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Get Involved: Actions, Gatherings, and Demonstrations for Today’s Day Without a Woman


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As mentioned earlier this morning, we’ll be focusing exclusively on the Day Without a Woman strike today, International Women’s Day. If you’re looking for ways to get involved, here are a few demonstrations or actions happening in major cities around the country.

While many folks are expecting the demonstrations, rallies, and marches to be peaceful, there is still the potential for things to escalate. That being said, if you haven’t checked out our protest primer, you should maybe give it a shot. It’s better to be over-prepared than under.

All times are local.

No matter where you are, you can participate in today’s strike by doing a few things, even if you have to work.

  • Avoid spending money in stores or online. Hitting them right where it hurts: the wallet. Part of a strike is making corporations and larger businesses feel the impact of the missing workforce. You can magnify that impact by also refusing to spend money at those businesses otherwise. If you must purchase something, see if you can’t seek out a business owned by women and patronize them instead.
  • Wear red. If you want to show solidarity with those marching or striking, wear red. Many of these tips and actions work for male allies as well, but wearing red is one super simple, easy way to show your support for those demonstrating today.

San Francisco, CA

  • The organizers behind the Women’s March Bay Area are planning a rally outside of San Francisco City Hall at 11:00am – 12:00pm.
  • A “Gender Strike” is organizing at 12:00pm in Justin Herman Plaza, then will march at 2:00pm to the ICE office downtown.

Oakland, CA

  • Women’s Strike Rally from 5pm – 9pm in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.

Los Angeles, CA

Seattle, WA

Portland, OR

New York City, NY

Boston, MA

These are just a few of the various things going on around the country. You can check out Heavy’s list for more, if your city isn’t listed here. The Women’s Strike U.S. organization’s page is also a great resource for just about every action going on today.

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