Any doubts that the strength demonstrated by the record number of women in the streets on January 21 signaled the beginning of a new movement for equality and social justice, were fading in the weeks since and were totally demolished yesterday, International Women’s Day. In New York City, women (and men) participated in the 30-nation A Day Without a Woman, striking, meeting, wearing red, rallying and marching.
Following a rally in Washington Square Park, organized by a coalition of grassroots groups and labor organizations, marchers made their way to Zuccotti Park, passing historic/political sites: the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory; the Stonewall Inn; the Varick Street Immigration Detention Center; and the African Burial Ground National Monument. The route also included one blight on downtown’s landscape, Trump Soho New York Hotel, which was built by fudging adherence to zoning regulations, and when hit with fraud lawsuits from co-op buyers, had the three oldest Trumpettes settling without admitting guilt (a family specialty, baked into their genes). The marchers’ resounding chant at Varick and Spring Streets was concise, “Fuck, Trump, fuck, Trump, fuck, Trump.”