Scenes from the Women’s March on Morristown: Women and men in blue, and the quietest counter-protest in history

A Madison patrolman at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
A Madison patrolman at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
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On Saturday, President Trump tweeted his congratulations to women marching around the nation, suggesting they must have been celebrating his economic policies on the first anniversary of his inauguration:

President Trump tweet about Women's Marches, Jan. 20, 2018

We asked one of the organizers of the Women’s March on New Jersey in Morristown how she felt about that tweet. Debbie McComber of the League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area diplomatically referred us to this photo by our sharp-eyed correspondent, Sharon Sheridan:

FREE SPEECH: The 2018 Women's March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
FREE SPEECH: The 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan

McComber estimated 15,000 people participated in the Morristown event, which included   speeches at town hall and the historic Morristown Green, linked by a procession up South Street.

Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy were among the the guest speakers.

Everything unfolded without incident, McComber said, with a highly visible police presence that included, in addition to Morristown’s Finest, Morris County Sheriff’s officers, police from Madison and Mt. Olive, and NJ Transit police. They are just the ones we observed. There were bomb-sniffing dogs, mounted police and EMS teams.

“The police were amazing at making us all feel comfortable,” said McComber, adding that organizers, who raised funds from local businesses, plan to make a donation to the town to help defray security expenses.

McComber also noted that crowds were respectful of both venues Saturday, making cleanup fairly easy for organizers.

MorristownGreen.com is fortunate to have a team of talented, dedicated photo volunteers, who captured the color and spirit of the day. We’ll share some of their work with slideshows over the next few posts.

If you attended, chances are you will see yourself in one of our pictures. And if you couldn’t make it, here is what you missed.

We’ll start with more from Sharon, for many years our assistant editor and now a candidate for the Episcopal priesthood:

FREE SPEECH: The 2018 Women's March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
T'Anna Kimbrough of Black Lives Matter Morristown at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
An organizer-in-training, at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
Laurily of Mt. Tabor at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
Rainbow peace flag at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
Girl power at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
GOING PINK: Episcopal Bishop Mark Beckwith, at the 2018 Women's March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
Episcopal Bishop Mark Beckwith and friends at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
SAVE THE SEA TURTLES, at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
A young activist at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
Claudia Sydenstricker leads song at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
WHAT'S YOUR SUPERPOWER? Young activist at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
George and the boys talk things over, at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
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We also were delighted to welcome back Penny Lopez, who has overcome some health issues.  Penny’s slideshow includes fine portraits of the law enforcement people who worked so diligently to ensure everyone’s safety on Saturday:
 
NJ Transit officer with his bomb-sniffing dog, Jet, at the Morristown train station, for 2018 Women's March on NJ. Photo by Penny Lopez.
Gov. Phil Murphy and Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, in the back, with their First Ladies, Tammy Murphy and Mary Dougherty, with Wind of the Spirit members at the 2018 Women's March on NJ. Photo by Penny Lopez
Crowd outside town hall at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
Day Jahnae Martin and Azaria Martin of Morristown at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
DOODLES FOR DEMOCRACY at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
A Madison patrolman at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
Dads marched too, at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and his First Lady, Mary Dougherty, with members of Wind of the Spirit, NJ 11th for Change and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
Pro-immigration activists at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
Police Chief Darren Dachisen and Lt. Joseph Longo, both from Madison, at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
Wind of the Spirit marches at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
A Wind of the Spirit volunteer whips up the crowd at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
CROWD CONTROL? SECURITY OBSTACLE? Truck pulls out near town hall at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
NJ Transit Officer at Morristown train station, at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
Police patrol Morristown train station before the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
Planned Parenthood supporters at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
Activists arrive at the Morristown train station, for the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
A veteran of last year's DC march, at the 2018 Women’s March on NJ, in Morristown. Photo by Penny Lopez
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2 COMMENTS

  1. … UGGGHHHH!!! Somehow President Trump found a way to make this historic event all about himself with his tweet!! SMH

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