The International Working Women’s Day (IWWD) Coalition 2014 is organizing its annual march and rally on Saturday, March 8 at the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Factory Memorial, 23-29 Washington Place. (Between Greene St. & Washington Sq. East) in Manhattan to celebrate the 104th International Working Women’s Day Anniversary
“ We are calling for contingents and endorsements for this year’s International Working Women’s Day Celebration,” organizers stated in a news release. “This year we are calling groups and our allies to organize contingents and endorse.”
Endorsers support the “Can We Live?” campaign, “a struggle-oriented program to bring together and to organize initiatives on economic and political issues, not just during March – International Working Women Month – but year round,” organizers say.
The International Women’s Day Coalition is an inter-generational grouping of women from various adversely impacted communities including women of color; Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Queer people; im/migrants, and people with disabilities in New York City.
“Women in the U.S. will continue to be in the forefront of many battles — opposing U.S. wars and occupations while demanding funding for human needs, defending collective bargaining in their unions,
demanding livable wages, stopping foreclosures so they can stay in their homes, an end to domestic violence, demanding the right to reproductive justice, and fighting for basic rights to affordable education, childcare, quality health care, and housing,” organizers say, adding: “Women in public sector jobs — who are a majority women of color — are coming under heavy fire now as they defend their right to belong to unions. And they are rising to the challenge. Immigrant women are blazing ahead despite obstacles and organizing new unions for domestic workers, “ the statement added.
“On International Working Women’s Day 2014, we remember the women — garment workers in New York City who marched for better working and living conditions on March 8, 1908, and the socialist women who founded IWWD in 1910 in their honor.”
Food, refreshments, and cultural presentations will be followed by the march at the Solidarity Center.
“Journalists are welcome and the organizers and endorsers will be available for comment to the media, the release added.
The agenda is as follows:
12 noon: Speak-out and Rally at the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Factory Memorial.
1: 00 p.m. March (route to be announced)
2:00 p.m.to 5:00 p.m. IWWD Celebration with Cultural Presentations, Speak-Out, and Hot Food, Music and Social. at 147 West 24th St. 2nd Floor.