Thousands of women marched Saturday in the US capital and across the country to convey a now-annual message opposing Donald Trump and supporting women’s rights, but internal divisions appeared to steal some energy from the rallies. As in earlier years, thousands of women joined demonstrations in cities across the United States, and around the world, though most turnouts appeared far short of the earlier women’s events. Many more took part in a separate march in Central Park organized by women angered by what they saw as the anti-Semitism of one women’s march leader. Ties to Nation of IslamThe original marches in January 2017 helped spark a rise in women’s political activism, with a record 131 women serving in the new US Congress. The anti-Semitism controversy stems from march co-founder Tamika Mallory’s ties to controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and her failure to condemn disparaging remarks about Jews he made at an event she attended.
Source: Egypt Independent January 20, 2019 08:51 UTC