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