immigration and Customs Enforcement violence towards immigrant communities. Many chants and speeches have been referred to as out in Spanish.

The WFN requested marchers to pledge help for anybody focused by their boss, ICE or cops for collaborating in protests and strikes. The group’s subsequent step in to arrange for the International Might Day Strike.              — Sharon Black

Rally in solidarity with international ladies’s struggles at Chicago Academics Union.

Together with a number of marches all through Chicago on March eight, greater than 300 ladies and supporters rallied on the workplaces of the Chicago Academics Union. Led by a coalition of union, group and political activists, the audio system have been predominantly ladies of shade. This system was chaired by Christel Williams, of the CTU, representing the motion to create true sanctuary in Chicago Public Faculties, defending all youngsters and households from ICE deportations and from the school-to-prison pipeline.

Williams is one among a whole lot of clerks threatened with layoff from their necessary service to oldsters, youngsters and employees. The clerks are predominantly single ladies of shade from the communities; they're additionally graduates of CPS faculties and fogeys of youngsters attending CPS faculties.  Different union struggles addressed have been these of day care and transit staff and of lately organized constitution faculty academics, who're getting ready to strike within the coming week.

Co-chairing the assembly was Adriana Alvarez, a McDonald’s employee from Struggle for 15. A lady from Black Youth Challenge 100 highlighted the struggles of Black, queer, trans and gender-nonconforming individuals towards current violence and homicide. There have been performances by a number of teams, together with a spoken-word piece titled “Pussy Grabs Again.”

Worldwide connections have been made by Rasmea Odeh, the Palestinian chief of Arab American Motion Community, who spoke on the U.S. authorities’s case towards her for instance of political repression. Nerissa Allegretti, from GABRIELA USA, talked of the rising motion for solidarity and justice for ladies around the globe. — Jill White

Socialists in Houston, together with Sabrina Smith and Nikki Luellen, FRSO members.

In Houston the IWD celebration, organized by Freedom Street Socialist Group, educated and motivated activists and college students in addition to some new to the wrestle. Kinsey Tamsin, a trans lady and FRSO activist, spoke about every day obstacles trans individuals face. She praised socialist Cuba for the super progress made by way of CENESEX, the Cuban Nationwide Middle for Intercourse Schooling, on LGBTQ+ rights, together with free sex-affirmation operations for trans individuals. Tamsin additionally praised Staff World Get together member Leslie Feinberg as a trailblazer for trans liberation.

Nikki Luellen, who works towards police brutality, spoke eloquently concerning the horror that continues after individuals are murdered by the police. She cited the wrestle of the partner of Alva Braziel, who was shot and killed by Houston cops in the summertime of 2016. Not a single cop has been charged, and the household continues to be preventing for justice. Luellen, a FRSO member and Texas Southern College scholar, works with Black Motion Media.

Talking about a number of revolutionary ladies, Sabrina Smith, additionally with FRSO, targeted on Yuri Kochiyama, a U.S. citizen who survived the U.S. internment of Japanese individuals in camps throughout World Conflict II. Kochiyama turned a robust advocate for Black, Latinx, Native American and Asian-American liberation. Her good friend, Malcolm X, died in her arms on the Audubon Ballroom in 1965.

Gloria Rubac, talking for Staff World Celebration, gave a historical past of Worldwide Ladies’s Day and its socialist origins. She defined that the fabric foundation for ladies’s oppression was the start of sophistication society, and the way that oppression will solely finish when the capitalist ruling class is changed by a socialist revolution.

Rubac’s speak targeted on 5 ladies. Emma Tenayuca, a San Antonio labor union organizer, was additionally a Communist Celebration member within the 1930s and 1940s. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, an African-American trans lady and a Latinx trans lady, respectively, fought again towards New York Metropolis cops within the 1969 Stonewall Insurrection. Assata Shakur, a Black Liberation Military member, was framed on homicide fees, imprisoned and escaped to liberation in Cuba. Leslie Feinberg, a good friend and comrade of Rubac, wrote the primary Marxist evaluation of trans liberation. Feinberg’s writings, learn worldwide, embrace “Rainbow Solidarity with Cuba,” “Transgender Warriors: Making Historical past from Joan of Arc to RuPaul” and “Stone Butch Blues.”

FRSO chief Fabien Sneevliet up to date the wrestle of Rasmea Odeh, the Palestinian activist and former political prisoner in Israel dealing with a brand new U.S. trial for “immigration irregularities.” Odeh’s sentence was vacated, and specialists can be allowed to testify on the position of torture in relation to her conviction.

In the course of the dialogue, Janie Torres spoke about her brother, Jose Campos Torres, who was murdered by Houston cops 40 years in the past. She and her household are organizing the Second Annual Joe Campos Torres Solidarity Stroll for Future Generations on the anniversary of his demise in Might. Torres invited Braziel’s partner and her household to take part.   — Joanne Gavin

A number of thousand ladies and supporters rallied and marched in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., on Worldwide Ladies’s Day. The demonstration, titled “Gender Strike, Bay Space,” began at Chelsea Manning Plaza with a rally after which marched to the ICE Detention Middle in downtown San Francisco. A robust chant was “No borders, no nations, no deportations.”

Later that night time, one other giant rally gathered at Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland. Organized by the Oakland Ladies’s Strike Organizing Collective, protesters marched to Sheriff Gregory Ahern’s workplace to denounce him. Ahern has introduced he'll proceed to cooperate with ICE.

On March 11, a multinational rally and march of lots of in San Francisco was led by GABRIELA SF, with the theme “Rise Towards Worry, Resist Assaults on Our Communities and Unite for Self-Willpower.”             — Terri Kay

(Photograph: Victoria Pickering)

(Photograph: Victoria Pickering)

(Philadelphia photograph: Joseph Piette)

(Baltimore photograph: Damon Mitchell)

(Chicago photograph: Jill White)

(WW photograph: Gloria Rubac)

(Houston photograph: Gloria Rubac)

(NYC photograph: Brenda Ryan)

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