In a statement released by organizers, the Women’s March planned for Eureka, California has been cancelled due to past years being “overbearingly white”
Organizers feel there is representation missing from several perspectives of the Humboldt community
In November Women’s March Chicago cancelled their march due to funding and volunteer issues
The Washington state chapter dissolved earlier this much after anti-Semitism accusations were made on a national level
Humboldt County Women’s March organizers planned to host the event scheduled for January 19 in honor of the first Women’s march in Washington D.C. in 2017 following President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The Eureka Women’s March organizers decided to cancel the event after it did not appear to be as diverse as they had wanted.
A statement released by the organizers went into detail and explained they did not feel the event adequately represented or supported the Humboldt community. In specific, the statement said the event up to this point had been “overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community.”
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. 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. 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.
Organizers did they say they were exploring the idea of doing an event in March in celebration of International Women’s Day.
Eureka was not the only Women’s March to cancel. In November, Women’s March Chicago announced they would not be having a third march in Grant Park. For the past two years, the event has drawn hundreds of thousands of attendees, but organizers said due to high costs and limited volunteers they could not do it this year following a march they did in October.
Is Women’s March Chicago hosting a march in January 2019?
We know that many of you are waiting patiently for the answer to this question. Our March to the Polls on 10.13.18 drew an estimated 100,000 people to Grant Park for an empowering day of unity.
Because WMC put so much time, money, energy and effort into our October event, we will NOT be marching again in January. However, we ware planning an exciting WMC anniversary action on Saturday, January 19, 2019! Please stay tuned for more details.
Additionally, WMC will be working with our organizing partners in the lead up to February’s municipal elections. Look for candidate forums and other events that WMC will be promoting and participating in this winter.
Earlier in the month, organizers from the Washington state chapter disbanded allegations of anti-Semitism occurring on a national level. Board Director of Women’s March Washington Angie Beem made the announcement in a Facebook post on December 13. The reason for dissolving the organization was the anti-Semitism accusations against national co-chairs Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour.
Angie Beem here, The Washington State Women+s March Board Director. I’m sure you have seen my statement(s) regarding the National Women’s March team in an article here or there. (https://www.tabletmag.com/…/is-the-womens-march-melting-dow…)
This has been a year long emotional and ethical battle. I and my team can’t sit idly by and ignore the antisemitism the four National Team co-chairs have supported and continue to support. In a time that racism is being empowered, we cannot be ambivalent. Three years ago, I made a promise to myself. I promised that I would unpack my own shit and I would be the best ally I can be. Continuing to be a part of the Women’s March with the blatant bigotry they display would be breaking a promise. We can’t betray our Jewish community by remaining a part of this organization.
The Women’s March was born by Teresa Shook to be a powerful movement to fight against racism, sexism, and the issues that oppress our marginalized and vulnerable. The four National Team co-chairs have lost sight of that and have allowed their personal biases to cloud our mission and purpose.
As the current state board president and the former Spokane Lead in 2017, I have been adamant that our organization was inclusive of everyone. We as the state Women+s March on Washington State board have done everything we can to stay true to the original message and have stated so much in our mission statement. In Washington state, we are ALL volunteers and do not receive any funds for the work we do. Additionally, we have collected our own donations and paid our own expenses. We have not had any financial assistance from the National WM organization. We have been self-sufficient and unbiased.
Because of the events happening at the national level and their refusal to acknowledge and apologize for their anti-Semitic stance, we have decided to dissolve our Women+s March on Washington State organization in order to separate from the National message that is being sent, both from a social justice standpoint and a financial standpoint. We have conveyed the message, multiple times, that WMWS does not agree nor support their praise of Farrakhan and all he stands for. We have decided to distance ourselves from Women’s March and to join another organization, Smart Politics, that will allow us to help everyone without biases or discrimination.
Each individual city is still having a 2019 Women+s March and we still need your financial support to make that happen. We still have much to say and want to finish this march with a strong message. Please consider supporting your local march by donating or buying some swag in our shop. (https://www.bonfire.com/store/womens-march-washington-state/)
After the 2019 event, each city will determine on their own, if they will continue. We have given them the advice that if they do continue, to keep it as a freedom of speech movement. Make their event what they want it to be whether they align their message with National or not. We strongly urge you to support your local team both financially, AND by volunteering to help. It takes a lot to organize these events. Most people don’t understand all the work (and money) that goes into them. Please support us this year and, if your city continues to have an annual event, please support them however you are able. Either money or time. We have not had the financial support or the support of volunteers since the first march. We have been struggling to get these events organized for you. Please step up and join the team. We can’t do it alone.
As mentioned above, this isn’t the end, but rather the next step for us. We hope that you will join us. Smart Politics will be creating 4 branch organizations. We plan to help train candidates, campaign staff, train kids in schools to better communicate their emotions and needs to help defuse trauma. We have been asked to train lawyers and other professionals. Your former Women+s March Washington State team is looking forward to making a difference in many forms and several different avenues. Some of you attended our Radical Conversation training workshops. THAT is what we will be doing but on a larger scale and with many different platforms. We are very excited. We know that the only way we can make positive change, is to be able to communicate with those who have a different opinion or belief than we do. We also know that our kids need to learn a more effective way to communicate so that they don’t hold in their feelings and become even more traumatized. Please join us in making a difference in politics, schools, ethical companies, and many other opportunities. You may have seen the ‘Angry Uncle Bot’ in the New York Times. That’s Us! For more information, check out www.joinsmart.org. If you haven’t attended a training workshop, we give a brief overview of the Radical Communication Cycle webinars regularly. Contact us through the website if you are interested.
In closing, this movement was born out of necessity. It is bigger than four people at the National level. Our communities need the unity that these marches provide. We combine our voices to enable change. This movement is as powerful as you make it. No matter what the name is. There is nothing in a name. There is everything in action. We ask that you be here with us this year. Help us go out on a positive note. We ask you to support your local marches. Exercise your freedom of speech and make them hear our voices! We ask you to join us in our next phase of advocacy and activism. Remember, when we all work together we WILL accomplish great things.
It is difficult for us to walk away from something that has literally changed our lives. But, we have to. It wasn’t an easy decision. But it’s the right thing to do. Thank you for your support and your understanding.
Let’s make this year the loudest! We are women, hear us roar!
It’s time to be straight with you. We really do need your financial help. Below is how much we estimate we will need for each city to have a march this year. These three cities are under our umbrella and what we are financially responsible for.
Wenatchee: $2000.00 +/-
Walla Walla: $2000.00 +/-
There are two more cities who have already become independent and are trying to be self sufficient. They are:
Below are links to take you to the various sites where you can donate for your city.
Thank you for your support
Click here to support Olympia, Walla Walla, and Wenatchee https://secure.anedot.com/womenmarchwa/donate
Click here to support Spokane
Click here to support the greater Seattle Area