The stench of anti-Semitism that caused the National Women’s March to be canceled appears to be spreading.
As Angela Adkins, chairperson of the New Orleans March and president of the National Organization for Women’s Baton Rouge chapter told NBC News, “We began to be contacted by women who are concerned about what was coming out of national. People that will working with us begin to question working with the Women’s March.”
Weeks ago, leaders of the National March were accused of blaming Jews for the oppression of people of color, according to articles in both the New York Times and Tablet magazine. Both women have denied the charges.
The New Orleans chapter is said to have had a hard time raising money since mid-November, falling far short of the nearly $10,000 needed for police, porto-sans, a speaker system and various city permits. Instead of the thousands who were expected, only about 500 people said they were attending. The march was eventually canceled on January 19th.
Another group in Eureka, California also was forced to cancel its march because of what it said would be an “overwhelmingly white” attendance. In Chicago, leaders were forced to reschedule their own march.
According to published reports, march groups in various states, including Rhode Island and Washington, have distanced themselves from the National Group. Others have taken to the internet to underscore the fact that they are not affiliated with Women’s March Incorporated.
Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, professor of history at the University of California-Davis, told NBC News, “The question that develops over time is: how do you maintain the mass participation and also, what are the next steps?”
According to Cincinnati Public Radio, the Women’s March in that city has also been canceled. One of its leaders said the cancellation was prompted not by ideological concerns, but simply because of logistics. Rashida Manuel told WVXU, “I told them yes, I’m definitely willing to work with you. I want this to happen to. I’m waiting to see what we can come up with.” She also said the plans to unite with at least one other group never gelled as they are expected to. A lack of sufficient funds was the final straw that led to the cancellation.
The Women’s March group in Humboldt County, California, made international headlines with its pronouncement that their event had been cancelled because participants would be “overwhelmingly white.”
“This decision was made after many conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march,” the event’s organizers said in a statement posted on Facebook last week.
“The local organizers are continuing to meet and discuss how to broaden representation in the organizing committee to create an event that represents and supports peoples who live here in Humboldt.”
The problem, the Huffington Post reported, was that according to organizers “the group was “lacking representation from several perspectives in our community.” It said it hoped further outreach would add those “crucial voices.”
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