IWD 2015 actions
We Will Keep Marching Until We Are All Free: Defending the Dignity of Our Bodies, Our Communities, and Mother Earth
In April 2014, GGJ members made the historic decision to join the World March of Women, a global feminist action network, and form a chapter in the US. We did this in the spirit of reclaiming feminisms at the grassroots, and the need to be in struggle with our sisters from around the world.
Between March 7th and March 15th, over 500 people in GGJ member organizations across 8 cities organized and participated in International Women's Day (IWD) activities across the country. These activities are part of the kick-off of the US chapter of the World March of Women, and are a part of the national actions we are organizing on April 24th, the second anniversary of the factory fire and collapse at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh.
"The ending of patriarchy signifies not just the ending of sexism, but of all forms of oppression that it has given power to. It's the ending of systems like transphobia and homophobia that have marginalized and destroyed our communities. It's the stepping away from those chains towards liberation." ~ Eliza X, youth member of Chinese Progressive Association
In Albuquerque, GGJ members Southwest Organizing Project and Young Women United created a March 8th Women's Committee, and put together a panel on Women and Work, the first of a few joint projects this year.
In Los Angeles, the Labor/Community Strategy Center worked with other organizations to put together a march that stopped at a women's prison, the LAPD, and a neighborhood that's been impacted by gentrification.
Photo credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
In New York City, Suzete Marquez from the WMW International Secretariat in Mozambique joined the IWD march connecting state repression, police terror, and US militarization.
In San Antonio, Fuerza Unida helped organize the longest-running IWD march in the country ~ 25 years! And Southwest Workers Union members turned out and participated.
In Vermont, the Vermont Workers Center hosted an IWD event honoring the FairPoint women workers, who just returned to work following a four month strike in northern New England. This photo is of Kris White speaking at the event; she's a Fairpoint worker and CWA union member.