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Locals To Join Women's March This Saturday

New Jersey Hills Media Group / The Bernardsville News — January 18, 2018

A number of local women will be joining the second Women's March in Morristown this Saturday to protest the policies of the Trump Administration and to highlight other concerns. The march, titled "Power to the Polls," will take demonstrators from town hall in Morristown to the green, for an array of speakers, including Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy.

Participants in the march will meet at 11 a.m. at Morristown Town Hall at 200 South St. and then walk a half mile to the Morristown Green for a program of speakers.

Among the topics addressed will be voting rights, healthcare, gun control, immigration, the environment, and education. The march is expected to conclude by 1 p.m.

"There are many of us in Basking Ridge and the Somerset Hills who are quite motivated to protest and keep up the fight," said Basking Ridge resident Laurie Saloman, a member of We the People NJ-07.

"We made a lot of noise when the Trump administration attempted to pass a substandard healthcare bill last year, and similar efforts from citizen groups around the country contributed to its defeat," she added. "Wins like that keep us going, and so does the knowledge that an educated, energized voter base has the potential to flip the vulnerable Republican seats in Congress this coming November."

She also noted that local Democrats have made progress in the last general election.

"Of course,' we're thrilled that Democrats were elected to the Borough Council in Bernardsville and extremely encouraged by the very close Township Committee race in Bernards," Saloman said. "Despite what some Republicans may desire, Democrats are not going away any time soon."

Another Basking Ridge resident, Ana McCarthy, said she and other local women plan to start Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast hosted by her sister, Amalia Duarte, who recently became the first Democrat to win a seat on the Mendham Township Committee in many years.

They then plan to take a "Rally Bus" to Morristown.

"My primary concern is workplace parity," McCarthy said. "It's very sad that we, as parents, invest in our sons and daughters education, often at great sacrifice, are filled with pride when they graduate and embark upon their careers, and then years later continue to see women earning 87 cents to the dollar of their male counterparts for equal work, a statistic much lower for women of color.

"The women's march is a great way to keep issues like pay equity top of mind, while continuing to advocate for workplace parity in an ongoing basis," she said.

McCarthy is not new to women's rights. She spent more than as managing director and chief diversity officer of Citigroup and worked on policy and practices focused on inclusion and equity, including, among others, women's issues.

An initial "Women's March" was held last Jan. 20 in Washington, DC., when Donald Trump was inaugurated as president.

"The anniversary of the "Women's March" is a reminder of the power and promise of women's leadership, advocacy and organization," Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12, one of the speakers, said.

The first portion of the program will include a welcome address at Town Hall by Elizabeth Meyer, founder of the Women's March in Trenton and co-organizer this year, and, Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty.

Khyati Joshi, a Fairleigh Dickinson University professor who specializes in immigrant communities and race in America, also will be there. "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," said Joshi.

Scheduled speakers include Gov. Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, Lizette Delgado-Polanco, Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC); Liz Abzug, daughter of feminist leader, Bella Abzug; and Essma Bengabsia, political activist.

The Women's March on New Jersey is hosted by Action Together New Jersey, Black Lives Matter Morristown, BlueWaveNJ, Communications Workers of America - District One, League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area, Mobilizing Montclair, Mount Olive Cares, New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey Working Families Alliance, NJ 11th for Change, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey, and Wind of the Spirit.

Tickets are not required for the march but participants are asked to register with EventBrite for planning purposes.

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