So it’s the #DayWithoutAWoman

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So it's the #DayWithoutAWoman

First a lit­tle his­tory on the date’s Lenin­ist origin:

1917
On the last Sun­day of Feb­ru­ary, Russ­ian women began a strike for “bread and peace” in response to the death of over 2 mil­lion Russ­ian sol­diers in World War 1. Opposed by polit­i­cal lead­ers, the women con­tin­ued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdi­cate and the pro­vi­sional Gov­ern­ment granted women the right to vote. The date the women’s strike com­menced was Sun­day 23 Feb­ru­ary on the Julian cal­en­dar then in use in Rus­sia. This day on the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar in use else­where was 8 March.

The United Nations first cel­e­brated Inter­na­tional Women’s Day in 1975.

Fast-​forward to today’s Day With­out A Woman:

In the same spirit of love and lib­er­a­tion that inspired the Women’s March, we join together in mak­ing March 8th A Day With­out a Woman, rec­og­niz­ing the enor­mous value that women of all back­grounds add to our socio-​economic sys­tem – while receiv­ing lower wages and expe­ri­enc­ing greater inequities, vul­ner­a­bil­ity to dis­crim­i­na­tion, sex­ual harass­ment, and job inse­cu­rity. We rec­og­nize that trans and gen­der non­con­form­ing peo­ple face height­ened lev­els of dis­crim­i­na­tion, social oppres­sion and polit­i­cal tar­get­ing. We believe in gen­der justice.

Loyal to its Com­mu­nist roots, the web­site uses the appro­pri­ate font,

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The orga­niz­ers are call­ing for a one-​day strike, by those who can afford it: Women who can afford it because they have enough funds they don’t need a day’s pay (or longer, as they may risk get­ting fired for miss­ing work), or they are backed by a union whose lead­ers go for this one-​day strike.

For instance, a teach­ers’ union:

Fifteen-​thousand pub­lic school chil­dren are being kept out of their class­rooms in Alexan­dria, Vir­ginia, on Wednes­day. They’re not sick. Their schools are not being ren­o­vated. Noth­ing is wrong with the schools at all. Rather, a group of teach­ers decided they’d rather engage in polit­i­cal protest than do their jobs, shut­ting down the entire school sys­tem and leav­ing work­ing moms and dads scram­bling to make arrangements.

In the same spirit of love and lib­er­a­tion” call­ing for an identity-​politics day strike, we can­not ignore the fact that

One of the women issu­ing the call was the vir­u­lently anti-​Israel activist Angela Davis, for­mer leader of the Com­mu­nist Party USA and Black Panther.

Another was con­victed ter­ror­ist Ras­mea Odeh, who served 10 years in Israeli prison for the 1969 Super­Sol super­mar­ket bomb­ing that killed Edward Joffe and Leon Kan­ner. See the back­ground on Ras­mea in the post On March 8, remem­ber vic­tims of #Day­With­outA­Woman co-​organizer Ras­mea Odeh (#Day­With­out­Ed­war­dan­dLeon).

Addi­tion­ally, William Jacob­son points out,

The Inter­na­tional Women’s Strike is a sub­terfuge to nor­mal­ize an anti-​Israel plat­form, much like hap­pened with the Move­ment for Black Lives plat­form. It is part of a con­certed effort to turn unre­lated protest move­ments against Israel, If you are sur­prised #Black­Lives­Mat­ter joined war on Israel, you haven’t been pay­ing attention

Look, if you want and can afford to spend the day goof­ing off and demon­strat­ing with Our Ladies of Per­pet­ual Out­rage™, knock your­self out. Do it while being aware of who’s behind all this.

In Carmela Soprano’s shrink’s words, “One thing you can never say: That you haven’t been told.”

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog.

First a little history on the date’s Leninist origin:

1917
On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for “bread and peace” in response to the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers in World War 1. Opposed by political leaders, the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The date the women’s strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere was 8 March.

The United Nations first celebrated International Women’s Day in 1975.

Fast-forward to today’s Day Without A Woman:

In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women’s March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. We recognize that trans and gender nonconforming people face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting. We believe in gender justice.

Loyal to its Communist roots, the website uses the appropriate font,

Like something out of The People’s Cube

The organizers are calling for a one-day strike, by those who can afford it: Women who can afford it because they have enough funds they don’t need a day’s pay (or longer, as they may risk getting fired for missing work), or they are backed by a union whose leaders go for this one-day strike.

For instance, a teachers’ union:

Fifteen-thousand public school children are being kept out of their classrooms in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday. They’re not sick. Their schools are not being renovated. Nothing is wrong with the schools at all. Rather, a group of teachers decided they’d rather engage in political protest than do their jobs, shutting down the entire school system and leaving working moms and dads scrambling to make arrangements.

“In the same spirit of love and liberation” calling for an identity-politics day strike, we cannot ignore the fact that

One of the women issuing the call was the virulently anti-Israel activist Angela Davis, former leader of the Communist Party USA and Black Panther.

Another was convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh, who served 10 years in Israeli prison for the 1969 SuperSol supermarket bombing that killed Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner. See the background on Rasmea in the post  On March 8, remember victims of #DayWithoutAWoman co-organizer Rasmea Odeh (#DayWithoutEdwardandLeon).

Additionally, William Jacobson points out,

The International Women’s Strike is a subterfuge to normalize an anti-Israel platform, much like happened with the Movement for Black Lives platform. It is part of a concerted effort to turn unrelated protest movements against Israel, If you are surprised #BlackLivesMatter joined war on Israel, you haven’t been paying attention

Look, if you want and can afford to spend the day goofing off and demonstrating with Our Ladies of Perpetual Outrage™, knock yourself out. Do it while being aware of who’s behind all this.

In Carmela Soprano’s shrink’s words, “One thing you can never say: That you haven’t been told.”

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.