Millburn Township residents were among the tens of thousands of Women’s March attendees, both in Morristown, and in New York City.
Many who had attended the March in Washington, D.C. last year made a deliberate decision to stay local for the 2018 march.
“After (the march in) D.C., I was so hopeful, about big change happening. I thought surely the current administration would have been stopped from all the damaging actions they’ve undertaken,” Short Hills resident Felicia Geller, a fashion industry executive said. “Then given the year we had, I realized that we have to organize locally and work to get candidates elected here, at home, if we want to see change in Washington. Starting with knocking on doors and registering people to vote for 2018.”
This year’s March theme, Power to the Polls, reflects Geller’s decision, and the evolution of the movement according to information from the official women’s march website powertothepolls.com: “In 2018, we must turn our work into action ahead of the midterms. This new initiative will address voter registration and voter suppression head on. We marched for justice in DC, we created our plan in Detroit and now we’re bringing the power of the polls to Nevada.”
Anniversary marches were being held around the world to coincide with the “main” event, a rally at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada is a potential battleground state in the 2018 midterm elections, and has also been the site of recent sexual assault allegations against elected officials, as well as the scene of gun violence with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
On Saturday in Morristown, in addition to the protest signs, buttons and posters were widely displayed for female congressional candidates hoping to unseat long-time GOP House members Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) and Leonard Lance (NJ-7) in November.