Thousands of women filled the streets of Washington, D.C. on Sunday to participate in the 2000 World March of Women, protesting against global poverty, violence against women and sex discrimination. The March, organized by the National Organization for Women, included a march past the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund buildings where activists cried, “Shame, Shame, Shame,” and demanded debt relief and an end to world economic policies that destroy the poor, especially women and children in developing nations. After the March, feminist leaders, including NOW president, Patricia Ireland and Feminist Majority president, Eleanor Smeal, rallied activists, saying “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.” Speakers urged participants to elect candidates to office who would fight to protect abortion rights and gay rights and who would help bring an end domestic violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, poverty, and gender apartheid in Afghanistan.
Media Resources: Associated Press – October 15, 2000; Feminist Majority Foundation – October 15, 2000; Washington Post – October 16, 2000
The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat.
Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St. . . .