National heroine Lolita Lebrón convoked 100 women on Saturday, March 8, International Women’s Day, to support Puerto Rican independence. Hundreds turned out for the march, including Doña Isabel Rosado and representatives of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP). The women marched from the Cathedral of San Juan to La Fortaleza, the seat of the colonial government in Puerto Rico.
Lolita Lebrón gave a poignant speech about the dedication of Puerto Rican women to the Independence of Puerto Rico:
“We want everyone to know that in Puerto Rico, we women are fighting for our rights as workers, we are fighting for a healthy environment, for poor and marginalized communities, for the freedom of the political prisoners, the well being of children, for peace, for the defense of our culture and all the rights they intend to take from us. We want everyone to know that women in Puerto Rico support, demand and are fighting for the independence of Puerto Rico.”
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