Hundreds of grassroots activists are set to take to the streets in Red Bank next Saturday morning for an event headlined by Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein. The March for Environmental Justice, hosted by the Green Party of New Jersey (GPNJ) and organized in collaboration with a diverse collective of political, environmental and social justice organizations, will bring together a massive gathering of activists committed to drawing attention for the cause of environmental and social justice in New Jersey and throughout the nation.
The purpose of the march is to spread awareness about environmental issues and their implications on the greater movement for social justice. Attendees will be able to meet representatives of environmental and social justice organizations from across New Jersey, serving as a catalyst for thousands of people to become politically engaged through the fall election cycle and beyond.
“Our objective is to bring people together who can lead a pivotal grassroots movement towards better environmental policy, preparation for climate change, and relief for those adversely affected by pollution, climate effects and other environmentally destructive scenarios,” said Julie Saporito-Acuña, Chair of the Green Party of New Jersey. “And while environmentalism is widely understood, it’s also necessary to emphasize the concurrent need for justice for those who are displaced, harmed, or worse,” added Saporito-Acuña.
The March for Environmental Justice is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with an initial gathering at the Red Bank Train Station, followed by a march through Red Bank to Riverside Gardens Park, where the main assembly will take place at around 11:00 a.m.
A keynote address will be delivered by Stein, the Green Party nominee for President of the United States. In addition to Saporito-Acuña, other featured speakers will include GPNJ organizer Adam Black, Carol Gary of the NJ Industrial Union Council, Green Party Camden City Council Candidate Gary Frazier, Ginger Hutter of Socialist Alternative, Pat Noble of the Socialist Party of NJ, and Jessica Clayton of Riverside Rhymes Nature Play School.
The March for Environmental Justice is hosted by the Green Party of New Jersey, and sponsored by Socialist Alternative and the Socialist Party of New Jersey. Endorsers include 15 Now New Jersey, Rutgers University Progressives, NJ State Industrial Union Council, the Red Bank Environmental Commission, Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, and others.