By JOHN T. WARD
The newly formed group, called the Greater Red Bank Women’s Initiative, won approval Monday from the borough government’s special events committee to hold a rally in Riverside Gardens Park on Saturday, January 21, according to Ellen Herman, one of the organizers.
The event, slated to coincide with a large-scale Women’s March on Washington and other rallies planned for the same day across the United States, is to be “nonpartisan and nonpolitical,” said Herman, who founded the group with fellow borough resident Suellen Sims.
“It will be about human rights and dignity, respect, and feeling safe in the place where you live,” Herman told redbankgreen.
The group, which has about 24 members from Red Bank and nearby towns and is growing daily, was born out of the “helpless” feeling women on both sides of the presidential election felt in its aftermath, Herman said.
Plans for the event, scheduled to run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., include a performance by a children’s choir and remarks by a still-emerging lineup of speakers who are being asked to keep their remarks nonpartisan, she said.
The event is envisioned as an affirmation of the “inclusiveness and tolerance we feel Red Bank stands for,” Herman said.
From a post on the group’s Facebook page, which debuted Monday:
We envision the Rally as a celebration of the qualities that have made the greater Red Bank area unique and welcoming . Our only agenda on this day is to bring out the best in each and every one of us. We believe that even a gathering such as this, regardless of size, can make a difference and also make each of us feel that we have done something of value by putting a voice to our passions..
More information and updates about rally, which Herman said does not have a postponement date for inclement weather “to show our solidarity with other groups gathering throughout the country,” may be found at the group’s Facebook page.