Women Show Their Strength
March 8, 2017
Activities were held at Louden Nelsen Center in Santa Cruz and at the Watsonville Plaza
WATSONVILLE — Watsonville City Councilwoman Rebecca Garcia described Wednesday how her mother was a significant influence on her life. But she never realized how much that was until after her mother’s death last year.
Garcia was speaking to a small crowd in Watsonville Plaza that had gathered to celebrate the U.N.-designated International Women’s Day. Garcia read a poem that she wrote to her mother after her death.
“It’s a day when we celebrate the economic, social and cultural achievements of women,” Garcia said. “Women have a great influence in the community, and we must respect and honor that.”
The event was part of a Day Without A Woman, which was modeled on the same principles as the Feb. 16 Day Without an Immigrant.
Nationally, a Day Without A Woman was organized by the same people who created the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington, during which millions of people around the world gathered to show opposition to the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration.
Among other things, Trump and his Republican allies have vowed to act along party lines to defund Planned Parenthood, remove requirements for health insurance providers to cover birth control and outlaw abortion.
In addition, Trump has been widely criticized for making crude comments about women and in one case, bragging about sexually assaulting them.
…In Santa Cruz, an estimated 16,000 people filled the streets for the Jan. 21 event, which was organized by the newly formed grassroots group Santa Cruz County Women’s Action (SCCWA).
The group hoped to use the momentum from that event with the Wednesday event in Watsonville.
“We said, ‘this can’t be it,’” SCCWA co-organizer Rachel Williams said. “We have to keep it going.”
Co-organizer Jenny Sarmiento said the group is focusing on helping the immigrant community, which also is under fire by the Trump administration.
“It’s really important that we support our community,” she said.