As Bethany Blakely reported yesterday, it looks like we won’t have the New Orleans Women’s March to kick around anymore. The event it seems will not make its 3rd birthday.
The organizers of the event decided to cancel the 2019 march. They cite “drastically” low fundraising and participation interest.
From The Blaze:
“Due to several issues we have decided it is necessary to cancel the 2019 Women’s March in New Orleans,” organizers posted to social media last week, according to the Washington Times.
In the announcement, organizers said controversy with Women’s March national leaders has led to a steep decline in overall interest, including fundraising and participation. Last month, devastating exposés in Tablet Magazine and the New York Times revealed the deep anti-Semitic ties among the most prominent leaders in the Women’s March movement.
“Many of the sister marches have asked the leaders of Women’s March, Inc. to resign but as of today, they have yet to do so,” the announcement said. “The controversy is dampening efforts of sister marches to fundraise, enlist involvement, find sponsors and attendee numbers have drastically declined this year. New Orleans is no exception.”
“However, this does not mean the end of our momentum in Louisiana. It’s time to look past the marching and look towards a new stage of the movement,” the posting reassured.
Here’s the Facebook post from the Baton Rouge chapter of the National Organization for Women, that announced the cancellation of the march.
Dear Women’s March New Orleans supporters,Due to several issues we have decided it is necessary to cancel the 2019…
Basically, the controversy surrounding the Women’s March is because of three of the co-chairs; Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez have a history of anti-Semitism and have ties to the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan. In addition, it appears the Nation of Islam was hired to provide security for the Women’s March.
In the Tablet Magazine story linked above, there were even allegations made that the three women pushed out Jewish leaders over their alleged “oppression” of minorities. Even worse for the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory sent a statement to the New York Times attacking “white Jews” who “uphold white supremacy.” All three women refuse to step down from the Women’s March.
Here’s a theory for why the Women’s March is dead in New Orleans. Much of the support for things like the Women’s March comes from New Orleans’s vibrant Jewish community. Many of those marching attend Tulane University, which has a large Jewish student population.
When a march is run by anti-Semites, obviously they would step away. They’re also not afraid to flex their political muscle, as we saw when the New Orleans City Council attempted to join the BDS movement against Israel early last year.
The New Orleans chapter of the Women’s March is not the only one folding. A Women’s March planned in California was canceled after organizers said the march was “too white.” A Washington State chapter disbanded last year over the anti-Semitism allegations.