Women's March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy

Women's March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy

Women's March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy

In Canada, marches are set to take place in cities like Calgary, Edmonton, Chilliwack, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and more.

In Washington D.C. and NY, there are at least two demonstrations despite organizers' attempts to dispel the accusations in recent months. Other placards decried his comments about women or minority groups, while some demanded his impeachment.

"As we march today, let's think about the trans women of colour who are not here today because of systemic violence", said advocate Yasmeen Persad, a transgender woman from the Caribbean.

Just blocks away, the president spoke to reporters outside the White House before traveling briefly to Dover, Delaware for a ceremony to receive the remains of four Americans killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Syria.

As in earlier years, thousands of women joined demonstrations in cities across the United States, and around the world, though most turnouts appeared far short of the earlier women's events.

"I come every year".

This year, to mark "two years of resistance to the Trump presidency", organizers have called on demonstrators to "flood" the streets - using the hashtag #WomensWave.

Activists are also motivated by the fight over the Trump administration's policy-since suspended-of separating undocumented parents from children at the border with Mexico. They are aiming to mobilize women to vote ahead of the 2020 elections, when Trump is expected to be the Republican nominee for president. But the movement has been riven by controversy, including allegations of anti-Semitism and poor accounting of funds, and weakened, no doubt, by a general sense of political exhaustion.

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Julie Wash, 57, a librarian from Saratoga Springs, New York, said Women's March leader Tamika Mallory - who has faced blowback for her support of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan - is being held to a different standard than Trump and other white, male leaders.

One procession, around the edge of Central Park and down Sixth Avenue, is being organized by the Women's March Alliance, a non-profit group whose leaders are putting on their version of the demonstration for the third straight year.

The backlash surged back into the headlines in December.

Teresa Shook, the first woman to float the idea of a women's march, has called for the movement's four co-presidents-Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland-to resign.

Sarsour wrote a November 2018 statement responding to the accusations, denying any bigotry and saying the organization was "deeply invested in building better and deeper relationships with the Jewish community". (Becky Harlan/NPR) Medea Benjamin (left), who lives in D.C., and California resident Ellen Sturtz greet each other at the Women's March.

Talks between organizers aimed at linking the groups in NY didn't go anywhere, the reasons varying between overstepping and indifference depending on who's asked.

In Washington, marcher Carmella Ormando told CNN the controversy gave her no reservations about participating.

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