SlutWalk Chicago's support came just two days after Chicago Dyke March organizers tweeted that "Zio tears replenish my electrolytes!" "Zio" is a common antisemitic epithet in neo-Nazi circles. After the neo-Nazi connection was publicized, garnering the organization even more negative backlash, they responded by saying, "Sorry y'all! Definitely didn't know the violent history of the term. We meant Zionist/white tears replenish our electrolytes!"
We still stand behind @DykeMarchChi's decision to remove the Zionist contingent from their event, & we won't allow Zionist displays at ours— SlutWalk Chicago (@slutwalkchi) July 15, 2017
Gretchen R. Hammond, the reporter who broke the Chicago Dyke March story, said that the Dyke March "attacked, humiliated and robbed" her of a job at The Windy City Times. Hammond, an award-winning reporter, has since been transferred to the sales department.Chicago SlutWalk clarified their statement of support with another tweet on July 22: "We support people showing their Jewish and LGBTQ+ pride. Please show yours if you feel so moved! Just leave the Zionism at home."The organizers said that the rainbow flag with the Star of David was used by marchers "as a symbol of their agenda" and "in that specific context the flag was not neutral."
You attacked, humiliated and robbed me of a job. No tears. I forgive you. Just hope you learn how destructive and pointless hatred is.— Gretchen R. Hammond (@GretchRHammond) July 17, 2017
The Chicago Slutwalk is set to take place at Lake Shore Park on August 12. SlutWalk rallies have been held all over the world in protest against slut-shaming and rape culture.Several hundred Israelis took part in the Tel Aviv SlutWalk in May, marching through central Tel Aviv in a rally against sexual harassment and assault.
We support people showing their Jewish and LGBTQ+ pride. Please show yours if you feel so moved! Just leave the Zionism at home ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— SlutWalk Chicago (@slutwalkchi) July 22, 2017