The organizers behind the Women’s March in Washington DC, which mobilized hundreds of thousands of women in opposition to President Donald Trump the day after his inauguration, want women to stay home from work to prove a point. It’s not clear what point, however, or when they want this protest to happen. There’s little information beyond this tweet.
The will of the people will stand. pic.twitter.com/SKJCRLhRKn
— Women's March (@womensmarch) February 6, 2017
As BuzzFeed News has reported, the organizers behind the march are planning to do a lot more in the days to come. They’re hoping to get women who marched on January 21 to fuel leftist organizations including Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
It seems the strike may be in cahoots with other strikes organized by labor groups. A local chapter of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is also planning a general strike on May 1 to resist “fascism and autocratic leadership.” Although the SEIU Facebook event page doesn’t specifically mention Trump, their rhetoric mirrors that of the Women’s March.
“It’s time to RESIST,” the Facebook event reads. “It is time to defend all people, including workers, immigrants, Muslims, Women, LGBTQ people. It is time to defend our climate, our schools and our unions.”
SEIU and several local SEIU chapters are listed as partners on the Women’s March site and, as The Federalist reported, a group of 73 SEIU members attended the march and least one SEIU chapter sponsored the march.
The Federalist has reached out to Women’s March organizers to ask for more details about the upcoming strike, but has not yet received a response.