FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 25, 2010 Contact: Genevieve Rodriguez
210.228.0201 or 210-689-7112
International Woman’s Day March Press Conference
On Monday, March 1, 2010 at 10:00 am members of the International Woman’s Day Committee will hold a press conference at Bowie and Market Streets in front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the same place where the march will begin on March 6. We have gathered five speakers who will speak to the key issues and concerns of this year’s march, particularly access to public space in relationship to ongoing struggles, political visibility, and social justice. For this reason, we have elected to conduct this press conference in front of the Hyatt where housekeepers have been organizing to demand fair wages, health insurance, and job security.
After twenty years of the International Woman’s Day March in San Antonio, we find ourselves still struggling to achieve many of the same goals in 2010. The City has jeopardized our public space, upon which we take a stand and voice our common struggles and dissent. Our streets, parks and plazas, remain inaccessible to our community, due to the Parade Ordinance, which charges prohibitive costs to march on our streets, effectively silencing our free speech. At this critical historical crossroads in which the U.S. has increased its military presence in Afghanistan, equitable access to healthcare hangs in the balance, the public education system and universities face impending implosion, we take to the streets to not only visibilize our struggles, but also to march in solidarity with women and allies across the U.S. and the world.
Speakers at Monday’s Press Conference will include Vero Castillo, Salwa Arnous and Cathryn Merla-Watson. Addressing issues of equitable access to public space and social protest, topics will connect the vital role of political art in our march, international and global struggles, environmental justice, and labor organizing to our 20th Annual International Woman’s Day March here in San Antonio. For more info, visit: www.sawomenwillmarch.org
What: Press Conference on International Woman’s Day March
Where: Bowie and Market Street, in front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel
When: Monday, March 1, 2010 – 10:00 AM