An International Women’s Day event, initiated by the Equality Officers of the Clydeside Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, will be held on Thursday, the 8th of March.
The rally and Walk of Pride will assemble at 4.30 pm at the La Pasionaria statue located on the north bank of the River Clyde next to Glasgow Bridge, opposite the Custom House on Clyde Street.
This site was chosen because of the prominent role Dolores Ibarruri, called La Pasionaria (‘The Passionate Flower’) played in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, in defense of the Spanish Republic ; and because the statue of her by sculptor Arthur Dooley so beautifully represents the revolutionary woman of courage that she was– and that many of us strive to be.
The rally will also honour the Scottish revolutionary, Ethel MacDonald, who was a key figure in the Scottish anarchist movement and in the Spanish Civil War. In 1936 she was sent by the United Socialist Movement to Barcelona where she became world-renowned as the English-speaking reporter for an anarchist radio station. She also remained an activist, daringly organising hunger strikes among the political prisoners, smuggling in letters, and helping some escape .
The rally will feature a banner that says Celebrate International Women’s Day For a World Free from Capitalism and Patriarchy, singing, and an open mic.
At 5.30 pm we will start our Walk of Pride, with banner and placards, to George Square where we will join up with the Scottish Irish Abortion Rights campaigners for a #Solidarity4Repeal demo at 6 pm– thus linking it to one of the most critical issues of the day: access to abortion as a woman’s right.
Throughout the afternoon, we will be proudly expressing our belief that Sisterhood, and Comradeship, are Powerful!
All are welcome to attend. Please spread the word. More information is available from firstname.lastname@example.org.