Al Sharpton has a planned march on Washington, DC on Martin Luther King Day. But it is looking like it’s going to fall flat.
His “We Shall Not Be Moved” march has only about 1,000 people showing interest on Facebook. By contrast, the Women’s March already has 175,000 RSVP’s. Another 250,000 are interested in joining the event.
Ironically, the Women’s March is being organized by two former executive directors of the National Action Network, a nonprofit founded by Sharpton in 1991. Heat street reports:
“The Women’s March, itself, will be held on Jan. 21– a week after Sharpton’s event. That essentially forces out-of-town activists to choose which inaugural protest to attend.
“If Facebook’s numbers are any indication, they’re abandoning Sharpton by a ratio of at least 175 to one. A source close to Sharpton says the Rev is hoping to draw at least 5,000 people. But even that would be a small showing compared to the Women’s March’s expected attendance.
“In addition to drawing a large, diverse crowd, the Women’s March has also secured the partnership of more than 150 organizations– including the NAACP, the SEIU, MoveOn.org, the Human Rights Campaign, United We Dream, Voto Latino, and several other groups that have, in the past, partnered with National Action Network, including sponsoring Sharpton’s March on Washington last year.
“In contrast, official materials for Sharpton’s march list only the endorsements of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation (which is also a partner of the Women’s March) and the National Urban League.”
The insult is even worse given the fact the Women’s March is being run by Tamika Mallory, a former Sharpton Protege. But there is no love lost between the two:
“People devote their careers to the Rev because they want to be like him, and he encourages it, says, ‘I’ll help you be like me,’” [Frank] Mercado-Valdes says. “But in reality, he means, ‘I’ll never let that happen, because the movement is about me, what’s good for Al Sharpton, personally.’ Tamika ran up against that glass ceiling, spent her whole life with him telling her, ‘I want to build you up.’ And she’s not the only one.”
And apparently Sharpton is PISSED:
But a source close to the Rev said: “Sharpton’s very worried, because obviously, it would be a big embarrassment if no one shows up. Publicly, they say, ‘We’re all getting along.’ Behind the scenes, they’re fighting like cats and dogs, and Sharpton was trying to get them not to hold the rally until March.”
Looks like Al Sharpton isn’t the force he used to be.