The Trentonian

Women's March On D.C. Offers A Chance To Stand United

The Trentonian — January 20, 2017

By L.A. Parker

A day after Donald Trump takes an oath of office as the 45th president of the United States, thousands of people will descend on Washington, D.C. for a heraided Women's March.

Women and their supporters will unite to stand together in an effort to protect their rights and to define their future.

While some people voice alarm, fear or loathing, describing the rally as a march against Trump, the event's push for solidarity, exemplifies U.S. freedom.

Marching on Washington, for whatever cause, has a historical connection that allows people to petition our government leaders where they work.

A Coalition for Peace Action Princeton bus sold out for the Washington event while New Jersey Citizen Action coordinated buses from Lambertville, Summit, Cherry Hill, Branchburg, Paramus, Highland Park, Metuchen, Trenton and Newark.

The Trenton march will begin at 10 a.m. at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial at 1 Memorial Drive in Trenton.

Participants will march from the War Memorial to the steps ofthe State House on West State Street.

Nine speakers have been scheduled, including Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman and civil rights leader Edith Savage-Jennings.

Meanwhile, cities throughout New Jersey will host miniature rallies in support of women's rights.

New Jersey will see satellite marches in Asbury Park, Mount Laurel, Pompton Plains, Westfield and Wyckoff, according to the Women's March on Washington site.

Organizers offered these insights about the Women's March mission.

"We must create a society in which women - including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women - are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments."

And on violence.

"Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies. We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police brutality and ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of color. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system."

Check out WomensMarch.com for insights regarding reproductive freedom, LGBTQIA rights, worker's rights, issues involving civil rights, environmental protection, and immigration.

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