A group of Central New Jersey women are planning the state's first women-led protest against Donald Trump for Saturday, April 16, in Plainfield.
Organizing as "Get Up, Stand Up NJ," the nonpartisan and multicultural group will lead a march and rally featuring local speakers from a variety of backgrounds.
"We will no longer remain silent when someone is denigrating women, Muslims, immigrants, and the disabled,” said Linda McLeod, a member of the organizing committee.
“Trump uses a public forum to undermine the sense of unity we feel as Americans. If we don’t accept bullying in third grade, we certainly won’t accept it in candidates running for the presidency of our nation.”
The group hopes to draw women from several central Jersey communities, especially younger women who have reacted to Trump's remarks with a deep sense of shock and outrage.
"Though several of us are active in community affairs, the group is nonpartisan and non-political and has no political or party agenda, " says Amelia Mapp, who will emcee the event.
Among the featured speakers will be Faheemah El-Amin. El-Amin is well known in the Plainfield area for having run the popular Faheemah's Child Care Center for many years. She is an African American and a Muslim, and will speak to how offensive Trump has been to these communities.