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Women's Rally Plans For 5,000

Gov. Murphy, 1st Lady to speak in Morristown

New Jersey Hills Media Group / Morris News Bee — January 14, 2018

By KATHY SHWIFF, Staff Writer

MORRISTOWN —Morristown will host the Women's March on New Jersey on Saturday, Jan. 20, and police are prepared for a crowd that could top 5,000 people, Mayor Tim Dougherty said at the Town Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9.

About 7,800 people attended a similar event last year in Trenton, Dougherty said, adding, "We could theoretically have 5,000 people marching in our downtown."

Participants in the march are scheduled to meet at Town Hall at 11 a.m., then walk up South Street to the Morristown Green, where they will listen to a group of speakers, incuding new Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy until about 1p.m.

Town Administrator Jillian Barrick said part of South Street in front of Town Hall may be closed for the rally, depending on the size of the crowd. South Street also will be closed to traffic during the march to the Green, using a combination of police and Department of Public Works vehicles.

South Street will be reopened when the crowd moves to the Green. South Park Place between Morris and South streets will be closed when the marchers are at the Green, and North Park Place and East Park Place will have some lanes closed, she said.

In response to a request from council member Alison Deeb, Barrick said the town will bear the cost of security for the march but is talking to the event organizers about contributing funds. She said a report on costs would be made to the council after the event.

The march 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 Hth for Change. The groups have issued a Mission Statement:

"To harness the political power of diverse women and their communities; to create transformative social change by providing a safe and accepting platform for supporters to rally and march in promotion of civil rights for every human regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion, or creed."

The organizers adopt unity principles related to reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers' rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigration rights, environmental justice and ending violence.

Women's March on New Jersey 2018 goals are to:

Go to the march's Facebook page and www.womensmarchnj2018.com for transportation information.

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