Jewish Groups, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, YWCA Silent on Continued Women's March Support
As the third annual Women's March approaches this coming Saturday, many influential activist groups have walked away from the national organization due to concerns over anti-Semitism. EMILY's List, the National Council of Jewish Women, and even the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have distanced themselves from the Women's March. Many other groups have remained official partners, however, and many won't even give an explanation.
PJ Media reached out to 12 official partners of the 2019 Women's March, and only three responded. Two Jewish groups, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the YWCA, and more remained silent.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) directed PJ Media to AFT President Randi Weingarten's social media posts. Weingarten took a photo with Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, Women's March leaders known for anti-Semitic statements and ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The AFT president praised them as "warriors for justice," and thanked them for "debunking myths."
As for Code Pink, Ariel Gold, the group's national co-director, pointed to the "statements by Representative Steve King" as evidence that "the forces of white supremacy and militarism are growing more vociferously each day." In her statements to PJ Media, Gold did not address the worrying connections to Farrakhan and the reported anti-Semitic statements of leaders like Mallory. According to a Tablet exposé, Women's March leaders blamed the Jews for the international slave trade.
One more group, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, responded to PJ Media's request for comment.
"In this moment of increasing white nationalism and authoritarianism, our collective safety hangs in the balance and our future requires unity between and among our communities," Ginna Green, chief strategy officer at Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, told PJ Media. "The movement of the Women’s March and the millions of women and allies who participate are committed to building an intersectional movement to ensure that collective safety."
Green acknowledged that "some in the Jewish community feel tremendous pain and anguish as a result of these ongoing discussions around anti-Semitism," but she insisted that "at the same time, others are continuing to organize and shape the work of the Women's March, including a contingent of Jewish women of color like me. By remaining part of the Women's March movement, Bend the Arc ensures we remain part of the conversation—and we are buoyed by the many public commitments to fight anti-Semitism made by the Women's March leadership."