New Paltz Women in Black and various campus groups will march along Main Street on Saturday, March 9 to celebrate International Women’s Day. The action will celebrate the many advances women have won through struggle and signal the hard work needed to eliminate the remaining obstacles to full equality.
International Women’s Day is a day of solidarity for working women that is celebrated all over the world. It was originally inspired by strikes staged by women garment workers, many of them immigrants, in New York City more than 100 years ago.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. in front of Elting Memorial Library, at 93 Main Street in New Paltz and participants will march to Water Street Market, accompanied by the spirited sounds of the local activist brass band Tin Horn Uprising.
Co-sponsoring organizations are invited to address the crowd briefly before the march takes off and to bring signs and chants that represent their groups.
The action calls for an end to violence against women and all vulnerable and marginalized members of society. Men are invited to join the parade in solidarity with women’s struggles for their full human rights.
For more information about International Women’s Day, contact Donna Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org.