Although it’s less than a month after the Women’s March took place in downtown L.A, hundreds of people will once again take to the streets for an International Women’s Day March on Saturday.
Organized by AF3IRM, the fourth annual march will celebrate multiple perspectives of feminists, women and people of color. AF3IM is a volunteer-run, grassroots organization with the slogan, “a woman’s place is at the head of the struggle.”
This year’s theme is “UPRISING: Forward to a Feminist Future,” which encourages participants to imagine a world free of violence against women and free of oppression from the state and other institutions.
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According to International Women’s Day, March 8 has been celebrated as International Women’s Day/International Working Women’s Day since the early 1900s. What first began as a worker’s rights march for women soon included other issues, such as reproductive rights and violence against women.
In addition to promoting women’s rights, the march will host speakers on the topics of youth activism, police brutality/occupation, trans women’s rights, Islamophobia and state violence, workers’ rights, the missing, murdered, and trafficked women, climate change and more. Before the march, DJ collective Chulita Vinyl Club, Latina feminist poets Chingona Fire, and hip hop MC Klassy, will perform.
The International Women’s Day March will take place at noon on Saturday, March 3 at the Metropolitan Detention Center, 535 Alameda St, Los Angeles, and end at Los Angeles City Hall. Pre-march activities begin at 11 a.m.