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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Women march against Trump Saturday in Plainfield

Tee shirts with the March's logo are also planned.

Below is a press release concerning a march against Donald Trump set for this Saturday in Plainfield --

Women Protest Against Donald Trump Saturday in Plainfield

A group of Central New Jersey women from Plainfield 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,” Ms. McLeod continued.  

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," said 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.

The march will begin at the Netherwood Train Station on South Avenue at Noon on Saturday. With police accompanying the participants, the march will move down Belvidere Avenue and then proceed eastward on East 7th Street to Terrill Road. At Terrill Road, a rally will be held with several speakers, including representatives of Latino and other immigrant communities.

Music at the rally will be provided by the band "One Step Beyond," under the leadership of Roland Washington. Attendees are invited to bring their own posters and placards. T-shirts will be available to memorialize the event.

For more information, those interested can check out the group's Facebook page (Women Against Trump March) or text (908) 419-8759 for more details.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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