Organizers for the Women's March in New Orleans have decided to cancel this year's event, which was scheduled to take place Jan. 19, due to "drastically" low fundraising and participation interest.
What are the details?
"Due to several issues we have decided it is necessary to cancel the 2019 Women's March in New Orleans," organizers posted to social media last week, according to the Washington Times.
In the announcement, organizers said controversy with Women's March national leaders has led to a steep decline in overall interest, including fundraising and participation. Last month, devastating exposés in Tablet Magazine and the New York Times revealed the deep anti-Semitic ties among the most prominent leaders in the Women's March movement.
"Many of the sister marches have asked the leaders of Women's March, Inc. to resign but as of today, they have yet to do so," the announcement said. "The controversy is dampening efforts of sister marches to fundraise, enlist involvement, find sponsors and attendee numbers have drastically declined this year. New Orleans is no exception."
"However, this does not mean the end of our momentum in Louisiana. It's time to look past the marching and look towards a new stage of the movement," the posting reassured.
Indeed, accusations of blatant anti-Semitism against Women's March national leaders Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez are serious. Tablet detailed their long association with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who regularly compares Jews to the devil. Tablet even revealed how the women pushed out Jewish leaders in the early days of the movement for their alleged "oppression" of minorities.
The women have not admitted wrongdoing, despite widespread coverage in the mainstream media. The national Women's March is still scheduled Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C.
Have other marches cancelled?
Yes. Organizers in Chicago announced last week the cancellation of its annual march, citing a decline in fundraising and in participation interest directly related to anti-Semitic connections of Women's March national leaders.
Meanwhile, organizers for the Women's March event in Eureka, California, cancelled their event over fears that participants would be "overwhelmingly white."