Hundreds of women of color march in DTLA for a “feminist future”

By Abner Galino

Ivy Quicho, AF3IRM national chairperson, leads marchers to various points in downtown Los Angeles last March 3 in honor of International Women’s Day. Photo © AF3IRM

HUNDREDS of mostly colored women on Saturday last week marched and demonstrated in front of the Federal Building, the City Hall and the Los Angeles Police Department office in downtown Los Angeles to lend their voices to an array of issues that include immigration, police brutality, transgender rights, Islamophobia and the protection of the environment.

The march was organized by AF3IRM-Los Angeles in honor of the International Women’s Day and the International Working Women’s Day. This year’s mass action is the fourth consecutive march organized by the women’s group and was themed: “Uprising: Forward to a feminist future.”

Ivy Quicho, AF3IRM national chair, said the march aims at putting “visions of future that is free of violence against women, free of oppression from the state and other institutions and provides spaces for women to be free to thrive.”

The more and more we march on the streets, we send a clear message that we are not going away. Just as much that you think that we are going to be tired, that thinking would only fuel our activism further. I encourage people in the community to continue to build their activism, to put their bodies on the line, especially for our undocumented communities. Because if we don’t whose gonna do it for us,” Quicho said in a video interview with Uprising in the Streets.

At noon, demonstrators begun converging at the Metropolitan Detention Center at the corner of Alameda and Aliso. A mobile stage was set up and moments later community leaders and performers took turns in sending across their messages via speeches and progressive music.

Among those who performed were DJ Collective, Chulita Vinyl Club, Latina poet Chingona Fire and hip hop artist MC Klassy.


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