Turmoil surrounds January 2019's Philly Women Rally

Hadas Kuznits
December 19, 2018 - 4:49 pm
Jan 20, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Diane Postell of Wilmington, Del. (left) and Angela O'Connor of Churchville, Md. cheer with a Delaware contingent taking part in the Women's March in Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia Women's March, scheduled for January 19, is facing some turmoil.   

Deja Lynn Alvarez, a board member from Philly Women Rally, says Philadelphia's local women's march is not affiliated with the national movement.

"I would love to see nationals put out a clear message against anti-Semitism,” she said.

But the movement’s Pennsylvania chapter has been approved for a protest permit at Love Park. 

Meanwhile, the Philly Women Rally has also secured a permit for the same cause to march along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

Complicating matters, fellow board member, Emily Cooper Morse announced on Facebook last week that funds are unavailable while leadership is in dispute and there would be no Philly march this year.

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"This isn't a stump for us to further ourselves,” she said. “It's for us to raise awareness about issues that women are facing."

Alvarez takes issue with Morse's grievances.

"Yes, there are candidates that have come out of these marches,” Alvarez said. “For any woman that feels empowered and wants to run for office, I say congratulations to you."

Reporter: What do you want to say to people that believe in the cause?

"I really don't know,” Morse replied. “What we are actually going to be doing that day is putting together bags of toiletries for women's shelters."

But Alvarez reassures folks that despite the in-fighting, the march will go on.

"We made up our minds,” Alvarez said. “If we don't raise any money, we're still going to do a march and if that means that we have to get out there with bull horns, then we'll get out there with bull horns!"

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