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message 1: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Just for your Information:
People in Ireland are organizing and will be staging a strike on March 8, 2017 (International Women's Day) unless the Irish government does call a referendum to respect women's reproductive and health rights and to protect women's autonomy. The following information comes from their Facebook page which you can find easily looking for "Strike 4 Repeal".

Pro-Choice Activists call a Strike for Repeal on 8 March, 2017

We are an ad-hoc, non-affiliated group of activists, academics, artists and trade unionists preparing a nationwide Strike for Repeal on the 8th of March 2017.

Our demand is that the Irish government call a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment by the 8th of March. If not, Ireland will strike.

The strike will not be an industrial strike in the traditional sense but could include taking an annual leave day off work, refraining from domestic work for the day, wearing black in solidarity or staging a walkout during your lunch break. We also encourage any business owners in a position to close their services at no cost to workers, to do so for all or part of the day as a solidarity action.

Spokesperson Avril Corroon says “We share the concern of many pro-choice groups that the Citizen’s Assembly is no more than a hollow pretense of progress. It is the latest in years' worth of attempts to delay the undeniable movement in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment.”

Aoife Frances says “We call upon the Government to take direct responsibility for what is a violation of human rights. We believe a national strike is not only possible, but an incredible opportunity to show the sheer power of our movement, and to put pressure on the government to call a referendum. In the past 5 years, support for repeal has grown to a level that the government can no longer ignore.”

The Strike for Repeal is a direct action that will take place on the 8th March 2017. Our demand is that the Irish government call a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment by the 8th of March. If not, we will strike.

What is it?

This strike is based on non-traditional strike actions for human rights that we have witnessed in other parts of the world. In October of last year, thousands of people in more than 60 cities in Poland went on strike to protect their access to abortion, and won.

What can I do?

The strike will not be an industrial strike in the traditional sense. It will be inclusive of all types of work, paid or unpaid, and we encourage participants to be imaginative in how they approach the the action.

If you can strike, do. There will be people in your area also participating and we can put you in touch.
If it’s possible, book a day off work in advance.
If you are less affected by the lack of abortion provision in this country, show your solidarity by offering to cover colleagues’ hours on the 8th of March.
Wear all black or a black armband on the day to signify your support.
Stage an event at 12 noon or on your lunch break to remember the 12 women who have been forced to travel for abortion that day, and every day.
If you are a business owner, consider giving a day off to your employees or completely closing the business on that day.
Withdraw your domestic labour on the day. Consider all the work that you’d typically do on that day, and how withdrawing from it might highlight the contribution that you and millions make every day to a country where we do not have access to basic healthcare.

Every person who has an abortion has to take at least a day, whether to travel or stay at home. Use this day to stand in solidarity with them, and demand change.

There are individuals, groups and colleges participating around the country, so depending on where you are, there will be actions nearby in which you can participate.

We will release information about the range of events and actions closer to the day of the strike.

Get in touch

Tell us at strike4repeal@gmail.com if you’d like to participate and we can put you in contact with other people in your area to strike together. The list of people, groups and colleges participating around the country is always growing. If you want to get involved in organising there are lots of ways to do so, and we would love to hear about any local actions you are planning to highlight the strike on the day.

Here's an article in the Huffington Post:

And here's also a short video:
Strike 4 Repeal

message 2: by Ross (last edited Jan 25, 2017 06:58AM) (new)

Ross | 1444 comments Great idea I will wear the black band and tell everyone why.

message 3: by Heide (new)

Heide | 135 comments That's a great idea. And it's not the first strike like this. It has actually worked before. In this video Rowan Ellis talks about some nonviolent direct forms of action that women have taken in history. Very inspiring! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEhXb...

message 4: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Here comes an update of the Strike 4 Repeal campaign (from their Facebook-website):

Just over a week ago, on March 8th, thousands across Ireland and the world came out to Strike4Repeal. 8,000 people congregated on O’Connell Bridge, effectively shutting the capital city down for the afternoon. Actions took place in each university in the country. Businesses shut their doors. Secondary schools staged walkouts. Demonstrations took place in 50 locations in Ireland and abroad. Members of the Dáil staged a walkout. Cameras and journalists from across the world travelled to Ireland. People came out to demonstrate for repeal of the Eighth Amendment on a Wednesday. The public display of such energy, anger, and enthusiasm was what Strike4Repeal had set out to achieve.

In spite of this mass international mobilisation, the Government continues to sit on their hands. Commenting on the issue last week Simon Harris once again asserted the need to delay a decision on a Repeal referendum until after the Citizens’ Assembly process is completed. Though we welcome the thoughts and opinions of its participants, The Citizens’ Assembly serves, in our view, to represent a delay tactic on the part of a Government unwilling to address this dire and unforgivable situation. Meanwhile, a mere four days after the strike, the government called a referendum to extend presidential voting rights to Irish people living abroad. While we welcome the chance to participate in this referendum, we also note that this announcement comes three years after the Citizens Convention recommended a referendum on this issue.

How long then will it take before the Government act on the results of the Citizens’ Assembly? The Eighth Amendment was inserted in 1983, 34 years ago. The X case took place in 1992, 25 years ago. The A, B and C cases took place in 2010, 7 years ago. Savita Halappanavar died in 2012, 5 years ago. How much longer must we wait? The health and lives of real people hang in the balance, while the issue continues to be pushed aside and ignored. People have spoken, and the Government must listen. Call a referendum on the Eighth Amendment now, and let us decide.

message 5: by Almog (new)

Almog Levin | 8 comments Thank you for this update. Support and solidarity to the women of Ireland in this just cause!

message 6: by Ross (new)

Ross | 1444 comments Women right to choose should be sacrosanct and enshrined in law. One of the first and most basic human right us that over ones own body.

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