BUFFER ZONE ENACTED!
There is the long way to tell this story or the short way. I will take the medium way and leave out some stories of the evening.
The eblast we had sent out said to get to the meeting at 7. Then we were told there would be "hordes" of protesters there, so I told people one by one to be there at 6:30. Good thing it was a nice night, as the doors did not open till after 7, and those of us waiting got pretty cold in 30-40 minutes! (Next time I have to remember to check door opening times!)
During the day it occurred to me that if there were to be “hordes of protesters" they might take down our announced addresses, so I called in to the City Manager and asked if we might hand in our addresses instead of saying them out loud when speaking. The upshot was that I was told when I got inside that we did not have to give addresses, we could just say our names and "From NOW." So that is what I told everyone, but some gave their addresses anyway, and it seemed OK.
Joining Northern NJ NOW members in the waiting crowd outside the building (which some thought was a "line" to get in) were NOW NJ Acting President Deb Huber, a group from Middlesex NOW, Vicky Stapleton, NOW NJ Action VP, and Sue and Ned Waldman from Morris County NOW. We thank all people who came from so far to stand up for women's rights in Englewood.
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