Women's March faces shutdown and anti-Semitism controversy in return to DC

Inaugural marches drew millions to march in cities across the U.S.

"Instead, this weekend, I will join a movement of women around the nation who are participating in local marches that have distanced themselves from those national Women's March leaders who still ally with bigotry", she said. "Since our inception, Women's March San Diego has oriented our mission of harnessing the political power of diverse women and their communities toward creating transformative social change".

"It's going to be very powerful as a youth-led event, youth-organized event", said Cruz, a 19-year-old Roosevelt University student who described being inspired at previous Women's March events.

Following a lengthy article highlighting accusations of anti-Semitism within the Women's March leadership, which appeared in Tablet in December, the Women's March organizers apparently added three Jewish women to its steering committee.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), who attended the 2017 Women's March, distanced herself from the event on Friday by writing in a USA Today opinion piece: "I can not associate with the national march's leaders and principles, which refuse to completely repudiate anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry".

She told the crowd it also meant working to pass an Equal Rights Amendment.

"Now is the time to get off the sidelines".

Kimberly Graham, 54, an attorney in Des Moines, said attending the march there two years ago gave her hope after Trump's election left her feeling dejected.

"It's given me a lot of hope that things will turn around".

Rep. Ayanna Pressley addresses the Boston Women's March.

The newly elected women - almost all Democrats - include the first Muslim woman and first Native American woman in Congress, as well as the first black women to represent their states in New England.

More than half of the roughly 500 partner organizations that supported the nationwide Women's March demonstration last year have abandoned the organization ahead of this year's protests, which will take place Saturday in Washington, D.C. and other cities across the country.

Leaders of Women's March and March On say there is a role for everyone and that divisions in leadership have not detracted from the overall movement.

Another Democrat, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, is scheduled to speak Saturday at the Women's March Iowa in Des Moines, after appearing at the 2017 and 2018 events in Washington, D.C.

"We need to stand up for women all over the world - for races, gender, sexual orientation which are often misunderstood", said Ann Caroline, 27, herself wearing a pink hat. Just give us the whole table.

The Federal Plaza rally was announced earlier this month to fill the void after the Women's March Chicago group decided not to host its annual march and rally, saying that the high costs of holding previous events, not the controversy enveloping the national Women's March Inc. group, was the reason. The "March for Life" by anti-abortion campaigners was in Washington on Friday, attended by Vice President Mike Pence.

  • Jon Douglas