Austin: Support Committee Commemorates International Working Women’s Day

By Nélida Tello

The Austin Tribune of the People Support Committee commemorated International Working Women’s Day on March 6 with a presentation at a park on the history and significance of the combative, red holiday.

The presentation began with attendees singing The Internationale, the song that unites the proletariat and workers of the world in their struggle for liberation. A red flag hung from a column which attendees faced while singing in a proud and powerful chorus.

The presentation consisted of explaining the contributions of revolutionary women leaders to the class struggle such as Clara Zetkin, who inspired by strikes held by women garment workers in the US, fought to make March 8, International Working Women’s Day.

Other leaders honored during the presentation were Rosa Luxemburg, a co-founder of the Communist Party of Germany and a notable anti-revisionist, as well as Jiang Qing and her contributions to the Cultural Revolution in China.

A presenter also read from official statements from the Communist Party of Peru’s First Congress: “Honor and Glory to Comrade Norah! Firm Marxist-Leninist-Maoist- Gonzalo Thought and anti revisionist founder of the Red Fraction and great historical leader: example of giving one’s life for the party and the revolution; daughter of the people and the international proletariat. Flaming red flag, challenging against the wind. The greatest heroine of the Party and the revolution.”

The presentation ended speaking on Sandra Lima, a Brazilian revolutionary who dedicated her life to fight for the emancipation of women and the liberation of the international proletariat. Lima spent her life entrenched in the women’s and peasants struggles in Brazil, providing leadership during important peasant battles.

To conclude the event, attendees kneeled in front of a banner with the portraits of the five revolutionary women and chanted, “The success of revolution depends on the degree to which women participate!”

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