Women’s March Nixed in Chicago as Charges of anti-Semitism Against National Group Persist

Women’s March Inc. co-President Tamika Mallory, shown in 2017, has praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on social media. National Women’s March leadership has experienced splintering following accusations of anti-Semitism and scrutiny of its ties to Farrakhan. (Kimberly P. Mitchell/Detroit Free Press)
Women’s March Inc. co-President Tamika Mallory, shown in 2017, has praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on social media. National Women’s March leadership has experienced splintering following accusations of anti-Semitism and scrutiny of its ties to Farrakhan. (Kimberly P. Mitchell/Detroit Free Press)

As controversy swells around national Women’s March organizers, the local group has decided not to host a march in January — an event that for the past two years drew hundreds of thousands of supporters to Grant Park in concert with similar marches across the globe.

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.”

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SOURCE: Angie Leventis Lourgos
Chicago Tribune

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