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BROADs Sonja Hammer speaks with activist, advocate, feminist,Women of Colour : Carmen Perez, one of the amazing women who chaired, and organised the massively influential Womens March on Washington DC held on January 21st and now with the upcoming A Day Without A Woman strike being organised for International Women’s Day 2017 in the U.S and globally for March 8.

Carmen along with Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour are the wonderful WOC who guided and ensured the Womens March in the U.S practiced Intersectionality and Representation  and are part of the many amazing diverse women who set the agenda for future feminist activism in the U.S.

Below 1st pic Left to right: Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez

Carmen Perez ‘ serves as the Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice, a social advocacy organization founded by legendary actor and human rights advocate, Harry Belafonte, that seeks to end child and mass incarceration. In her role as the organization’s titular leader, Perez leads a hardscrabble group of social activists and reforms working to call attention to injustices perpetrated to the “least of these”, calling for juvenile justice reform and an end to police brutality and uniting communities of color against the oppression when it rears its ugly head. AS Co-Founder of the Justice League NYC, Perez has led multiple protests against police overreach in the wake of the death of Eric Garner, attracting attention from the media and entertainment figures alike, including well-known hip hop star Nas.’ from an article in Mass Influence online

” A harm to one is a harm to all ” – Carmen Perez

‘On International Women’s Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.’

In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women’s March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. We recognize that trans and gender nonconforming people face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting. We believe in gender justice.

Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:

  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
  3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

#ADayWithoutAWoman INFO HERE 

 

American Activism HERE 

Carmen Perez on Police brutality in the U.S : ‘Latinos are often put into one box: immigration. But while immigrant issues are extremely important, it’s not our only one. For me, a Chicana, and I think this is one of the many commonalities we share with Puerto Ricans and African Americans in this country, it’s mass incarceration, not immigration, that rips our families apart. It’s drug addiction, poverty, gang life and school-to-prison pipelines that put so many of our brown and black children in cages. It’s majority Latinos who are in the system along with black people.

This is our issue; this is my issue.

” I think this movement…we are having more intentional efforts..we are going to have to keep turning up on the streets,be on the front lines so our brothers and sisters are not in harms way” ( in regards to the callous and racist immigration -ICE-policies of #45 and his regime.) – Carmen Perez

” We have to show that feminism is Intersectional” 

Find out more about Janet Mock HERE

#ADayWithoutAWoman #FEMINISM #BlackLivesMatter #BlackHistoryMonth #GrabYourWallet @womensmarch #StandWithStandingRock

Sonja would like to thank and to send blessings to Carmen Perez for her time to do this interview and many thanks to Brea Baker for organising this interview.

whakawhetai me te mau haamaitairaa


 

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