A local Women’s March in a small California town has been canceled over concerns that the turnout would be “overwhelmingly white.”
Organizers of the 2019 Eureka Women’s March, which is not an official local chapter of the national Women’s March organization, said in a statement on Facebook that they are concerned that the January march would not be representative of many community perspectives.
“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,” the statement reads. “Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community.”
The post said that organizers plan to hold an event in March surrounding International Women’s Day that they hope will “build power and community engagement through connection between women that seek to improve the lives of all in our community.”
“Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach,” according to the statement.
The Washington Post noted that the county where the Eureka march was planned is about 74 percent non-Hispanic white.
Jan. 20 is the official date of the third annual Women’s March, which was first held in Washington, D.C., the day after President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE’s inauguration, with hundreds of sister marches planned in communities worldwide.
The first Women’s March faced criticism over what many saw as a lack of diversity among speakers and attendees.
In recent months, the national group has come under fire due to accusations of anti-Semitism over the leaders’ ties to Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan has made anti-Semitic comments in the past, including saying “the powerful Jews are my enemy.”
The Chicago chapter of the Women’s March has canceled its planned event amid the controversy. Organizers cited high costs and lack of volunteer hours for the cancellation. A number of other local Women’s March chapters have distanced themselves from the national group over the row.