CHICAGO — As people in other cities throughout the country make their January women’s march plans, those in Chicago looking for a large-scale march will have to head elsewhere — Women’s March Chicago won’t host its namesake rally next month.
Instead, the group will host an anniversary action event on Jan. 19. Details about that event haven’t yet been revealed. Women’s March Chicago will also host events to help people learn about candidates and voting before the city elections in February.
The group decided not to host the January event because it held a March to the Polls for the mid-terms in October, according to organizers. That event drew an estimated 100,000 people.
A national group, Women’s March Inc., has also come under fire by critics who said its organizers did not condemn anti-Semitic remarks by Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. The Chicago organization, which is not associated with Women’s March Inc., released a statement saying it was against bigotry in all its forms.
The Women’s March started as a protest against the then-newly elected President Donald Trump. Chicago’s march was one of the largest in the nation.
The first Women’s March in Chicago, which was held in January 2017, had a crowd of an estimated 250,000 people.