Los Angeles/ Fox11 - In honor of International Women's Day Thursday, Los Angeles women joined together at the downtown Federal Building to rally for women's rights.
Called the International Women's Day Strike, local women join women in 51 countries to support the rights and contributions of all women.
Speakers included Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers Union ; actress Mimi Kennedy, Elahe Amani, a well-known figure in the SoCal Iranian community, Emiliana Guereca of Women's March LA, Kait Zeigler, one of the California chairs of the Poor People's Campaign; Fight for $15, a Dreamer and immigrants' rights activist Angela Sanbrano, Sister Judy Vaughn, founder Alexandria House, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network; Global Women's Strike Hunger Action LA, LA Community Action Network; Military Families Speak Out; and more.
Performers include Native American singer Raye Zaragoza and singer Sheila Nicholls, and poets from Get Lit poets and Sabreen Adeeba. Music by DJ Slow Like Whoa and Menoman Martinez.
The International Women's Strike will take place in more than 50 different countries. The global call for a strike on March 8th was first made by women in Argentina in 2017. It was picked up by women in Poland and other countries around the world. They strike against sexual abuse, domestic & state violence, poverty, discrimination, criminalization of survival, environmental devastation, war.
In the spirit of renewed radicalism and resistance, solidarity and internationalism, the International Women's Strike LA continues to organize by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced for decades. Their aim is to build relationships between diverse organizations of women and those who seek to build the global movement for a caring society, feminism for the 99%. The event planning group was convened by Global Women's Strike/LA.