Women's March returns to U.S. cities to maintain pressure against President Trump
- Author: Tracy Klein Jan 20, 2019,
Jan 20, 2019, 4:26
Over the last several months, the Women's March has been embroiled by accusations that the leadership pushed out the movement's allies because they are Jewish, and that two of the co-chairs said in a private setting that Jews were responsible for the oppression of people of color.
"I believe that all people have the right to exist".
Farrakhan has been criticized for making anti-Semitic statements during speeches, including referencing "Satanic Jews" and saying that "powerful Jews are my enemy" at a February 2018 speech that Mallory attended, according to ADL. In a Facebook post, she claimed Sarsour and Mallory, along with fellow organizers Bob Bland and Carmen Perez, had "steered the Movement away from its true course" and called for all four to step down. However, the leader avoided a straight answer and gave a vague statement.
"Even though the genesis is for a women's march, I think there's a lot more at stake for everyone and that message got lost this year", said Toma. Appearing on The View this week, Mallory refused to explicitly condemn Farakhan.
"We understand that there will be schisms", Sarsour told ABC News, acknowledging that the movement had requested access to smaller venues for their marchers this year.
Among the protesters was Nydia Leaf, an energetic, pink-hatted 86-year-old taking part in her third women's march.
"Whether it's the attempts to create federal or state laws banning political boycotts or criticism of Israel (including the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions tactic), targeting environmental protest or preventing students and faculty on college campuses from expressing their views or engaging in peaceable assembly, the silencing of one side of the debate is precisely what our First Amendment protects against", said the document. I see all of you.
Embattled Women's March co-President Tamika Mallory nodded in agreement as Sarsour screamed.
Despite pleas for unity, an alternate women's march has sprung up in protest and will be holding a parallel rally in New York on Saturday a few blocks away from the official New York Women's March protest. Despite calls to separate herself from him, she called Farrakhan the "GOAT" (greatest of all time), and has defended him on multiple occasions.
"The Women's March doesn't represent all women". The bill's authors say it would protect U.S. companies from needing to comply with boycott attempts called upon by global bodies, like the UN. "Anyone who cares about supporting Jewish communities must acknowledge and fight this racism on both sides of the political spectrum".
That includes pushing for a policy document they call the "Women's Agenda", addressing issues including immigrant rights, violence against women, civil rights and liberties, and climate justice, among others.