The Time Is Now Action Coalition, established by YWCA Bergen County and NJ Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, is comprised of 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.
Regardless of mission, purpose, or political affiliation, we all agree that there is no place for sexual harassment, discrimination, and sexual violence in our communities, schools, or workplaces. Together with the community, we are taking meaningful steps to help dismantle these barriers to equality, ultimately making #MeToo obsolete.
Growing List of Time Is Now Action Coalition Members
Age-Friendly Englewood | Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi | Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle | Bergen Community College | Bergen County Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) | Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders | Bergen County Executive James Tedesco | Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Zur | Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office | Bergen Family Center | Bergen Indivisible for Democracy | Bergen PFLAG | Boys & Girls Clubs of Lodi, Hackensack, & Teaneck | Center for Hope & Safety | Displaced Homemakers Center @ the Bergen One-Stop | Displaced Homemakers Network of New Jersey, Inc. | Dwight-Englewood School | Emme Associates, Inc. | Enodia Center for Balance, LLC | Etre, LLC | Felician University | Female Wave of Change | FLOMO/Nygala Corporation | Girl Scouts of Northern NJ | International Justice Project | Law Offices of Rosemarie Arnold | Leonia Action Alliance | National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) Bergen Passaic Chapter | National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section (NCJW BCS) | National Council of Jewish Women Essex County Section (NCJW ECS) | National Council of Jewish Women Morris County Section (NCJW MCS) | New Bridge Medical Center | New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault | NJ Senator Loretta Weinberg | Northern NJ NOW | Oradell Council President Tracy Schoenberg | Teaneck Councilwoman Gervonn Romney Rice | Teaneck International Film Festival | Unitarian Society of Ridgewood | @UniteWomenNJ | Upper Saddle River Prosecutor Michael L Kingman, Esq. | US Representative Josh Gottheimer | Women for Progress | Women’s March on NJ | Women’s Right Information Center | Women United in Philanthropy | Woodcliff Lake Councilwoman Jacqueline Gadaleta | Writer Maureen Shaw | YWCA Bergen County | YWCA Bergen County Board of Directors | YWCA Union County | ZONTA Club of Northern Valley NJ
The Time Is Now Action Coalition begins as a Bergen-County-based initiative, with the goal that this becomes the basis for a statewide effort. The Time Is Now Action Coalition will:
– Create a clearinghouse of resources to raise awareness, educate ourselves, and provide necessary services to survivors.
– Identify gaps in services and outline plans to fill them.
– Facilitate proactive commitment by employers to create safe workplaces free from discrimination, harassment, and violence that also provide equal opportunity to all people.
– Encourage us all to take action where we live, work, worship, gather, and play to do our part in creating a collective shift.
How can you get involved?
1. We invite all leaders, influencers, and organizers from every sector of society—elected officials at every level, corporate executives and entrepreneurs, educators from preschools through universities, attorneys and judges, labor leaders, advocacy groups, faith-based leaders—to sign on to the Time Is Now Coalition.
2. We invite all members of the community to have their voices heard to inform our efforts with your experiences and solutions.