The word “terrorist” is getting more attention lately. The Trump administration is using it to describe ISIS. Those on the left are using the term to describe domestic murderers, like the man in Kansas last week who shot two Indian immigrants. And now the term is being used to describe the woman organizing the next women’s march.
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This time, though, there’s little room for debate. The term fits. On March 8, organizers are calling for a “general strike” they are calling “The Day without a Woman.”
The Guardian has published the group’s manifesto. The document calls for a “new wave of militant feminist struggle.”
The document written, in part, by Rasmea Yousef Odeh, who has actually been convicted of terrorism.
Odeh, a Palestinian, was convicted in Israel in 1970 for taking part in bombings. One of her bombs killed two students.Odeh was incarcerated for ten years in Israel. After her release, she became a U.S. citizen.
The New Yok Post reports that Odeh managed to slip through INS by lying about her past. In 2014, Odeh’s deception was uncovered and she was convicted of immigration fraud. That conviction was overturned when Odeh claimed she was suffering from PTSD during the time she immigrates, and has a new trial pending.
Angela Davis is also listed as a co-author of the manifesto. Davis has a criminal history too, as guns she purchased in the early 1970s were used in a courthouse shooting that left a judge dead.
So what exactly are these upstanding citizens hoping to see on March 8th? Here’s their call to action:
“The idea is to mobilize women, including trans women, and all who support them in an international day of struggle – a day of striking, marching, blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from domestic, care and sex work, boycotting, calling out misogynistic politicians and companies, striking in educational institutions. These actions are aimed at making visible the needs and aspirations of those whom lean-in feminism ignored: women in the formal labor market, women working in the sphere of social reproduction and care, and unemployed and precarious working women.”
“Let us join together on 8 March to strike, walk out, march and demonstrate. Let us use the occasion of this international day of action to be done with lean-in feminism and to build in its place a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism – a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world. “
So mark your calendars. March 8th.