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Women’s March founder blasts co-chairs, asks for their resignations

She called out the co-chairs for 'anti-Semitism' and 'anti-LBGTQIA sentiment.'

Nov 19, 2018, 7:18 pm


Alexis Tatum 

Alexis Tatum

Women’s March founder Teresa Shook on Monday called for the resignation of four of her co-chairs for “steering the movement away from its true course,” CNN reports.

The Women’s March is a global protest that was organized following the inauguration President Donald Trump last January. The movement, which started with a Facebook event created by Shook, also inspired sister marches across the U.S.

In a Facebook post Monday, Shook said that the co-chairs of the organization had allowed it to become aligned with harmful rhetoric against other minority communities.

As Founder of the Women’s March, my original vision and intent was to show the capacity of human beings to stand in…

Posted by Teresa Shook on Monday, November 19, 2018

“Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez of Women’s March, Inc. have steered the Movement away from its true course,” Shook wrote. “In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform.”

Following Shook’s post, people have responded with both support and criticism of the Women’s March.

The other Women’s March leaders responded with their own post, claiming that Shook “weighed in, irresponsibly, as have other organizations attempting in this moment to take advantage of our growing pains to try and fracture our network.”

Several sister march leaders offered support to Shook, encouraging the resignation of the current Women’s March leaders.

Shook’s remarks came after mounting criticism against organization leaders’ association with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan has made several homophobic and anti-Semitic comments, including his reference to Jews as “termites” a week before the fatal shooting at the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh.

According to CNN, Mallory and Perez have both attended events featuring Farrakhan. Sarsour, who spoke at a 2015 rally headlined by Farrakhan, wrote about repeated calls for the Women’s March to condemn the Nation of Islam leader after the Tree of Life shooting.

“We have been CLEAR that Minister Farrakhan has said hateful and hurtful things and that he does not align with our Unity Principles of the Women’s March that were created by Women of Color,” Sarsour wrote.

As of Monday evening, none of the Women’s March leaders had announced plans to step down. The next Women’s March is scheduled for January 19, 2019.



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*First Published: Nov 19, 2018, 7:18 pm