One year ago, the inauguration of President Trump sparked protest marches by women around the world.
The anniversary will be marked in New Jersey on Jan. 20, 2018, by a women’s march in Morristown, where Gen. George Washington’s army spent two winters during the Revolutionary War.
“We will be marching (and freezing) in the footsteps of revolutionaries that have come before us. What better grounds for women and allies to gather who are staging a revolution of our own?” organizers said in a statement.
Dubbed “Power to the Polls,” the Women’s March on New Jersey 2018 is being planned by Action Together New Jersey, BlueWaveNJ, the League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area, Mobilizing Montclair, New Jersey Citizen Action, the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, and NJ 11th for Change.
They aim to encourage women to exercise their voting power.
According to a mission statement, the march is meant “to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change, by providing a safe and accepting platform for supporters to rally and march in promotion of civil rights for every human regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion, or creed.”
Organizers say the New Jersey march will adhere to the national Women’s March platform, which advocates for reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigration rights, environmental justice and ending violence.
The two-hour Morristown event is scheduled to start at town hall at 11 am and proceed up South Street to the historic Morristown Green for speeches.
Last year, women from New Jersey marched in Trenton, and at the national march in Washington DC. This year’s national march will be in Las Vegas.
Morristown was chosen because of its access via public transportation, as well as its Revolutionary symbolism.
It’s also the headquarters of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist), who NJ 11th for Change is trying to unseat in November.
“Morristown (and Morris County) exemplify areas across our state where our votes and voices are even more crucial in 2018. Let’s turn the tide by electing officials across New Jersey that share our values instead of convincing the ones that already represent us to change theirs (no matter what their political affiliation),” said the organizers’ statement.
Women interested in marching are being asked to register here.