International Womyn's Day Celebration in East San Jose

Somos Mayfair and the Trinidad United Methodist Church in east San Jose opened their space up to the community for a celebration of International Women's Day. The South Bay International Womyn's Day Network brought families, girls and women of all ages together to celebrate, learn and dance!

About 100 people came out to celebrate International Women’s Day in East San Jose with a march and festival, organized by the South Bay International Womyn’s Day Network.

With March being women’s history month, “there should be programs and events highlighting women – especially migrant women, and women of color,” said Amalia Renteria, outreach coordinator with Child Advocates of Silicon Valley who made the initial call to others to organize the event this year.

Noemi Teppang, with Anakbayan Silicon Valley was one of the MC's for the event and was very excited to bring the IWD march back to San José. "We have a long history of organizing and it’s a ripe place for migrant women, working class women for us to come together under the banner of advancing a militant women’s struggle here in Silicon Valley." Teppang’s own mother has been an electronics worker since the 1980’s and she dedicated the day to her. 

Michelle Tran, a therapist associated with YWCA, just got involved this year and found community. "I love it! I'm with folks who have the same values as me, it's really refreshing and I feel like I'm decolonizing my energy," she shared.

The SBIWD Network plans to move forward building and promoting a conscious gender sensitive path towards social justice led by working class women of color. To get involved with the South Bay International Women's Day Network email: and check out the calendar of upcoming events:

Anecita Yazhi Hernandez, mother dancer, community organizer and cultural presenter, she danced Womyn’s Fancy Dance

Members of community teatro performed El Night Time de Cambio, directed by Luis Xago Juarez. Photo by: Yesenia Ramos

Akoma Arts members Leon Beauchman, Carolyn Jones, Keith and Melody Hames blessing the group with drum, song and dance.

Joyel and Khalilah of Akoma Arts got the crowd moving.

About Liz Gonzalez

Liz Gonzalez is a San Jose based writer and holistic healing practitioner, she leads a weekly meditation circle at De-Bug on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm.

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Gracuas for contributing with your multiple roles ma! This is beautiful!

Peace be upon you. Thank you for this piece, as it is necessary. Peace.

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