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For some who attended the Women’s Unity Rally in Manhattan’s Foley Square Saturday, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's speech was the highlight. "Justice is not a concept we read about in a book," she said. "Justice is about the water we drink. Justice is about the air we breathe."
But for Victoria Jones, 22, the most moving part of the rally was when the organizers invited a woman up to speak in Spanish about her job as a dishwasher. Listening to her, Jones said, she was reminded of how her grandmother worked low-wage jobs to support her family.
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“I’m half Spanish and black as well,” said Jones, 22, who had never been to a Women’s March event before. “Bringing up someone who doesn’t speak English and bringing a translator is very liberating because usually they’re not heard.”
The Women’s Unity Rally was one of two new events that took place on the anniversary of the Women’s March this year, providing an alternative to the traditional procession of pink **** hats through Manhattan. Rumblings about divisions within the movement, intertwined with accusations of anti-semitism, dogged organizers leading up to the day of action. But many who came out to the events that were added to the roster this year said it was their strong message of inclusivity that attracted them.
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Speakers at the rally, which was organized by the New York Immigration Coalition and a group called Women’s March NYC, emphasized that women of color, low-income workers, immigrants and LGBTQ people should be at the forefront of the women’s movement. Agunda Okeyo, director of Women’s March NYC, also talked about plans to unite the labor unions, nonprofits serving different ethnic communities, and other groups endorsing the rally behind a forthcoming policy platform for New York, to be called the Women’s State of the State.
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