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Speakers Announced for Saturday's Women’s March on New Jersey in Morristown

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - The speaking program for the Women’s March on New Jersey 2018, slated for Saturday, Jan. 20 in Morristown, has been announced.

Participants at this peaceful, non-partisan march will meet at Morristown Town Hall at 11:00 a.m. and march a half mile to the Morristown Green for a program of diverse speakers. Among the topics addressed will be voting rights, healthcare, gun control, immigration, the environment and education.

The march celebrates the achievements of New Jersey women over the past year and to mobilize women across New Jersey to bring their power to the polls this November, according to event organizers.

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“The anniversary of the Women’s March is a reminder of the power and promise of women’s leadership, advocacy and organization,” said Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, a featured speaker at the event. “On January 20th, across the nation, our colleagues, family members, friends and allies will stand in solidarity and in defense of women’s rights, equity, health and protection. I’m elated to join this celebration here in New Jersey, once again, as we commemorate a transformative movement in this nation’s history and what I’m sure will be a Year of Women.”

The first portion of the program includes 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. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will kick off the march.

Speaker Dr. Khyati Joshi, a Fairleigh Dickinson University professor specializing in immigrant communities and race in America, adds, “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.”

Participants will also hear remarks from Gov. Phil Murphy; First Lady Tammy Murphy; Lizette Delgado-Polanco, political director of the NRCC; Liz Abzug, daughter of feminist leader Bella Abzug, Essma Bengabsia, political activist, and a tribute to New Jersey civil rights icon, Edith Savage-Jennings.

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, 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.

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