Tucson Women’s March organizers respond to criticism before event

Tucson Women's March faces backlash

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - As thousands of people prepare to take streets in cities across the country for a Women’s March this weekend, some local groups are opting to sit out.

“In 2017, the national women’s march, I think those principles they put out were truly amazing," said Kristen Godfrey. "I think what we have seen is on the ground, in the cities, the people organizing the marching are not listening to the people who have been left out.”

Godfrey was scheduled to speak at Tucson’s Women’s March Sunday, but cancelled. Several groups, including The BIPoc Project, won’t be showing up to Jacome Plaza.

“They aren’t really addressing any issues, any struggles we have here in the Tucson community," said Marla Pacheco.

The controversy comes from accusations of anti-semitism within Women’s March, INC, the organizers for the march in Washington, D.C. Some local marches are distancing themselves from that event, including the Tucson Women’s March.

The group released a statement on the concerns Friday.

Statement from the Tucson Women's March organizers.
Statement from the Tucson Women's March organizers. (Source: Facebook)

“My own experience, is in like, they were checking off boxes in the identities that had to be there and not really working from an inter-sectional framework," said Godfrey.

Tucson News Now reached out to the Tucson Women’s March for an interview Friday.

Hallie Lyons, the media chair for the march, said no volunteers had availability before the march.

“We support all persons who choose not to attend the march for whatever reason. We respect their decision and support their work,” Lyons included in the message.

- Sunday, Jan. 20

- Jacome Plaza, Downtown Tucson

- Speeches begin at 10 a.m.

- March will begin at 11 a.m.

Copyright 2019 KOLD News 13. All rights reserved.