International Working Women's Day '09 Coalition
55 W. 17th St. 5th Fl.
NY NY 10011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2009
Media Contact: Monica Moorehead 646-823-5875
March 8 Rally and March to Demand:
Bail Out Women and Our Communities
On Sunday, March 8--International Women's Day--the
International Working Women's Day '09 Coalition, which
includes community and political activists, will gather in
Union Square at 1 p.m. for a "Bail Out Women and Our
Communities" rally, followed by a 2 p.m. march. The march
will go to the Bank of America on Broadway and 9th Street,
then at 3:30 p.m. gather at the Kimmel Building at
Washington Square South & LaGuardia Place (site of recent
NYU takeover) and then end at 4 p.m. at Triangle
Shirtwaist Fire Memorial at the corner of Washington Sq.
Place & Greene St., the site of the 1911 fire that killed
146 immigrant women workers and girls when the bosses
blocked the emergency exits.
Monica Moorehead, an IWWD coalition organizer, explained
the purpose of the March 8 protest: "We want to unite all
of the economic and political issues that have only become
intensified by this deepening, worldwide, capitalist
economic crisis. Ultimately, every issue is a woman's
issue be it foreclosures and evictions; utility shut-offs;
tuition hikes; massive layoffs; lack of health care,
childcare, healthy food, women's shelters; attacks on
reproductive rights, our environment as well as police
brutality, incarcerations, LGBT oppression, war and
occupation and much more.
"The March 8 protest will provide an important platform
for women activists to raise these issues and more and how
they are impacting our lives as women, our families and
communities. But also this protest will help to build
momentum for the very important national march on Wall
Street on April 3-4 to target the banks and their CEOs who
are the true beneficiaries of the trillions of dollars
that have been handled over to them by the U.S. treasury.
These are our tax dollars that should be spent to bail
out the people, not to these greedy predatory lenders and
bosses whose anti-people system caused this crisis in the
first place. Out of the March 8 protest, our goal is to
continue to build a powerful movement made up of
organizers for the April 3-4 march and beyond. IWD, since
its founding in 1908, is all about women resisting and
fighting back and we will be carrying out this heroic
legacy on March 8."
The rally and march will include Palestinian youth;
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment; Stella D'oro
strikers; Vinie Burrows; Katrina/Rita survivors; a
delegation from the Women's International Democratic
Federation; Fight Imperialism, Stand Together; Take Back
Our Union Coalition; Picture the Homeless, Women's
Fightback Netword and many more.