Jersey City marchers protest violence against women here and overseas, vow action

November 26, 2013 8:26 AM

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“Not one more dead woman” was the chant of about 50 people who braved last night’s cold weather to participate in the second annual Jersey City International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women march.

“Today we ask, are you going to stay with your arms crossed waiting until your family is affected, will you continue to say it is not your problem?” shouted NJ Action 21 Director Monica Aguilar Calderon though a bullhorn after marchers had made their way from Saint Peter’s University to Journal Square.

Surrounded by marchers near the fountain at Journal Square, Joaneileen Coughland, Women Rising’s director of Domestic Violence Services, roused the group, promising, “We will work hard day and night to eliminate violence against women.”

Viviana Bernal, director of women’s and gender studies at NJ Action 21, told the marchers the system of domination must be dismantled and “when women are free, all will be free.”

The United Nations General Assembly designated yesterday as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, based on the date of the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic.

The date also marks the start of the “16 Days of Activism” that precedes Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 each year.

At the conclusion of the march, Family Support Organization of Hudson County, located at 911 Bergen Ave., hosted an educational program that was open to the public and offered resources for crime victims.

Also supporting the march were Mujeres en Accion, People’s Organizations for Progress, Hudson SPEAKS, International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Women Rising, Organizacion de Peledeistas Unidos en Solidardidad (OPUS), and Saint Peter’s University Women and Gender Studies, Political and Social Justice departments, and Female Organization for Campus Unity and Solidarity.


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