Religions and Spirituality

Despite Winter Weather, RU Anti-Trump March Slated to Go On

169386934321c50ec4f2_d39b4b5949215361c3b4_ru_protest_flier.jpg
A cropped flier for tonight's protest, which will begin at Brower Commons. Credits: Facebook
169386934321c50ec4f2_d39b4b5949215361c3b4_ru_protest_flier.jpg

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A forecast calling for snow and cold temperatures doesn't look like it will sideline a protest organized by members of the Rutgers University community.

Thousands of people intend to bundle up and march tonight through the College Avenue Campus, in a stand against President Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries and plan to build a wall along the United States’ border with Mexico.

“Join us in trying times as we show the strength of our Rutgers family and stand by our Muslim & immigrant communities affected by these divisive policies,” organizers wrote on a Facebook page for the event.

Sign Up for E-News

More than 1,500 individuals have signed on to participate in the demonstration, and another 2,500 people have expressed interest on Facebook.

The group will demand that Rutgers President Robert Barchi call on Trump to rescind the ban, which sparked protests across the country when it was implemented by way of executive order last week. They want him to condemn the act as “thinly-veiled Islamophobia, xenophobia and fear mongering.”

Protesters also intend to tell university officials to refuse to cooperate with any form of Muslim registry and to “reaffirm the sanctuary status” of Rutgers as a protector of undocumented students, according to the event description.

Trump and his supporters have said the ban is meant to safeguard the U.S. against terrorists. They have also blasted claims that the order amounts to a "Muslim ban," though critics point to which countries the order affects and language giving priority to Christians.

Organizers have also released an itinerary for the protest, whose starting time has been pushed earlier than first planned.

Students plan to gather on the steps outside Brower Commons, off College Avenue, around 4:45 p.m. From there, a local chaplain will lead a prayer session and speakers will address the crowd.

Shortly after 6 p.m., protesters plan to march toward the Old Queens administration building, near Hamilton Street.

A speech from Rutgers’ Muslim chaplain, a vigil and spoken word performances will follow.

Organizers posted a number of possible chants online, including “No hate, no fear / Immigrants are welcome here,” “Hands too small / Can’t build a wall” and “Muslim rights are human rights.”

Eighteen groups affiliated with the university have thrown their backing behind the march.

The protest has drawn the attention of people from outside the school, as well. Organizers encourage commuters to either park in a downtown garage or take NJ Transit to New Brunswick.

Rutgers police officers will be on hand, organizers wrote, asking participants to “please respect them.”

New Brunswick Police Capt. J.T. Miller told TAPinto New Brunswick yesterday that RUPD is indeed overseeing the protest, but city police could end up providing security if necessary.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick

New Jersey Launches NJ ABLE to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Expenses

June 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson on Monday announced the launch of a major new program to help individuals with disabilities become more independent and better thrive in their communities.  

With the newly launched NJ ABLE program, individuals with disabilities can save tax-free for eligible expenses such as education, housing and ...

East Brunswick Public Library Hosts “Beginner Coder” Program Series for Adults

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Due to popular demand, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is offering “Beginner Coder for Adults,” a program series to teach the basics of computer coding for the internet this July.

Led by guest lecturer Preeti Gupta, the classes focus on teaching basic web technologies including HTML, CSS and JavaScript. After completing this ...

EBPL Open on Summer Sundays

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Due to an increase in demand of library usage, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive) is extending Sunday hours throughout July.

The library plans on using the additional hours to host more library programming and provide services to the community, including passports, access to the computer lab and EB Create makerspace, and ...

'Half Time' delivers with sterling cast

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents.

The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during ...

'Half Time' lights up Paper Mill stage

‘Half Time’ turns the tables on aging in gleeful production

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other ...

Summertime Air Quality Issues

Summer weather can be harmful to your health due to air pollutants like ozone, mold, and moisture that are more prevalent both inside and outside than they are during cooler months. 

Sunny days, warm temperatures, and light winds don’t allow pollutants to be cleared from outside air. Instead, they encourage the formation of ozone, a leading air pollutant.  Ozone is ...