On March 8 – International Women’s Day – in rallies and marches in New York and 12 other cities across the country – people declared their refusal to let the Supreme Court decimate women’s rights and gut or eliminate the right to abortion.
Hundreds marched through the streets of Manhattan, Los Angeles, and Berkeley. There were protests on college campuses in California and Texas, and by high school students in several locations. One woman decorated her pickup with Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights banners and drove 500 miles from Little Rock to Austin. Prominent speakers and veteran fighters for women’s rights spoke in New York and Los Angeles, and in many places there was an important representation of fierce young people.
Many protesters just about everywhere wore green bandanas – 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 has taken up the green bandana as a symbol of resistance.
Many left the protests with a plan for beginning to prepare to intensify and broaden the fight to defend the right to abortion in the weeks ahead: March 19/20 mass meetings to get organized; April 8, wearing green everywhere; April 9 and back in the streets with mass protests and marches.
Below are some brief snap shots of the sights and sounds of International Women’s Day, 2022. More will be posted as it becomes available.
The flagship International Women’s Day rally and march in New York included powerful opening speeches, hundreds of people spirited, angry and determined people marching through lower Manhattan, and ended with participants taking this pledge together:
TODAY we pledge: I will fight for women! I will not turn my head! I will not deny what I know! I will not say me first! I say HUMANITY FIRST! I will rise for women’s lives & I will challenge others to rise too! #IWD2022 #RiseUp4AbortionRights https://t.co/h1XWlke00H pic.twitter.com/TrV63m1VJQ
— Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights (@riseup4abortion) March 9, 2022
ABORTION ON DEMAND AND WITHOUT APOLOGY!
— Refuse Fascism (@RefuseFascism) March 8, 2022
About 40 people participated at a protest on and around the campus of the University of Texas. Some took flyers and organizing materials like the green bandanas, and signed up. Some skipped class and stayed for the whole rally. A report said a “confrontation with some ‘antis’ helped break things open and brought out the latent anger in many students, just as we marched onto the campus.
A report from Cleveland said that about 100 people took to the the streets on International Women’s Day, and that “there will be a LOT more on 4/9! Abortion on Demand & WITHOUT Apology!”
An organizer in Honolulu wrote that “A total of about 80 people participated in Honolulu’s International Women’s day rally and march. There were lots of young, new faces, mixed with a smaller number of older people. The energy was very high; people were attentive to the rally.”
Approximately 100 people rallied and marched in Los Angeles. A report sent to Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights said, “We had a great day out here! This was an excellent learning opportunity for the public, many didn’t know what was going on in the Supreme Court or how catastrophic the situation could be. We had a diverse group of speakers with an international perspective that provided moving speeches with well argued points that captivated the entire crowd; these include Ionic Boom, Reverend Frank Wolfe, and Lawden Barzargan.”
Lawdan Bazargan, a former political prisoner in Iran & human rights activists speaks at a rally in front of LA City Hall on #IWD2022
— The Revcoms (@therevcoms) March 8, 2022
San Francisco Bay Area
About 150 people rallied, marched, and held die-ins in Seattle. They included small groups of from three high schools and one middle school; students from the University of Washington, and Seattle University. people from a Jewish congregation, and a clinic defense team.
Salute to all those who hit the streets of #Seattle with @riseup4abortion – especially the high school, middle school & college students who walked out or skipped class for a higher purpose. “Fuck the courts & legislatures! Women are not incubators!” Onward to April 9 Protests! pic.twitter.com/Xkp8Gtdlpt
— Refuse Fascism Seattle (@RefuseFascismNW) March 9, 2022