Photo by Emanuel Wallace
Women's March Cleveland 2018
While women in other major cities
have seen their marches canceled, Women's March Cleveland is set to go on as planned come Saturday, Jan. 19, despite allegations that
some leaders in the national organization are anti-Semitic.
Distancing themselves from the controversy, Women's March Cleveland has invited the National Council on Jewish Women Cleveland and others to speak at its event.
“Women's March Cleveland does not condone anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry, sexism, Islamophobia or any other forms of discrimination," said Women’s March Cleveland organizer Kathy Wray Coleman in a statement. "And we urge our Jewish sisters in greater Cleveland and elsewhere to march with us.”
Meanwhile the national organization, which does still plan to hold its march this month in Washington, D.C., is working hard to diffuse the tension.
"Every member of our movement matters to us — including our incredible Jewish and LGBTQ members," Women's March Inc. leaders said in a statement
in November. "We are deeply sorry for the harm we have caused, but we see you, we love you, and we are fighting with you."
From the beginning, the Women's March movement (and its pink pussy hats) was seen as controversial. The group also received criticism for not focusing enough on issues that effect women of color and trans women.
This year, Women's March Cleveland continues to focus on its mission of bringing meaningful change to communities through women participating in politics. The event kicks off on Public Square with speeches starting at 10:30 a.m. and the march rolling out at noon.
Following the election of President Trump, the first Women's March Cleveland in 2016 brought out 15,000 outraged Northeast Ohioans (men included). Last year's free and open-to-the-public march also brought out about 7,000.
Find out more about the official Women's March Cleveland event right here.