The fallout continues.
The organizers of the Women’s March in Chicago have canceled the 2019 march due to the anti-Semitic views of Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory at the national level.
From The Chicago Tribune:
While Women’s March Chicago organizers cited high costs and limited volunteer hours as the main reasons for nixing the annual rally and march, the break comes amid splintering within the national Women’s March leadership following accusations of anti-Semitism and scrutiny of its ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Marches and rallies are still planned for Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C., and dozens of cities nationwide and internationally, as well as other parts of Illinois like Rockford, southwest suburban New Lenox and northwest suburban Woodstock.
Women’s March Chicago leaders say they’ll commemorate the anniversary of the original march with another activity but haven’t released any details on the location or nature of the event.
“There’s no march, there’s no rally,” said Sara Kurensky, Women’s March Chicago board member. “We’re going to provide ways for people to organize and take action in their local communities.”
However, the Chicago’s Women’s March had to speak out against Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan last February. Reports came out that Mallory attended one of his events where he claimed “powerful Jews are my enemy” and he “pulled the cover off the eyes of the Satanic Jew.” He also blamed Jews of controlling the economy and government in an effort to keep down the black man.
This makes me think the real reason is because of the anti-Semitic and racist views of Sarsour and Mallory. Kurensky even admitted that “the opportunity to further distance the Chicago organization from national Women’s March leaders was a ‘side benefit.'”
Washington state’s chapter of the Women’s March closed a few weeks ago because of the ant-Semitism.
The Chicago Tribune spoke to sociology professor Dana Fisher about the anti-Semitic controversy. Fisher believes it will affect the marches in January and the groups won’t see a lot of participation:
She added that the recent conflict over national leadership doesn’t help.
“I think it would be a heavy lift without the controversy, and with the controversy, it just gives another reason not to march,” said Fisher, author of the forthcoming book “American Resistance,” which will be coming out in mid-2019. “I think in general the numbers should be down, but I do think there will be commemorations across the country. And I think a lot of people will want to support the new Congress and the blue wave that brought them into office.”
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