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Call for Anarchist contingent at International Women's Day march

category north america / mexico | gender | press release author Tuesday March 04, 2008 15:30author by Jon - NEFAC-NYCauthor email antithesisnyc at gmail dot com Report this post to the editors

NEFAC-NYC calls for a red and black contingent for the International Women's Day march

NEFAC-NYC calls for a red and black contingent for the International Women's Day march on Saturday March 8th.
We will assemble on the southeast corner of Union Square at 11:45am and march to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on Washington Square Place and Green Street after a small rally. Look for the red and black flags!
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NEFAC-NYC calls for a red and black contingent for the International Women's Day march on Saturday March 8th.

We will assemble on the southeast corner of Union Square at 11:45am and march to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on Washington Square Place and Green Street after a small rally. Look for the red and black flags!

This coming International Women's Day marks the 100 year anniversary of a day of action by 15,000 immigrant women workers of New York City who boldly protested their exploitation, demanding better pay, shorter hours and voting rights. Inspired by these events, three years later the first International Women's Day was observed by women around the world. A few weeks after this momentous occasion, 140 of the immigrant women workers of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City—whom had previously sparked a strike of 20,000 workers—were killed in a fire caused by the boss' negligence.

On March 8th of 1913, women across Europe held peace rallies against the onset of World War I. Years later, on the International Women's Day of 1917, women spearheaded the Russian Revolution with demonstrations and led workers out of the factories and on to the streets. These events culminated in the end of Russian involvement in the war and the possibility of the abolition of state and capital for an All-Russian worker's council in October. These efforts were immediately sabotaged by the Bolsheviks, closing a brief window to total liberation.

Despite its radical feminist and class struggle origins and accomplishments, the United Nations and other liberal human rights groups have wished to harness the true revolutionary power of the day and use the energy of the movement for their own bourgeois liberal feminist and in some cases even patriarchal ends. It is on us—the workers, the women, and the allies—to reclaim the radical roots of International Women's Day! We salute the ongoing struggle of women here in New York City and around the world. We salute their resistance to war, exploitation, and patriarchy.

NEFAC-NYC

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