Women's marches kick off with focus on 2020 and progressive policies

Women's marches kick off with focus on 2020 and progressive policies

Toni Atkins scheduled to attend to draw attention to women's rights and social issues following the 2016 election of President Donald Trump.

In Washington, demonstrators arriving by vehicle, bus or subway converged on the city's Freedom Plaza as they prepared to march defiantly past the nearby Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Some marchers carried signs portraying Trump as a Russian "puppet".

Occupy New Hampshire Seacoast and other groups also are hosted a women's march in Portsmouth.

In New York, several hundred people had converged on Manhattan's Foley Square, near the Brooklyn Bridge, by late morning.

Women's March co-president Tamika Mallory refused to say Thursday that Israel has a right to exist as a sovereign country. "That is not my language", she said. "Look at what he's done at the border, look at the shutdown - every year there is a new atrocity".

Mallory remains at the helm of the Women's March, which will hold its annual rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe said the Women's March has become "toxic".

Last year, many women were galvanized by the confirmation of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, despite allegations that he committed sexual assault as a teen.

"The Women's March doesn't represent all women". A Washington state chapter disbanded in protest.

In November, Teresa Shook, one of the movement's founders, publicly accused the four main leaders of the national march organization of anti-Semitism.

In a Facebook post, Shook called on Sarsour, Mallory, Bob Bland and Carmen Perez to step down and "to let others lead who can restore the faith in the Movement and its original intent".

The statement does not mention the Women's March by name, nor does it reference the organization's reported connections to known anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

"I marched very proudly at the first Women's March in NY - I couldn't make it to D.C. - I would not go this time, now that all of this has come to light", Tarlov said on "Outnumbered" Friday. "I just don't feel that anyone has a right to exist at the disposal of another group".

Mallory grew visibly annoyed over the question of Israel's right to exist during the interview with PBS's "Firing Line with Margaret Hoover".

"I believe that all people have the right to exist", Mallory replied.

Activists say the marches were a chance to celebrate the gains made in the 2018 elections, which saw more women elected to the U.S. Congress than ever before.

Loomer, who reportedly met the men at a Home Depot parking lot and persuaded them to join her protest, convinced the men to chant "You're killing us Nancy!" after discovering the congressional leader's door was locked, according to The Daily Beast.

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