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GABRIELA-Los Angeles Rallies for International Women’s Strike: Value Women’s Lives, Our Children, Our Work, Our Planet & End War, Racism, Poverty!
Los Angeles — GABRIELA-Los Angeles, a chapter of the progressive grassroots international Filipino women’s alliance, will join the International Women’s Strike on Saturday, March 7, at 12:00PM on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and Hoover St to call attention to issues largely ignored by popular women’s movements like the Women’s March or #MeToo.
International Women’s Strike is a global movement that coincides with International Working Women’s Day. As part of mobilizations actions taking place throughout the world, the International Women’s Day Rally in Los Angeles is planned by a cross-movement multiracial team of women across the city, representing a range of grassroots organizations and networks, from Black Lives Matter-LA, ANSWER-LA, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders, and more.
Along with other Los Angeles grassroots organizations, GABRIELA-Los Angeles will be calling attention to: the violence, murder and disappearance of indigenous, trans, and Black women on US soil, the Philippines, and all over the globe; US-led war besieging Iran, indigenous and human rights workers in the Philippines, and elsewhere; state repression of families at the U.S.-Mexico border and the illegal arrest of women activists in the Philippines; and the increasing destruction of the environment facilitated by the U.S. government in indigenous territory and the Philippine government in Mindanao.
The following is a statement from GABRIELA-Los Angeles:
“We as GABRIELA urge the public to remember the working-class origins of International Working Women’s Day. Born out of a strike by thousands of women garment workers in New York City in February 1908, the holiday has always been defined by the militant resistance of working women.
“On this day, we raise up the struggle of working women and their families. This strike is for those whose voices have been left out of mainstream women's movements—migrant mothers at the border facing state and sexual violence, missing and murdered Indigenous women, poor trans women of color, women abroad facing war and sexual violence because of US militarization.
“Today, working women and their families still bear the costs and impacts of a system that profit from the exploitation of the majority. The US has spent $11 billion on the border wall while child detention centers cost $775 per child per day, lining the pockets of private contractors like the notorious Geo Group and CoreCivic. We spend $686 billion on wars abroad and nearly $1.2 billion on Los Angeles police that target poor communities of color.
“Compare LA city’s $1.2 billion on police to its $774 million on homelessness, which has ballooned to 36,600 people in 2019, in a county where nearly half of residents pay 50 percent of their income on rent. It’s unconscionable.
“The US has spent half a billion dollars funding the fascist regime in the Philippines since 2016, supporting increased militarization and extrajudicial killings that leave women and children to support themselves in the midst of loss. Furthermore, the Duterte regime has continued to attack human rights defenders and target Filipino women activists, like U.S. citizen Brandon Lee and the still-illegally detained Tacloban 5.
GABRIELA-Los Angeles calls on everyone to echo the following:
Activism is not terrorism! Aktibismo ay hindi terorismo!
Defend Filipino Women, Defend GABRIELA!
Stop the attacks on Filipino women! Stop the attacks on the Filipino people!
Hands off Gabriela!
GABRIELA-Los Angeles is a grassroots organization of Filipinas fighting for the rights of people in the Los Angeles community through education, organizing, campaigns, and cultural work.
We strive to build a mass movement recognizing that the problems Filipinos face are linked to the root problems of the Philippines.