Multiple sources—including New York news broadcast PIX 11—are reporting that the lights around the Statue Of Liberty have gone dark tonight, with no official reason on the books. Online commentators, including the ones who run the Twitter account for The Women’s March, are speculating that it’s intended as a gesture of solidarity for tomorrow’s International Women’s Day and the A Day Without Women event, a widespread strike intended to display the impact women have on America’s workplaces and culture.
Of course, it’s always possible that this is just a bizarre coincidence or power outage, and that no political intent is actually meant by the sudden darkness at the Statue. But for now, numerous people—ourselves included—are reading it as a powerful symbolic show of support for America’s women and their cause.
UPDATE: We’re seeing reports via Twitter that the lights at the statue have now gone back on. The National Parks Service released a statement saying “the outages were a temporary, unplanned outage. The outage was most likely due to work related to an ongoing project to activate a new emergency backup generator that is part of our last remaining Hurricane Sandy recovery projects.”