Women’s Strike Organizers Arrested in New York on a Day of Protests Worldwide

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/08/womens-strike-organizers-arrested-new-york-day-protests-worldwide/

Police in New York arrested three leaders of the Women’s March movement for blocking traffic outside the Trump International Hotel on Wednesday as they took part in the global “Day Without Women” strike, called to mark International Women’s Day. Linda Sarsour was just arrested outside Trump International for disorderly conduct. pic.twitter.com/SOais39G7L — Isaac Saul (@Ike_Saul) March 8, 2017 Shortly after they were detained, the group’s Twitter feed shared images of Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Carmen Perez inside a New York Police Department van with other activists. Some of us have been arrested #DayWithoutAWoman pic.twitter.com/WSYVdrQjxA — Women’s March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017 We are not sure what precinct we are being taken to at the moment. But we are together, reSisters. #DayWithoutAWoman pic.twitter.com/r10WBikdl8 — Women’s March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017 As Dayna Tortorici explained last week in the journal n+1, women in dozens of countries responded to the call for a one-day Women’s Strike. In more than thirty countries, women will refuse to do work — any work, paid or unpaid — that they do not wish to do. They will not cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They will not clean, watch children, buy groceries, drive carpool, fold clothes, wash dishes, or have sex — at least the kind of sex that feels like work. They will not work the assembly line or the phones, take your order or ring you up. They will skip shifts at hospitals, universities, and labs. They will not send emails (“sorry for the delayed response!”) or schedule appointments, braid hair, paint fingernails, or wax groins. They will wear red, march in the streets, block bridges and roads, and make demands whose fulfillment is long overdue. Equal pay. Paid parental and medical leave. Universal child care. Universal health care. Freedom from sexual abuse. Freedom from deportation. Freedom from racism. Freedom from violence. Outside the United States, among the largest gatherings in support of reproductive rights took place in Ireland and Poland, two traditionally conservative, Catholic nations where political leaders have resisted calls to make abortion safe and legal. Thousands of protesters brought traffic to a standstill in the Irish capital, Dublin, chanting for the repeal of the country’s Eighth Amendment, which, since 1983, has given an unborn fetus the same right to life as a pregnant woman. The protest was organized by activists calling for a referendum to repeal the amendment. Amazing turnout at #strike4repeal ?? pic.twitter.com/tMaeR1nVph — Shannon (@_shxnn) March 8, 2017 Anyone who thinks young people don’t care about politics should come witness #Strike4Repeal takeover of O’C Bridge pic.twitter.com/xPFVPssgDh — Pádraig Rice (@PadraigRice) March 8, 2017 Women also rallied in the Polish capital, Warsaw, where a women’s strike in October had helped defeat a proposal to make abortion illegal. Major demonstration in Warsaw’s Constitution Square.#IWD2017 pic.twitter.com/HLeD4FbCcU — Christian Davies (@crsdavies) March 8, 2017 Women’s Day rocks Warsaw #IWD #8M pic.twitter.com/DdNs7PFvWk — Sasha Vasilyuk (@SashaVasilyuk) March 8, 2017 While protests in the United States focused on the real and present danger of President Donald Trump, the movement has been embraced in dozens of countries, as activists in Sweden explained on YouTube. #TrumpGlobalGag is an egregious attack on women’s health and rights. Today, we’re protesting for #NoAbortionBan pic.twitter.com/yfmjhCGYkI — CHANGE (@genderhealth) March 8, 2017 Listen, for all of the criticism, you have to admit that @realDonaldTrump’s cabinet was remarkably well prepared for #ADayWithoutAWoman — Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) March 8, 2017 While Democrats in Washington expressed solidarity with the strike by wearing red to work, Sen. Elizabeth Warren explained that lawmakers decided not to remain home, fearing what their Republican counterparts might do in their absence. No day off for us today. Can you imagine what bills the @SenateGOP would try to ram through if 16 @SenateDems women skipped a day of work? pic.twitter.com/OAv3QTRSrm — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 8, 2017 The Trump administration, by contrast, attempted to mark the day in somewhat awkward ways, like having the first lady lunching with prominent female supporters of the president, including his daughter Ivanka, his adviser Kellyanne Conway, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, one of the few women in his cabinet. Melania Trump hosts Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway and more at White House luncheon on #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/0sh8NiZjvo — CBS News (@CBSNews) March 8, 2017 The Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security, which could soon start separating mothers and children detained for illegal entry into the country, celebrated what it called its diverse staff by sharing an image of one female officer. Women are a vital part of our workforce and today we celebrate #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/n8l3n9BDOV — ICE (@ICEgov) March 8, 2017 Top photo: Linda Sarsour, left, one of the organizers of the Women’s March movement, shortly before she was arrested on Wednesday for blocking traffic outside a New York hotel owned by Donald Trump. The post Women’s Strike Organizers Arrested in New York on a Day of Protests Worldwide appeared first on The Intercept.

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