Chicago, March 8, 2020: International Working Women’s Day Celebration


Sunday, March 8th, 2020

5 to 9 pm, 37 S. Ashland Avenue

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day with women and gender-oppressed speakers, artists, performers, and vendors!

5-6 pm, 8-9 pm: Vendors Market & Gallery

6-8 pm: Speaker & Performer program

For over 100 years, International Women’s Day has celebrated the struggle for women’s liberation. Join us this year on International Women’s Day to speak out against the oppression and exploitation of women and gender oppressed people today.

We live under an economic system that is organized around exploitation and a political system that is ruled by the rich. Cuts to entitlement programs, attacks on public sector unions, and threats to public education hit women hardest, especially women of color. Politicians – from Trump and Pence, to many state legislatures – are pushing to enact laws that pose a real danger to our rights, our reproductive freedom and our lives. Working women of all nationalities are leading the movements to defend the public sector, unions, reproductive freedom, and more.

The fight against sexual assault and harassment is reaching new heights, as every day brings news of more women breaking their silence and naming their attackers, bringing down powerful men from Hollywood to Capitol Hill. While some try to hold back progress, we need to seize this moment, and take the fight to every workplace, every school, everywhere there are working and oppressed women.

International Women’s Day was established by women who sought to overthrow the system of exploitation and inequality. This is our same fight today.

Speakers to include:

President Dian Palmer, SEIU Local 73 and Christel Williams-Hayes, CTU Recording Secretary

The Chicago Public School strike of 35,000 teachers and workers against the Chicago School Board was a strike mostly of women and led mainly by women. Two of those women will be among our guest speakers: Dian Palmer, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 73, and Christel Williams-Hayes, recording secretary of the Chicago Teachers Union.

Sarah Risheq, U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)

USPCN as an organization of Palestinians in exile has helped lead the struggle here for an end to Zionist occupation and colonization of Palestine. They are well known for leading the fight against the U.S. government attack on Rasmea Odeh. Sarah has also been a leader in Students for Justice in Palestine.

Nerissa Allegretti, Gabriela USA

Gabriela is a grassroots alliance of women in the Philippines struggling for the liberation of all oppressed women and the rest of the Filipino people. They organize for women’s rights, reproductive rights, and against gender discrimination, violence against women but also on economic and political issues that affects women. GABRIELA USA brought the Filipino women’s mass movement to the United States.

Poetry by Anna McColgan

Vendors include:

Sweets Shop Soaps, run by Ida Dolce.

Soy Viva Pop Up Restaurant

Cash Bar

Literature tables

Donations Requested

Note: The venue is the UE Hall, an historic union with a proud tradition of militant trade unionism and support for social movements. The building is not currently wheelchair accessible.

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