Citing “high costs and insufficient volunteer hours,” the Chicago chapter of Women’s March has canceled its rally planned for January 19 next year, the anniversary of the original nationwide Women’s March in 2017.
The Chicago chapter of the Women’s March has canceled its rally planned for January, citing high costs and insufficient volunteer hours, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.
The newspaper noted that the cancellation of the event, which in the past drew hundreds of thousands of people to the city, comes amid growing controversy surrounding the group’s national leaders and their ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has made several anti-Semitic comments in the past.
Marches and rallies in Washington, D.C., and in cities across the country are still planned for Jan. 19, including several in Illinois. The Chicago chapter has said it will commemorate the anniversary of the national march in other ways but hasn’t yet released details.
The blatant and nauseating anti-Semitism of two of the founders of the March, Linda Sarsour, and Tamika Mallory, has no doubt scared donors away and dampened enthusiasm for the march from volunteers. Both women have praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. MORE