Community Invited to Share Stories and Solutions on February 10, 13, 22, and 28, 2018
February 9, 2018—The Time Is Now Action Coalition (ywcannj.org/time-is-now-action-coalition), established in January 2018 by YWCA Bergen County and NJ Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, invites the community to share their workplace sexual harassment and assault experiences, solutions, comments, and questions in live and virtual Town Halls:
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, YWCA Bergen County, Room #2, 112 Oak Street, Ridgewood, Young People’s Forum (Ages 18 and up), Co-hosted with Boys & Girls Clubs of Lodi, Hackensack, & Teaneck – REGISTER
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am, New Bridge Medical Center Auditorium, 230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, Co-hosted with New Bridge Medical Center – REGISTER
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, YWCA Bergen County, Meads Hall South, 112 Oak Street, Ridgewood – REGISTER
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Richard Rodda Recreation Center, 250 Colonial Court, Room MP1 (upstairs), Teaneck, Co-hosted with National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) Bergen Passaic Chapter – REGISTER
Community members can register for a live Town Hall or contribute to the virtual Town Hall by visiting: ywcannj.org/time-is-now-action-coalition-town-hall
Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates from YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE will be available to talk privately with anyone needing support at a Town Hall, and are also available 24/7 via the healingSPACE hotline (201-487-2227).
The Time Is Now Action Coalition is comprised of over 50 diverse government, business, labor, education, legal, faith-based, and non-profit leaders working closely with the community to formulate an action plan that supports the wave of people who have stepped forward to say #MeToo. While the initial focus of the Time Is Now Action Coalition is Bergen County, the Coalition envisions the work as the basis for other county and statewide initiatives.
“We are taking concrete steps toward ultimately ending sexual harassment and sexual violence including creating a clearinghouse of resources, identifying gaps in service and plans to fill them, and facilitating proactive commitment by employers to create safe workplaces with equal opportunity for all people,” say YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou. “We all need to take action where we live, work, worship, gather, and play to do our part in creating a collective shift.”
“Time is up and the call for action is now. We must stand together in solidarity and denounce all forms of sexual harassment and violence. We will continue to call for increased public awareness, we will continue to support survivors, and we will empower both women and men to speak out,” says Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle. “For too long we have been silent, and not taking action is no longer an option. Let’s begin to change the culture together today.”
About YWCA Bergen County
YWCA Bergen County (ywcannj.org) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The organization is the area’s largest provider of childcare services, a recognized leader in health and fitness programs, and operator of healingSPACE, Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center. Celebrating nearly a century of commitment to the community, today YWCA Bergen County improves the lives of thousands of women, girls, and families with the generous support of its donors (ywcannj.org/get-involved/donategive). Follow YWCA Bergen County on Facebook (@YWCABergenCounty), Twitter (@YWBergen), Instagram (ywca_bc), and LinkedIn.
About Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle has been representing NJ’s 37th Legislative District since 2005, and was named Deputy Speaker of the General Assembly in 2015. She also served on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2001 to 2007. Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle is committed to preventing and addressing sexual assault in NJ, including on college campuses. She has sponsored laws such as the Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act; the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights; the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act; and the end of the Return Home NJ program to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities receive proper care. Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle is a leader in efforts to reform the Port Authority of NY and NJ. Learn more: www.valeriehuttle.com