April Reign, an activist who helped launch the #OscarsSoWhite movement in 2015, hit out at the organizers of the convention, saying she was "stunned" that a man was picked to open the first women's convention in 40 years.
Women and supporters of the Women's Convention are not pleased, better yet angry, at the decision to hire Bernie to speak. In January, millions of women came out in an extraordinary and unprecedented display of power and resistance. Bernie Sanders in a news release.
"He really is in line with the principles of the Women's March", said Mallory.
Will & Grace star Debra Messing on Thursday emerged as a vocal critic of Sanders' pick, questioning the organizers' reluctance to choose a prominent female leader for the job.
'Now more than ever, we must support the leadership of women across the country and fight together to advance our progressive agenda, ' he told the Free Press. I know Sanders recognizes his privilege, but he's still a man.
The convention aims to have participants leave inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills and strategies for working towards collective liberation for women of all races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses.
The event's organizers issued a statement Wednesday following the heavy backlash present on social media over Sanders.
The Women's March is holding its first National Women's Convention in four decades. "We are thrilled that Rep. Maxine Waters and Senator Sanders will be speaking at the Women's Convention". The movement is seeking to build on that legacy by hosting its maiden convention in Detroit later in October. We don't need a man to delineate our mission. "Our program features more than 60 women leading in activism, organizing and advocacy, as well as grassroots leaders running for and serving in office across the country", the organization said.
People were quick to point out that Bernie hasn't always been a champion for women and that women issues aren't at the forefront of his politics.
The Women's Convention will take place at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, which was chosen by event organizers for a particular reason.
SandersChris Murphy's profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE will given an opening night speech next month to the Women's Convention, an event organized by the activists who set up the Women's March on Washington the day after President Trump's inauguration.