April 11, 2018—
After hosting Town Halls throughout February 2018, the Time Is Now Action Coalition (ywcabergencounty.org/time-is-now-action-coalition) with NJ First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy will present an update on findings and next steps based on workplace sexual harassment and assault experiences, solutions, comments, and questions shared by the community.
The Time Is Now Action Coalition Community Update will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bergen County Justice Center, 1st Floor Conference Center, 2 Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ. In addition to NJ First Lady Murphy, speakers include Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Senior Campaign Lead for NJ Estina Baker, YWCA Bergen County Board President Maura DeNicola, and YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou, MSW, LSW. RSVP by contacting Rachel Pedalino at [email protected].
“We are so honored to have NJ First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy’s support for our nonpartisan efforts to make strides toward ultimately ending sexual harassment and sexual violence,” says YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou. “Specifically, we will create a clearinghouse of resources, identify gaps in service and plans to fill them, and facilitate proactive commitment by employers to create safe workplaces with equal opportunity for all people. Perhaps most importantly, the Time Is Now Action Coalition urges all of us to take action where we live, work, worship, gather, and play to do our part in creating a collective shift.”
After announcing its formation in a January 12, 2018 press conference (facebook.com/YWCABergenCounty/videos/10159799191015023), the Time Is Now Action Coalition hosted four February 2018 Town Halls with over 100 attendees and a 24/7 virtual Town Hall to gather input from the community to inform an action plan.
Town Hall co-hosts included Boys & Girls Clubs of Lodi, Hackensack, & Teaneck, New Bridge Medical Center, and National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) Bergen Passaic Chapter. Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates from YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE were available at all Town Halls to talk privately with anyone needing support.
The Time Is Now Action Coalition was established in January 2018 by YWCA Bergen County and NJ Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle in response to the wave of people who have said #MeToo and broken the silence on sexual harassment, discrimination, and all forms of sexual violence.
This nonpartisan Coalition is comprised of over 50 diverse government, business, labor, education, legal, faith-based, and non-profit leaders taking steps to help dismantle these barriers to equality in our communities. 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.
“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 (ywcabergencounty.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 (ywcabergencounty.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, and was named chairperson of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee in January 2018. Learn more: www.valeriehuttle.com