An anti-Trump demonstration in California was canceled because organizers noticed that the majority of participants would be white. The organization thus decided to skip the Women's March in Eureka and said that the planned demonstration was ‘not a good reflection of the community.’ According to US media, 74 percent of the population in Eureka is white.
The planned march in the town of Eureka, in Humboldt County, was pushed on social media as being the ‘third official women’s march against Trump’ and scheduled to take place on January 19 next year. In the run-up to the event, the organizers described being “at a crossroads” and claimed that they sought to create an event that “represents all members of our community.”
On Facebook, the organizers posted a statement explaining the cancellation, following “conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march."
"The local organizers are continuing to meet and discuss how to broaden representation in the organizing committee to create an event that represents and supports peoples who live here in Humboldt.”
“Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community.”
“Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach. Our goal is that planning will continue and we will be successful in creating an event that will build power and community engagement through connection between women that seek to improve the lives of all in our community.”
"I am astonished," claims disappointed campaign organizer, Ms. Amy Sawyer. "I understand that they want to portray a diverse group of demonstrators, but the community here is mainly white. Apart from race, shouldn’t everyone be able to make their voice heard?"
The march through the streets of Eureka should have become part of the third Women's March. The first march was held on January 21, 2017, a day after President Trump entered the White House.
Demonstrations in other American cities will continue for now, including on 19 January in Washington.
The organizers now want to move the march to March, during International Women's Day. The movement was previously discredited by complaints from black and latino women who felt that their voices were being heard too little.
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