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Take action on International Women's Day

Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day—and an important next step in building the resistance against Trump and the fight for women’s liberation. Below are some of the meetings, speakouts, rallies, and marches that the ISO will be participating in across the country. We encourage you to join us!

Be sure to read why we’re taking action on March 8 and why you should oppose the smears against the women’s strike.

Berkeley Women’s March

Time/Location: Wednesday, March 8, 11am-2pm PST, Lower Sproul Plaza, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
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Chicago International Women's Day Rally

Time/Location: Wednesday, March 7pm-9pm CST, 1901 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60612-2401, United States
Speakers and Performers will include: Christel Williams of the CTU, Adriana Alvarez of the Fight for $15, Liz Radford Co-Chair of the Women's March on Chicago, Marines Martinez teacher at Aspira Charter School CHI-ACTS 4343, Alyx Goodwin of Black Youth Project, Nerissa Allegretti of Gabriella USA, Deborah Cosey-Lane of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241, Faith Arnold of SEIU Childcare Campaign, Marion Murphy of AFSCME, Charolette Heltai of UofC Resists and the ISO, Katie Thiede of Planned Parenthood, Danlene Watts of CAARPR, Rasmea Odeh of the Arab American Action Network, Nancy Serrano teacher-activist against deportations, Hoda Katebi of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Lesley Williams of TZEDEK speaking on uniting against hate crimes, Opal Staples and the Lights of Zion perfoming
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ISO public meeting in Columbus, OH: Building a Militant Women’s Movement Today

Time/Location: Thursday, March 9, from 7pm-8:30pm EST, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and University Center, 30 W. Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210
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International Women's March—Madison, WI

Time/Location: Wednesday, March 8, from 11am to 1pm CST, Library Mall, UW-Madison, Madison, WI 53711
Hosted by: The Madison, WI branches of the International Socialist Organization, the National Organization of Women (NOW), and Socialist Alternative.
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ISO public meeting in Madison: Sexism and Capitalism: The Need for Revolution

Time/Location: Thursday, March 9, from 7pm-8:30pm CST, Sterling Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Hosted by: The Madison branch of the International Socialist Organization
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International Women's Strike NYC: Rally and March on March 8th

Time/Location: Wednesday, March 8 EST at 4pm-8pm EST, Washington Square Park
Hosted by: International Women's Strike NYC/ Paro Internacional de Mujeres NYC
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Meeting on Women’s Strikes and Women’s Liberation at the University of Southern Maine

Time/Location: Wednesday, March 8, from 7pm-9pm, Science Building, Room 165, University of Southern Maine (USM), Portland, ME
Hosted by: The USM branch of the ISO, the USM Women and Gender Studies, the Queer Straight Alliance at USM.
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ISO public meeting at Portland State University: How We Won and Defended the Right to Choose

Time/Location: Thursday, March 9 from 7pm-9pm PST, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 298, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Hosted by: The Portland State University branch of the International Socialist Organization
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ISO public meeting in San Francisco: Women’s Liberation and the Russian Revolution

Time/Location: Wednesday, March 8 at 7pm-9pm PST, the Women's Building, 3543 18th St, San Francisco, California 94110
Hosted by: the Bay Area District of the International Socialist Organization
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Suggested Readings: Ahmed Shawki, “80 Years Since the Russian Revolution
Socialist Worker series on Russian Revolution
Alexandra Kollontai, "International Women's Day"
Katie Feyh, “Russia's Revolutionary Process: 1905-1917” (We Are Many podcast)
Women and Russian Revolution with Dana Blanchard and Leia Petty

ISO public meeting in Seattle: Strike Back! The Fight for Reproductive Justice

Time/Location: Tuesday, March 7, 7-9pm PST, Common Good Café, 1415 NE 43 St, Seattle, Washington, 98105
Hosted by: the Seattle branch of the International Socialist Organization
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University of Vermont: International Women’s Day Speakout

Time/Location: March 8 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm Bailey/Howe Library, UVM campus, Burlington, Vermont
Hosted by: The UVM College Undergrads Not Toleraring Sexism and the UVM Socialists

ISO public meeting at the University of Vermont: Reviving the Radical History of International Women’s Day

Time/Location: Thursday, March 9, from 7pm-8:30pm EST, Lafayette 210, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Hosted by: The University of Vermont (UVM) branch of the International Socialist Organization

Don’t Let Them Smear the Women’s Strike!

A rant in the New York Post smeared organizers of the March 8 International Women's Strike—denouncing veteran fighters for justice as terrorists, criminals, and authoritarians. Read and share this Socialist Worker article by Nicole Colson to oppose these lies and defend the movement they are trying to undermine.

Confront the anti-abortion right’s “40 Days of Life”

The “40 Days for Life” is a national campaign of religious anti-choice activists who target women's clinics like Planned Parenthood that provide abortion services during the period of Lent in the spring, and again in the fall. Emma Wilde Botta and Bruno Ruviaro wrote a report for Socialist Worker on a pro-choice counterprotest against a stop by the campaign in San Francisco, offering lessons activists can learn from to organize to oppose it in their area.

Books on Women’s Liberation from Haymarket Books

Women and Socialism: Class, Race, and Capital by Sharon Smith

Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation by Sherry Wolf

"When the Welfare People Come": Race and Class in the US Child Protection System by Don Lash

The Women Incendiaries by Edith Thomas

Myths of Male Dominance by Eleanor Burke Leacock

Clara Zetkin: Selected Writings edited by Philip S. Foner, Foreword by Angela Davis

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis

Lucy Parsons: An American Revolutionary by Carolyn Ashbaugh

Song of the Stubborn One Thousand: The Watsonville Canning Strike 1985-1987 by Peter Shapiro

Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America by Dana Frank

Cover of ISR 87, feature Alexandra Kollantai on International Women’s Day
Cover of ISR 87
Readings from the International Socialist Review

Alexandra Kollantai on International Women’s Day

John Riddell on the Communist Women’s Movement, 1921-1926

Sharon Smith on Black feminism and Intersectionality

Tithi Bhattacharya on explaining gender violence in the neoliberal era

Sharon Smith on developing a more comprehensive understanding of capitalism and sexual assault

Profile of a Communist women's movement—Excerpts from the Communist International's Third Congress

Sherry Wolf on the roots of LGBTQ oppression