Three of the founding members of the Women’s March are out. Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour apparently stepped down in July, although we’re just now hearing about it.
According to The Washington Post, the organization has added several new members, including three women who are Jewish in response to claims that Mallory and Sarsour promoted anti-Semitism within the organization.
Sarsour told the outlet via text message that the new board is “AMAZING” and “I am grateful to the women who stepped up to shepherd the Women’s March. This is what women supporting women looks like.”
In January, Mallory appeared on ABC’s The View, where she was asked about her relationship with Louis Farrakhan.
“Tamika, you came under some fire for your relationship with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam,” Sunny Hostin asked. “He’s known for being anti-Semitic, for being homophobic, but you do attend his events and you posted… a photo calling him the G.O.A.T., which means the greatest of all time. You are running an organization that says it fights bigotry. Do you understand why your association with him is quite problematic?”
Mallory responded that she called him that because of what he’s done for the black community.
After that interview, several cities cut ties with the national march earlier this year after comments made by the two women, as did the DNC.