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Why we're taking action on March 8
March 8 is International Women's Day, but this year, it will also be an international day of action in more than 30 countries. Organizers of the massive Women's March on Washington on January 21 are among the supporters of a call by prominent scholars and activists for a women's strike that will organize resistance "not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades-long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad."
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation and a member of the National Planning Committee for the International Women's Strike USA, talked to Socialist Worker about what March 8 could bring to the new resistance.
Why the call for a women's strike on March 8?
Taylor: There are many reasons. The first and perhaps most important reason is that the election of Donald Trump as president has unearthed a tremendous outpouring among women in opposition to his regime and agenda.
This was most palpably demonstrated on January 21, when an unprecedented outpouring of protest overwhelmed cities across the country. Where thousands were expected to demonstrate, millions of men and women clogged the streets around the country to show the deep revulsion and opposition to Trump.
The outpouring was surprising, but the sentiment of opposition and resistance was not.
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Jen Roesch on why you should defend abortion rights and Planned Parenthood—in a debate in New York City with an anti-choice activist. Watch a full playlist of videos from the day’s events here.
Registration for Socialism 2017 is now open!
The ISO—publisher of Socialist Worker/Obrero Socialist newspaper—is a proud cosponsor of Socialism 2017, a four-day conference which will take place July 6-9, in Chicago. Visit the S17 website to register and get info about our student and early-bird discounts, free on-site childcare, and the latest updates about speakers and talks. For a sense of what you can expect at Socialism 2017, visit the archive of talks from Socialism 2016 at WeAreMany.org.Read more
On Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, over a thousand people gathered at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC to hear Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill, Anand Gopal, Owen Jones, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor speak on what resistance should look like in the age of Trump and what kind of positive program we should be fighting for. An ebook of the speeches from this event is available for free here. The event was sponsored by Verso Books, Haymarket Books, and Jacobin Magazine.
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Friday, March 24th
Israeli investigators arrested Omar Barghouti on suspicion of tax evasion as part of a campaign to intimidate the BDS movement.
Thursday, March 23rd
A backlash is in full swing after the Vermont demonstration against Charles Murray, but those leading the charge forget that protest is free speech, too.
Wednesday, March 22nd
Report: Steve Ramey
Tuesday, March 21st
Analysis: Tyler Zimmer
Modern technology has made it possible to grow enough food to feed everyone in the world. So why is the UN reporting the worst famine since 1945?
Monday, March 20th
Analysis: Pepijn Brandon
Geert Wilders' far-right Party for Freedom came up short of victory in last week's Dutch elections, but it expanded its votes and its influence.
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016), and assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. The widely-acclaimed book surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality, arguing that this struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation. Activist and scholar Cornel West called her book “the best analysis we have of the #BlackLivesMatter moment.” The movement, which emerged under the first African-American president, faces a new situation with the election of an openly racist and xenophobic president, Donald Trump. Ashley Smith interviewed her in late November to discuss the legacy of the Obama era and the prospects for struggle under these new unexpected circumstances.Read more