WESTFIELD, NJ — A march in Westfield Saturday in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. is garnering far more interest than its organizer had imagined. More than 650 people have registered in the past few days, and many of them said they would bring others with them.
Originally planned to begin at Lord & Taylor, the march will now begin at the south side of the Westfield train station at 11 a.m. Many of the marchers are coming from other towns, and participants are encouraged to arrive via train on the Raritan Valley Line or carpool.
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According to organizers, the march on Washington is meant “to send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights.”
The organizer of the sister march in Westfield said she hopes that this will be a gathering of like-minded people who know they want to do something, but aren’t yet sure what.
More than 616 ‘sister marches’ planned to occur that day, according to the Women’s March, with at least one sister march planned in all 50 states, several U.S. territories and in 57 countries on six continents. More than 2 million people have RSVPed for the sister marches, according to womensmarch.com.
Westfield’s event is one of six grassroots marches planned in New Jersey Saturday. Others will take place in Asbury Park, Mount Laurel, Pompton Plains, Trenton and Wyckoff.