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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 March 2020
Socialist Party join International Women's Day protests in London
- Organisers divide and weaken fightback
Women's strike London March 2020 (Click to enlarge)
Isai Priya, London Socialist Party
The Socialist Party joined protests organised for International Women's Day in London. We took part in Million Women Rise and the London Women's Strike.
We gave out leaflets opposing cuts to services, proposing a socialist programme to fight women's oppression, and a statement from the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) - the socialist international organisation the Socialist Party is part of.
We also advertised our protest for Tory budget day. Our materials were well received but the organisers weren't too pleased with us being there.
Million Women Rise was advertised as a young girls and women-only march. We don't agree with this approach.
We met one teenage man who was unsure if he could join the protest. He wanted to march in solidarity with his sister, who was killed by domestic violence.
The approach by the protest organisers not only divides and weakens the march, but fundamentally doesn't understand why women are oppressed and how to fight it.
At the protests, we sold the Socialist newspaper which carried articles explaining this. We also had articles in the Socialist on sexual harassment, abortion rights, refuge cuts, the role of the unions and the need for socialism.
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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
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In The Socialist 11 March 2020:
Coronavirus: Full NHS funding now
Coronavirus infects the world economy
Flybe collapse: nationalise to save jobs threatened by Covid-19 and downturn
Coronavirus: international cooperation needed, not capitalist competition
Supermarkets are ruled by profit - unions should control supply limits
For full pay during isolation: for public health as well as workers' wallets
Self-isolation patients speak: NHS facilities and advice not up to it
Italy on lockdown: lack of resources and democracy causes panic
South Korea shows capitalism has money to respond to coronavirus
Coronavirus news in brief
Domestic Violence bill: We still need to fight to save our services
News in brief
Postal workers mobilise to win strike reballot
Homerton Hospital workers fight for sick pay
Fighting to transform the union in my warehouse
Argos workers in Sainsbury's stores threatened with losing collective bargaining
Homeless charity workers to strike against intransigent management
Southampton trade unionists say "defend the right to strike!"
Strong support for PCS Broad Left Network
East London uni and bin worker strikes
How can Trump be ousted from the White House?
Campaigns and party news
Salford 'no-cuts' budget includes cuts and tax rises
Stoke council unions beat pay cuts - now let's stop all cuts
Is there an anti-cuts rebellion in Scotland?
Socialist Party joins International Women's Day protests
Housing workers explain reality to idiot Boris Johnson
Swansea: Ask anyone about state of services, you will hear the real story
Camarthenshire: Councillors' 'walk of shame'
Student occupation in support of striking workers
Selling the Socialist
Socialist Party executive committee positions
Greece-Turkey border refugee crisis
Women's and trans rights
Women's rights, trans rights and the labour movement
Film: Greed directed by Michael Winterbottom
Childcare - costly, inadequate and hard work
Book: Why you should be a trade unionist by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey
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