The one year anniversary of the first Women鈥檚 March is happening this weekend, bringing the second annual march along with it. While this year鈥檚 smaller events may see聽fewer pink pussyhat-wearing protesters, the organizers are also facing what some consider a backlash from some of its strongest proponents, due, in part to the priorities of Women鈥檚 March Inc., the group that planned the first march in DC in 2017.

While the Women鈥檚 March group continue their work by pressing onward with the goals of empowerment, unity, and 鈥減roviding intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events.鈥

But some who marched with the group last year say the Women March鈥檚 sweeping mission doesn鈥檛 go far enough. These marchers want to see a change in who gets elected, and have formed a Women鈥檚 March splinter group that calls themselves March On. Its mandate is to help support sweeping change in Washington, both during this year鈥檚 midterm elections and in the 2020 presidential race.

鈥淲e can march and take to the streets and yell about all the stuff we want to change, but unless we鈥檙e getting people elected to office who are going to make those changes, we鈥檙e not really doing anything,鈥 Lindsey Kanaly, an Oklahoma City March On board member, toldThe New York Times.

Kanaly, who organized last year鈥檚 Oklahoma City Women鈥檚 March, wants to see more women engaging in politics. She especially wants progressive-minded women to organize across red states ahead of this year鈥檚 midterm elections. And therein lies one of the main reasons for March On鈥檚 formation: progressive-minded women in conservative states feel that they aren鈥檛 being represented by those running the Women鈥檚 March, all of whom live in New York City.

鈥淭he needs are different from Texas to New York,鈥 Melissa Fiero, an organizer of last year鈥檚 Women鈥檚 March in Austin, told the Times. Since helping to organize last year鈥檚 100,000 person march, Fiero and her group of marchers haven鈥檛 participated in any of Women鈥檚 March Inc.鈥檚 further political actions. Instead, they鈥檝e been focusing on electing more Dems in the GOP stronghold state.

And it鈥檚 not just marchers in the southern US feeling the squeeze. Our neighbors to the north say that they, too, aren鈥檛 being heard by the Women鈥檚 March executive team. Earlier this year, the US-based Women鈥檚 March team trademarked the name 鈥淲omen鈥檚 March Canada鈥 while appointing a board without consulting the Canadian activists who organized on the group鈥檚 behalf last January. The Canadian splinter group has gone on to call themselves March On Canada, aligning with the Southern US offshoot group.

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