Women’s Group Struggles To Separate From Competitor Accused Of Anti-Semitism

January 11, 2019 - 4:39 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A group organizing one of the two conflicting women's marches in Manhattan wants to set the record straight.

“The Women’s March Alliance is the official march of New York City, it was started and founded here,” said the organization’s secretary Sulma Arzu-Brown.

The Women’s March Alliance (WMA) has no affiliation with the Women’s March Inc. (WMI), the group that organizes the march in Washington D.C., and was the first group to receive a permit for a demonstration.

The activist group plans to hold its march on Jan. 19 at 72nd Street and Columbus Ave, and wants to set themselves apart from a new march planned for the same day in Lower Manhattan.

WMI, which will hold its city demonstration on Jan. 19 in Foley Square, faced sharp criticism when reports revealed co-chairs Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez had allegedly asserted that Jewish people “bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people.”

Because of this, WMA is struggling to distance itself from the competing activist group.

“Our worry in all of this is how do we maintain the focus and let the women in New York City know that we're going to continue to stand up together,” Arzu-Brown said of the Women’s March Alliance’s goal.

WMA’s demonstration begins at Central Park West. Organizers said the location was chosen to accommodate Jewish women who cannot travel on the Sabbath.