Women’s March On Washington – Montclair Edition UPDATED

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2:50 a.m: In the predawn hours Saturday, less than 24 hours after the inauguration of Donald Trump, hundreds of local residents boarded a line of chartered buses in front of Montclair High School. The six buses were bound for The Women’s March on Washington, a massive national rally expected to draw crowds five times larger than the inauguration itself.

Though the morning was still pitch-black, the buses’ headlights illuminated the marchers, some of whom carried signs displaying hopeful and angry sentiments: “I could be at home but you give me no choice” — “No Room for Hate Here” — “Rebellions are Built on Hope.”

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Montclair resident Constance Harding was there with two friends, Mallory and John, also of Montclair. “I’m here to support women’s rights and to protest sexual assault,” she said. “I’m a 3-time sexual assault survivor. I’m here to kick some ass.”

Harding, like many of the other women in line, wore a “pussy hat” — a pink knitted hat with cat ears — in reference to Trump’s comments on Access Hollywood about “grabbing women by the pussy.”

“What could be better than working with women in pink pussy hats?” her friend, Mallory Visser, laughed. “We get to meet a bunch of people and scream at three o’clock in the morning!”

Visser, one of the volunteer coordinators of the Montclair marchers, worked as a program coordinator for the Children’s Trauma Center of the New Jersey Battered Women’s Service. Last week, she and her boyfriend John had been in Newark working with NJ Senators Cory Booker and Menendez to help protect the Affordable Care Act.

“I’m not very politically active,” admitted John, a musician. “But there’s a lot to be lost for women in a Trump administration. Hopefully this will help.”

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10:00 a.m: With the dawn of a grey, misty day, the sea of pink hats converged on the city. On foot, by bus, by car, the people streamed into the streets, a swelling crowd that grew into the hundreds of thousands by mid-morning. Police cars, motorcycles and barricades were everywhere, from 2nd Street NW all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue. The crowd of mostly women — but a large turnout of men, too, some wearing pink hats themselves — made their way to the Independence Avenue main stage to hear a lineup of speakers that included political activists, celebrities and Congressional leaders. These included Gloria Steinem,Michael Moore, Alicia Keyes, Madonna, Scarlett Johansson, Ashely Judd, America Ferrara, California Senator Kamala Harris and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Steinem addressed the crowd first, beginning by thanking “the hardworking visionary organizers of this women-led, inclusive march” and advocating for a collective resistance.

“We will not be quiet, we will not be controlled,” she said. “We will work for a world in which all countries are connected. God may be in the details, but the goddess is in connections.”

Steinem’s remarks also included a call for female self-reliance (“no more asking daddy”) and a prediction: “This is a day that will change us forever . . . we will never be the same again.”

Other speakers also delivered powerful messages. Film director Michael Moore encouraged the jam-packed crowd to get involved politically, even to run for office. “We have to take over the Democratic Party,” he said. “We need new young leaders. We need new women leaders. We need new leaders of color.”

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Referring to people who believe Donald Trump won’t be in office for his full term, Moore joked, “You have a job to do for the next…let’s just say months. You have to call your Congressional representatives every single day.”

Judd recited a poem by Nina Donovan, a 19-year-old from Tennessee, that began with, “I am a nasty woman.”

The poem, which drew loud cheers, went on to excoriate the new president and his administration with lines like, “I’m not as nasty as a swastika painted on a pride flag” and “I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee.”

As the speeches wore on, the crowd got restless, at times chanting, “Let’s go march!” Even before the presentations were over, people spilled out onto the streets.

1:30 p.m: The crowd made its way up Independence and Constitution Avenues, heading for the Washington Monument. The marchers were raucous but upbeat, carrying colorful signs demanding gender equality, human rights protections and support for various progressive causes.


2:30 p.m: The crowd had gained force. Charging toward the White House, they were cheered by onlookers on bridges, raising their fists in solidarity. Huge, elaborate banners flew. Performers in elaborate theatrical costumes joined the wave of marchers, chanting rhythmically as drummers kept the beat. Women on stilts wearing sparkling outfits towered over the moving crowd. “This is what Democracy looks like!” the demonstrators chanted. “Hands too small to build a wall!” “Ain’t no power like the power of the people, cause the power of the people don’t stop!”

And so the march continued, determined, loud, energized by the people’s solidarity.

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3:30 p.m: Everyone arrived at the Ellipse, a grassy area between the Washington Monument and the White House. Though the march officially ended there, some of the marchers continued demonstrating throughout the afternoon and into the night.

4:55 p.m: According to news reports, President Donald Trump, on his way back from his visit to the CIA, passed thousands of people protesting on the streets. The huge number of marchers gathered at the Ellipse was also clearly visible from the White House.


5:30 p.m: As darkness fell over Washington DC, the streets gradually emptied of protesters. The police presence remained, however. Because the streets were still closed off, most of the marchers left by subway, squeezing into packed train cars.

6:00 pm: Despite advance notice of the march, the city seemed unprepared for the half a million protesters who showed up. By 6 pm, most of the participants were hungry and tired, hoping for dinner and a rest. For many of them, their search yielded only hot dogs, park benches and long lines at port-a-potties.

7:00 pm: Exhausted but ebullient, the Montclair marchers boarded their bus for the four-hour journey home. Settling into a block of seats near the front, one family – who had three generations in attendance at the march – talked about what the experience meant to them.

“I’m a child of the 60s, and I watched how much public protest can change the world,” said Mary Le Fever, 69, sitting next to her daughter, Liz Moore, and grandson, Ben Mulick, both of Caldwell. “I want our president to know that women aren’t going to sit here and let our rights get eroded away.”

Le Fever, a retired schoolteacher, had traveled from California with her friend, Cindy Valadez, to attend the flagship DC march.

“It meant a great deal to me to be there,” she said. “I come from a long line of strong women. My mother escaped to the U.S. after the Mexican revolution. I believe there’s nothing women can’t do.”

11:30 pm: As the line of Montclair buses pulled up to the high school and passengers disembarked, they looked happy but tired. It had been, as Gloria Steinem said it would be, a day the marchers would never forget.


Photos/video: Linda Federico-O’Murchu. Group photo with buses: Blue Wave New Jersey.

Montclair To Represent At Women’s March on Washington

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 12:01pm  |  COMMENTS (77)

 Women's March on Washington

Many Montclair women and their daughters will join the hundreds of thousands of women across the country to attend the Women’s March on Washington or another of the local sister marches in NJ or NYC on Saturday, January 21. Whether they take buses organized by local women, drive, or take a train, they will all get together to stand together in solidarity for the protection of women’s rights, safety,  health, and their families.

Baristanet spoke with several of the women (and one man) to learn what joining the march means to them:

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Honoring Dr. King Today

BY  |  Monday, Jan 16, 2017 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (8)

"Keeping the Dream," A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at NJPAC

Dr. Martin Luther King’s life has been honored by a national holiday since 1986. Today throughout Baristaville and the nation, people will come together to remember Dr. King at a service or by participating in a day of service.

Check out some local services and events to honor MLK here and watch his famous speech below:

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Dear Alma: Navigating Friend Relationships With Married Men, Cooking For Guests

BY  |  Monday, Jan 09, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dear Alma: Navigating Friend Relationships With Married Men, Cooking For GuestsDear Alma,

At work I’ve met some really interesting, funny men. I see them infrequently but would love to see them more often, outside of the work setting, maybe have them over for dinner. By the way I am happily married. I don’t know their wives but would love to invite both husband and wife over for a meal. Is it inappropriate? Would the wife feel threatened that her husband has a female friend? I’m concerned too, that my husband will feel threatened that I have a male friend- even though he will see that this friend is happily married. I want to clarify that there is no funny business involved! I just enjoy the companionship of both men and women. How would you proceed? Is this something a married person should avoid doing?

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Dear Feeling Short Changed On Who I Can Socialize With,

Pardon my frankness, but as long as you are honest with yourself about not wanting to lure the guest(s) into your bed with your delicious cooking, I see no reason why you shouldn’t invite them over. New friends are the spice of life whether they are men, women, Syrian refugees, whomever. I would suggest discussing it with your partner and if he has an issue with it, there may be other issues at play in your marriage that need to be addressed. As for the wives of the men, they’ll have to figure that one out themselves, not you.

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DeCamp Buses Get a Makeover

BY  |  Friday, Jan 06, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


Locals may have noticed that DeCamp buses have gotten a makeover. The company tweeted this announcement a few weeks ago:

Some residents are questioning whether the plain white buses with either no or very minimal DeCamp logos are a sign that the owners of DeCamp might be looking to sell the business. Baristanet’s calls and emails to the management about the new buses have gone unanswered.

Still, we were wondering how commuters felt about the new buses:

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A Snowy and Cold Weekend

BY  |  Friday, Jan 06, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


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We were greeted with a bit of snow this morning and more is on the way making it a snowy, but more significantly, cold weekend ahead. A “winter storm watch” has been issued for parts of New Jersey with more snow expected tomorrow morning, but our area is likely to just get another inch or so.

The cold temperatures will put more of a damper on your weekend activities, with high only expected in the mid-20s and lows down to 13°, with a “real Feel” of 5°.

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Bobbi Brown Launches ‘Bobbi Unplugged’ at 18 Label Studios in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Jan 06, 2017 8:03am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown announced that she was stepping down from her namesake cosmetics company a few weeks ago. Now comes another announcement. Today at 12 pm, Brown will kickoff a Facebook Live lifestyle series called Bobbi Unplugged on her Facebook page.

The weekly series will be filmed right here in Montclair at 18 Label Studios and will feature different guests each week.



Montclair Offers an Expanded Seniors in Taxis Program For 2017

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Seniors In TaxisMontclair’s Seniors in Taxis (SIT) voucher program for Montclair residents 62 and older has been renewed for another year offering vouchers for reduced fares.

New this year, the vouchers can be used for destinations outside of Montclair. Use the vouchers to attend medical appointments, to grocery shop, or to meet a friend for lunch or a movie. Vouchers can also be purchased as “insurance” in case of car trouble, or if you do not want to worry about finding parking.

Visit or contact the Montclair Health Department on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building (205 Claremont Ave) to purchase your vouchers and pay $15 for $30 of rides. You will need to provide proof of age and residency.




Montclair & Bloomfield PDs Offer Citizen Police Academy Class

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Citizen Police Academy Class

The Montclair and Bloomfield Police Departments are offering a free 10-week Citizen Police Academy Class from January 24 – April 18, open to eligible residents.

The training courses will be instructed by certified law enforcement officers from the Montclair Police Department, Bloomfield Police Department, as well as officers from other agencies.  This program offers no police certification.  Instead, the goal is to provide a better understanding of modern police practices.  Participants will also gain an insight to the functions and responsibilities of police departments as well as criminal law and legal procedure.

Class size will be limited to 25 persons and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Montclair and Bloomfield residents and employees will be given preference over non-residents.

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Hurry Up! Get Your Chance At An All Expense Paid Trip for Two to Super Bowl 51

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Support Montclair High School Project Graduation and grab a chance at a super Super Bowl 51 package!


Help the class of 2017 enjoy a great graduation celebration while giving yourself the opportunity to enjoy Super Bowl 51! Purchase a raffle ticket for $100 and enter to win: 2 tickets to Super Bowl 51 and…

The Package includes:
2 tickets to Super Bowl 51
2 ticket to “NFL the Experience”
Round-trip airfare from Newark to Houston, TX
3-night stay at Embassy Woodlands – Hughes Landing
Sedan service to and from the airport

Tickets are $100 – and only 400 will be sold!! Chances to win are excellent! Continue Reading

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Montclair is relatively heterogenous and, it could fairly be said, takes pride in its diversity. Has Montclair named a street or school after Dr. King? Why is that?

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