WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — People from Bergen and Passaic counties are booking bus rides to Washington, D.C. to take part in the Women’s March on Washington Jan. 21.
Groups from all over the nation are to meet at 10 a.m. that day.
Original plans called for a gathering at the Lincoln Memorial.
But the location, to be announced, will change due to other groups reserving space on the National Mall, according to a statement issued Tuesday afternoon by the organizers.
The new location will be announced in the weeks ahead.
“So far, close to 1,000 people statewide have signed up,” said Geneiveve Kaufman of Washington Township, co-transportation coordinator for Bergen County.
The other is Pat Worrall Henry of Hackensack.
Kaufman said her bus is leaving at 4 a.m. and returning in late afternoon.
On the home page of both websites, the Women’s March is the top trending event.
Other groups also are planning trips to the capital, including New Jersey Citizen Action, which is scheduling a bus from Paramus for a $60 round trip.
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The march, billed as a peaceful event, is timed to follow President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration the previous day.
On their Facebook page, march organizers say they’re not gathering to explicitly oppose the new president.
Rather, they’re marching because “the rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us — women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault.”
They are confronted, they say, with the question of how to move into the future while facing concern and fear on a national and global scale.
“This is a way for me to take an active part in protesting the election of Donald Trump,” Kaufman said.
Two weeks ago, she and her husband joined 100,000 other people in marching from Union Square to Trump Tower in New York City.
“I hope the Washington march sends a message to our government that we’re all watching,” she added.
Henry, who volunteered for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, said she has her doubts about voter fraud in the election.
But the thought of Donald Trump as president upsets her more.
“He's an embarrassment to this country,” she said.