Not up for travel, some NJ seniors will hold Women’s March even in Pompton Plains

Some of New Jersey's senior citizens say they will support this weekend's Women's March on Washington by holding a rally of their own in Morris County.

Inge Goldstein, 87, and Pat Thaler, 84, say they are not up for the task of traveling to Washington, D.C. for the rally, but they want to show their support for the cause. Both women say they went to rallies in Washington in the 1960s to protest the Vietnam War.

"I remember the police being on top of some of the buildings as we were marching," says Goldstein.

"Women who were wearing hoop earrings were advised to take them off so nobody could grab them," Thaler says.

The women organized a senior citizen march in Pompton Plains to coincide with the Washington event. They say that pro-choice is a topic topping their agenda.

"My mother had an illegal abortion between my brother and me," Thaler says. "She described it to me once and it was the most horrible experience of her life."

Medicare funding will also be a topic address at the rally.

"We get sick and we have expensive diseases so it's really important for us to feel comfortable about the coverage that we have," says Thaler.

The two women say that even though they cannot travel to the main event in Washington, they want everyone to know they have full support.

"It's so good to be with people who care about justice," says Goldstein. "You feel so good doing something, not knowing the outcome but putting your best forward."

The senior march will be held at Pequannock Town Hall in Pompton Plains Saturday at 11 a.m.

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