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    Just thought everybody should know about this. Please forward to everyone you know. Thank you. Jenny In a message dated 1/21/00 4:31:04 AM Mountain Standard
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      Just thought everybody should know about this. Please forward to everyone you
      know. Thank you. Jenny


      In a message dated 1/21/00 4:31:04 AM Mountain Standard Time,
      goddess-activists@onelist.com writes:

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      Message: 1
      Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 13:27:30 -0500
      From: "Miriam Jones" <mcjones@...>
      Subject: FW: Re Global Women's Strike

      Hey -- what do we feel about each of us getting this information to, say, 20
      women?

      Again, thanks StarSinger for this initial info!

      Miriam
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      From: Women's Strike <womenstrike8m@...>
      To: mcjones@...
      Subject: Re Global Women's Strike
      Date: Sat, Jan 17, 2009, 10:01 PM


      18 January 2000

      Dear Miriam Jones,

      Thank you for your e-mail. We are definitely looking to work in coalition
      with groups on the Global Women's Strike on 8 March which was initially
      called by women in Ireland. If you are part of one or more organisation(s)
      it would be great if you could organise something for the Strike. We are
      sending you a mailing about the Strike which includes its aims and
      principles. We hope you also received the Updates we sent you. We're
      delighted that so many women have responded and are circulating information
      to their friends, organisations and networks.

      What we need from you, is the village, town or city and country you are
      writing from, so if there are other active women in your area (and/or
      supportive men) you can be in touch with each other. Please let us know as
      soon as possible whether we can pass on your e-mail to others in your area
      who contact us. And let us know if you plan to do anything for the Strike
      which we will put in the next Update!

      More information about the Strike on our website
      <http://womenstrike8m.server101.com>

      We look forward to keeping in touch,

      Power to the sisters,

      Didi, Kay, Lisa, Nina, Selma
      Update working group, London, England


      _____________________________________________________________


      WOMEN'S GLOBAL STRIKE 8 March 2000 -- UPDATE 2 -- 13 January 2000

      Happy New Year 2000 -- It's going to be a striking one! E-mails are
      arriving fast from all around the world with women's reasons, demands and
      suggestions for going on Strike. Please let us know responses to your
      raising and discussing the Strike, what your plans are and any media
      coverage you're already getting.

      From SPAIN:
      Barcelona -- weekly meetings and working sessions to co-ordinate the Strike
      in Spain. Information is being circulated via mailings, e-mail, speaking
      events and meetings. To date we're working with trade unions, feminists
      co-ordinating the march called by Quebec, Canada, church volunteers,
      immigrant women, lesbian women, childcare workers, social workers,
      university staff...
      Media: women in the European and Latin American Network of Pirate Radios
      (Women Creating Communication Spaces) are circulating a tape in Spanish with
      a jingle (2 min) and a radio programme of interviews of people saying why
      they support the strike (1 hour).
      Trade Unions: some have started to take up the call for the Strike proposing
      a one hour stop and/or incorporating it into their 8 March events.
      Church: groups have been written to explaining why it is important for
      religious and non-religious women to support the strike.
      Men: a number of men have been in touch offering donations and/or asking for
      information about how to support.
      Zaragoza: the Colectivo Ruda have called a meeting on Tues 18 January for
      women's groups and trade unions to organize for the strike.

      From the PHILLIPINES:
      We have organized a meeting with several NGOs. Many of them were convinced
      this action was long overdue and most of them pledged to do all that they
      can. Our plans include: 1) Publicize the strike and its objectives on
      radio, television, print and internet. 2) Organize a speakers' bureau. 3)
      Organize a lobby to get the President to issue a presidential proclamation
      making March 8, Women's Day, a paid non-working day. 4) Make the day a "No
      Housework Day" for women. Organize women's parties, picnics, etc. in
      communities and villages so women enjoy themselves to send the message that
      they have had enough of overwork and need time for themselves. 5) Make the
      day a "No Shopping Day" as a way of protesting the way the consumer
      industry, the health industry included, has made profits and taken over the
      lives of women. 6) Establish a network to carry on the objectives of the
      strike even after this is over.
      For each planned activity, there are NGOs assigned to coordinate it and to
      link it up with the other activities. The Foundation for Huwomanity-Centred
      Development (FHCD) was asked to act as Secretariat for the activities. We
      were deluged by calls from interested women and groups. We have sent out a
      call for volunteers to help.

      From the USA:
      There is now talk of an hour-long strike of trade union women from coast to
      coast in the USA. Women know we're entitled to pay equity and without it we
      give an extra subsidy to employers every day we work for them. A great pay
      equity petition, which union women are already endorsing, will soon be
      launched by the Wages for Housework Campaign. But is it enough to demand
      pay equity with men in one country? Can we allow US and other
      multinationals -- which pay women less than men in their base country -- to
      pay women in other countries far less for the same or even more intense
      work? Globalisation is clearly pulling women's wages down. How about using
      globalisation to pull them UP! We want pay equity not only in one country
      but in the world. We must make multinationals pay the same rate for the job
      wherever they invest. After all, their managers and contractors are paid US
      or European wages in dollars whatever country they work in, why not the rest
      of us? Wherever we work, we're giving the same eight or more hours of our
      lives. We can never get that time back, so at least we should get some
      decent money in return. Anyone who seriously wants to end poverty has to
      agree that this is a major step to undermine the poverty of the poorest
      women and therefore also the children who depend on us.

      We can use the Global Women's Strike to make clear that that's what women
      are demanding wherever we are, in both industrial and non-industrial
      countries. The Third World has been the exploitation playground of the
      multinationals to divide us and force us to fight over the same jobs, so we
      are paid the least everywhere, especially to women. We can begin to reverse
      that by demanding Global Pay Equity. Then stage two of the Battle of
      Seattle against the World Trade Organisation, which fronts for the
      multinationals, will be the Battle for Global Pay Equity for women. And if
      men want the same global pay equity with us, we say, What a good idea!
      We'll support you if you support us.

      SINCE DECEMBER WE HAVE HEARD FROM WOMEN IN:
      ALBANIA, Tirana -- promoting the Strike there and in Kosovo, translating
      radio jingle and leaflet into Albanian, asking if anyone can translate into
      Macedonian, Serbo-croatian or Serbian.
      AUSTRALIA, Brisbane -- women's weekly radio Megaherz community radio 4ZzZ
      wants contacts to interview for the Strike.
      BURKINA FASSO -- calling a workshop to mobilise women. "In my town all women
      are involved in small businesses from 8-11 in the morning. What they make
      from selling at the market allows them to buy food. Most are illiterate."
      (See demands.)
      ENGLAND -- University of Exeter, Guild Communications Officer and National
      Women's Committee.
      London SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) students will be
      holding regular Strike stalls on campus. International Campaign in Defence
      of Women's Rights in Iran, The Middle Eastern Centre for Women's Studies,
      Medusa socialist Women magazine are joining.
      Trade union UNISON (Housing Association Branch) discussing model
      resolution - watch the website for more details.
      CAMEROON, Yaounde -- NGO AFEDYCAM wants to come to London to participate in
      Strike.
      CANADA -- Status of Women Canada.
      Alberta, Calgary Revolutionary Anarchist Kollective (RKA) joining.
      Montreal -- CDEACF Information Centre on Women's situation and adult
      education. Ontario, Haldimand-Norfolk region. Kingston -- Raging
      Grannies striking on the 8th, sent a song to the tune of: "Put Your Arms
      Around Me, Honey, Hold Me Tight" (from the 1900's) with promises of more to
      come. "Women of the world, Let us throw off our chains, Let us have a taste
      of economic gains. Oh, oh, March 8 we will strike, With all women we'll
      unite. We want women's work made a priority, International Women's Day, a
      holiday. Oh,oh, housework done for pay, Third World debt cancelled today.
      Celebrate the women who are in your life, Mother ,sister, granny, auntie,
      Daughter, wife. Oh, oh, I always knew, What a woman could do!"
      Toronto -- Human Rights Project at Low Income Families Together.
      Vancouver -- leaflet now translated into Farsi (Persian) and publicised in
      Iranian press, and media in Vancouver.
      CHILE -- Democratic Party Youth manager working with a group of housewives.
      Valparaiso -- comments about the Chilean election and the difficulty to vote
      when there isn't much difference between the candidates.
      ECUADOR -- National Council of Women welcomes the Strike: "It couldn't have
      come at a better time as we're having conferences to discuss waged and
      unwaged domestic work and want to connect it to social security [welfare and
      pensions]." Ecuador is the first country we know of whose constitution
      recognises unwaged housework as productive.
      GREECE -- Non Aligned Women's Movement can't organise a strike but will take
      part in other ways - translating, circulating and publicizing information.
      KURDISTAN -- Kyrgyz Committee for Human Rights, whose membership is mostly
      women, also joining.
      MEXICO, San Luis (see demand below).
      THE NETHERLANDS, Ospel and Biddinghuizen.
      PAKISTAN, Quetta -- Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
      sent information about a thousand women and girls participating in
      demonstrations in Islamabad on International Human Rights Day.
      PERU, Lima -- Centro de Capacitacion de Trabajdoras del Hogar (Centre for
      the Empowerment of Domestic Workers) publicising Strike on their daily
      community radio programme, discussing what actions to take. Greetings form
      the Andes Centre for Education and Promotion which will distribute
      information to Indigenous women in Cusco, the National Network for the
      Promotion of Women and the National Network for Rural Women.
      PUERTO RICO -- see demand about Vieques Island below.
      RWANDA, Kigali -- Prefed Regional Programme for Development Training and
      Exchanges.
      SENEGAL -- Association for the Promotion of Senegalese Women will be sending
      their demands and their proposed actions.
      SPAIN, Basque Country -- want more information about Ireland and Wages for
      Housework.
      Barcelona -- Social Theatre group working for the abolition of Third World
      debt and against immigration controls, wants to support the Strike. Faculty
      of Biology, Barcelona University, meeting and putting together proposals
      from different collectives and women, will distribute and circulate
      information.
      SWEDEN, Gothenburg.
      SWITZERLAND, Bern -- Feminist Coalition Switzerland.
      TAIWAN, Taipei -- will be holding a Strike.
      USA, Colorado, Florida, Los Angeles -- man from KPFK Pacifica Radio &
      microradio "radio clandestina" wants to do interviews with women for March
      8.
      New Mexico -- posted information on several women's web sites...will play
      the jingle on 24 hour a day women's radio show on the Internet.
      New Orleans (see demand below).
      New York -- "I have thought of this thing over and over...what would happen
      if every woman in the world refused to go to work due to the discrimination
      and harassment we receive every day?... glad to do something however small"
      Ohio
      San Diego -- woman from Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in
      Space returning from WTO in Seattle sends news and congratulations for the
      Strike, and an article about the Battle of Seattle which we quote from
      below. She is glad to see our figures on military spending and asks why
      they are not in our demands. All our demands are based on changing
      priorities FROM WAR TO LIFE AND THE CARERS OF LIFE.
      Washington, Thurston County -- National Organisation of Women (NOW).
      Washington, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
      pledge support, will incorporate Strike in their 85th celebrations this
      year.
      St. Louis -- University Hospital "I can't effectively strike since I have
      direct patient responsibility in my paid job and don't have unpaid care
      responsibility at home." What about circulating information to patients and
      staff and getting their comments? In Britain cuts to health services are
      killing patients, older people are being refused care and starved to death.
      A strike by staff with the support of patients would help to put an end to
      this murder.
      WALES, Gwynnyd (see demand below).

      WHERE ARE YOU? Reporter for magazine Planeta Humano (Human Planet) thinks
      Strike is a very good idea, wants to report about it.
      Koop 91.7 Community Radio (somewhere in the world) is announcing the Strike
      on their news.

      MEN ARE ALSO INVOLVED Payday men's network have issued a statement (shortly
      on Website) and is asking all men supporting the Strike to send a message
      explaining why and what they will be doing. They are asking men to donate
      time and money for the Strike.

      DON'T FORGET TO LET US KNOW WHAT COUNTRY AND CITY TOWN OR VILLAGE YOU ARE
      FROM.

      ==================================================================

      REASONS AND DEMANDS FROM WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD

      BURKINA FASSO "Women are not allowed to make decisions in the home. When
      children want to get married only the father's decision counts." "Women are
      an object of pleasure. We make love willingly or unwillingly, without
      pleasure." A nurse. "Single women are given no value." "Women are not
      allowed to carry out any project even if we have the means to." "Women
      civil servants have little time to look after our babies -- one hour a day.
      More time for breastfeeding." "Men continue to make women suffer. Beatings,
      denial of responsibility. Women are denied the right to speak. The
      suffering of a polygamous."

      CANADA "When women's work is recognised it will be the end of racial and
      sexual discrimination. All discrimination among human beings is based on
      discrimination against women." "Solidarity for all women in the world who
      have to live on the planet without having their rights recognised - a
      monstrous injustice." Montreal "For on-site licensed childcare at
      worksites, flexible work hours for mothers, options for well paid non
      sweatshop work from home offices, tax benefits for having and raising
      children." Vancouver "No corporate rights without human rights." Toronto

      ENGLAND "To support my sisters around the world and for myself. We do the
      world's work while big business profits and wrecks the planet. I am also
      striking as a worker in Haringey Council, we're protesting against cuts in
      our wages, conditions and services." London

      MEXICO "The work housewives do in the home must be recognised in some way.
      For example, here in San Luis it is important to fight for the same rights
      to your things when you separate in marriage or at least to give the wife a
      decent wage for her work as a wife, mother and housewife. Most women are
      left without anything, having to support their children."

      PUERTO RICO "Full participation in decision making. Women must decide
      about social change. In particular, the US military base in the Vieques
      Island must go. High incidences of cancer. Women and girls have reported
      assaults by US marines including sexual assault and rapes. Peace is not a

      privilege it is a right." Vieques Island

      SPAIN "Either we change the world this century or never. Either we change
      it this decade or we'll be left without the forests, without indigenous
      people in Chiapas, without fertile land to cultivate. We don't appear in
      the history books even though we are the real protagonists." University of
      Barcelona. "I have worked all my life, raising two daughters and a son,
      looking after my parents in my home and my mother in law until she died.
      Today my years of waged work do not afford me a dignified old age." "So
      that we are not punished for choosing to stay home and raise our children -
      even when we are professional women with university degrees - in order to
      contribute better human beings to society." "Because women are a high
      percentage in the Church."
      "Breast milk should be part of national accounts, subsidies for
      breastfeeding mothers, mothers at home and all mothers in general."

      USA "I work full time raising four boys with little or no help from my
      husband. Also taking care of my father in law during his final days. For
      this I get no gratitude, no time, no help. I think it is about time that a
      woman's thankless job becomes widely recognised. It is time for the men of
      the world to stand up and take notice that without our work they would have
      nothing." Florida. "Stop the violence towards women ... we will not be
      victimised any longer." Minneapolis "Single mother working for poverty
      wages -- going on Strike on behalf of working mothers everywhere so that we
      can be respected." "To support all women everywhere in this cause. I want
      recognition that my family children are my first priority over my job. I'm
      in middle management and have just been told that my child having needs is
      no excuse for me to work at home occasionally." "I'm a cultural refugee -
      my country refuses to show my work officially." New York City "Even women
      bosses have been brainwashed into treating their female employees like
      second-hand trash. My demand is for a four day work week for mothers with
      children over two years of age and a three day work week for those with
      children under two years of age; six to ten months maternity leave option
      without loss of positions -- women are contributing the generation that will
      take care of our bosses in their elder years!" "Insurance and health care
      available to all. Childcare provided at places of employment. Childcare
      paid on time and in full. Contraception and reproductive rights for women
      world-wide." New Orleans "Immediate steps to be taken to begin cuts in
      military spending, starting with at least 15% now and in each subsequent
      year, towards the objective of total disarmament, and increased investments
      in education, sanitation, health and housing. Disappointment that many women
      who have risen in the hierarchy are not representing women and their real
      needs and aspirations." WILPF "At my university male peers pretend to be
      expert critics of females' work, especially in the arts. Female opinions
      are put down. That my contributions be considered and position of authority
      respected. That men not use women as pawns for their own male-solidarity."
      St Louis "Suggestion: A month without feeding, sex, and laundry. Women
      who live with men in marriage situations should symbolically move out and
      live with other women for the duration of the Strike. That the Goddess and
      the sacredness of all women be returned at once to the consciousness of all
      humans on the planet." "A mother of two may lose her children because she
      works to support them -- stay on welfare or lose your kids! [Comment: But
      mothers on welfare are forced into workfare, leaving their kids for low paid
      highly exploitative jobs. Every mother is a working mother -- we all must
      have the choice and the financial means to decide whether or not to go out
      to work!]

      WALES "Compensation for injuries due to domestic violence was ignored by
      the police even after being reported repeatedly." Gwynnyd
      ==================================================================

      THE BATTLE OF SEATTLE
      "What was missing in most of the national coverage of the Seattle event, was
      the vast educational aspect of the WTO protests. Incredible, almost
      flawless grassroots organising provided tens of thousands of people with an
      extraordinary week of free non-stop panels and discussions. These were held
      in the many churches in which hundreds of speakers shared their expertise
      about the WTO. The most dramatic exercise of democracy ever!... an
      extraordinary mood of unity among such diverse groups from many countries
      who participated in panels, joined the peaceful marches and shared their
      personal experiences of the effect of WTO "free trade" policies. ... The WTO
      primary function is not trade but the guarantee of unlimited free rights of
      multinational corporations to impose their dominance on the global
      economy.... The WTO is based on the premise that the only legitimate role
      for governments is to provide for a military and a police force. Over the
      past few years there has been exponential growth in military research,
      development and deployment especially in the US ... without public
      discussion or approval ... The US sells more weapons to the developing world
      than all other nations combined. 85% of those weapons go to non-democratic
      and human rights abusing nations." [Comment: You don't mention women. Yet
      women were at Seattle in great numbers and are often the majority in human
      rights organisations, and even when we are not we seem to do most of the
      work and get the least visibility.] Urges people to join the Global Action
      to Stop Militariation in Space.
      ==================================================================
      Note from E-mailer: If you go to the Hunger Site at the UN and click a
      button somewhere in the world some hungry person gets a meal to eat paid for
      by corporate sponsors -- one click per day allowed.

      ==================================================================

      SUGGESTIONS for what you can do between now and Strike day!
      Publicity is the key to success -- the more women know about the Strike the
      more will participate and the more those who do will feel able to take time
      off, publicly or privately, with others or alone, from work outside and
      inside the home.

      ASK LOCAL PAPERS TO TAKE FREE LISTINGS TO ADVERTISE THE STRIKE OR DO A
      WEEKLY COLUMN UPDATING ON ACTIVITIES IN YOUR AREA

      REMEMBER TO ORDER YOUR T-SHIRT, BADGE, POSTCARD.

      VISIT THE STRIKE WEBSITE <http://womenstrike8m.server101.com>

      MONEY, MONEY, MONEY We're still desperate for help with the cost of all the
      leaflets and mailings. Please send donations in �s to the UK, in $s to the
      US, addressed to Women's Strike Fund.

      Contact addresses;
      England: International Wages for Housework Campaign, Crossroads Women's
      Centre,
      PO Box 287, London NW6 5QU Tel: 0207 482 2496 minicom/voice Fax: 0207 209
      4761
      E-mail: womenstrike8m@...

      Ireland: International Women Count Network, 10 St Bridget's Place Lower,
      Galway, Ireland E-mail: margaretta@...

      Spain: Mujeres por el Salario para el Trabajo sin Sueldo, Apartado 109,
      08080, Barcelona
      Tel/fax: (93) 318 08 02 E-mail: womenstrike8m@...

      USA: International Wages for Housework Campaign
      PO Box 86681, Los Angeles CA 90086 Tel/fax: 323-292 7405
      PO Box 11795, Philadelphia PA 19101 Tel: 215-848 1120 Fax: 215-848 1130
      PO Box 14512, San Francisco CA 94114 Tel/fax: 415-626 4114
      E-mail: womenstrike8m@...



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