Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Struggle and Victories

In Celebration of 100 Years of Women’s Struggle and Victories, Women’s and Human Rights Activists Hold Press Conference TODAY, March 8th on Occasion of International Women’s Day to Urge Lawmakers to Reject Legislation Attacking Immigrant Women

Contact: Tonya Williams, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, tonya@sparkrj.org, (404) 532-0022

Azadeh Shahshahani, ACLU of Georgia, ashahshahani@acluga.org, (404) 574-0851

ATLANTA — On March 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., women’s rights and human rights activists will host a press conference/celebration in front of the State Capitol to celebrate 100 years of struggle led by immigrant women and call on law makers to reject legislation attacking immigrant women’s human rights.

The heroic strikes by women garment workers, mostly young immigrants, at the turn of the century electrified the world, and their efforts to win decent wages and working conditions were honored by establishing March 8 as International Working Women’s Day.

“The achievements of tens of millions of women at work, in their communities, families, organizations, and schools – today and over the decades – must not be ignored and disrespected by racially-biased, anti-immigrant legislation,” said Loretta Ross, a founder and the National Coordinator of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.  “As women from all backgrounds, we will gather at the Capitol to demand human rights for all women.”

WHAT:
Press conference on occasion of International Women’s Day to urge legislators to reject legislation attacking immigrant women.

WHO:

Alice Lovelace, American Friends Service Committee

Loretta Ross, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Adelina Nicholls, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

Sumaya Karimi Junaid, Refugee Women’s Network

Dianne Valentin, Georgia WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions)

Charmaine Davis, 9to5 Atlanta

America Gruner, CLILA/Georgia Detention Watch

Dianne Mathiowetz, International Action Center

Amita Rao, Raksha

Tricia Sung, OCA – Georgia Chapter

Tonya Williams, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW

Maria Azuri, Feminist Women’s Health Center

Gabbie McGee, jazz and soul vocalist

women drummers, and more…

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
11:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Outside the Georgia State Capitol, Washington Street side

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