Headline February 25, 2018/ '' 'WOMEN'S 'MARCH' WONDERS' ''


WOMEN'S MARCH EXIST TO FIGHT ALL FORMS OF OPPRESSION : Racism, white supremacy, classism, Islamophobia, ageism............

''No one person owns  the women march or the women's movement. It's about people figuring out where they fit in.''

ONE RECENT SATURDAY for a third year in a row, women across the US and across the globe will take to the streets and march for equality.

And once again, the Women's March is facing controversy in the background.

When the march started up, born out of the ashes of Donald Trump's elections, it was plagued by accusation that it was dominated by white women. There were also tensions between pro-choice and anti-abortion factions.

This year there are reports of anti-Semitic remarks made by two of march's original organizers, Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory.

The dustup took off after Tablet Magazine published a story in December, detailing anti-Semite  remarks made by Mallory and Perez, both women of color during the movement's earliest days. The New York Times followed with more details.

The reports added fuel to the fire, surrounding the Women March over yet another of the group's leaders, Linda Sarsour, who has attracted criticism for her Palestinian activism.

Just that week, Mallory, now the group's co-president, went on ''The View'' and declined to denounce her controversial associations with Louis Farrakhan, an African-American activist who is preferred bogeyman for right-wing critics of progressive because of  his track record of anti-Semitic remarks.

''Women March disagrees with the version of events outlined in both the Tablet and New York Times articles,'' the  group said in a statement.

''Women's march exists to fight all forms of oppression, bigotry, including anti-Semitism, misogyny,  homophobia, transphobia racism, white supremacy, ableism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, classism, and ageism.'' The work continues with the  marches this weekend, the group said.

The controversy has led to a fracturing among activists and progressives. Some group aren't partnering with the march this year; a couple of progressive celebrities also distance themselves.

Prominent 2020 female candidates are split on this : Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-Mass] won't be attending, her representative told HuffPost. But Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand [D. N.Y] is scheduled to speak at the Iowa march.

At least one female politician told HuffPost she's having misgivings.

''I'm probably going to go, but I'm sure as hell not going to talk about it on social media, and I'll probably wear sunglasses,'' said this politician, who spoke on the condition of  anonymity out of fear of being associated with anti-Semitism.

She had been looking forward to attending this year too, she  said, since the march has been a reliable way to find volunteer networks and campaign.

Other female politicians said there was no question that they would attend. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez [D- N.Y] perhaps the best- known of the record number of women elected to Congress this year, said she had followed the controversy and was ''concerned'' but told HuffPost she would be marching in New York.

One of her colleagues, newly elected Democrat Rep. Jahana Jayes, plans to march in her home state of Connecticut.

''No one person own the women's march or the women's movement,'' she told a HuffPost reporter in Washington that Thursday.

''It's about people figuring out where they fit in. That's my real life. That's everything I am about.''

Despite the controversy at the top, the women on the ground are mobilising. There are 300 marches  planned around the U.S. one past Saturday, and a separate organization, Women's March Global, has events planned in 30 countries.

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