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UH-OH: Southern Poverty Law Center Quietly Broke Up With The Women’s March Over Anti-Semitism

The Southern Poverty Law Center is the latest far-left organization to quietly cut ties with the Women’s March, following revelations — in both Tablet and The New York Times — that senior Women’s March leaders openly expressed anti-Semitic sentiments in early organizational meetings, and affiliated with the anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT, and anti-women’s rights organization, the Nation of Islam.

The Daily Beast reports that SPLC has quietly withdrawn its support for the Women’s March, and the March, in turn, has removed SPLC from its list of co-sponsors. The SPLC was a prominent member of the Women’s March coalition for the first two years of marches.

The SPLC was cagey about the development in their statement to The Daily Beast, telling reporters that “other projects were a priority,” and that they would continue to be involved with local marches, even if they were cutting ties with the national Women’s March.

Just a few short months ago, the SPLC was expressing unqualified support for the March, claiming, in a press release that:

As an official partner of the march, the Southern Poverty Law Center stands in solidarity with its organizers’ vision — that “women’s rights are human rights” — and with the march’s mission to bring together communities “insulted, demonized and threatened by the rhetoric of the past election cycle,” the SPLC said in January of 2017, calling itself “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Through our core issues, we work to protect the rights of the working poor, LGBT, and undocumented immigrant women whom the Women’s March on Washington seeks to unite.”

But that seems to have changed since reporters at Tablet and The New York Times revealed a significant link between the Women’s March’s national organizers — including Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Carmen Perez — and the Nation of Islam, which the SPLC has long-designated as a “hate group,” and the Nation of Islam’s radical preacher, Louis Farrakhan, whom the SPLC labels as a purveyor of anti-Semitism.

A handful of local “Women’s March” organizations have cut official ties to the national Women’s March over the revelations of anti-Semitism, and a number of other organizations besides the Southern Poverty Law Center have cut ties with the national March pending turnover at their top levels.

According to Tali Goldsheft, the activist who began a major petition drive to encourage left-leaning organizations to cut ties with Sarsour, Mallory, and Perez, more than half of the Women’s March’s original sponsors and affiliates, including several major labor unions, at least two top LGBT-rights organizations (GLAAD and the Human Rights campaign), and one top women’s rights organization, NARAL, have all recently dropped off the list of Women’s March supporters.

Goldsheft says there are only a handful of “major” sponsors left: Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Federation of Teachers.

The next national Women’s March is set to take place next Saturday, January 19, in Washington, D.C. Turnout is anticipated to be way down from previous years.