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NYC women’s march

Published May 3, 2012 10:19 PM
WW photo: Brenda Ryan

Young women turned out in droves for the Unite Against the War on Women march and rally on April 28 in New York. Gathering at the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, where 146 mostly young immigrant women died in a disastrous fire in 1911, they joined veterans of the movement for reproductive justice, the Equal Rights Amendment and a multinational contingent from National Advocates for Pregnant Women.

A May Day leaflet handed out by the International Action Center got a great response, with at least three-quarters of the crowd of several hundred saying they planned to attend. One of the signs of the Women’s Fightback Network attracted attention: demanding justice for Marissa Alexander, the young African-American mother of three who defended herself in her own home against an abusive husband and now faces a possible 20-year prison sentence in “Stand Your Ground” Florida. Copies of the May 3 issue of Workers World were handed out with an article detailing the racist, sexist double standard applied in this case by State Attorney Angela Corey, who is special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin murder case.

Desiree Jordan is seen here (wearing the hat) leading the march to Foley Square, where a rally was held. Along with unitewomen.org co-founder Karen Teagarden, Jordan organized the national day of protest primarily via social media over the last 10 weeks.