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Jan 19, 2019: Women’s March 2019 revitalized by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh elevation

UNITED STATES - The elevation of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in Oct 2018 is likely to add zest back to the 2019 Women’s March in Washington DC, the third since the massive inaugural worldwide protest in Jan 2017. It needs the boost. Support has been waning, reflecting doubts about the impact of the protest and about the march organizers.

Organizers are calling the 2019 march #WomensWave, and it will focus broadly on progressive policy issues, including immigration reform and addressing sexual assault on campuses.

Activists will carry the main march through the capital, and sister marches will happen in other U.S. cities.

Kavanaugh was sworn in by the Republican-controlled Senate despite the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward when he was nominated to accuse him of a sexual assault when both were teens. He denied the accusations. Women’s March organizers said messages of support for the 2019 march came pouring in after his swearing in, particularly from women who had ever experienced sexual assault or harassment. Many saw the president’s and legislators’ support for him as an endorsement of a culture that fosters and allows sexual misconduct.

Some of the waning support springs from recognition that the 2017 march did not change either Trump or his presidency, the main focus of the worldwide demonstrations. Held the day after his inauguration, they protested against statements he made as a candidate that many considered offensive to women.

The march did highlight the #MeToo movement, one positive result, ushering in a period where many high profile individuals were exposed as sexual predators.

The Daily Beast describes the Women’s March nonprofit organization as embattled. It raised US $2.5 million in its first year but has since come under fire from former allies, according to the publication, which has been investigating the nonprofit’s financial dealings. It has been criticized by system chapters, former leadership members and high-profile early supporters for what detractors say is an unwillingness to fully denounce the hateful anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT rhetoric of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

#22891 Published: 12/04/2018

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