The Women's March Is On

Despite political turmoil, the march is happening
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2019 3:00 PM CST
The Women's March Is On
Co-president of the 2019 Women's March Tamika Mallory, center, march along with others demonstrators on Pennsylvania Av. during the Women's March in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Pink "pussy hats," boisterous chanting, brazen vendors—all were on display Saturday as thousands braved icy weather for the third annual Women's March on Washington, the Washington Post reports. Some protesters walked with a banner reading "The Women's Wave Rises" while chanting "Hey hey, ho ho! White supremacy has got to go!" as others advocated for reproductive rights or protested Trump's border-wall plans. Organizers had expected hundreds of thousands to show, but got a smaller turnout amid political turmoil in the Women's March organization, including a very public power struggle and claims of anti-Semitism. "We were conflicted," a protester from Chicago tells the New York Times. "There's always going to be some discussion of different views, and we didn't want it to derail the bigger picture."

Indeed, Women's March co-leader Tamika Mallory was among those carrying a "Jewish Women of Color" banner at the head of the march—an apparent response to criticisms of her support for black nationalist Louis Farrakhan and his anti-Semitic remarks. Amid the conflict, several progressive organizations and well-known supporters declined to take part in this year's rally. Yet thousands of marchers hit the streets in 300 US cities and cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Berlin, Athens, and London, per NBC News and the Guardian. "It's my dream come true," says a Miranda Compton, a retired school principal from Georgia at the Washington rally. "For the first time in my lifetime, I don't feel like the only feminist in my town." (See why Debbie Wasserman Schultz opted out of the women's march.)

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