Above: #Strike4Repeal call-out for International Women’s Day 2017. #repealthe8th
After a weekend where millions around the world followed women in protest against Trump, there’s been a bit of a racket on the Irish social meeja about a #strike4repeal
A facebuke page appeared last night issuing a call-out for a non-traditional #strike4repeal in Ireland on Wednesday the 8th of March, which is of course International Women’s Day. They released the below launch statement this morning with the event page. Organizers say if your crew want to add their name to the call, you should msg them on fb or drop them an email at email@example.com.
We are an ad-hoc, non-affiliated group of activists, academics, artists and trade unionists preparing a nationwide Strike for Repeal on the 8th of March 2017.
Our demand is that the Irish government call a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment by the 8th of March. If not, Ireland will strike.
The strike will not be an industrial strike in the traditional sense but could include taking an annual leave day off work, refraining from domestic work for the day, wearing black in solidarity or staging a walkout during your lunch break. We encourage business owners to consider closing their services for all or part of the day as a solidarity action.
Spokesperson Avril Corroon says “We share the concern of many pro-choice groups that the Citizen’s Assembly is no more than a hollow pretense of progress. It is the latest in years’ worth of attempts to delay the undeniable movement in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment.”
Aoife Frances says “We call upon the Government to take direct responsibility for what is a violation of human rights. We believe a national strike is not only possible, but an incredible opportunity to show the sheer power of our movement, and to put pressure on the government to call a referendum. In the past 5 years, support for repeal has grown to a level that the government can no longer ignore.”
The following groups have signed on to support the strike so far with more to follow:
Abortion Rights Campaign Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment AIMS Ireland Repeal the 8th Sligo Abortion Rights Campaign Mayo Pro Choice Parents For Choice Rally for Choice Strike 4 Repeal Belfast Outhouse Women on Web Anti Racism Network Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland (MASI) Trinity College Strike 4 Repeal NUIM Feminist Society NUIG Feminist Society NCAD Feminist Society Limerick Feminist Network Sex Workers Alliance Ireland Repeal Global Dziewuchy Dziewuchom Ireland People Before Profit Pro Choice Need Abortion Ireland Community Solidarity
Impressive list all the same, that. Make it wildcat, see yiz on the 8th.