3rd annual Women's March underway in San Diego, across U.S.
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 20, 2019,
Jan 20, 2019, 0:38
A small group of counter-protesters, surrounded by D.C. police, marched toward Trump International Hotel with signs that said "America you need to bless God", "Abortion is murder" and "Islam is a religion of blood and murder", the paper reported.
Occupy New Hampshire Seacoast and other groups also are hosted a women's march in Portsmouth. Toni Atkins scheduled to attend to draw attention to women's rights and social issues following the 2016 election of President Donald Trump. "That is not my language", she said.
The original march helped spark a rise in women's political activism, with a record 131 women now serving in the new US Congress.
In addition to that march, rallies and demonstrations were to be held across the country by different groups - some affiliated with the national Women's March Inc. organization and others that aren't.
Activists say the marches are a chance to celebrate the gains made in the 2018 elections, which saw more women elected to the U.S. Congress than ever before. In a Facebook post, she claimed Sarsour and Mallory, along with fellow organizers Bob Bland and Carmen Perez, had "steered the Movement away from its true course" and called for all four to step down. "So we will work through this as a women's movement because we are focused on what the real threat to this country is, and it is this administration and white supremacy".
While I still firmly believe in its values and mission, I can not associate with the national march's leaders and principles, which refuse to completely repudiate anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. Bronx Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke at that march.
For her part, Ann Caroline called the controversy "heartbreaking", but added that to march for women's rights "doesn't mean that I align myself with the founders' values".
In major cities, however, participants held separate marches due to controversy within the Women's March movement.
The newly elected women - almost all Democrats - include the first Muslim woman and first Native American woman in Congress, as well as the first black women to represent their states in New England.
Mallory grew visibly annoyed over the question of Israel's right to exist during the interview with PBS's "Firing Line with Margaret Hoover".
Earlier Thursday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) announced in an op-ed she would no longer be participating in the national Women's March.
"I believe that all people have the right to exist", Mallory replied.
The Women's March is scheduled to descend on Washington over the weekend. "It was very important to us that they disavow those comments and they did not do so".