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Gov. Murphy And Civic Leaders To Speak At Morristown Women's March

Daily Record — January 13, 2018

By Peggy Wright

MORRISTOWN — Incoming Gov. Phil Murphy and Liz Abzug, the daughter of late feminist leader Bella Abzug who helped found the women's movement in the 1970s, are among the cast of speakers for next Saturday's Women's March on New Jersey 2018.

The 2-hour event and march from Morristown Town Hall to the Morristown Green on Jan. 20, marks the one-year anniversary of last year's local, state and national marches held to coincide with the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

As of Friday, 1,300 people are registered to attend and 4,000 registered as possible attendees for the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. event, according to the group's website.

Voting rights, healthcare, gun control, immigration, the environment and education are talking topics, according to a release from the host groups.

Women's March protests flooded public spaces in hundreds of cities across the US. The size of the Women's March on Washington, surprised even to organizers, estimates ranging from 500,000 to 1 million attendees, so many that the march itself became impractical and was converted to a rally. January 21, 2017, Washington DC. (Photo: Bob Karp/Staff Photographer)

The event is meant to empower women, celebrate achievements of women in New Jersey over the past year and "to mobilize women across New Jersey to bring their power to the polls this November," the group's statement said.

The first portion of the program will include a welcome address at Town Hall by Elizabeth Meyer, founder of the 2017 Women's March in Trenton co-organizer of the Morristown march. Meyer's remarks will be followed by comments from town Mayor Timothy Dougherty and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who was Murphy's running-mate in the gubernatorial election.

At the Green, participants will also hear from Murphy's wife Tammy; Lizette Delgado-Polanco, political director of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters; Essma Bengabsia, a political activist who represented the office of the U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, at a past Global Youth Summit against Violent Extremism at the 70th meeting of the U.N. General Assembly; U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12th District; and Fairleigh Dickinson University professor Dr. Khyati Joshi, a specialist in immigrant communities and race in America.

"As an Indian American Hindu woman, I march for a diverse, welcoming America where every member of my interfaith, multi-racial immigrant family and everyone else, wherever they came from and however they got here, has equal rights and opportunities," Joshi said through a release.

The Women's March on New Jersey is hosted by Action Together New Jersey, Black Lives Matter Morristown, BlueWaveNJ, Communication Workers of America-District One, League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area, Mobilizing Montclair, New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey Working Families Alliance, NJ 11th For Chan

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