International Women’s Day 2012: Call to Action

Thursday, March 8, 2012
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
A call to rise up and occupy Bank of America!

“Someday the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!”

      – Mary Harris “Mother” Jones

Read the full Women Occupy Call to Action for International Women’s Day and join us!

Background

Since its inception in the early twentieth century, International Women’s Day has been rooted in the struggle for economic justice, growing out of local demonstrations by women workers demanding shorter hours, better pay, voting rights, and an end to discrimination.

This International Women’s Day, Women Occupy calls on women across the globe to rise up against the big banks that have caused the current economic crisis. Women Occupy is a coalition of activists who are joining forces to coordinate powerful actions across the Occupy movement, starting with International Women’s Day. In the United States we are supporting collective efforts initiated by Occupy activists, particularly the women-led campaigns of Public Citizen and Rainforest Action Network, to hold Bank of America – the biggest of the big banks – accountable for the predatory economic policies that are destroying our families and communities.

What?

  • A day of mass action on International Women’s Day targeting Bank of America.
  • We call on people to rise up with mass mobilization, nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience.
  • Disrupt business-as-usual at a Bank of America branch or other symbol of the patriarchal economic system.

On March 8th, we call on people across the globe to fight back against Bank of America and the patriarchal economic system it represents

Why?

  • Women have long been the prime targets of predatory bank policies and economic collapse: women are 32 percent more likely than men to receive sub‑prime mortgages and Latina and African-American women borrowers are most likely to receive sub‑prime loans at every income level.
  • Women make up 51% of the world’s population but 70% of the world’s poor. We perform 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of the food, but earn 10% of the income and own less than 1% of the world’s property.
  • Our work continues to be unpaid, underpaid and undervalued, making us invisible to economic indicators and ineligible for the rewards reaped by the most “productive” members of society.
  • It’s time we turned the tables and started going after the big banks! And what better suspect than the biggest of the big banks – Bank of America?
  • Bank of America not only leads the pack in illegal foreclosure practices, faulty loans, and tax evasion, it also pillages its customers with exorbitant fees and denies them their right to free speech! Plus, as the official bank of the US military, BofA has been accused of improperly foreclosing on active-duty troops.
  • Need more reasons? Check out our full list of Talking Points! 

How?

  • Have a Super(s)hero Showdown against Bandit of America!
  • Create a Really REALLY free market: show B of A how to serve, instead of steal from, communities.
  • Force a CEO to Take a Walk in the Shoes of those hardest hit by economic inequality
  • Form or join an action group: organize an action/affinity group with friends, neighbors, classmates, congregation and/or co-workers. We encourage you to organize an action group in your own community or with folks who share common interests or identities.
  • Let others know that your group is participating and about the actions you are planning, by adding it to our calendar!
  • Submit or discuss an action idea in our Forum.
  • Take action, do education and outreach in your own occupation, community and neighborhood, and reach out to existing organizations to invite them to participate!

We demand Bank of America:

  • Break up into smaller, safer pieces that won’t take America down with them if they fail.
  • Invest in the planet  and stop funding coal projects that are polluting our communities and ruining the climate.
  • Pay the statutorily required 35% corporate income tax instead of draining the government of revenue through off-shore tax shelters, loopholes, and scams.
  • Stabilize the housing market and revitalize the economy: reduce principal for all underwater homeowners to current market value. This would end the foreclosure crisis, reset the housing market, pump billions of dollars back into the economy, and create 1 million jobs a year.
  • Invest in small businesses, the main source of jobs in the U.S.

ORGANIZATIONS: We invite existing organizations who are committed to fighting sexism and who respect the ethos of the Occupy movement (e.g. autonomous from political parties and organizations; non-hierarchical and directly democratic; committed to non-violent direct action) are warmly welcomed to participate. Please email melanie[at]codepink.org to join the list of endorsing organizations.

This International Women’s Day, our work will be visible.

We are the 51%.

Expect us.

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