Joe Simonson | Media Reporter
The Louisiana Chapter of the liberal organization Womens March canceled a planned demonstration in New Orleans, citing recent accusations of anti-Semitism by the groups founders.
The protest, initially planned for Jan. 19, is the latest casualty following shocking reporting that some of the most senior members of Womens 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. (RELATED: The Chicago Womens March Has Been Canceled Amid Reports Of Anti-Semitism)
An unidentified man holds a sign that reads “Trans Rights Are Human Rights” at the Womens March on New York City on January 21, 2017 in New York. Shutterstock/Justin Starr
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.
More than 10,000 people joined the first New Orleans Womens 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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