International Women’s Day Rally Draws Hundreds To Washington Square Park

By Lauren Cook and Alison Fox
amNewYork, New York

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Hundreds of people, creative signs in tow, went on strike to mark International Women’s Day on Thursday.

New York

The organizers of International Women’s Strike NYC called on women in the city to strike from all labor — paid and unpaid — for one hour beginning at 4 p.m.

Roughly 300 people flooded Washington Square Park for a rally related to the strike, which featured speakers from unions, immigrant rights groups and grassroots feminist organizations, among others.

Samantha Johnson, with the group Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, told the crowd she was striking against being “undervalued” and “over policed.”

“As I look out at the crowd I know I am not alone,” she said.

Johnson then led the group in a chant of, “power, transformation, miracles, I want it, I need it and I gots ta (sic) have it.”

The group of women and some men gathered on the north side of the park. Signs that read, “Demand it all,” “If not now, when?” and “We are visible,” were held high.

Teresa Gonzalez, 29, recently moved to the city from Spain. She said the movement in her home country is large and she wanted to feel involved, even if she is far away.

“I felt like even if I’m here I need to do something to support the movement,” the Upper West Side resident said.

“Feminism is freedom and there’s a lot of people who still don’t have the freedom to do what they want.”

Looking around at the group, she said: “It gives me hope, but New York is a really big city and I thought more people would be attending today. Women should be together.”

A rally held in Washington Square Park on International Women’s Day in 2017 saw as many as 5,000 attendees, according to the mayor’s office. Another rally held that day outside of Trump International Hotel and Tower resulted in the arrests of 13 people.

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