This year, activists working for women’s rights in Seattle will join a global movement as they celebrate International Women’s Day 2010 as part of the World March of Women. In solidarity with women around the world, a broad coalition of local progressive and feminist groups has planned a march and rally on Saturday, March 6 and a community celebration on the evening of Monday, March 8.

Organizers invite all who are concerned with protecting human rights and promoting justice and peace to gather at noon at Powell Barnett Park (Martin Luther King Way and Alder St., just south of Cherry St.) and proceed down Jackson St. to a rally in Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park. On the way, they will stop at a number of sites that highlight Seattle’s direct connection to the issues at the heart of the World March of Women’s international protests—ending poverty, stopping violence against women and children, and opposing war and the continued militarization of society. There will be a bus for those who cannot walk all or part of the march.

The 2 pm rally at Occidental Park will feature thought-provoking entertainment and dynamic local social activists speaking on issues such as reproductive justice, immigrant rights, and the ways women can work together locally, nationally, and internationally.

On Monday, March 8, the celebration will continue at a community gathering from 7 to 9 pm at POCAAN, 1609 19th Ave. near Madison St. In a relaxed atmosphere, with refreshments and entertainment by local performers, organizers will honor the contributions of local activist women who have worked on social justice issues here in Seattle.

For more information, call 206 722 0729, email inter.womensday2010@gmail.com, or go to facebook.com Seattle International Women’s Day 2010. All events will be ASL interpreted.

Endorsers include: 2 Brown Chicks Family Farm, Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services, AFSC-PNW, Allyship, Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center, Chaya, Columbia City Community Acupuncture, Committee for Solidarity and Justice in Chile, Community Alliance for Global Justice, DAWN, Dyke Community Activists, Electrical Workers Minority Caucus-Seattle, Hermanas, Hidmo Community Empowerment Project, IBEW Local 46, Khmer in Action, King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ladies First-CARA, League of Women Voters, Legacy of Equality Leadership and Organizing, Mothers for Police Accountability, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Seattle, NW Network, October 22nd Coalition, Pacifika DesignsPinay Sa Seattle-GABRIELA USA, Puget Sound Older Lesbians Organizing for Change, Radical Women, Revolution Books Seattle, Rroma Against Racism, Sahnghoksoo, Seattle Gay News, Seattle Jewish Voices for Peace, Seattle National Organization for Women, Seattle Young People’s Project, Sistah 2 Sistah, Sisters in the Building Trades, Tet in Seattle, Urban Press, US Women and Cuba Collaboration, Vietnam Friendship Association, WHEEL, Women in Black Seattle, World Can’t Wait, and more.


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