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
“$billions for war and not a dollar for a child!”
Global Women Strike (GWS): firstname.lastname@example.org 215-848-1120
|ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S STRIKE (IWS)
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.