Washington, DC – Today, the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) issued the following statement denouncing anti-Semitism within the leadership of Women’s March, Inc. and calling for its leaders to step down in order to preserve the March’s original mission:
“JDCA strongly supports the broad goals of the Women’s March, which include key elements of JDCA’s platform, such as gender and racial equality, economic justice, civil rights, religious tolerance, and LGBTQ rights. In 2017 and 2018, many JDCA members marched with Women’s March, Inc. to demonstrate support for these common values. But the clear bias and anti-Semitic views espoused by some of its leaders has unfortunately tainted the effectiveness and inclusivity of the March. The views expressed by the leadership of Women’s March Inc. are diametrically opposed to JDCA’s unequivocal rejection of anti-Semitism, hatred, and bigotry in all its forms.
Leaders of the Women’s March, Inc. continue to associate with Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, homophobe, and misogynist whom JDCA has denounced for hate speech. In addition, these same women continue to make statements that call into question their commitment to fighting anti-Semitism. In no uncertain terms, JDCA denounces all forms of anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hatred. We therefore join with other organizations in calling on the leaders of Women’s March Inc. to step down in order to preserve the original mission of the March.
JDCA respects and understands the decision that some have made to participate in the March going forward regardless of its leadership. We have a different view, however, and strongly encourage JDCA members to join in solidarity with other organizations sponsoring women’s marches across the country that have no affiliation with or ties to Women’s March, Inc.”