WESTFIELD, NJ — The Second Annual Women’s March in Westfield is planned for Jan. 20, organizers have announced.

“Our chief purpose in having the march in town again this year is to inspire and empower our children, to teach them to have a voice and to use it to inspire change,” said Jessica Golden Cortes, who is organizing the event with Lee McDermott Schaefer. Both are moms of young children.

“They are all too young to handle the larger marches,” Cortes said. “We also understand that we have many citizens in town who, for various reasons, are also not able to travel to the larger marches in NYC and DC, for example, and are thrilled to have an option here in town again.”

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Thousands of people attended last year’s march in Westfield, which was organized by Lydia Kaplan.

Cortes said that she and Schaefer are working with Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP on their website so that they get an idea of how many to expect and plan accordingly.  

“Start time is 9 a.m. at the train station south side and we will march to Mindowaskin Park starting at 9:30, where we will lead some songs and do some inspirational readings,” Cortes said. “At the park, we are also planning to have a coffee/cocoa set up for marchers and a New Year’s resolution postcard writing set up for anyone who wants to write to our congressman.”

They hope to have guest speakers, as well, she said.

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