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An Open Letter to the Women’s March on New Jersey Participants:
The Meyer Guide for Where to Start
The response to our event in Trenton has been overwhelming. The march inbox and my personal FB messenger is teeming with notes of gratitude, personal stories from the day, and, most frequently, the question, “What do we do next?” The stories and thank yous move me to tears. My cry-face has taken centerstage around here the last few days. And in almost every note, someone inevitably says, “I’m ready to go! What’s our next move?”
Honestly, I don’t know, but you can bet your keister I’m going to find out for all of us.
When the concept of having a Women’s March in NJ came to mind, I didn’t know how to go about that either. You all know that I’m not a politician or a member of any social or civil justice organization. Before the election, the only action I took was to rolling out of bed in the morning, hustling the kids off to preschool and kindergarten (which kinda takes a well-oiled machine to navigate the “No, I’m not getting dressed!” and “I don’t like it when you brush my hair!” resistance commentary), and scrubbing old sneakers I bought at garage sales and sold on Ebay to help support my family (that’s a tale for another time). But, I was smart enough to acknowledge what I didn’t know and find the resources to help me turn my idea into action.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s what I’ve been doing the last wek - thinking, planning, and reaching for answers. I'm a big believer that when you put good things out into the universe, good things find their way back in return. Without a doubt, connections will be forged, plans will be made, and those plans set into action. Things will fall into place, as long as I keep reaching and you do too.
More than ever, we need to come together - crossing over boundaries that divide and crushing labels that do the same. We all need to clasp hands, form a wall of resistance, and stand our ground. This is about policies that threaten our rights as human beings. From where I’m sitting, this is also about humanity and basic human decency being under attack.
I may be an ordinary woman, but, I will not allow our nation to become an incubator of hate and bigotry. I will not allow our children to grow up in a country that gives permission from its highest office to assault women, label people as ‘illegal’, mock the disabled, degrade the right to freedom of religion, or tell my daughters who they can or cannot marry. I will not allow the people around me to live in fear because their skin color, lifestyle, or ability makes them a target when they leave the house. This is not the America I want to live in and this is not the America I will raise my children in. Oh. Hell. No.
The questions has been asked since the march, Is this a moment in time or a movement? I choose the later. In fact, it’s almost not a choice. If we want our country to move forward, not backwards, we must continue to rise as often as necessary. But where do we start?
Start here. We need to ACT.
A - Administration (Local, State, and National)
Do you know who your representatives are in the State House in Trenton and in Congress in Washington D.C.? If not, find out.
- Get their contact information. Write it all down and stick it on the fridge or make them contacts in your cell phone.
- Visit their websites. Read where they stand on issues. Dig online. Find out how they’ve voted on matters important to you. Where did they come from and where does it look like they’re going?
That’s the first step. These are the people who report to us. True power rests in our hands and it’s time we wield that power. Right now, we need to be vigilant. You know how kids always seem to see everything, even when you try to slip something past them? We gotta be those kids. Let’s stick our noses in their business. Their business IS our business. And when they make a move we don’t like, we need to call them on it. When they do, we need to support them. Fast and furiously. In large numbers. Inundating a legislator’s office with phone calls, emails, and letters works. We need to do it. Here’s some ideas on how to do that:
- Call. It takes but a moment to pick up and phone and say, “Hi, my name is_______________ and I am a constituent. I urge Assemblyman Blah Blah to vote a certain way tomorrow.” or “Hi, my name is _____________________ and as one of Congressman Foo Foo’s constituents I’d like to put it on record that I’m unhappy with the way he/she is handling this issue.” If you’ve never done it, it’ll feel weird. Once you do it a few times, you could probably do it while feeding the cat, brushing your teeth, and sending a couple of work emails all at the same time.
- Write. Send a postcard. Send an email. Send two or three. Get your friends to send them.
- Visit their office. Seriously. This one takes a little effort, but if you’ve got chutzpah, and maybe an army of friends to accompany you, stop by and make your voice heard. Keep it classy, of course. If you don’t, you downgrade the power of your message. Maybe even phone ahead and request a meeting. Why not?
- Attend board meetings. Go to local events where administrators/legislators are appearing. Talk to them. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid. One thing I’ve learned throughout this process is that people are people. Titles. Labels. None of that matters. Don’t let anyone’s position intimidate you.
This includes local administration as well. Who are your town council members? What platform did they run on? Have they kept their promises? Do you know the phone number for the mayor’s office? Who is on your town’s school board? Know this information. Keep it and use it. Elected officials, local, state, and national, need to be reminded that they work for us. If we voted them in, we can vote them out, as long as we mobilize like we did at the march - peacefully and in solidarity. We need to make our voices heard.
C - Communities
Let’s get out into our communities. We need to start our influence on local ground.
What issues are important to you? Women’s health and reproductive rights? Connect to your local Planned Parenthood branch. Want to foster the development of our youth? Join Big Brothers, Big Sisters as a mentor. Feel strongly about a particular party? Join a local democratic or republican organization. What groups are in your community that support issues important to you? Whose mission matches yours?
How do you find them?
- Start by looking at our list of sponsors and organizations of our march planning team.
- Join our new Facebook group:
- Look online. Google whatever the issue is paired with your county or town name. Check out your town’s website for meeting times that may be posted.
- Talk to friends about what groups they may be involved with or plan on joining together.
- Ask around at your local library or town hall.
When you find that out, get involved somehow. You don’t have to put a ton of time into this. Bake a cake to share with those at an upcoming church, temple, or mosque meeting. Make a donation. Make some calls on the organization’s behalf. Volunteer to help out at an event. Attend some meetings. Talk to other members or volunteers. Mutual interests and ideas build friendships and solidarity. That leads me to my next point...
This part is all about weaving connections. We need one another to send our nation forward. It starts on home turf. We need to get out there and forge relationships with one another - first with those who have mutual interests and then with those whose race, ethnicity, religion, orientation, age, or ability is different than ours.
No protest, rally, or resistance will work if we don’t rise as one. Before we rise, we need to build bridges to solidarity. The best way to do that is to expose yourself to someone else’s color, creed, or lifestyle that is different than your own. People need to connect face-to-face with people. This is an area I hope to focus on as we move forward. I firmly believe we need to listen to understand one another rather than listening to respond. Social media serves its purpose, but real understanding is bred when people talk and share their stories and views. Suddenly, labels get tossed aside and people become just that….people. That was the inherent beauty of our march. We saw one another’s faces, hopes, concerns, and genuine goodness. Find interfaith events in your area. Seek to attend community gatherings that may highlight issues that you aren’t informed about. Get out of your comfort zone. Open your mind and heart and say, “Okay, I’m going to learn something here.” We need to hear one another’s experiences. We need to respect one another’s experiences. We need to learn from one another’s experiences. And don’t think for a second that because, let’s say, someone’s orientation is different than your own, that you have nothing in common. On the surface, there are labels and difference, but I bet, as human beings, you have more in common than you think.
T - Take action
So many of you have come to me with ideas for how to move forward. My response is always, “Yes, do it.” Ideas mean nothing unless you put them into action. Who knows what you can achieve? Do you think I had any clue the idea of “let’s have a march in Jersey” would turn into the awe-inspiring event that generated so much hope and forged connections between 7,500 people? Heck, no. If it gave a voice to a handful of people, I would have considered it a success.
You can type what you think should be done on a Facebook post or spout out ideas to your friends or family. It’s a good place to start, but nothing will come from it unless you “do something”. Right now, there is a great energy and fervor to forge ahead. Let’s move ahead instead of talking about it. Want to start a local group focused on an issue close to your heart? Do it. Thinking about writing a letter to a legislator? Get out your pen or hop on the computer. Seen an event on Facebook that interests you? Go. Change “What if” to “I am”. Find your something and do it.
Never be afraid to do something because you don’t know how. I had zero experience putting together a march. It didn’t stop me. I found army of like-minded, experienced men and women and we worked together to put the idea into action. Things will fall into place as you go. Sure, you’ll stumble along the way. Maybe things won’t go as planned (you should have seen some of the behind-the-scenes preparations for the march...egads!). Reach out. Get help. Find those that do know what they’re doing and bring them in on your idea. Just take action.
The truth is I don’t know….yet. These are my own suggestions for what I think we should be doing right now. Take what you like and leave what you don’t. I make no claim to have any authority whatsoever on this subject. This is just the opinion of me, one woman, and is in no way associated with any of our organizing members or sponsors. I described my newfound role in leading the march to my husband as someone hiring me to teach a neurology class at Stanford. I’m about as qualified. In fact, before the election, I’m lucky if I recognized the names on campaign signs peppered along roadways. Politics has never been my thing, but you know what? People have. And since I’ve become a mother, I will literally move a mountain for my girls if it gets in their way. Their futures are at risk. All of our futures are at risk. If one of us is targeted, we are all targeted from now on. Come for one, come for all. Like you, I don’t know have much of a clue either, but, join me, and let’s figure it out together. See you on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1483338171698834/.
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On Saturday, January 21, 2017, we will unite at the Trenton War Memorial in Trenton, New Jersey at 10 a.m.to rally in solidarity with marchers in Washington, DC at the Women’s March on Washington and at the over 170 sister marches being held across the United States and the world.
In New Jersey, at our peaceful march, we will unite and empower one another to use our collective, diverse voices to send a clear message that we expect our civil and human rights to be upheld and protected. We will remind those in government that they report to us and that true power is retained by the people.
Women United, Together We Rise
Women of New Jersey will rise united. Though we are diverse in so many ways, we will stand together peacefully with our families and our friends, united in our belief that the strength of our country depends on the strength of women.
We rise together because we affirm the autonomy of women – all of us entitled to control our own bodies.
We rise united because we affirm the dignity of women – all of us deserving of equitable concern, respect, and protection from abuse and violence.
We rise together to advance racial justice and to fight discrimination based on our skin color, ethnicity, gender,religion, orientation, differing ability, or citizenship – all of us safe and free from discrimination and bigotry.
We rise united to dismantle the barriers that keep too many people from healthcare, homes they can afford, and the public education on which democracy depends – all of us committed to moving toward a better tomorrow.
We rise together to end police violence and mass incarceration - all of us standing together to fight against the inequality our sisters and brothers face everyday.
We rise united for urgent action on climate change - all of us recognizing that none of these rights matter if we do not have clean water, clean air, and a habitable earth to leave our descendents.
From our diversity comes one message: we stand to protect women’s civil and human rights. Women United, Together We Rise!
Please help us by sharing this event with every person you know, from any and every background, that may be interested. Our march, an event built on the cornerstones of inclusivity, diversity, peace and acceptance, welcomes all women, of every race, ethnicity, religion, orientation, ability, immigration status, socioeconomic background, and age, as well as their supporters. The greater our numbers, the greater our impact.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: First stop on January 21st: Patriot's Theater
The WMONJ is pleased to announce that our event will begin with a program of engaging and dynamic speakers at Patriots Theater located at the Trenton War Memorial.
Following the speaking program, we will march approximately a half of a mile to the steps of the State House, where we take a People's Pledge together and hear a call-to-action.
All marchers should plan to meet at the theater at the War Memorial. The address is 1 Memorial Drive in Trenton. The start time is 10:00 a.m. Due to the large volume of participants and capacity of the theater, we highly recommend arriving as early. Seating will begin at 9:00 a.m. The theater does have a limited capacity. Various plans are in place in the event of overflow.
The event will end at approximately 1:00 p.m.
*An EventBrite ticket is not necessary for admission nor does it guarantee admission in any way. EventBrite registration is used solely for headcount purposes to assist in March planning.
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We invite march participants to wear the color purple on January 21st.
Purple has a history as a symbol of dignity and unity. It was one of a trio of colors chosen by the suffragists in both England and America. Suffragette Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, editor of the weekly newspaper, Votes for Women, once wrote, "Purple as everyone knows is the royal colour, it stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity." More recently, Hillary Clinton punctuated her black pantsuit with a purple satin shirt and lapels as she delivered her concession speech on November 9th - a symbol of unity, bipartisanship, and togetherness after such a divisive election season.
On January 21st, we unite and stand in solidarity with not only the individuals at the Women's March on Washington, but with other satellite women's marches across the United States. To the Women's March on New Jersey, the color purple represents the blending of the blue states with the red states, showing that no matter what state we live in or which political party we belong to, we are all one America. No one person outweighs another, no one issue or value is more important than another - a cornerstone of our march. We are one America and not the color of our state or the color of our party. On January 21st, we are all purple. In the spirit of unity, we ask that you try to incorporate something purple in your march attire (hat, gloves, scarf, jackets and coats, socks, bracelet, necklace, shoes, nail polish, headband, earrings, etc.) if possible.
The Speaking Program
The Women's March on New Jersey is proud to announce to following keynote speakers at our event:
Ms. Edith Savage-Jennings: Legendary NJ Civil Rights icon Edith Savage-Jennings needs no introduction but she gets one anyway for her
boundless contributions to a better, fairer America. Edith has been the guest to the White House under every President of the United States
since Franklin Roosevelt. At age ten, she met First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt when she was selected to hand the First Lady flowers on behalf of
the NJ State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs. Although told not to speak, Savage thanked Mrs. Roosevelt which led to the two becoming
pen pals for the remainder of Mrs. Roosevelt's life. At twelve years old Edith joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP.) At only 13 years old Edith helped to integrate the Capital Theater in Trenton, New Jersey when she refused to sit in the
balcony which was the designated seating area for blacks. Her first job was in the sheriff's office where she continued to speak out against
discrimination. Edith Savage-Jennings has received over 100 awards and honors for her work in Civil Rights. In 2016 she was inducted into
the New Jersey Women's Hall of Fame. The city of Trenton proclaimed February 19, 2016 Edith Savage-Jennings Day.
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman: Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, a long-time and influential advocate for the people of
New Jersey, is currently serving in the US Congress. Prior to her history-making election victory, Watson Coleman served in the NJ General
Assembly. The daughter of legendary state legislator John S. Watson, Watson Coleman has continued a family legacy of public service
fighting for women, economic and socially disadvantaged populations, and other vulnerable groups in our society. Watson Coleman
shattered racial and gender barriers to become the first African American woman to serve as Majority Leader of the NJ General Assembly,
and the first African American woman to serve as the Chair of the NJ Democratic State Committee. Her election to the Congress makes her
the first African American woman to represent NJ in Congress.
Ms. Luanne Peterpaul: Luanne Peterpaul is chairman of Garden State Equality's Political Action Fund which mobilizes political action for
NJ's LGBT community and their families. A Seton Hall Law grad and practicing attorney in Long Branch, Luanne has played an integral roll
in every single piece of piece of pro-LGBT legislation to come out of NJ for the past dozen years.
Dr. Dalia F. Fahmy: Dr Dalia F. Fahmy is assistant professor of political science at Long Island University at Brooklyn. She received her B.A.
from New York University in politics and Middle Eastern studies, minoring in peace and global policy studies. Dr. Fahmy completed an M.A.
from NYU in international relations. While pursuing her Ph.D. in political science at Rutgers University, she earned a second M.A. in
comparative politics. Her latest book is called "Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian
Democracy." Dr. Fahmy is also a political analyst & senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy.
Congressman Donald Norcross: Congressman Donald Norcross represents New Jersey’s First Congressional District, which includes 52
towns throughout Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties. He led the charge to increase New Jersey’s minimum wage. Donald worked
with Rowan and Rutgers Universities to form partnerships with our local county colleges to make earning a degree more affordable for local
students. He also created pipelines for local employers to hire talent from vocational and technical schools, and has championed programs to
expand and diversify the workforce through the recruitment and hiring of women and minorities.
Ms. Diana Mejia: Diana Mejia is co-founder of Wind of Spirit, a Morristown, NJ-based immigrant resource center working to organize and
empower the community for social change. Their goal: to achieve a world of solidarity, justice and peace. Operating under the righteous
principle that no human being is inherently illegal, Diana and her organization represent a path to a future of mercy, tolerance, forgiveness,
and compassion. Diana played a critical lobbying roll in passing the NJDRWM Act ending the discriminatory practice of charging New Jersey's
undocumented immigrant youth exorbitant out-of-state tuition rates.
Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt: Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt has represented NJ’s 6th Legislatives district since 2006. She currently
serves as the Chairwoman of the Assembly Women and Children Committee at the vanguard of key policyissues affecting NJ's middle-class
and working families. She is New Jersey's leading champion of equal pay for women, and she has sponsored a landmark package of
legislation to enact pay equity in New Jersey. Assemblywoman Lampitt also authored New Jersey's law preventing workplace discrimination
against pregnant women. Throughout her leadership of the Women and Children Committee, the Committee has covered topics including:
preventing domestic violence, child obesity, and supporting women-owned businesses.
Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio: Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio represents Trenton and the rest of NJ's 15th district in the General
Assembly. Muoio earned a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University and a J.D. of law from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, she
served as director of constituent services and later as legislative director for Texas Congressman Jack Brooks. She has lived in Pennington
with her husband Joseph Muoio since 1995 and has three children.
*ASL Interpreting services for the January 21st Women's March on NJ are being donated by Sign4U Interpreting Services LLC of New Jersey. Many thanks to Kathy Nebel Phillips, our March interpreter, for providing a service that will make our March accessible now for so many.
Directions, Transportation, and Parking
Please read carefully.
Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial is located at 1 Memorial Drive in Trenton, NJ. The zip code is 08625.
The State House is located at 125 West State Street in Trenton, NJ. The zip code is 08625.
The War Memorial and the State House are part of the Capitol Complex.
Directions to the War Memorial can be found here: http://www.njslom.org/WAR-MEMORIAL-DIRECTIONS.pdf
PLEASE DO NOT PARK AT THE STATE HOUSE GARAGE. We have been informed by the NJ State Police that parking in the State House garage is reserved only for those visiting or working at the State House.
Free parking is available in state parking lots 5A and 5B, located across from the Trenton War Memorial. There are a total of 500 available spots. Handicap parking is available in lots 5A and 5B as well as on West State Street in front of the State House Annex and across from the State House. There is also a small parking area dedicated to handicap parking in front of the War Memorial.
DUE TO THE LARGE TURNOUT EXPECTED, LOTS 5A and 5B WILL FILL UP QUICKLY. PLEASE DO NOT DEPEND ON THOSE LOTS FOR PARKING. KNOW YOUR OPTIONS BEFORE YOU GET TO TRENTON. ADDITIONAL OPTIONS INCLUDE:
-Metered, on-street parking is available along West State Street. Please note that the meters are in service on Saturdays. You will be ticketed if fees are not paid. Some portions of West State Street may be closed due to our event.
-Several pay lots are located within walking distance. Please visit this link for more information: http://www.destinationtrenton.com/visit-trenton/parking/
-The Trenton Parking Authority owns and operates five (5) parking facilities, the Merchant Street surface lot, the Warren Street Garage, the South Broad and Front Street Garage, the, Lafayette Yard Parking Garage and the Liberty Commons Parking Facility. For more information visit http://www.tpanj.com/index.htm
Direct rail service to Trenton is provided by both NJ Transit (1-800-582-5946) and Amtrak (1-800-872-7245). NJ Transit also provides bus service to and within the Trenton area. Please check the following websites to confirm Saturday service schedules: http://www.njtransit.com and https://www.amtrak.com
FROM THE TRAIN STATION
Walking: South Clinton Avenue runs along the left side of the train station. Proceed up the avenue (to your right when facing the road) one block and make a left onto East State Street. (You'll soon pass the Department of Environmental Protection on your left.) At Warren Street the street becomes West State Street. The State House is two blocks up on the left. The walk takes 10-15 minutes.
Cabs: Cabs are normally available at the rear of the train station.
Buses: Buses stop in front of the train station at the corner of South Clinton Avenue. Most service West State Street and the State House. For bus schedules, please visit http://www.njtransit.com .
NEW! Thinking of taking a bus to the March in Trenton? Sharethebus is coordinating bussing from various locations throughout the state. Please visit Sharethebus at https://www.sharethebus.com/…/wmw-satellite-new-jersey-march to see departure locations, request a departure site, and purchase tickets. Due to a lack of availability of charter buses (many are headed to Washington that day), Sharethebus is offering bussing via school buses. Roundtrip tickets cost start at $8 depending on the place of departure. Save some green and be green, at the same time!
Safety and Security
The first step in ensuring safety was obtaining our necessary permits. The purpose of the permits is not only to secure a location, but to ensure all city agencies, including the police, are involved in the planning process. Security is a top priority. All proper security measures have been discussed and put in place in coordination with the police and other city agencies.
While marching is a fundamental right protected under the United States Constitution, the safety and security of the attendees and organizers is of the utmost importance. We are working very closely with both the New Jersey State Police and the Trenton Police Department to ensure the event is as safe as possible and everyone is well protected. Members of the State Police and Trenton Police Department, both identifiable and unidentifiable, will be there to protect us and our right to free speech and the freedom of assembly, as such, we ask that you respect and obey any lawful requests made by the NJSP and TPD.
Here are some tips to help make this march as safe and secure as possible for all of our participants:
-Bring your cell phone. Be sure the phone is fully charged. If an emergency arises, please dial 911 right away.
-Do not bring backpacks or large bags. All bags, including purses, are subject to search at any time. Carry only absolute necessities. The event will last approximately three hours from start to finish. Large crowds are expected and, inside the theater, participants will be seated in close proximity to one another. Larger items, like strollers, will not be permitted into the theater. Strollers, are, of course, welcome at our outdoor venues. Please leave any unnecessary belongings either in your vehicle or on the bus. Verify with bus operators beforehand if items will be secure inside the bus, if they are left there.
-Bring signs. Be sure those signs are made only of cardboard or paper and that no wooden or metal sticks are attached. They must be handheld.
-Be aware of your surroundings. If something seems odd or suspicious, or someone is being disruptive or combative, tell an identifiable police officer nearby or a March volunteer. All March volunteers will be wearing buttons with our logo and slogan so they can be identified.
-Tell someone where you are going to be. If possible, come to our event with a friend. We are all in this together, so please take care of yourself and others marching around you.
-Bundle up in the event that temperatures dip low and/or there is snow in the forecast. Although the first portion of the March is at an indoor location, we will be outdoors, marching for a half of a mile and then gathering outdoors at the steps of the State House. Watch weather forecasts and dress appropriately.
This is a peaceful march/rally. All attendees must understand that your actions can affect the safety of your fellow attendees. We urge all attendees to respect and take care of yourself and those around you. Anyone that acts in such a way that causes harm to another human being, breaks the law, and/or is disruptive to the peaceful events taking place will be removed immediately by law enforcement. Any damage done to public or private property in the city of Trenton will result in a participant's prompt removal. All legal fees and other costs associated with any charges stemming from a participant's actions and/or participation in the march are the sole responsibility of the participant. All marchers/attendees participate at her/his own risk.
By participating in the Women's March of New Jersey, you agree that The Women's March On New Jersey, its organizers, supporters and sponsors are not responsible for any and all claims for personal injury, property damage, or death that may result from your participation in the March.
Who is planning and supporting this event?
The Women's March on New Jersey was the idea of Elizabeth Meyer. Elizabeth is a New Jersey native who grew up in Wayne and resided in Bergen County. She now lives in Central New Jersey with her husband, Jamie, and two young daughters. She graduated from William Paterson University in 2000 with a B.A. in Communication, a minor in political science, and a New Jersey teaching certificate. She worked for four years in the radio industry in the New York and New Jersey markets as a producer, news anchor and reporter, and on-air personality and worked as a campaign coordinator at an incumbent Congressman's headquarters in New Jersey. Elizabeth has twelve years experience as a middle school educator in both urban and suburban districts, teaching history, reading, writing, photography, theater, and character education. Her passion for helping children continues as her own daughters inspire her to procure and protect their rights for the future.
In keeping with the mission of the Women's March on Washington, the WMONJ brings together women of all races, ethnicities, orientations, religions, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, citizenship statuses, and ages. It is with that in mind that Elizabeth has reached out to a myriad of diverse organizations and individuals to assist with the planning of this event.
The WMONJ is committed to diversifying its team of organizers and supporters to represent all the women in attendance at the march.
We could not be more proud to announce that the Women's March on New Jersey is officially endorsed and/or sponsored by NEW JERSEY CITIZEN ACTION, THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND OF NEW JERSEY, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN OF NEW JERSEY and their chapters NORTHERN NEW JERSEY NOW and MORRIS COUNTY NOW, NEW JERSEY CHAPTER SIERRA CLUB, Civil Liberties Activist, JAY LASSITER, THE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES COUNCIL OF THE UNITARIAN SOCIETY OF RIDGEWOOD, NEW JERSEY ABORTION ACCESS FUND, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES, NEW JERSEY STATE INDUSTRIAL UNION COUNCIL, UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST LEGISLATIVE MINISTRY OF NEW JERSEY, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF NEW JERSEY, NEW JERSEY WORKING FAMILIES ALLIANCE, ASSEMBLYWOMAN PAM LAMPITT, BLUEWAVENJ, GLOUCESTER COUNTY NAACP, GARDEN STATE EQUALITY, ASSEMBLYWOMAN LIZ MUOIO, Princeton Mayor, LIZ LEMPERT, 1199SEIU NEW JERSEY, ENVIRONMENT NEW JERSEY, NEW JERSEY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, ANTI-POVERTY NETWORK OF NEW JERSEY, Senate Majority Leader, LORETTA WEINBERG, Community Activist, AZRA BAIG, COUNCIL OF AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS OF NEW JERSEY, THE VETERANS OF PEACE, CHAPTER 021, NORTHERN NJ, EMERGE NEW JERSEY, WOMEN'S RIGHTS INFORMATION CENTER, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN OF NEW JERSEY, NEW JERSEY COALITION TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, YWCA BERGEN COUNTY, THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF NEW JERSEY, THE COUNCIL FOR FAITH IN ACTION OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH AT WASHINGTON CROSSING , ACTION TOGETHER CENTRAL NEW JERSEY, and WOMEN'S POLITICAL CAUCUS OF NEW JERSEY.
For more information about sponsoring the Women's March on New Jersey, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT DO I WEAR? This is an outdoor event taking place near the end of January. It encompasses a march and a rally at the steps of the State House. When it comes to attire, please dress appropriately for the weather. It will be a chilly day, so wear multiple layers and comfortable shoes or boots along with accessories such as hats, scarves, and gloves. Keep in mind that in order to show our unity and togetherness, we hope that you all will be able to wear something PURPLE.
WHAT DO I BRING? The event is scheduled to take place over a period of a few hours. Please bring enough water along with any medications you may need. We ask that you have a "carry in, carry out" policy, being sure to take any trash with you as you leave or find a trash receptacle to deposit it in. It is important to be respectful of both public and private property in the city of Trenton.
Bring any signs to support any/all women's rights, especially those that hold personal significance for you. Be creative. Keep in mind that, according to the rules and regulations for demonstrations at the State House, signs, banners, posters, and placards "must be made solely of paper or cardboard and supported by the person, not by or framed by wood, metal, or any other material of a firm nature. Nor shall they be self-supporting, affixed, or lean against a building adjacent to the State Capitol Complex grounds." Please be sure to be respectful of the city's request. The reasoning is that paper and cardboard are safer materials than wood and metal.
ARE THERE ANY SLOGANS FOR THE WOMEN'S MARCH ON NEW JERSEY? "Women United, Together We Rise" is the official slogan of the WMONJ.
WHY IS THERE NO MENTION OF PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP IN YOUR MISSION STATEMENT? This March is an affirmative, peaceful gathering open and safe for women, their allies, and their children. That insight originates from the National March and has been widely accepted by over 150 marches taking place on the same day across the country and the world. We want this to be an affirmative March FOR all women's rights, including all the hopes mentioned in our mission statement above. While these issues are being threatened by the President-Elect, we do not want a negative connotation to the March. This march is not a protest; it is a rally in solidarity with marchers across our nation and world. It is about placing aside our differences, joining together, and raising our voices in strength and pride. It is about us - the women and their supporters who will gather on January 21st -, not about one man.
WHERE WILL WE BE MARCHING? We will begin at the War Memorial and, after a few turns, will end at the steps of the State House. It will be approximately a half mile.
HAVE THE NECESSARY PERMITS BEEN ACQUIRED? There are two permits required for our event. The first is for use of the State House grounds. It has been submitted and approved by the New Jersey State Police. The second permit is necessary for the march portion of our event. All necessary paperwork has been submitted to the Trenton Police Department and approved. We are working closely with both the New Jersey State Police and the Trenton Police Department to insure this event is safe and legal.
ARE TICKETS NECESSARY FOR THE MARCH? No, tickets are not necessary. EventBrite registration is for headcount purposes only to assist with our planning. EventBrite tickets are not necessary for admission nor do they guarantee admission. Seating at Patriots Theater will begin at 9:00 a.m. Please plan on arriving early due to the large crowds anticipated. The theater has a limited capacity. Plans are in place in the event of overflow. From the theater, we will march a half mile to the State House. Both are outdoors venues so capacity is not limited.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHERE TO SIT IN THE THEATER? March organizers will be there to show participants to their seats. A section of seating will be reserved for those of differing abilities. The theater's capacity is 1,833. There is a plan in place to handle overflow in the event the number of participants exceeds the theater's capacity.
ARE ACCOMMODATIONS IN PLACE FOR THOSE WHO MAY NEED THEM? Yes. In the spirit of our March, the organizers want to be sure our event is as inclusive as possible. There are designated handicap parking areas. All venues will be accessible to everyone, including Patriot's Theater and the outdoor location at the State House. In addition, there will be sections of reserved seating at both the theater and at the steps of the State House for those of differing abilities. An ASL interpreter will at the podium during all speeches.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT SNOWS? In the event the march is cancelled, any cancellation notice will be posted on this website, our WMONJ Facebook page and Facebook event page, the WMONJ Eventbrite page, as well as on our Twitter and Instagram accounts as soon as the decision is made (please see Contact Information listed below). Cancellation will be determined as soon as possible since we know many may be travelling long distances. Please be certain you have access to any/all of these social media venues and sign up as followers or register with these sites where applicable. Connect with others who are traveling to the march and communicate with one another. If you do not see any cancellation notices on our web outlets, the event is on. Safety is our utmost concern. Regardless of the weather conditions, if you feel that travelling to the march poses any danger to yourself, please remain safely at home. We know you will be with us in spirit!
WILL THERE BE RESTROOM FACILITIES? Yes, attendees will have access to restrooms at both the War Memorial and on the State House grounds.
WILL THERE BE FOOD AVAILABLE? Food will not be served at the event. There is also a limited number of options to purchase food near the Capitol Complex. We recommend bringing any snacks you think are necessary. Bring only what you need because large backpacks and/or bags are not permitted at the March. Food and drinks are also prohibited inside Patriots Theater. Keep snacks for the march portion of the event or the rally at the State House steps. ALL TRASH MUST BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY. March volunteers are responsible for all clean up and, more importantly, we want be respectful to the city that is hosting our event. When in doubt, carry in, carry out!
CAN MEN AND CHILDREN PARTICIPATE TOO? Of course. Anyone who is a supporter of women's rights is welcome. We encourage men to attend. Many of the issues we are concerned about cross sex and gender lines.
Bringing children is up to you. It will be an exciting day, but there will be large crowds, cold weather and possibly snow. In January, temperatures can dip close to or below freezing in Trenton. Watch the forecast and be sure everyone in your group is bundled up, especially children. Participants in the theater will be seated within close proximity to one another. That portion will last about an hour and fifteen minutes, not including the time it takes for participants to be seated. Childcare will not be provided, so please plan accordingly. Strollers are not permitted inside the theater, but are welcomed everywhere else.
ARE PRESS PASSES BEING ISSUED? Press passes are not being issued, however, press credentials are required to access any press areas designated at the event. There will be an area reserved for press at the theater. At this time, no designated press area will be available at our outdoor venue at the State House steps. Please plan your approach accordingly. Keep press credentials visible at all times.
For more information on the Women's March on Washington, please visit https://www.womensmarch.com/.
The organizers of the Women's March on New Jersey are volunteers and are not being compensated in any manner for their time and dedication to this event. Information is shared and disseminated as quickly as possible. Nothing in the information provided is intended to create a contractual relationship and Organizers are merely acting as facilitators to aid in the success of the event. Any person participating in the Women's March on New Jersey does so at their own risk and at their own expense. No warranty of any kind, express or implied, are made by the Women's March on New Jersey Organizers and Sponsors nor are Organizers and Sponsors liable for any monetary loss, personal injury, cancellation of event or misinformation. Participants release Women's March on New Jersey Organizers and Sponsors from any and all legal liability and acknowledge that participation is at their own risk.
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