Womxn of NoHu demand justice for Vanessa Guillen with march from West New York to Union City

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Womxn of NoHu (North Hudson) met at West New York Town Hall and marched to Washington Park in Union City yesterday to demand justice for the death of U.S. Army soldier Vanessa Guillen.

By Daniel Ulloa/Hudson County View

The group, who had at least a few dozen participants, specifically demanded high schools implement a sex education curriculum that includes consent and a ban on military recruitment in schools, especially in low-income communities.

Guillen was a 20-year-old Mexican American soldier in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood Texas. While enlisted, she was sexually assaulted and she reportedly received little help from the military when she tried to report the incident.

She was killed in April 22nd, though her remains were not identified until July 5th. The solider authorities believed to be responsible for her death, Aaron David Robinson, committed suicide when confronted by military police.

Womxn of NoHu demanded a congressional investigation into the death of Guillen, urging U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), who supports an investigation, to persuade neighboring Congressmen Bill Pascrell (D-9) and Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) to do that same so that Guillen’s family can get closure in this tragic matter.

“The military failed Vanessa Guillen, her family, and all Latinx members of the United States military, and has shown that they are incapable of protecting their own soldiers,” one protester said.

Womxn of NoHu argued that this sexual harassment in the military is a systematic issue that needs to end.

“She lost her life for a country she wanted to serve,” another speaker added.

Womxn of NoHu was organized a year ago by Liliana Martinez who founded the West New York-based group after experiencing street harassment.

She said she decided to organize women in order to create safe communities that support, empower women, and inspire others to ignite change.

One speaker compared Guillen’s situation to that of Breonna Taylor, a victim of police brutality highlighted by Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests.

As they marched down Bergenline Avenue, they called themselves “Vanessa’s Army” and chanted “Hey hey ho how the military has got to go!”

They chanted in both English and Spanish to the crowd that gathered as they marched, followed by a police escort.

Womxn of NoHu also exclaimed that the military takes advantage and denies safety for women soldiers.

“We want to protect our youth from exploitation, abuse, and fatal workplaces in the military.”

When demanding reform in sex education, they cited New Jersey’s Sex Ed Report Card, where schools in the state received a grade of C, highlighting that consent issues were not covered sufficiently.

New Jersey already has an updated curriculum, but it won’t go into effect until 2022.

The civic group further stated that they believe reforming sex education would lead to an overall reduction in sexual harassment and assault.

5 COMMENTS

  1. What a waste of youth , they say that they don’t want to be like their grandparents At least their grandparents showed respect, courtesy and love towards there community . These idiots march to get on social media, tv like their match means anything , it DOESNT. All you want is free school, free money do you could complain while you at home smoking or bring a bum!! Your not changing squat, go to work hard like your grandparents did and make something out of your lives. Stop blaming other people for your misery. Have some respect you BUMS. Half of these female marching have had a relative locked up, so now you know why they upset. The old saying , you hang out with excrement you become it!!!

    • Holy molly… your soul certainly sucks. Hope you don’t die too soon so you can see these powerful women taking over the country.

  2. Another idiot making a comment without facts. Last time I looked freedom is not free you clown. We don’t want socialism or communism here if you don’t like it here with your freedom move to China or Venezuela where they tell you when to shit. You ungrateful ass, as you can see these women are just miserable with their own lives , wake up and smell the coffee these women are just a faze like you , respect this country or get the hell out you bum!!!

    • “Guillen was a 20-year-old Mexican American soldier in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood Texas. While enlisted, she was sexually assaulted and she reportedly received little help from the military when she tried to report the incident.”

      doesn’t seem to be a plea for socialism and communism. fairness and decent treatment maybe. is that too much to ask?

  3. Well me Johnson how about now with all that’s happening in our country this president meets with the parents of this great soldier , does count for something you ignorant prick. You think these women that match care one bit if they did they would join this president and give him thanks for acknowledging that this great soldier represented our country. You think these women will do that , No they all about the social media , if they did care for what they marched for they would vote for president that cares , not like the worst president that did nothing and try to destroy this country OBAMA and Dementia Joe Biden!!!! Wake up Women!!’

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