CodePink set for International Women’s Day events

  • Demonstrators take part in a Day Without a Woman march and rally during the International Women’s Day at Frank Ozawa Plaza in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Demonstrators demand equal pay, reproductive and immigrants’ rights. TNS/RAY CHAVEZ

For the Gazette
Published: 3/6/2019 2:07:45 PM

NORTHAMPTON – CodePink is gearing up for its 15th annual celebration of International Women’s Day on March 9.

Susan Triolo, an organizer for CodePink in western Massachusetts, said that the group is expecting between 75 and 100 people to attend an evening of events at First Churches Northampton, 129 Main St.

“We are always looking for new people to come to these events to connect,” Triolo said, noting that participation from young people is encouraged.

This year, CodePink, a woman-led, anti-military and anti-war organization that fights for peace and human rights, is presenting a panel called, “The Women’s Movement Today: Understanding the Challenges/Renewing our Commitment.” 

After an hour-long potluck at 5:30 p.m., the program will begin with a viewing of a segment from news program “Democracy Now,” addressing issues from the Women’s March in January and coverage of it by the news media.

“Jumping off of the film we will be thinking about the local issues within the women's movement here in the valley,” Triolo said. “What are the things that bring us together and what are the things that separate us?”

The following panel discussion will be led by Rev. Matilda Cantwell, director of religious and spiritual life at Smith College. Former Congressional candidate Tahirah Amatul Wadud of Springfield; Anna Gyorgy, of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice; and Rachel Weber, a representative from Jewish Voice for Peace will be on the panel.

Local alternative folk-rock trio, ZoKi, and a politically driven singing group, the Raging Grannies, will perform music at the event.

“We are all a part of this and we need to figure out where we fit into it,” Triolo said. “We all need to do something to make the world a better place.”

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