Our next Huddle meeting will be this Sunday, March 5, from 2:00-3:00 in Rotary Room B at the Charleston Public Library. Our focus will be on Action #4 which is A Day Without a Woman taking place on March 8. Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:
1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor.
2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman.
4. Find out which businesses in your community support the community and which drain the community.
5. Find out which businesses in your community strive for gender equity and which support policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression.
6. Which businesses believe in a sustainable environment and which profit off destruction of the environment and steal the futures or our children.
To prepare for our discussion on Sunday about how we can contribute to this action, please review the information at
There are 32 marches planned for March 8 around the country. The closest I have found so far is in St. Louis, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market St, St. Louis 63103.
Some members of the Charleston Huddle group have organized a local rally with speakers:
Wednesday, March 8, 12-1:00
Morton Park, 1215 Division St, Charleston, Illinois 61920.
Keep the momentum going!
Huddle Action #4 Report
International Women's Day Rally
March 8, 2017 noon-1:00
Morton Park, Charleston, IL
Our International Women's Day Rally was a successful platform for promoting our fourth action, A Day Without a Woman. We counted 60 in attendance. We had four speakers at the rally. Ellen opened the event by speaking about the Charleston Huddle Group, describing our actions so far and our intended mission to carry out the 10 actions in 100 days. Judy then spoke about support for Planned Parenthood and also PFLAG. Erin Walters from SACIS spoke about sexual violence and how our culture must change so that sexual violence is no longer commonplace and accepted. Our last speaker was Jeannie Ludlow, head of Women's Studies from EIU. She spoke about the history of International Women's Day and making our differences work for us instead of against us. We then stood near the sidewalk facing the street with our signs to raise awareness of many issues such as immigration, women's equality, healthcare, the environment, Black Lives Matter, and Planned Parenthood. We could see drivers slowing down to read our signs and there were quite a few supportive honks.
We had news coverage from the EIU Den and the Journal Gazette-Times Courier along with WEIU TV. The event had been announced in the DEN Wednesday morning. We added nineteen new names to the Huddle email list. Welcome to our new members.
The following articles have appeared in the Journal Gazette — Times Courier and the Daily Eastern News.
Thanks to Gary Fritz, here is a video of the Women's Day at Morton Park on March 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2SIgAwM6Mk&t=18s.Ellen Wolcott speaking about the Charleston Women's March Huddle group and 10 actions in 100 days.