- Thousands of people marched in the third Women’s March in Washington, DC, despite controversy surrounding the original founders of the movement.
- Recently, co-chair Tamika Mallory recently came under fire for her relationship with Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader, and his anti-Semitic stance, causing a division among key organizers.
- The Democratic National Convention also pulled its support for the march over Mallory’s comments.
- Several marchers told INSIDER they were aware of the issues surrounding the march but came for the cause, not the controversy.
- “We are here for all of us,” one marcher told INSIDER.
A thick crowd waited in anticipation for the 2019 Women’s March in Washington, DC, to begin on January 19.
Marchers danced in place to music playing from several speakers throughout Freedom Plaza, and protest signs filled the sky.
Unified chants of “Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go” echoed off buildings as the crowd began marching towards the US capitol building.
Thousands of people marched in the city’s third annual Women’s March, despite controversy surrounding the original founders of the movement. Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory recently came under fire for her relationship with Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader, and his anti-Semitic stance.
Additionally, the Democratic National Convention pulled its support for the march over Mallory’s comments. The issue caused a division among central organizers of the march and lead to two Women’s marches nationwide.
Despite the controversy, the march still had an air of unity. Here’s how the day unfolded:
Several marchers told INSIDER they were aware of the issues surrounding the march but came for the cause, not the controversy.
Many said they weren’t aware that two marches were occurring and described a feeling of unity, rather than divisiveness.
More than a dozen people told INSIDER why they chose to attend the Women’s March on Saturday, and what issues were most important to them.
Ellie Stitzer, a 22-year-old student from Missouri, said she’d heard of the controversy, but wasn’t fazed. She came to the march to represent women with disabilities. “I knew there was some controversy with the leadership but I still respect the message of the organization as a whole,” she said.
Steve Palacios, a 35-year-old attorney from New York, said he’d heard of the controversy but was here for his child, his wife, and his dog. “I brought a female into this world with my wife, and I fear that a lot of the protection that encompasses women needs to be addressed,” he said.
Sixth-grader Roxy Smith told INSIDER her mother surprised her with a trip from Nashville to DC for the march. “I love and I respect the whole Women’s March,” she said. “And I would love to be here because it’s everybody having signs that talk about their feelings of what’s going on.”
Mychal Kamara, 30, told INSIDER he felt passionate about women’s rights, and believed he sometimes has experienced advantages as a man. “We are all people,” he said. “Personally, as an African American and being denied things — I identify with women. So I think all people deserve the same chances.”
- Allison Picott, 48, is from Boston, Massachusetts where she fundraisers for a not-for-profit organization.
Have you heard of the controversy surrounding the Women’s March organizers? If so, what’s your opinion of it? I am a little bit aware of them, but not fully aware to comment beyond that.
What is the biggest issue you’re here fighting for? I am passionate about protecting women’s rights, protecting the right to choose. I want to ensure for my niece’s future, a future where she can do anything she wants.
Who are you hoping runs for president in 2020? That’s an excellent question, I definitely don’t know yet but definitely voting democrat.
Allison Picott, 48, told INSIDER