Women’s March mocked for apology over amount they asked for in fundraising email

Women’s March organizers have issued an apology via Twitter after soliciting donations from supporters that some took as a reference to Christopher Columbus, who has become a polarizing historical figure on the left.

In particular, the organization apologized for a fundraising email asking supporters to donate $14.92 to the group.

The amount was contained in the email subject line and the body of the message read, “We have an important favor to ask.”

The year 1492 is when Italian explorer Christopher Columbus is said to have discovered America; the date still appears to trigger some on the left to an extent that the Women’s March took to Twitter to apologize shortly after sending the email.

“We apologize deeply for the email that was sent today. $14.92 was our average donation amount this week. It was an oversight on our part to not make the connection to a year of colonization, conquest, and genocide for Indigenous people, especially before Thanksgiving,” the group tweeted.

The group’s aim “is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing 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.”

The organization also says that it “is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.”

Several users ripped and mocked the organization for the apology.

 

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