Women’s March organizers in California decided to cancel their 2019 March because there was not enough interest from the non-white communities.
The California leaders were planning to host their local March on January 19 in concert with the National Women’s March that is held in Washington, D.C.
Although the march is only a few weeks away, the leadership team pulled the plug on the Eureka, California rally because the participants were “overwhelmingly white,” according to ABC News affiliate WJLA.
In a press release, the march leaders said:
“Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community. Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach. Our goal is that planning will continue and we will be successful in creating an event that will build power and community engagement through connection between women that seek to improve the lives of all in our community.”
The leadership team said they came to the decision to cancel the march after meeting with “local social-change organizers” who came to the conclusion that the show must not go on if the show is filled with white people.
The California Women’s March organizers asked that participants attend the Martin Luther King Day celebrations on January 21 in lieu of the Women’s March. Although the women of Eureka will not be having a Women’s March this year, they may hold a celebration in March to honor International Women’s Day, but those details haven’t been finalized.
As expected, some people on social media found the race-based cancellation to be absurd:
Arent these the same people who say Trump causes division in this country? 🤔 https://t.co/FJkXmUrHAn
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) December 29, 2018
Blatant racism: https://t.co/SVMfl67CsL
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 29, 2018
As IJR previously reported, the Women’s March has been in chaos for the past several months after the national leadership team was called out for their anti-Semitic ties to Louis Farrakhan. Despite calls for Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory to step down, they are still running the national march on January 19.