Reclaiming Feminisms for the Grassroots
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance announces the US chapter of the World March of Women
On the days leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8th 2015, Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ) Alliance announced the formation of the US chapter of the World March of Women, a global feminist movement with national coordinating bodies in 65 countries around the world.
The international World March of Women (WMW) began as a campaign against poverty and sexist violence in the year 2000 and, following on from this campaign, decided to continue as a permanent movement, organizing in four Action Areas: Women’s work (Women’s economic autonomy), Violence against women, Common good and public services, and Peace and demilitarization. In 2014 at GGJ’s 4th Membership Assembly our membership participated in a historic vote to launch the first ever US chapter of the World March of Women. With this launch, the US became the 65th country/territory in the world, and the 17th in the Americas, to build a national WMW chapter. A WMW Committee was formed within GGJ to develop the structure and program for the WMW US Chapter. The WMW operates on the principle that there is no one version of feminism that will work for every community, and so the GGJ membership has been inspired to encourage the articulation of a diversity of feminisms.
On April 24th, 2015 our members organized actions as part of the WMW global 24-hour action to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the factory fires in Bangladesh, 2013. The theme of the US-based actions was: We Will Keep Marching Until We Are All Free: Defending the Dignity of Our Bodies, Our Communities and Mother Earth. Continuing with that theme, the primary focus for 2015 was to integrate Gender, Just Transition, and Climate across all of GGJ program and membership. In 2016 the WMW committee will support the development of a Just Transition platform—a plan for how we will move towards the next economy with a strong feminist frame, and will support our members engaging in the national debate around the presidential elections in the US to raise the voices, issues, and demands of grassroots women of color.
GGJ World March of Women Committee Co-Chairs:
Jessica O. Guerrero, Fuerza Unida (San Antonio)
Emily Lee, Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco)
María Poblet, Causa Justa::Just Cause (Bay Area)
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Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ) is an alliance of 60 US-based grassroots organizing groups building an agenda for power for low-income people and communities of color. The membership of GGJ adopted a framework in 2011 that calls for a holistic approach to building grassroots global justice: No War, No Warming, Build an Economy for the People and the Planet. We bridge together US-based grassroots organizing groups and global social movements working for climate justice, an end to war, and a Just Transition to the next feminist economy that meets the needs of the people and the planet. www.ggjalliance.org
The World March of Women (WMW) is a global feminist action network. The WMW started in 1995 as a call for women to march and take action around issues of poverty and violence in Quebec. In 2000, the World March of Women became a worldwide movement to connect women’s struggles globally. The areas of action are around Peace and demilitarization, Violence against women, Women's work / Women's economic autonomy, Common good and public services. GGJ is the 65th National Coordinating Body of the WMW, the national chapter in the US. www.worldmarchofwomen.org