Revolution #195, March 14, 2010

International Women's Day

New York

Harlem residents and artists, a woman from a Queens shelter, groups of college students from Columbia-Barnard, NYU and Pace University—fresh from hearing Sunsara Taylor at NYU. Sorority sisters from upstate. High school students. People from different backgrounds spoke bitterness, exchanging experience and called for people to "join the total revolution." The march stopped at American Apparel, the military recruiters and the welfare office. People carried signs in English and Farsi "standing with our sisters and brothers resisting in Iran." People defied hostile nationalists who declared that such a multinational march should not happen in Harlem and certainly shouldn't fight for the liberation of women. In fact the march drew in MORE people through all this.

After the march, people packed into a cafe for poetry and readings, including a message from a young Dominican woman responding to the call from the March 8 Women’s Organization (Iran-Afghanistan). Carl Dix of the RCP polemicized against arguments of fighting for "manhood" or for "putting women on a pedestal," putting forward the need to fight for the emancipation of all humanity, and for women being fighters in every sphere. Revolution correspondent Annie Day dug deeper into the importance of joining the total revolution and the leadership of Bob Avakian.

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