FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2011
Angela Bartolome, AF3IRM LA Coordinator
AF3IRM Los Angeles Calls for Women to March Against the War this International Women's Day!
LOS ANGELES, CA: The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, & Marginalization (AF3IRM) is calling for and coordinating a protest against continued U.S. military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan on March 8th, International Women's Day.
On the 8th year of the U.S. war on Iraq, the United States will spend $1 trillion to continue its criminal occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. While the U.S. spends approximately $700 million each day, social services, education, and healthcare are taking cuts; $12.5 billion alone in the state of California. "As a pink-slipped teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and an organizer in the women's movement, I know that right now is the most important time for us to mobilize against this war. We were out in the streets when the U.S. first invaded Iraq, and we will continue to do so to highlight the impact of this war on women's lives," said Carolina Valdez, AF3IRM Los Angeles member.
With women facing unemployment, denied access to vital services, and facing unprecedented sexual assault in the military - where 1 in 3 are harassed or raped - AF3IRM sees that now more than ever, we have to mobilize to stop these U.S. imperialist wars. "There's no better way to commemorate International Women's Day than to fight for the basic rights of women - employment, services, education, housing, and the right to life instead of rape and death under U.S. militarism," said Jollene Levid, AF3IRM National Chairperson.
The action has been endorsed by: the Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines, A.N.S.W.E.R Anti-War Coalition, Comite de Mujeres Patricia Marin (Union del Barrio), KmB Pro-People Youth, the Mariposa Center for Change, October 22nd Coalition, & the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
To endorse this action, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562-746-9216.
EVENT: March 8th Against the War Protest
DATE: Tuesday, March 8, 2011
LOCATION: Federal Building; 11000 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, 90024