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Going To The Morristown Women's March? Don't Bring These Items

Daily Record — January 17, 2018

By Peggy Wright

If you're going to the Women's March on New Jersey 2018 in Morristown on Saturday don't bring a purse, a backpack or even cigarettes. Security will be strict, announced local police, so leave the items home.

Thousands are expected to participate in the rally and march scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at Town Hall on South Street and proceeds to the Morristown Green for a second rally that will run until 1 p.m.

The town administration and bureau of police announced the security measures on Wednesday, just one day after Gov. Phil Murphy, one of the speakers at the rally, was sworn into office. The governor will have his own security unit composed of state troopers.

Items prohibited are:

Infant strollers and similar items along with some bags such as diaper bags will be allowed but may be searched.

"Morristown Bureau of Police and its law enforcement partners will implement a security plan to protect the safety and security of attendees," the release said.

Anticipated speakers include the governor, Women's March on New Jersey 2017 Founder Elizabeth Meyer, Liz Abzug, the daughter of 1970s feminist leader Bella Abzug, and other civil rights, social advocates and political leaders.

"Morristown is honored to serve as the site of New Jersey's 2018 Women's March, in solidarity with marches taking place all across America," Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty said via a release.

"Here in Morristown, diversity, tolerance and inclusion are principles we govern and live by. With officials from across the state joining the effort, I hope we can inspire citizens to engage with their elected representatives to work toward these common goals."

The Women's March movement started in late 2016, with a rally in January 2017 on the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration attracting between 500,000 and 1 million participants to Washington, D.C. This year's march in Morristown coincides with similar rallies across the nation.

The Women's March on New Jersey 2018 is hosted by Action Together New Jersey, BlueWaveNJ, League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area, Mobilizing Montclair, New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey Working Families Alliance, and NJ 11th for Change.

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