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Third annual Women's March marked by antisemitism among its leadership

Third annual Women's March marked by antisemitism among its leadership

Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Trump's White House.

The day after his inauguration in January 2017, millions worldwide marched for women's rights.

In the November 19 Facebook post, she claimed Women's March leaders Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, along with fellow organizers Bob Bland and Carmen Perez, had "steered the Movement away from its true course" and called for all four to step down.

Farrakhan, who has led the black nationalist group since 1977, is known for hyperbolic hate speech aimed at the Jewish community, and made remarks such as "the powerful Jews are my enemy" last February.

Mallory defended her relationship with Farrakhan on "The View" earlier this week.

Preparations for this year's march were roiled by an intense ideological debate among the movement's senior leadership. Toni Atkins are among the myriad speakers and public figures expected to attend this year's march.

March On, a separate grassroots coalition that also grew from the original march, has coordinated hundreds of marches in cities such as Boston, Houston, Baltimore and Denver.

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Sarah Sportman, a 40-year-old archaeologist from CT, said she came to Washington to protest Mr Trump's presidency and march for protecting the environment and immigration rights.

Among the famous faces seen at Women's March Saturday was wave-making Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the youngest women ever elected to Congress, who is set to speak at both the New York City Women's March and the off-shoot Women's Unity Rally. "I just don't feel that anyone has a right to exist at the disposal of another group", she added.

"The agenda is specifically focused on legislative and policy actions that are achievable by 2020", Women's March Chief Operating Officer Rachel Carmona said. "That is not my language", she said instead, referring to the Nation of Islam leader's history of Jewish hatred. The bill's authors say it would protect U.S. companies from needing to comply with boycott attempts called upon by global bodies, like the UN.

"Anti-Semitism is something we as an organization take very seriously", Parke said. "Our democracy only works when people like you stand up and demands it", Gillibrand said.

"We understand that there will be schisms, there's going to be hard conversations that need to be had", she said.

Leaders of Women's March and March On say there is a role for everyone.

Women's March Chicago organizers said the decision to forgo marching downtown this year was independent of the brewing national controversy, but they also said it presented a chance to further distance themselves from the national group.