Rhode Island group splits with Women’s March
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Rhode Island group splits with Women’s March

Local chapter says it broke ties with organization because it continues to work with co-president Tamika Mallory, who attended an event where Louis Farrakhan called Jews his enemy

Women’s March National Co-Chair Tamika Mallory speaking in New York, April 22, 2017. (Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Hulu via JTA)
Women’s March National Co-Chair Tamika Mallory speaking in New York, April 22, 2017. (Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Hulu via JTA)

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island— The Rhode Island chapter of the Women’s March said it separated from the national organization because one of its leaders refuses to denounce anti-Semitic statements made by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Rhode Island organizer Shanna Wells told the Providence Journal the group split from the Women’s March because the organization continues to work with co-president Tamika Mallory.

Mallory attended a Nation of Islam event in February where Farrakhan called “powerful Jews” his enemy during a speech. Farrakhan also complimented Mallory during the event.

The Women’s March denounced Farrakhan’s comments about Jewish people in a statement earlier this year.

The Rhode Island group said it will continue to advocate for marginalized people.

Mallory could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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