Dueling Women’s March Events Happening In NYC This Weekend

January 18, 2019 - 6:34 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — New York City will have two separate women's marches Saturday as two competing groups struggle to distance themselves from the Washington, D.C. rally after organizers were accused of anti-Semitism and mismanagement.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports, one rally will happen at Foley Square while the other will kick off at Central Park West and 72nd Street.

“The theme this year is your voice, your power,” said Katherine Siemionko, president of the Women’s March Alliance.

Siemionko’s group will be holding their demonstration on the Upper West Side at 11 a.m. and is urging all New Yorkers to come out in support of women’s rights.

“We’ve seen what has done in the 2018 elections. We absolutely cannot stop. New Yorkers must come out,” she said.

The downtown Manhattan rally will be held at roughly the same time Saturday and is being organized by the New York City chapter of Women's March Inc., the group helped organize the 2017 march on Washington, D.C.

The New York Immigration Coalition is co-chairing the rally, and despite the allegations of anti-Semitism brought against the group’s co-chairs, Senior Policy Director Anu Joshi says she's excited.

“It’s pretty incredible that on the 30th anniversary of the original amazing women's march that there's multiple opportunities for New Yorkers to participate and come out into the streets and support women and immigrants,” Joshi said.

Talks aimed at linking the New York City groups didn't go anywhere. And hanging overhead that has been a controversy playing out nationwide, of concerns related to race and religion.