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The ‘Day Without a Woman’ general strike is set for March 8th

The ‘Day Without a Woman’ general strike is set for March 8th

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The Day Without a Woman strike is now set for March 8th, International Women’s Day. Organizers for last month’s Women’s March on Washington set the date for women across supportive communities to collectively stop working that day to protest White House policies and legislation.

Women’s March announced plans for a general strike last month in the wake of the mass protests that followed President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The announcement for the strike comes via Instagram, calling for communities to “unite” for gender equity and against oppression:

In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities? Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children? We saw what happened when millions of us stood together in January, and now we know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed and hatred. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information on what actions on that day can look like for you. In the meantime, we are proud to support Strike4Democracy's #F17 National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles. This Friday, February 17th, gather your friends, families, neighbors, and start brainstorming ideas for how you can enhance your community, stand up to this administration, integrate resistance and self-care into your daily routine, and how you will channel your efforts for good on March 8th. Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. #DayWithoutAWoman #WomensMarch

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The weeks since Donald Trump took office have seen numerous protests, including the global Women’s March as well as protests and public outcry against the recent immigration ban. Organizers are also calling for a general strike this Friday in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City.