The Houston Women’s March rejects all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, white supremacy, oppression, and discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, ability, and other characterizations of our common shared humanity. HWM is led by women who are Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, and other faith and belief descriptions. We are united in our love for our neighbors and our commitment to empower women. The Houston Women’s March is an independent Texas organization.
The National Women’s March released a statement yesterday about anti-Semitism (below this paragraph). While we appreciate the challenge of living intersectional lives and engaging intersectional conversations noted in this statement, we ask the national organization to go beyond merely noting that “Farrakhan’s statements about Jewish, queer, and trans people are not aligned with the Women’s March Unity Principles” and make a clearer and stronger renunciation of anti-Semitism, hate speech and the destructive actions that spring from hate-filled language.
From the National Women’s March organization:
“Anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism and white supremacy are and always will be indefensible.
“Women’s March is committed to fighting all forms of oppression as outlined in our Unity Principles. We will not tolerate anti-Semitism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia and we condemn these expressions of hatred in all forms.
“Women’s March is an intersectional movement made up of organizers with different backgrounds, who work in different communities. Within the Women’s March movement, we are very conscious of the conversations that must be had across the intersections of race, religion and gender. We love and value our sister and co-President Tamika Mallory, who has played a key role in shaping these conversations. Neither we nor she shy away from the fact that intersectional movement building is difficult and often painful.
“Minister Farrakhan’s statements about Jewish, queer, and trans people are not aligned with the Women’s March Unity Principles, which were created by women of color leaders and are grounded in Kingian Nonviolence. Women’s March is holding conversations with queer, trans, Jewish and Black members of both our team and larger movement to create space for understanding and healing.
“Our external silence has been because we are holding these conversations and are trying to intentionally break the cycles that pit our communities against each other. We have work to do, as individuals, as an organization, as a movement, and as a nation.
“The world Women’s March seeks to build is one free from anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, and all forms of social violence. We are rooted in a vision of a world where all women—including Black women, Jewish women, lesbian, queer, bi and trans women, Muslim women, poor women, immigrant women, Indigenous women, and disabled women—are free and able to care for and nurture themselves and their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.
“Building this world will take a long time and will require patience and empathy for each other.
“We believe it is worth it.