A planned demonstration in New Orleans has been canceled by the Louisiana Chapter of the liberal organization Women’s March, citing recent accusations of anti-Semitism by the group’s founders.
The protest, initially planned for Jan. 19, is the latest casualty following shocking reporting that some of the most senior members of Women’s March discussed conspiracy theories about Jews and had close ties to the radical Nation of Islam. Rather than go ahead with the New Orleans protest, organizers said they will instead embark on a “listening tour” throughout the state.
Leaders of the Louisiana chapter also said the anti-Semitism controversy potentially hampered their fundraising efforts. Normal costs for such protests, organizers said, total over $12,000. Their latest months-long fundraising campaign raised a mere $600.
Over 10,000 people joined the first New Orleans Women’s March in 2017.
“It is important for everyone to reach out into our local communities and find ways to get involved in the meantime,” a statement from the group on Facebook said. “There are many advocacy groups doing great work in our state that should be supported with your time and money.”
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