Tampon Tuesday

March 5, 2019 @ 1:52 am – 2:52 am

The United Way is a charity that raises funds and distributes them to organizations that advocate for the poor.  On March 5th, the United Way Niagara unfurls its third annual Tampon Tuesday event at three different locations in the region. Get the details here: https://www.unitedwayniagara.org/events/ 

Note, that one of the recipients of the donated feminine hygiene products is BUSU Food First initiative. This means that a student union took upon the initiative of collecting food for students who cannot afford to buy it and often go hungry. The existence of food banks at post-secondary institutions only shows the abysmal failure of capitalist mode of production to benefit those who create the wealth that perversely enrich the lives of the employers, corporations, shareholder and financiers and their hangers-on.

March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is a socialist holiday. The day was founded by the International Socialist Women’s Conference in 1910 although the US Socialist Party of America first organized the event.  Since then, the IWD has been celebrated and politically commemorated around the world, with its explicit message to advance women’s lives by building a society that is not predicated on profit motive and on exploitation of workers’ capacity to work. Ironically, it took roots reluctantly among the progressive public in the US due to unrelenting ideological warfare and actual persecution of socialist activist and labour unionists.

Currently, the IWD is annually commemorated at OISE in Toronto, by individuals and community and political groups in talks, music and a march from the U of T campus to Ryerson campus. https://iwdtoronto.ca/