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The nation’s largest union is throwing its weight behind the anti-Trump Women’s March.
AFL-CIO announced that it will participate in Wednesday’s A Day Without A Woman protest, in which women are encouraged to abstain from working or performing domestic duties. The 13-million-member union plans to march to the Labor Department, saying it will focus on sexual harassment and working conditions for women, according to a letter penned by AFL-CIO organizer Sheva Diagne.
“Working women from multiple sectors will rally and surround the Department of Labor in a show of unity, demanding that women workers be seen, heard, and treated with dignity, especially by the new Presidential Administration and Department of Labor leadership,” the union said in a letter. …
Reprinted from Common Dreams by Nika Knight on March 8, 2017.
The US strike, known as “A Day Without a Woman” and organized in solidarity with an international strike, will see women across the United States taking to the streets to voice opposition to the anti-women stance of the Trump administration and the Republican Party, and in support for women’s rights worldwide. The strike is so widespread that multiple schools are closing for lack of teachers, as Common Dreams reported.
In Boston, a downtown demonstration will protest the gender wage gap, in support of working women. In Lansing, Michigan, women are flooding the capitol steps to advocate for gun control. In Washington, D.C., House Democratic women are staging a walkout and rallying at the capitol building at 12pm EST; a “Stop the Gag” demonstration at 11am will see women marching to the White House demanding an end to the global gag rule; and a “Womens Workers Rising” rally at the US Department of Labor is planned for 3:30pm. …
Reprinted from The Daily Kos by Laura Clawson on March 8, 2017.