On Mar. 27, some 200 women gathered
at Union Square in Manhattan
to commemorate 100 years of women’s
resistance as part of International Women’s
Month. The action was organized
by the International Women’s Fightback
Network and sponsored by the International
Working Women’s Day 2010
Speakers for several women’s
organizations from different countries
talked about the problems they faced
here in the U.S. and in their homelands.
There were speakers from Palestine, Nigeria,
the Philippines, and Cuba, among
Haitian singer and activist Jocelyne
Gay spoke on behalf of Haitian
women, telling how they worked at jobs
ranging from factory workers to farmers.
She explained women’s central role
in Haitian society, raising children, organizing
markets, and sustaining families.
Haiti is often called the poorest
nation in the Western Hemisphere.
For Gay, this reputation is undeserved
because she believes Haiti has a lot of
Women to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
talked about going to Washington, DC
to fi ght for the release of this famous US
political prisoner. Speakers also talked
about other political repression in the
U.S., such as the case of two sisters
jailed for stealing $11 in Mississippi.
The marchers left Union Square
at 1:30 p.m., walking on Broadway to
the Bank of America. They then walked
to the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Memorial,
where 146 women and girl workers
were killed in a fi re in 1911. The
marchers continued on to St. Vincent’s
Hospital to protest its closing. After that,
marchers went to the Solidarity Center
at 55 W. 17th Street where they enjoyed
talk and refreshments.