Dozens of buses will head from the Princeton area to Washington D.C. on Jan. 21 for the national Women’s March. But supporters who can’t make the trip or want to make their voices heard closer to home can still participate by heading to New Jersey’s capital instead.
Trenton is one of 170 sister cities that will host marches in solidarity with the marchers in Washington. Women and their allies will gather at the War Memorial in Trenton by 10 a.m. and march half a mile to the New Jersey State House.
The “Women United, Together We Rise” march in Trenton is being organized by a diverse coalition of women, organizations, legislators, and activists.
Organizers said participants at the peaceful march want to send a message to state and national leaders that they expect their civil and human rights to be upheld and protected by both the state and federal governments.
“This march is about recognizing the strength that lies in our diverse communities and the empowerment that comes with setting aside differences for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families here in New Jersey,” said Elizabeth Meyer, founder of the Women’s March on New Jersey. “We want to move forward, not backwards. Human decency has been tossed aside. A gauntlet has been thrown down and we are here to answer the call.”
Reproductive rights and healthcare access are top concerns of participants, organizers said.
“New Jersey has always been a state that stands up for reproductive rights,” said Christine Sadovy of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey. “We march to show that New Jersey’s women, men, and families aren’t backing down – our state’s commitment to women’s health care will continue to get stronger in 2017 and beyond.”
Deb Huber, President of National Organization for Women of New Jersey, said a goal of the march is to make clear to the new administration and to the world that there is no mandate to backtrack on social progress. “We will unite to resist any attempt to do so,” she said.
Trenton artist Tamara Ramos is helping coordinate local march participation.
“It’s very important for the city to participate in this march for women’s rights and equality,” Ramos said, adding that there is not enough discussion in the Trenton community about women’s rights and equality.
“We are at a crucial time and we need to refocus on what is important,” she said. “When you attend the march big cities like Washington that’s great — the energy will be amazing. But when you stand and march for smaller cities and towns like Trenton, it makes an impact on the local community. Now is the time to remember and fight for what our forebearers fought for, and for our next generations to come.”
For a complete list of partners and more march details, visit the Women’s March on New Jersey event Facebook page.