If you were aware of the massive Women's March on Washington last month, or supported it, or actually personally attended it, you know full well just how much activist fervor is in the progressive grassroots movement right now, especially among women. That energy is now being channeled into another day of demonstration, albeit of a different sort ― there's a planned women's strike in the works for next month. And, as an intersectional collection of activists and academics wrote in a recent op-ed, it's being organized in order to protest "against male violence and in defense of reproductive rights."
Last week, a Guardian op-ed by a host of prominent voices ― Linda Martín Alcoff, Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraser, Barbara Ransby, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, and Angela Davis, to be specific ― made that point very clear. They called for public opposition not just to Trump, but also to "anti-labor" neoliberal policies and corporate globalization, things commonly criticized by the progressive left.
In fact, if you're looking to get a sense of what the strike will be all about and whether you'd be interested in participating, checking out that call to action is a good way to start. In that spirit, here are seven of the most spot-on quotes from the op-ed.
In these seven excerpts from the op-ed, you get a vividly clear indication of what the strike's been envisioned as, and therefore, whether it's something you want to be a part of. It's undeniably a more anti-capitalist vision than the Women's March was, and that's to be expected ― the very concept of holding a massive strike is ripped from the pages of socialist labor movements, and is intended to demonstrate and reassert the power workers have over the mechanisms of capitalist systems.
The organizers of the Women's March are on board with this latest day of demonstration, too ― the march's official Twitter account signal-boosted the strike earlier this month, and a Facebook post from the group this week has furthered the call for action. In short, if you have the wherewithal and you share the ideals behind the strike, this is yet another opportunity to make a show of solidarity.