The Global Women's Strike at the new Crossroads Women's Center in Philadelphia welcomes you to an international and community gathering, online and in person, 9-11 June 2023.
FOR payment for those caring for and protecting people and the environment.
AGAINST poverty, child removal, criminalization, rape, domestic & state violence, sexism, racism & discrimination of all kinds, deportation, war...
5011 Wayne Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144, US
Some events online
Sliding scale for events, no one turned away
Spanish Interpretation / Interpretación en español
Friday 9 June
10 am-4pm, Workshop: How nature regulates the climate and how natural farming can help with Didi Pershouse and lessons from women's self-help groups in Andhra Pradesh, India
5-7pm, Grand Opening and half a century of archives with Selma James, Margaret Prescod and others.
Saturday 10 June
Morning: Take away our poverty, not our children
Afternoon: End criminalization of poverty and protest
Sunday 11 June
Morning: Autonomy, central to organizing and unity
Afternoon: A Care Income – a movement whose time has come
Each of the four panels on Saturday and Sunday will be followed by a longer workshop which will give participants the chance to discuss with each other the organizing we are doing, the obstacles we face, our successes and how we can be a strength for each other across the divides of sectors and movements.
>>> National and International participants
Selma James is founder of the International Wages for Housework Campaign and coordinator of Global Women’s Strike, which campaigns for a care income for all those caring for people, the land and the natural world. She is the author of numerous feminist classics including Sex, Race and Class and Our Times is Now (Vol II). She is the widow of CLR James and lives in London.
Margaret Prescod is the co-founder of International Black Women for Wages for Housework and coordinator of Women of Color in the Global Women's Strike. She is the author of Black Women Bringing It All Back Home and a journalist, and host/producer of the Sojourner Truth radio program out of KPFK, Los Angeles, syndicated in cities and towns across the US and streaming worldwide on Soundcloud. Margaret founded the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.
Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function. She founded the Land and Leadership Initiative, and develops the participatory training materials for the Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming Initiative in India.
Pranom Somwong (Bee) works with Protection International (Thailand) providing security to human rights defenders, and is a founding member of the Community Women Human Rights Defenders Collective in Thailand, which represents 19 sectors of struggles for life, land and livelihoods, ranging from indigenous women, women with disability, sex workers, refugee women to women farmers. They work collectively for their rights and demand a care income to secure their lives and strengthen their movement against injustices including environmental destruction and corporate land grabbing.
Choosri Olakisis (Prueng) is a landless farmer, part of the Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand (SPFT) and a founding member of the Community WHRD Collective in Thailand. SPFT has been campaigning for the right to farmland since 2008. SPFT resists the country’s centralized land management system that has resulted in inequitable land distribution, concentrated in the hands of a few powerful owners, and inevitably in land conflicts. SPFT promotes natural farming and community land titles. Four SPFT leaders, two of whom were women, have been assassinated, others have been shot and injured during the struggle. Women Human Rights Defenders in Thailand face threats, violence, and additional risks such as sexual assaults.
Mr Charles Hector
Mr. Charles Hector is a Malaysian lawyer and human rights advocate. He was a member of the Malaysian Bar and instrumental in establishing legal aid for all and in ensuring the Bar to be involved in a variety of human rights issues by successfully moving a number of significant Motions that were adopted as Malaysian Bar Resolutions. Hector has been involved in a wide range of human rights issues, including ending the death penalty, freedom of assembly, urban settler rights, worker and trade union rights, women’s rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, land rights, administration of justice and migrant/refugee rights. Hector has faced judicial harassment for his work.
Melody Webb is a lawyer and director of the Washington DC-based Mother’s Outreach Network, a nonprofit advocacy organization that advances the inclusion and empowerment of Black mothers in the struggle for family preservation by transforming government income and child welfare laws, policies and practices from punitive to empowering. She is also the coordinator of the DC Guaranteed Income Coalition which seeks to pass a permanent guaranteed income for all in Washington, D.C., and to protect and strengthen the current social safety net through policies that advance economic mobility.
Dr. Bonita Lawrence
Dr. Bonita Lawrence is a professor in the Department of Humanities at York University and is a founding member of the Indigenous Studies program. She is of Mi’kmaq, Acadian, and English ancestry.
Leddy Mozombite Linares
Leddy Mozombite Linares is the General Secretary of the Domestic Workers' Union in Peru (SENTTRAHOP), and coordinator of the Global Women's Strike/Peru.
Peggy O’Mara is an award winning journalist. She was the Editor and Publisher of Mothering Magazine for over 30 years, "the magazine of natural family living". Mothering.com had 1.5 million viewers in the 90s before sold.
Niki Adams is a spokesperson for the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP).
Rachel West is a spokesperson for the US PROStitutes Collective based in San Francisco. Both organizations campaign for the decriminalization of prostitution and for justice, protection and resources so that no-one is forced into prostitution through poverty or violence.
Swati Renduchintala is a development professional working in sustainable food systems, climate change and systems and scale thinking. She works as an Associate Scientist with World Agroforestry Centre, and is deployed with the Andhra Pradesh community-managed natural farming (APCNF) programme. She has worked closely with rural communities in India, spending 500 days with them to understand the community, women and marginalized perspectives.