At long last, after months of reporting that laid open the true motivations behind the co-founders of the Women’s March, it seems that some of their most fervent supporters – including liberal celebrities and even one of the co-founders of the March themselves – are turning their backs on the activist organization. Actresses Alyssa Milano and Debra Messing have joined feminist Tali Goldsheft and Women’s March founder Teresa Shook in condemning the current leadership for bigotry, anti-semitism, and their association with racist Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan.
These feminists have all joined to sign a Change.org petition calling for new Women’s March leaders to replace Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez.
“Many feminists refused to join the Women’s March because they did not feel comfortable with the current leadership,” says the petition. “Now, Women’s March participants also no longer feel represented by this organization due to the behavior of its current leadership. We, as supporters of women’s rights, donated to this organization, promoted it, and went on to march once again on January 20, 2018. We REFUSE to march behind leaders who support an open anti-Semite. We REFUSE to march behind leaders who defend those affiliated with an open anti-Semite. We DEMAND new leadership.”
In a Facebook post this week, OG Women’s March founder Teresa Shook explicitly called out the current Women’s March leadership squad.
“Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez of Women’s March, Inc. have steered the Movement away from its true course,” she wrote. “I have waited, hoping they would right the ship. But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs. I call for the current Co-Chairs to step down and to let others lead who can restore faith in the Movement and its original intent.”
On November 9, the Change.org petition added the following update: “Alyssa Milano and Debra Messing are both no longer supporting the Women’s March due to its anti-Semitic leadership.”
Predictably, the co-founders of the March responded with a statement relying heavily on the basic ideology justifying the movement, which is of course identity politics.
“Today, Teresa Shook weighed in, irresponsibly, as have other organizations attempting in this moment to take advantage of our growing pains to try and fracture our network,” they wrote. “Groups that have benefited from our work but refuse to organize in accordance with our Unity Principles clearly have no interest in building the world our principles envision. They have not done the work to mobilize women from diverse backgrounds across the nation.”
This was an activist movement born in the fires of left-wing extremism, and it’s only gotten worse since then. Sarsour’s presence on the leadership committee alone should be reason enough for any sensible woman to stay far, far away from the group and any events it sponsors. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end for her political career and the beginning of her rightful place well outside the public spotlight.