IWS NYC May Day Press Release



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Feminist May Day Coalition Will Build on Success of International Women’s Day for May Day, 2017

International Women’s Strike-NYC  will protest on May Day alongside workers and immigrants. Coalition partners include Brandworkers, Laundry Workers Center, Immigrant Worker Justice, Enlace and ICE-FREE NYC.

Many immigrant workers consider this May Day to be “more special than ever”, in this time of resistance to the Trump agenda. “When immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community, workers and poor people are under attack, we must fight back and organize,” says Rossana Rodriguez of the Laundry Workers Center.

IWS-NYC is organizing the rising tide of women who are not represented by “lean-in” feminism. “We oppose the boss feminism that tells women we can all get ahead if we work hard enough. Not everyone can be a boss – being represented in a boardroom isn’t feminism. The majority of us are not getting ahead. We have worked harder and harder to make up for what decades of capitalist austerity have stripped away,” said Kate Griffiths of IWS-NYC.

“I am going out on May Day for all of us workers – we are immigrants, women, LGBTQ, people of color, and we work in industries across the city. Without our labor, who will serve New Yorkers their coffee, stock their shelves, clean their houses, construct their buildings, who will make NYC run?” said Lydia Tomlin, Restaurant Opportunity Center member and member of the New York Worker Center Federation.

In joining the protests on May Day, IWS-NYC supports the NYC Freedom Cities Movement, a comprehensive movement framework born from the visions of worker-leaders in the New York Worker Center Federation. The NYC Freedom Cities Movement redefines safety and demands that our communities have the resources they need to thrive.

“We know that politicians’ hollow rhetoric of “sanctuary cities” don’t protect our communities, especially under a militarized police force that criminalizes, incarcerates, and systematically collaborates to deport our loved ones. But, our communities are powerful, resilient, and ready to fight. With May Day 2017 as yet another milestone, we’ll continue to organize and build toward the future we want, need, and deserve,” said Oscar Diaz-Jacuinde from ICE-FREE NYC.

The May Day events will include music, performances and children’s activities followed by a walking tour of workplace struggles.

At 12:30, the IWS-NYC contingent will meet on the southwest corner of Washington Square Park.

At 4 pm, the IWS-NYC contingent will meet on the northwest corner of  Union Square.

The International Women’s Strike is a network of women in more than 50 different countries that emerged through planning a day of action for March 8th, 2017.

In the spirit of that renewed radicalism, solidarity and internationalism, the International Women’s Strike US continues to be a national organizing center by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards the 99% of women.