Is it time to retire the Women's March? | The Tylt
Is it time to retire the Women's March?
NBC News reports many local organizers are canceling their events due to concerns over turnout and the national turmoil.
New Orleans was not alone in that decision; a group in Eureka, California, scrapped its march over concerns that it would be "overwhelmingly white," and organizers in Chicago replaced their January march with an event in October before the midterms and a day of action planned for March.
Some longtime critics of the event, like writer Shikha Dalmia, say the lack of enthusiasm is a clear sign the Women's March has moved past its usefulness. Dalmia writes in the Week:
In the wake of Trump's victory, a collective "yuck" gave the Women's March a spectacular turnout for its first event in 2017, when about one million women showed up just in Washington, D.C., making it the largest single-day protest in history. However, as I noted at the time, this was clearly unsustainable. If you cut through the hype, it was evident even then that the march was a "feel good exercise in search of a cause" that would run into problems for the simple reason that the fear and loathing of Trump isn't a sufficiently strong glue to keep the movement together.
As Refinery29 reports, the march has lost many of its original sponsors over the last few years. However, those that remain, like Planned Parenthood, maintain the event continues to effect positive change.
"Over the last two years, we’ve seen unprecedented attacks on our health and rights from the Trump-Pence administration. The Women’s March has become a symbol of our collective resistance to these damaging and discriminatory policies and Planned Parenthood is proud to once again, join our progressive partners for the #WomensWave mobilization to protect and advance the progress we've made as a movement dedicated to equity and justice for all people,” Erica Sackin, senior communications director for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement to Refinery29.
Carmen Perez, one of the March organizers, told Elle the mission has been and always will be one of inclusion and empowerment.
Our work is a continuation of the Unity Principles that have guided us since 2017. The agenda does not come from the three of us; it was created by 50 organizations and individuals with deep policy expertise who we brought together over a four-week period. The Women’s Wave is about transforming our principles into policies: protecting the rights of immigrant women, ensuring pay equity, standing for LGBTQIA rights, disability rights, and ending state violence. And so those are just some of the issues that we have selected, and we've taken 50 organizations through this process, and this agenda will be released on January 19th at the Women's March.