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Philadelphia – Speak Out Against Family Separation

March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

International Women’s Strike: March 8, 2019+

Speak out against family separation

by the child welfare system, by deportation, from detention, prison, poverty, war…. mothers & families who are Black, Brown & poor are targeted.

Friday March 8, 5-6pm outside Dept of Human Services (DHS) 16th & Arch St, Philadelphia

Come speak-out ● bring demands from your campaigning
● wear a yellow vest or armband ● bang pots and pans!
All women, children, non-binary people, supportive men welcome.

6:30pm Film: Journey with the Revolution, made by GWS about the fantastic achievements of women and others in the Venezuelan revolution. Action table: oppose a US coup in Venezuela & support the grassroots uprising in Haiti.  6:30pm Friends Center 1501 Cherry St. Snacks.

And on Sat March 9 shared rides to NYC for Beulah Sanders Way: Organizing for Welfare Rights    Details to come!

$billions for war and not a dollar for a child!”
Nancy Carroll, Women of Color in the GWS, anti-poverty, welfare rights & housing campaigner, born in 1938 and who died last year. March 8 was her birthday.

Global Women Strike (GWS): philly@globalwomenstrike.net 215-848-1120



In 2016 women in Poland stopped work vs anti-abortion laws ● In 2017 they joined with the movement vs femicide in Argentina & coordinated an international strike with women in 50+ countries ● In 2018, 6 million women in Spain went on strike ● The strikes highlighted unwaged caring work, unequal pay, rape & domestic violence, exploitation, climate change …

The Global Women’s Strike (GWS) coordinated by the Wages for Housework Campaign, began on March 8, 2000, inspired by the 1975 Iceland women’s Day Off and a strike call by women in Ireland. In 2016 we joined the March 8th IWS events.

Take Away Our Poverty Not Our Children! (from Poor People’s Campaign – A National Call for Moral Revival)  No separation by:

Child welfare  Philly is #1 among large US cities for taking children, particularly from mothers & families who are single, Black, Brown, immigrant, disabled, or domestic violence victims. Calling poverty ‘neglect’ is economic discrimination – a mother’s love, care, even breastfeeding, are dismissed. We are denied the legal right to resources to raise our children while $ millions are spent on placing children with strangers. Powerful testimonies @ www.everymothernetwork.net

Deportation and detention at the border and everywhere  Thousands of children are taken from their families, many end up in foster care or adopted; families seeking asylum also being locked up in detention.

Poverty Nationwide, women and children are 75% of the poor; cuts in welfare & other benefits impact mothers & children the most. In PA, General Assistance was finally reinstated but Republicans want to end it & Gov. Wolf wants to divert it to housing – we need both GA and housing!

Incarceration Loved ones sit in prison for years many hours away. Women are the fastest growing prison population and 62% are mothers; their children up to 3 years old are often put up for fast track adoption.

War 70% of victims of war worldwide are women and children. Families of soldiers are separated by deployment, PTSD, sexual trauma. 20 veterans die of suicide each day. Climate change could displace 143 million people.

We demand resources to keep our children; welfare, and the passage of federal RISE Out of Poverty Act; a living wage for all workers including mothers and other caregivers; healthcare for all; no deportation, no detention, no walls, no war, Shut Down Berks. Invest in caring, not killing!


March 8
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Dept of Human Services
16th and Arch St
Philadelphia, PA United States
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