The Women’s March chapter in Washington state has officially dissolved their chapter… after the national group faced shocking charges of rampant anti-Semitism.
According to a report in the Washington Times, the Women’s March group, which was one of fifty state chapters of the large liberal women’s organization, ended their affiliation over disagreements with the group’s leadership.
Most notably, Washington state activists were fed up with blatant attacks on Jewish members within the organization, and the embrace of vocal anti-Semitic leaders like Louis Farrakhan by group founders Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory.
The now-inactive Washington state chapter announced their decision via Facebook:
“I and my team can’t sit idly by and ignore the antisemitism the four National Team co-chairs have supported and continue to support,” wrote spokeswoman Angie Beem on Facebook. “In a time that racism is being empowered, we cannot be ambivalent. Three years ago, I made a promise to myself. I promised that I would unpack my own shit and I would be the best ally I can be. Continuing to be a part of the Women’s March with the blatant bigotry they display would be breaking a promise. We can’t betray our Jewish community by remaining a part of this organization.”
“The Women’s March was born by Teresa Shook to be a powerful movement to fight against racism, sexism, and the issues that oppress our marginalized and vulnerable,” she added. “The four National Team co-chairs have lost sight of that and have allowed their personal biases to cloud our mission and purpose.”