NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The day after the November 2016 Presidential Election, Rebecca Shook, of Hawaii, expressed her frustration in a Facebook post and suggested women march on Washington during Inauguration Day. That original Facebook post morphed into the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place Saturday January 21, 2017.
People from all around the country will use planes, trains and automobiles to attend this historic event.
Stacey Gunderman of New Providence and Maggie Savoca of Fanwood are coordinating transportation from Union County.
Stacey Gunderman, 36 years old, is the mother of two young children - ages 4 yrs and 19 months.- "Within approximately 24-48 hours after the election, my husband told me there were 'rumblings' about a Women's March in DC on Inauguration weekend and said I should look into it. I immediately felt called upon to become an active participant and volunteered to be a county level transportation organizer. My goal was to give people who wanted to be at the march an opportunity to get there. I started setting up buses for Union Co along with Maggie Savoca. We have worked together in organizing and arranging 8 full charters buses leaving from all over Union County to get women and men representing the beautiful diversity of our community to DC on January 21st."
Gunderman shares her reasons for marching by stating "I am marching because I want to create the world I desire for my children to inherit. A country and a world where Love is Love, No Human is Illegal, Science is Real, Black Lives Matter, and Kindness is Everything. A place where our diversity is celebrated as an asset and creating a country rich in culture and founded on complete equality."
Sylvia A Martinez, of Garwood will serve as bus captain for one of the two buses heading to the March from New Providence. They will help organize, checking people onto the bus the morning of the march and handling other logistics for the day. Sylvia states "I have become increasingly saddened, fearful and angry post-election, but rather than be consumed by those feelings, I am choosing to channel that energy into action. I am marching in solidarity with Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, immigrants, Muslims, Native Americans, and every marginalized group because I care about women's rights, civil rights, and human rights. The days of sitting idly by and being complacent or slacktivism are over. It is time to take action, take to the streets and let the president-elect and Congress know that we are not with them when they vote to strip millions of Americans of healthcare because of political pettiness! Women will be the change we want to see, and we will stand up for what we believe in!"
On Tuesday January 10th – the Union County organizers hosted a meet and greet at Forest Road Park in Fanwood. Approximately 85 people attended and enjoyed an evening of food and desserts, meeting their fellow bus riders and making signs and head bands of flowers. Each state has designated a headband so fellow marchers can identify each other. New Jersey headbands will be made of flowers – symbolizing New Jersey, The Garden State.
The starting point of the Women’s March on Washington will be near the U.S. Capitol. A program featuring nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders will take place. Sister marches will be conducted in municipalities all across the country. To find out more visit www.womensmarch.com.