The Women’s March is continuing to crumble because of the leadership team’s ties to anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and reports that they ousted another leader due to her Jewish heritage.
Several members of the leadership team, including Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, have direct ties to anti-Semite and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. As IJR reported on Monday, Mallory failed to denounce Farrakhan after being called out for her connections to him by Meghan McCain on “The View.”
In addition to the ties to Farrakhan, a report from Tablet alleged that the Women’s March leadership team made many anti-Semitic claims and even targeted a staffer for her Jewish heritage.
Several major sponsors of the March have backed away since this controversy surfaced.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced in a statement to The Daily Beast that they would no longer be working with the National Women’s March, instead opting to work with local marches. As IJR previously reported, several local groups have cut ties with the national organization in a move to combat anti-Semitism.
Additionally, several major sponsors from 2017 including the NAACP, AFL-CIO, and the Human Rights Campaign have dropped their sponsorship.
Although it is clear that these groups are distancing themselves from the organization due to the claims of anti-Semitism, many of them are doing so quietly.
As noted by The Daily Beast, the SPLC in 2017 launched a press release detailing their pride in partnering with the Women’s March. They stated, “Through our core issues, we work to protect the rights of the working poor, LGBT, and undocumented immigrant women whom the Women’s March on Washington seeks to unite.”
This year, their spokesperson only told The Daily Beast that they were going to work with local marches and noted that “other projects were a priority.”
In the same way, many of the sponsors who cut ties did so without a major announcement.
The 2019 Women’s March will take place on January 19 in Washington D.C.