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Coverage of International Women’s Day Protests

From WOMEN’S ENEWS: Fe-Man-ist Voices: My Daughters first Pro-Choice Demonstration

“It was Tuesday, March 8th, International Women’s Day in New York City’s own Union Square. The sun was shining bright and there was a slight breeze that brought with it the last remnants of the cold winter chill. I was walking with my daughter, stepping out of the Barnes and Nobles store just north of the Square as we approached the mass of people gathered together. The crowd in the square was about 70 deep and still growing as we cut through them and advanced towards the stage during setup. My daughter looked up at me, apprehension in her eyes but her bravery setting it aside. She steps forward and picks up a sign that lay on the ground in a pile with a dozen others like it.  The bright orange background with large black font read “Abortion On Demand And Without Apology”.

“She gripped the sign with both hands and raised the poster board high as the stapled cardboard roll rested on her shoulder. She immediately looked like she belonged in this exact moment where she found herself. This was my daughter’s first protest”

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From Gay City News, New York: Activists Stand Up for Abortion Rights on International Women’s Day

“Activists gathered at Union Square on International Women’s Day for speeches and a demonstration in support of abortion rights.

“Folks at the event emphasized the looming threats to abortion rights as a Supreme Court decision looms later this year. The speakers were standing in front of a large sign saying “We refuse to let the US Supreme Court deny women’s humanity and decimate their rights.”

“One of the event’s speakers, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis of Middle Church, emphasized the importance of the LGBTQ community — especially transgender individuals. Other speakers at the event included Merle Hoffman, who co-founded the National Abortion Federation in 1976; Lori Sokol, who is the executive director of a non-profit news organization known as Women’s eNews; playwright Eve Ensler of the “Vagina Monologues”; actress, comedian, writer, and activist Kathy Najimy; activist Sunsara Taylor; the band Betty; Dr. Bruce Price; and Araceli Herrera.

Entire Article and Pictures here

From La Opinion, Los Angeles: Mujeres toman las calles de Nueva York y denuncian el retroceso en el derecho al aborto en EE.UU

Con motivo del Día Internacional de la Mujer, cientos de personas denunciaron este martes en Nueva York el retroceso en el derecho al aborto en EE.UU., donde varios estados están limitando de forma severa las circunstancias en las que la interrupción de un embarazo se considera legal.

“Abortion on demand and without apology” (Aborto bajo demanda y sin disculparse) fue el lema que gritaron una y otra vez los manifestantes, que se congregaron en la céntrica Union Square bajo el liderazgo de la organización “Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights”, que organizó protestas en otras once ciudades del país.”

Entire Article and Pictures here (aqui)

 

Protests Nationwide to Defend Abortion Rights, March 8, 2022

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Rally and March! Tuesday March 8, International Women’s Day

We Refuse to Let the Supreme Court Decimate Abortion Rights!

What: Rally & March; photo op
When: Tuesday March 8 3:00 pm
Where: Union Square NYC E. 17th & Broadway & nationwide

On Tuesday, March 8, the new movement, RiseUp4AbortionRights.org, will mark International Women’s Day with rallies and marches in New York City and around the country to oppose the growing assault on abortion rights. A ruling in the Supreme Court case Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health, which could gut abortion rights nationally, is expected by late spring.

“We will rise up on International Women’s Day and in growing numbers in the weeks to come because we refuse to let the Supreme Court decimate abortion rights. Forcing women to have children against their will is a female enslavement!” says Sunsara Taylor, initiator of RiseUp4AbortionRights.org. Taylor was arrested along with six others during a nonviolent civil disobedience and Abortion Rights Speak Out last weekend aimed at building awareness and participation in Tuesday’s rallies and marches.

Like the women of Argentina and Colombia who recently won historic victories for abortion rights by taking to the streets in sustained and growing protest, RiseUp4AbortionRights.org will take up the green bandana as a symbol of resistance.

“The power of the state must stop at our skin. Women’s rights are in a state of emergency. We must resist! If not now, when? If not us, then who?” says Merle Hoffman, CEO and founder of Choices Women’s Medical Center which has provided abortions for over 50 years. Merle Hoffman will speak at Tuesday’s march along with Araceli Herrera, Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Kathy Najimy, Lori Sokol, Sunsara Taylor, V (formerly Eve Ensler), and music by BETTY.

Speakers Tuesday in New York City:

Sunsara Taylor, The RNL – Revolution, Nothing Less! – Show (Youtube), initiator of RiseUp4AbortionRights.org
V (formerly Eve Ensler), playwright, author, activist, performer
Kathy Najimy, actress, comedian, women’s rights activist
Araceli Herrera, Domesticas Unidas
Merle Hoffman, Choices Medical Center
Lori Sokol, Executive Director, Women’s eNews
Rev. Jacqui Lewis, author, activist, Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church
BETTY, cool music for hot mess times
Rev. Donna Schaper, retired Senior Minister at Judson Memorial Church

Protest around the U.S.:
NEW YORK CITY Rally 3:00 pm Union Square, East 17th/Broadway, March 4:30 RSVP & share
ATLANTA 3:00 pm Peachtree Street @ Edgewood, Downtown ATL RSVP & share
AUSTIN 1:00 pm Guadalupe/West Mall UT (Guadalupe bet 22nd & 23rd Streets) RSVP & share
BOSTON 4:00 pm Harvard Square, Cambridge MA RSVP & share
CHICAGO 3:00 pm Rally and march. Meet at State and Jackson in the loop RSVP & share
CLEVELAND 4:45 pm Gather @Market Square, W. 25th & Lorain then MARCH! RSVP & share
Washington D.C. 6:00 pm Dance Party Protest outside Brett Kavanaugh’s House. Meet @ 3400 Turner Lane Cul De Sac near Chevy Chase Park
DETROIT 3:00 pm Joe Louis Fist Jefferson @Woodward RSVP & share
HONOLULU 3:00 pm Gather at the State Capitol and march to the Federal Building RSVP share
LOS ANGELES 2:00 pm City Hall DTLA RSVP & share
S.F. BAY AREA Noon rally, 1:00 pm March – Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley RSVP & share
SEATTLE 1:00 pm Broadway & E. Pine St. in front of SCC RSVP & share

Sunsara Taylor available for interview

 

Rally for abortion rights at US Supreme Court, WTOP news, January 22, 2022

“The rally, organized by Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, comes one day after abortion rights opponents held their annual March for Life in D.C.

In recent polling by Gallup, only about 30% of Americans are supportive of reversing Roe v. Wade.

Katea Stitt, an abortion rights activist, joined a small group of women at the U.S. Supreme Court steps this weekend. Their message to court justices was loud and clear.

‘I would say to the Supreme Court, just hands off our bodies,’ Stitt said.”

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Sunsara Taylor of Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights interviewed in Newsweek article “Abortion Rights Activists Rally Outside Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade Anniversary”

(Taylor) “urged people to sign the movement’s statement, share it and use it as an organizing tool, adding: ‘The one force that can stop this assault and preserve these rights… is the masses of people, thousands and millions. Most of them don’t even know this right is being taken away, because the alarm hasn’t been sounded by the so-called leaders that they normally look to.

‘We have to sound the alarm ourselves through our actions and call many more people into the struggle. That’s the plan.’

She urged people to sign the movement’s statement, share it and use it as an organizing tool, adding: ‘The one force that can stop this assault and preserve these rights… is the masses of people, thousands and millions. Most of them don’t even know this right is being taken away, because the alarm hasn’t been sounded by the so-called leaders that they normally look to.

‘We have to sound the alarm ourselves through our actions and call many more people into the struggle. That’s the plan.'”


Philly advocates gather for DC abortion rights march, on Roe v. Wade anniversary, KYW News Radio, Philadelphia

“This is a moment that I don’t think people understand the gravity of,” said abortion rights activist Sam Goldman. “This could be the last anniversary of Roe.”

Goldman met some friends at Malcolm X Park in West Philadelphia before driving to Washington D.C. in support of women’s reproductive health. She was a co-initiator of the nationwide Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights protest at the nation’s capital…”

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