Minneapolis activists celebrated International Women’s Day at the Waite House on Tuesday, March 8. Speakers included Jess Sundin, a leader of the Anti-War Committee and Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and one of the anti-war and international solidarity activists targeted by the FBI and grand jury; Sarah Jane Olson, former political prisoner from her involvement with revolutionary movement in the 1970s, and a long-time Twin Cities resident and anti-apartheid activist; Tracy Molm, an organizer with Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Minnesota, and one of the activists targeted by the FBI and grand jury; and Luce Guillen Givins of the RNC 8, who was unjustly charged with felonies for protests at the Republican National Convention in 2008.
Tuesday, March 8 was the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, which is now sponsored by Freedom Road Socialist Organization. In 1908, women, mainly from the garment industry, came together in New York City’s Rutgers Square to demand a strong union in the needle trades and the right to vote. In 1910, German revolutionary Clara Zetkin, having heard of the powerful protest in New York, proposed that March 8 be celebrated as International Women’s Day worldwide. Today, it is a holiday celebrated by millions of working people to honor women who stand up and fight for their rights.