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Organizing Meeting: International Women’s Day at UW Madison
February 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-6
Activists and student organizations are encouraged to join us for an initial meeting to plan for action on International Women’s Day (March 8th) in response to a renewed call for an international women’s strike. Bring your ideas and your energy. Let’s organize to demonstrate that while women make society and so much of this campus run, we also have the power to #shutitdown.
This is an explicitly anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-transmisogynistic planning meeting, with the intention of building inclusive, campus activity on the basis of a feminism for the 99% – that is, a feminism that is multi-racial, inclusive of all gender identities and sexualities, working class, and truly representative of the 99%.
The call for a strike can be read here:
Last year, prominent activists and organizers called for a women’s strike on International Women’s Day (March 8th), and around the world, women and others heeded their call. In some cities, entire school districts were forced to close down in response to the strike, and hundreds of thousands gathered around the globe to mark International Women’s Day and show the world what “a day without a woman” looked like.
This year, International Women’s Day is even more important and activists including Angela Davis, Barbara Smith, Rose Clemente, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor are renewing their call for a strike, citing attacks on families’ living standards, the vile sexism of Donald Trump, and the powerful revelations brought forward forward by #MeToo as cause for action. In an article for The Guardian, they write, “So, on 8 March we will strike against mass incarceration, police violence and border controls, against white supremacy and the beating drums of US imperialist wars, against poverty and the hidden structural violence that closes our schools and our hospitals, poisons our water and food and denies us reproductive justice. And we will strike for labor rights, equal rights for all immigrants, equal pay and a living wage, because sexual violence in the workplace is allowed to fester when we lack these means of collective defence.”
UW Madison is not immune to the oppressions of larger society. We know that students and workers on campus experience sexual assault and sexual harassment, that in fact, as many as one in four undergraduates are raped during their time at UW. Racism is an everyday component of #TheRealUW, and white supremacists have grown bolder in their attempts to organize on campus. In the last year, students at UW and campuses across the country have faced attacks on immigrants, on the livelihoods of graduate student workers, on their reproductive rights, and more. Now is the time for student activists and organizations to come together and demonstrate that together, we are powerful.
Please join us for an initial planning meeting for action at UW Madison on International Women’s Day in response to the renewed call for a women’s strike. All are welcome and we are actively seeking student organizations to participate in co-sponsoring (planning and promoting) this day of activity.
“8 March 2018 will be a day of feminism for the 99%: a day of mobilization of black and brown women, cis and bi, lesbian and trans women workers, of the poor and the low waged, of unpaid caregivers, of sex workers and migrants.”