Women’s March cuts ties with three board members amid anti-Semitism controversy

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Women’s March has cut ties with three board members who were accused of anti-Semitism and has created a new, diverse board of 16 members, The Washington Post reported Monday

The newspaper reported that co-chairs Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour stepped down from the board on July 15.

{mosads}A Women’s March spokesperson was not immediately available to comment for The Hill on Monday.

The organization told the Post in a statement the three inaugural board members would “transition off of the Women’s March Board and onto other projects focused on advocacy within their respective organizations.”

Women’s March came under scrutiny after Mallory attended an event in which Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan made controversial remarks about Jews.

Leaders of the group sought to address the issue, but stopped short of denouncing Farrakhan, according to the Post.

Bland and Mallory had served as co-presidents of the organization; new members will elect leaders when the board convenes this month, an official told the Post. 

Sarsour told the Post in a text that the new Women’s March board is “AMAZING,” and said she will continue working to get voters to the polls in 2020. 

Bland told the paper the change-over was long planned by the outgoing leaders.

Mallory did not respond to the Post’s requests for comment.

The new board members include three Jewish women, a transgender woman, a former legislator, two religious leaders and a member of the Oglala tribe of the Lakota nation, according to the Post. 

The members told the newspaper they’re looking to follow through with “the Women’s Agenda” the organization unveiled last year, as well as change the focus and reputation of Women’s March.

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