All leaders of the National Organization for Women of New Jersey resign effective immediately
Racism and patriarchy exist everywhere and are often internalized in progressive spaces, especially where white and/or male voices are allowed to dominate. Since January 2019, leaders of the National Organization for Women of New Jersey have been working in an anti-racist, intersectional way to expose and break down these systems of oppression wherever they exist.
We are proud of our many accomplishments in legislation and policy; use our voice to raise awareness of gender equality and racial equity issues facing New Jerseyans. In less than four years, we have managed to put NOW New Jersey on the map, restoring it to the strength it once was, one that is given a seat at the tables of power where political decisions are made in the state. . Although we have tried, our attempts to eradicate the internalized patriarchy and white feminism that have long been at the heart of our own organization have not met with the same success.
Over the past few months, our officers, some of whom are young women and women of color, have repeatedly been subjected to name-calling, intimidation and harassment from members and longtime leaders of this organization. We can no longer be silent, otherwise we will be accomplices. Our work toward creating a more equitable New Jersey must continue and that requires an organization that will live up to the values it espouses.
Immediate and intentional action is required to reset the organization and its governance structure. In order to build a more equitable feminist organization, we must suspend operations in the state. Accordingly, the eight elected officers of NOW New Jersey submit our resignations effective immediately.
Anjali Mehrotra, President
New Jersey National Women’s Organization
About the National Organization of New Jersey Women (NOW-NJ)NOW New Jersey’s goal is to take action through intersectional and anti-racist grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and realize and protect the equal rights of all women. and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.
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