Protest To Be Held From 60th Street in West New York to 2nd Street Washington Park Union City To Demand Justice for Vanessa Guillen, For High Schools To Implement Proper Sex Education That Includes Thorough Curriculum On Consent, and Ban Military Recruitment in Schools
(WEST NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY) On Saturday, July 25th, 2020 at 3:00 pm, Womxn of NoHu (Womxn of North Hudson) will hold a march through Bergenline Ave from 60th Street West New York City Hall to Washington Park in Union City to commemorate and demand justice for the death of Vanessa Guillen, as well as demands that involve changes in our community.
Womxn of NoHu is a movement started by local womxn in North Hudson with the mission to create safe communities that support, empower womxn, and inspire others to ignite change in our neighborhoods. We spread awareness and solutions on sexual harassment, domestic violence, and all other patriarchal systems that oppress womxn in our communities. We envision communities that enforce policies and realtime community solutions that protect people from street harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence. We believe safer streets and protected homes equate to productive residents and thriving communities.
Our demands involve a congressional investigation for Vanessa Guillen. “More than 88 members of Congress joined a bipartisan request for the U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General to conduct an independent review of the actions military officials at Fort Hood, Texas took to investigate the disappearance and death of Spc. Vanessa Guillen”. We urge our local congressional representatives, Albio Sires, who has supported the investigation, to urge Donald Payne and Bill Pascrell to sign on to support the investigation so that Vanessa Guillen and her family get justice.
The military failed Vanessa Guillen, her family, and all Latinx members of the United States military, and has shown that they are incapable of protecting their own soldiers. The ACLU of NJ claimed, “The United States military launched an aggressive campaign to recruit high school students to fill the ranks of the armed services. Lawmakers have made this possible.” It is because of the No Child Left Behind Act, military recruiters are granted the same access in schools as college recruiters. The military specifically targets economically vulnerable highschoolers, highlighting the true face of the modern draft: poverty is seen as an opportunity to glamorize the benefits the military offers. In 2017, the RAND Corporation reviewed JROTC programs, “At public high schools with JROTC programs, 56.6 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, on average.” This establishes the school to military pipeline in low-income communities. The military takes advantage and denies safety for their soldiers, especially womxn – only offering a deadly way out, and lack of protection to surviving veterans. We want to protect our youth from exploitation, abuse, and fatal workplaces in the military.
Vanessa Guillen was the victim of sexual harassment, which has energized hundreds of survivors of military sexual assault and harassment to speak out using the hashtag #IAmVanessaGuillen. ”The military’s own data confirms the extent of the crisis at hand. In the 2018 fiscal year alone, an estimated 20,500 service members were sexually assaulted or raped – an increase of almost 40 percent from 2016. To put it bluntly: There is a sexual abuse epidemic within the military, but accountability for offenders and support for survivors are an illusion”.
It is for this reason that we demand schools to implement proper sex education that includes a thorough curriculum on consent. Based on New Jersey’s Sex Ed Report Card, New Jersey received a grade of C, which also highlighted that consent issues were not covered sufficiently. New Jersey already has an updated curriculum but it won’t go into action until 2022. We urge Mayor Nick Sacco of North Bergen, Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez of West New York, Mayor Brian Stack of Union City, Mayor Richard Turner of Weehawken as well as the Boards of Education in these areas for the curriculum to go into action immediately.
The purpose of this protest is to make sure all of our demands are met.
WHAT: Womxn of NoHu led march to ensure action is taken from our representatives that will ensure our demands are met
WHEN: Saturday, July 25th at 3:00 pm
WHERE: Start at West New York City Hall on 60th Street Bergenline Ave to 2nd Street Washington Park
WHO: Womxn of NoHu and all other participating members of the community.
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