Women's March returns to U.S. cities to maintain pressure against President Trump

In Washington, demonstrators arriving by auto, bus or subway converged on the city's Freedom Plaza as they prepared to march defiantly past the nearby Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Other placards decried his comments about women or minority groups, while some demanded his impeachment.

"While the Women's March is a movement pushing back against President Trump and his administration's words and actions towards the disenfranchised - namely women - the mission of the movement in no way excuses it from being held to an inclusive set of values", IU College Democrats' executive board said in a statement.

The anti-Semitism controversy stems from Women's March co-president Tamika Mallory's refusal to condemn Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who is known for his anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

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.

Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe said the Women's March has become "toxic".

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The Democratic National Committee was removed from the Women's March sponsorship webpage earlier this week, CNN reported Tuesday. A Washington state chapter disbanded in protest. 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.

March On, a separate grassroots coalition that also grew from the original march, has coordinated hundreds of marches in cities such as Boston, Houston, Baltimore and Denver.

"Last year we brought the power to the polls, and this year we need to make sure that we translate that power into policy", Ocasio-Cortez said at the New York Women's March in Columbus Circle. "I just don't feel that everyone has a right to exist at the disposal of another group".

The newly elected women - almost all Democrats - include the first Muslim women and first Native American women in Congress, as well as the first black women to represent their states in New England.

This week on The View, leader Tamika Mallory refused to condemn Farrakhan and defended calling him "the greatest of all time".

"I believe that all people have a right to exist and that Palestinians are also suffering with a great crisis, and there are Jewish scholars that will say the same", Mallory said.

Activists say the marches were also a chance to celebrate the gains made in the 2018 elections, which saw more women elected to the US Congress than ever before.

  • Joey Payne