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'March on West Orange' to be Held on Saturday

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents of West Orange and surrounding areas will gather in front of Town Hall at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday for a “March on West Orange” in order to publicly demonstrate that “no matter what the federal government says, our town welcomes and hopes to create greater equity for people of all genders, races, religions, sexualities, cultures and identities.”

The day after the United States inaugurates Donald Trump as the 45th President, the Women's March will take place in major cities like Washington DC, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Ethan Blake, a 21-year West Orange resident, organized the March of West Orange to coincide with these events as a “pro-community” gathering.

“Over the next four years, local community organizing—in addition to movements in the country's largest cities—is essential for effective political action and social change,” Blake wrote on the gathering’s Facebook Page.

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“The March is not ‘anti’ anything, but is a ‘pro’-community gathering for support,” he said.

The march will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Town Hall and will be more of a stationary gathering rather than a walking march, according to Blake.

Public speeches, self-made signs, and other forms of civil protest and personal expression are welcome.

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