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Ever since the first International Women’s Day was observed in 1911, women all over the world have been commemorating IWD with marches, rallies, speakouts and meetings. Women in the U.S. are no exception. Spurred on by the rising of working women in the fight for $15 an hour and a union, and the upsurge of the national Black Lives Matter movement, IWD events were held from coast to coast over the March 6-8 weekend. A roundup of international activities will be featured in next week’s issue....
As I walked through the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, I became aware of so much suffering, especially for women. I saw a woman who was forced to leave her crying infant laying on a blanket alone on the sidewalk as she ran around frantically begging for money so that she could feed herself and care for her child. Another time, I saw a woman sitting in the street, crying and cradling her mother’s head as her mother lay dying....
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International Women’s Day, March 8, became an official working-class holiday 105 years ago. Revolutionary women were inspired by a march of 15,000 garment workers, mostly women immigrants from Ireland, Italy and Eastern Europe, in New York on March 8, 1908....
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It is 50 years since Lorraine Hansberry, a renowned playwright and political activist on the left, died on Jan. 12, 1965. Only 34, she had led a full life and intervened in many of the significant developments in the African-American liberation movement of the 1960s....
On Feb. 26, 2012, unarmed Black teen Trayvon Martin was murdered by a neighborhood vigilante. On July 17, 2014, the murder of unarmed Eric Garner by the New York City Police Department was videotaped, with his last words being “I can’t breathe.” Yet on Dec. 2, the grand jury decided to only indict the man who filmed the murder. On Nov. 24, Officer Darren Wilson was not charged with the fatal shooting of the unarmed Black teen, Michael Brown, back in August. On Nov. 22, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was murdered by Cleveland police for playing with a toy gun. The officer has yet to be charged....
An outrageous miscarriage of justice occurred Feb. 3 in Indiana based on a real miscarriage. Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old, unmarried woman of South Asian-American descent, was found guilty of two contradictory crimes: feticide and neglect of a child. In March she could be sentenced to 70 years in prison....
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The International Working Women's Coalition, which for the past 10 years has commemorated International Working Women's Day in New York City, stands with the world's working and oppressed peoples in solidarity with the heroic people of Gaza who are resisting the heinous atrocities by the fascistic, Zionist regime, especially the Israeli Defense Forces....
The Supreme Court has done it again. It bestowed new rights on corporations. All a corporation has to do these days is plead for a new interpretation of a law and — abracadabra — the court waves its magic wand over the issue and the wish is granted....
The International Working Women’s Day Coalition has called a protest today in Union Square, 5-6:30, to denounce today’s Supreme Court 5-4 decision giving for-profit corporations the right to deny women workers the right to choose contraceptives of their choice....
A highly controversial case that could derail the right of The case, brought by the Christian-family-owned, for-profit company Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, owned by Mennonites, asserts that these companies should be exempt from the free contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act based on œreligious liberty....
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International Women’s Day was marked in Providence, R.I., by a “Women of All Colors Assembly,” a wonderful gathering of 100 amazing women representing dozens of organizations. Convened by mostly...
The origins of women’s oppression in the rise of class society and the historic need for socialism were raised as well. Two of the speakers gave a call to “Shut it down!” on April 1, the day when objectors to the Detroit emergency manager’s bankruptcy plan of austerity and giveaways to the banks will turn in their objections and rally outside the federal bankruptcy court....
The atmosphere was electric and filled with optimism on March 8 as a dynamic march took over the sidewalks of the East Village and then went up Sixth Avenue toward midtown Manhattan. The march commemorated the 104th anniversary of International Working Women’s Day....
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Providence, R.I. — A multinational grouping of women came together on Feb. 8 for the first Women’s Assembly Planning Committee meeting. The committee is organizing a Women of All Colors Assembly in Providence on International Women’s Day, March 8....
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A coalition of community-based women's organizations that has organized events for the past eight years have announced plans for women's events in Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx to celebrate women's struggles. The events include a rally and march on March 9th, starting at the site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, and tributes to Harriet Tubman on March 10 at Harlem’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, in Brooklyn at Boys and Girls High on Sat. March 16 and in the Bronx at the Bronx Art Space Gallery on Sunday, March 24. All events are open to the media and are free. There will also be a special tribute March 9 to the late President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela -- the leader of the ongoing Bolivarian Revolution that promotes the rights of women especially those of African and Indigenous descent....
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The International Women’s Alliance calls on women all over the globe to advance their ongoing struggles against imperialist globalization and the crisis of capitalism by mobilizing with militant actions on March 8, 2013, to commemorate International Working Women’s Day. The International Conference of Working Women over 100 years ago gave birth to what is now popularly known as International Women’s Day. The origin of this day was to highlight the resistance and organizing power of working women to gain the right to fair wages and working hours, the right to vote and an end to discrimination. Today, we must remember to hold true to the origins of March 8 and return to the important issues that weigh heavily on women all over the world: the crises of capitalism and imperialism....
A coalition of community-based women's organizations that has organized events for the past eight years have announced plans for women's events in Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx to celebrate women's struggles. The events include a rally and march on March 9th, starting at the site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, and tributes to Harriet Tubman on March 10 at Harlem’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, in Brooklyn at Boys and Girls High on Sat. March 16 and in the Bronx at the Bronx Art Space Gallery on Sunday, March 24. All events are open to the media and are free....
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Women in the U.S. will continue to be in the forefront of many battles — opposing U.S. wars and occupations while demanding funding for human needs, defending collective bargaining in their unions, demanding wages that allow their families to keep up with the cost of living, stopping foreclosures so they can stay in their homes, demanding contraceptives and other free preventive health care, and fighting for basic rights to affordable education, quality health care and housing, and good-paying jobs. Women in public sector jobs — who are a majority women of color — are coming under heavy fire now as they defend their right to belong to unions. And they are rising to the challenge. Immigrant women are blazing ahead despite obstacles and organizing new unions for domestic workers. On International Working Women’s Day 2013, we remember the women garment workers in New York City who marched for better working and living conditions on March 8, 1908, and the socialist women who founded IWWD in 1910 in their honor....
A rally and march denouncing Wall Street’s war on women took place March 31 in New York City in commemoration of International Working Women’s Day, March 8. Despite cold, windy, damp and drizzly weather, women activists and their supporters rallied at the bull, a tourist attraction on Wall Street that represents the interests of the 1% — the bankers and bosses....
Monica Moorehead, a March 31st organizer, states, “Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, has told the world that her son is everybody's son. It is in this spirit that our coalition encourages all mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, nieces, girlfriends and spouses of all ages, nationalities, gender expressions and sexual preferences to attend along with men.”...
WOMEN are deeply impacted by the global capitalist economic crisis caused by the 1%, made up of bankers, bosses and politicians like New York 's Mayor Michael Bloomberg who exploit the world’s 99%.  The Can We Live! Campaign is a struggle-oriented program to bring together and to organize initiatives on economic and political issues, not just during March -- International Working Women’s Month -- but year round.  Its 10-point program asks the fundamental question: Can We Live when the 1% deprives us of: Access to healthy, toxic-free food; Jobs, not jails—Promote the right to organize; Defend public workers, a livable wage and/or guaranteed income and Social Security; end discrimination based on age, nationality, disability; Demand pay equity; cancel credit card and student debt; Healthcare for all—Demand reproductive justice; hands off Medicare and Medicaid; restore and expand all social programs; Free quality education from the cradle to the grave; Housing as a human right—No foreclosures, evictions, and utility shutoffs; end homelessness; A clean environment; Legalization, not deportation—Unite families; end Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids; No domestic and state violence against WOMEN—Stop sexual exploitation, trafficking and police brutality; restore safe houses; No imperialist war—Stop all violence against WOMEN in the military and in occupied lands; bring the troops home; Full rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people....
Ending Ceremony Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Memorial at 4 p.m. Site of 1911 fire that killed 146 women workers and girls.......
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