Three high profile co-chairs of the Women’s March are leaving after the organization experienced months of infighting, according to The Washington Post.
What We Know:
- On July 15, Co-Chairs Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland stepped down from their positions as they face vicious attacks from conservatives aiming to paint them as threats to the United States, in addition to criticism from within their organization.
- The media scrutinized Mallory after she attended a February 2018 event keynoted by a leader of the Nation of Islam.
- The Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, who has publicly praised Trump in the past, has been condemned for making anti-Semitic, anti-LGBTQ and sexist remarks.
- The Conservative media have referred Sarsour to a terrorist sympathizer and falsely claimed she declared a violent jihad against the president.
- According to HuffPost, “With the co-chairs resigning, the Women’s March announced 16 incoming board members, which include women of various faiths from across the country.”
- “I am grateful to the women who stepped up to shepherd the Women’s March, This is what women supporting women looks like,” Sarsour said.
The organization’s biggest challenge remains its greatest strength: having a wide base of support among women with various life experiences and priorities.
Despite reports saying otherwise, our outgoing board members have simply served out their terms and are moving on to new ventures. We are more unified than ever and we thank them for their groundbreaking work and sacrifice.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) September 16, 2019