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Ohio Women's March Leaders Talk What Went Wrong

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Bill Rinehart
Demonstrators walked from Washington Park down Central Parkway, past City Hall and back during the 2017 Women's March.

The 2017 Women's March was held in response to the election of Donald Trump as president after a bitter and divisive campaign. On the day after Trump's inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people crowded into the U. S. Capital in protest of the Trump administration and in support of various causes such as women’s and reproductive rights, criminal justice and the rights of immigrants. Millions more marched in cities across the country and around the world in solidarity with the movement.

The next Women's March is scheduled for January 19, but the national Women's March organization has been plagued by controversy, and several state and local chapters have split from the national group or cancelled their events over several issues, including charges of anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry.

Last Friday, organizers of the Cincinnati Women's March announced they were cancelling the event, citing logistical issues such as not being able to confirm a location or secure event insurance. But tensions have existed between some local groups about the purpose and scope of the march since last year.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the issues involved in the cancellation of the 2019 Cincinnati Women's March and the controversy surrounding the national movement are Executive Director for the Women's March Ohio Chapter Rhiannon Childs; Cincinnati leader for the Ohio Women’s March Rashida Manuel; and leader of the Young Activist Coalition, Rasleen Krupp.

The 3rd annual Women’s March rally in Dayton, Ohio will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 19, at the Dayton Courthouse Square at 3rd & Main St.

Tune in to Cincinnati Edition Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.