What You Need To Know About The Morristown's Women's March

The Record ( — January 18, 2018

By Peggy Wright

MORRISTOWN — Women who plan to march Saturday at the Women's March on New Jersey 2018 say they are buoyed by the opportunity to let state and federal legislators know women are a force to be reckoned with, particularly at the polls.

"I think it's going to be very big," said Marie Fornaro of the League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area, which is one of the event's host organizations. "I think it's going to be bigger than I thought it would be. It's a chance to show power of the polls and that we're proud of the women who have run for office."

Between 4,000 and 10,000 people are expected to participate in the rally and march, which are scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. at Town Hall on South Street. The march will proceed to the Morristown Green for a second rally that is expected to conclude by 1 p.m.

Speakers include Gov. Phil Murphy, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy, 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.

Diana Mejia, a co-founder of Morristown-based Wind of the Spirit, a faith-based immigrant advocacy organization, said she expects many of the group's 1,000 members to march.

"We realize we have to be united from all different sectors — ethnicity, gender, race. We need to get united and move a humanity agenda," Mejia said.

Casey Olesko, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey, another of the event's organizers, said she expects at least 30 people from the group to march together. Olesko said the first women's marches in January 2017, in Washington, D.C., Trenton, and around the country, ignited a fervor to protect reproductive rights and other health care concerns for women.

"We've had eight years of an anti-woman governor and now Phil Murphy is ready to be a pro-woman governor," she said.

"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. "Here in Morristown, diversity, tolerance and inclusion are principles we govern and live by."

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, including large events planned in New York and Las Vegas.

The Women's March on New Jersey 2018 was inspired by the 2017 movement but is not an official affiliate or sister march of the national Women's March organization.

Security: What to know if you go

If you're going to the Women's March on New Jersey 2018 in Morristown on Saturday don't bring a backpack or even cigarettes. Security measures were updated Wednesday afternoon so that purses and small-sized bags will be allowed, along with bottled water that is sealed as of the start of the march.

Security will be strict, announced local police, especially as the state's new governor will be one of the featured speakers.

The town administration and bureau of police announced the security measures on Wednesday.

Items prohibited are:

Infant strollers, baby carriers 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.

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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