FLDO 'War On Women' Panel Packs Senior Center
The event was sponsored by Democrat Clubs from four municipalities.
Local women expressed anger over what they felt were recent national and state legislative threats to women's rights and health care at a panel discussion Thursday night. Over 100 people turned out in the rain at the Fair Lawn Senior Center for the panel hosted by the Fair Lawn, Hawthorne, Glen Rock, and Paramus Democratic clubs, and the Fair Lawn Democratic County Committee.
Panelists included State Senator Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen), Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-Paramus), and Michele Jaker, Executive Director at Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey. The panel was moderated by Fair Lawn councilwoman, and former Mayor, Lisa Swain, who quoted a New York Times editorial dated May 19, 2012 which said, "Whether this pattern of disturbing developments constitutes a war on women is a political argument. That women’s rights and health are casualties of Republican policy is indisputable."
"This is more than an assault on women's rights," Assemblywoman Connie Wagner said. "It is an assault on poor people, on the middle class and on the public education system."
The group pledged to organize themselves on a grass roots level and to take this fight not only to Trenton, against Govenor Christie, but to the Fair Lawn borough council, where Swain explained that the Republican majority had recently silenced Democrat councilman Kurt Peluso at a meeting.
Perhaps the most significant outcome of the meeting, which also had State Senator Bob Gordon actively involved, was a pledge made by all these Democratic groups -- not only from Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hawthorne and Paramus, but also from New Milford and other municipalities. They pledged to start now, organize and fight back on this war against women.