Women’s March Rally Canceled for Being ‘Overwhelmingly White’

Organizers of the Women’s March rally for Humboldt County in northern California canceled its January march over concerns that the participants would be “overwhelmingly white.”

The march was originally scheduled to take place on January 19 in Eureka but was canceled after “many conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march,” one of the organizers said in a statement on the group’s Facebook page.

“The local organizers are continuing to meet and discuss how to broaden representation in the organizing committee to create an event that represents and supports peoples who live here in Humboldt,” the statement said. “Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community.” . . .

“Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach,” the statement added. “ Our goal is that planning will continue and we will be successful in creating an event that will build power and community engagement through connection between women that seek to improve the lives of all in our community.” . . .

Chicago Women’s March organizers also canceled their planned January 19 march, citing high costs and limited volunteers. The Chicago Tribune also reported that the cancellation also involved “splintering within the national Women’s March leadership following accusations of anti-Semitism and scrutiny of its ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.” (Read more from “Women’s March Rally Canceled for Being ‘Overwhelmingly White'” HERE)

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