Liberal & Jewish, and the Women’s March in DC Is No Longer for Me

Photos Left to Right: A “Pussy Hat” knitted by a stranger. A second stranger placed a heart and “Choose Love” pin on my hat while we waited for a train in Baltimore for FOUR hours in the rain to get to the Women’s March in 2017.  • The United States Capitol surrounded by the Women’s March with a Pussy Hat in the foreground. • A 2017 Women’s March participant’s sign, still relevant today.

I am the model Women’s March Participant

I have been very consistent with political issues that are important to me.  Women’s Rights, Gun Control, (all of the social issues really), and Israel.

Two years ago, I was on the fence about marching in DC with the Women’s March.  A friend of mine implored, “You HAVE to be there. Your face is what the movement needs, we have privilege and we need to help those who need our voice.”  In short, two of my kids and I traveled to DC and it was an experience that I will never forget. I was surrounded with like minded people, I felt empowered, and I was with my kids.  Life lessons were learned, memories were made.

I WAS a (National) Women’s March Supporter

Fast forward to 2019. I had pangs in my heart: issues near and dear to me are not enough for me to march in DC.  I WILL NOT MARCH IN DC WITH THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S MARCH MOVEMENT. You can Google it yourself, but the current leadership in the Women’s March is ANTI-SEMITIC.  

I remember telling my then younger son, “You can’t play baseball on Rosh Hashanah. Sandy Koufax didn’t play in the World Series on Yom Kippur.” And, for me, I had to draw the line, put down my poster board, and I am not boarding the train to DC. because of Anti-Semitism within the movement.

There is NO shortage of issues as it pertains to women: healthcare, education, gun control, environmental, climate control, equal pay, immigration, the list goes on and on. But I will not participate with a platform that engages in Anti-Semitism and look the other way. The current leaders marched SIDE by SIDE with Louis Farrakhan – he is Anti-Semitic and homophobic. Jewish sisters are NOT welcomed by the current leadership.  I marched for all women, even sisters not in support of a more Democratic platform, we are all people.

I am proud to be on the far left.  And, to those still marching in DC this weekend, please be honest with yourself, this is not a media ploy to derail our efforts.

The BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) Movement against Israel is ALIVE and well on our college campuses.  Anti-Semitic acts are on the rise in America and all over the world. We can’t march in solidarity on our common issues and ignore our Jewish women and daughters.  As of this blog, The Democratic National Committee, Women’s March in California, Southern Poverty Law Center (a civil rights organization), Emily’s List (a political action committee supporting Democratic women candidates who support abortion rights), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the Service Employees International Union, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Human Rights Campaign (a group working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans) have all dropped their partnerships with the Women’s March. And, so have I.  These groups are sending a strong message to their supporters that we can’t be part of a platform with two prominent leaders spewing hate against Jewish people.

Stand in Solidarity

Many cities, like Baltimore, are unaffiliated with the National movement, and it is important to recognize that so many have stood in solidarity against Anti-Semitism, but not the national movement.  Shame on the Women’s March leadership.  

For me, it is clear, we don’t always agree on the positions of individuals who lead an organization.  But when the organization itself, such as the Women’s March, doesn’t demand that their leaders who have tweeted Anti-Semitic statements and marched with Louis Farrakhan step aside, they condone hatred.

So for those who were murdered in the Holocaust, for those who experience hatred on American soil and abroad, for my own faith and to teach my children by example, I am unwilling to be counted in the National platform of the Women’s March.

Women need to build each other up, not bring each other down. It is my hope that if you are marching in DC, that you consider and remember your sisters of the Jewish faith. Like our kids, we are watching and the message is disgusting and terrifying.