On March 8th, the International Women’s Strike NYC – a coalition representing dozens of grassroots groups and labor organizations – organized a number of actions in support of labor campaigns, migrants’ rights, Sanctuary Campus campaigns, and others.
At 4 PM there was a rally in Washington Square Park.
The rally opened with an artistic performance created by Alejandra Ballón Gutiérrez (Arequipa, Peru 1975), “La Alfombra Roja”, and songs by singers Natalia Saez, Renee Ghoust and Liah Alonso. “La Alfombra Roja” project was created to make visible the terrible effects of patriarchal relations on women’s lives. Among the forms of violence that affect women, it was used to denounce the criminal policies of forced sterilization of indigenous women, carried out in the Nineties by the then-President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kw_4d2pL9Q.
Speakers and performers included:
Rabyaah Althaibani, Yemeni Bodega Strike
Performance: Jamara Mychelle Wakefield (BLM, Pratt)
Judy Sheridan Gonzalez, NYSNA
Tana Forrester, Chair of Socialist Party of NYC
May Madarang, Gabriela
Octavia Kohner, Babeland
Jenna, Red Umbrella
Nour Obeidallah, Sanctuary Campus Campaign
Performance: Jamara Mychelle Wakefield, BLM, Pratt
Betty Lyons, American Indian Law Alliance
Lamis Deek (for Palestine)
Hawa Bah, & Constance Malcolm: Police accountability leaders and
mothers of Mohamed Bah & Ramarley Graham, murdered by NYPD
Mika Nagasaki, Ain’t I a Woman?
Tithi Bhattacharya, IWS
Cinzia Arruzza, IWS
MCs: Zillah Eisenstein, Roksana Munn, Suzanne Adely
At 5:30 PM demonstrators marched to Zuccotti Park. The march made some stops along the way, with performances in front of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory site, the Varick Street Immigration Detention Center, Stonewall, City Hall, the African Burial Ground and the former slave market, a financial institution funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, and others.
ROUTE OF THE MARCH
Washington Place (stop in front of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory)
Greene Str. to Waverly Place
Christopher Street (stop in front of Stonewall)
Varick Street (stop in front of the Immigration Court and second stop in front of Trump hotel Soho)
Duane Street (stop at the African burial ground)
Elk Street or Lafayette Street