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Women's March Returns To DC, Other Cities

Women's March Returns To DC, Other Cities

Women's March, a national nonprofit organization that evolved from the initial Washington march, is again hosting its main event in Washington, with hundreds of "sister" marches in other cities.

Sydney Leidig, 19, of northwest suburban Algonquin stayed warm in her pink-eared knit cap, the icon of the movement from the original women's marches following the January 2017 inauguration of President Donald Trump. "I'm proud of the work (that) women have done in the last election, but we need more powerful women", said Palleschi of Sherman Oaks, California, and a member of a nonprofit for women.

One of the national group's leaders was been criticized in particular for her association with the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Appearing on The View this week, Mallory refused to explicitly condemn Farakhan.

Preparations for this year's march were roiled by an intense ideological debate among the movement's senior leadership. Linda Sarsour, another Women's March leader, spoke at a rally headlined by Farrakhan in 2015.

"The women's march does not represent Jewish people". Toni Atkins are among the myriad speakers and public figures expected to attend this year's march. Parallel marches will be held in dozens of USA cities.

After months of controversy, the cloud hanging over the organization because of its leaders' alleged anti-Semitism led not only to a smaller turnout from years past, but also appeared to overshadow the group's policy goals.

She also added that, "there are no ideal leaders", and that "the media can talk about any controversy they want, but the real controversy is in the White House". "That is not my language", she said.




Despite the controversy, thousands of women showed up to marches on Saturday.

Women's March Inc.co-founder Teresa Shook in November called for national leaders to step down, saying the group had not done enough to separate itself from groups that espoused prejudice against Jews and LGBTQ people.

Okeyo, who rejects that the movement is anti-Semitic, responded to the interruption by welcoming Jews and reminding the crowd about the goal of the rally.

Despite pleas for unity, an alternate women's march has sprung up in protest and will be holding a parallel rally in New York on Saturday a few blocks away from the official New York Women's March protest. "If you're not going to stand up for what you believe in, that's when complacency sets in", she said. Her excitement from seeing so many women and minorities win midterm election races has inspired her to weigh challenging Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected Democratic congresswoman who has emerged as a progressive favorite and a bugbear of conservatives, spoke at both NY rallies.

The demographic in Chicago was younger, but their message echoed that of generations of women who have come before them.

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