Women will march around the country, Morristown

Millions will march this weekend around the country a year after inauguration

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Power to the Polls is the official slogan of this year's "Women's March on New Jersey," meaning that it will, like the national march in Washington, focus on ways participants' voices can "ring out loudly," say organizers.

Why? Elizabeth Meyer, an activist from Branchville, in announcing the Saturday, Jan. 20, march in Morristown, explained it this way:

"For the last year, women in New Jersey, and across the United States, have been rising. We've been using the power of our voices to express our dissatisfaction with our national and local elected officers' decisions and the direction our nation and state are heading."

Women, Meyer said, have been "angry, sad and frightened at times," but they've also been "empowered, passionate, determined, and hopeful."

The most important thing, however, is that they "haven't been silent."

New Jersey is at a "crossroads" this year, Meyer said in the announcement.

There are a total of 468 seats in the U.S. Congress (33 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) up for election on Nov. 6.

In New Jersey, voters will elect a total of 12 candidates to serve in the House of Representatives.

"By exercising our right to vote, and encouraging others to do so, we can literally change the face of Congress," Meyer said.

Elected officials report to the people and the people expect their civil rights to be upheld. Let's send them a deafening and blunt reminder of that."

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.

Historic Morristown was chosen as the march site because it is home to several grassroots organizations and has the space to accommodate it.

The march starts at 11 a.m. at Morristown Town Hall, 200 South St. and continues to the Morristown Green, where speakers will address the marchers. It is expected to conclude by 1 p.m.

For more information, visit www.womensmarchnj2018.com.

To register for the march, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-march-on-new-jersey-2018-tickets-41360900567.

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