WYCKOFF, N.J. – Before Erin Chung became a stay-at-home mom raising three children in Wyckoff, she had another job.
For more than five years, she worked for President-Elect Donald Trump, as marketing manager for the Miss Universe organization. She flew on his plane with him and stayed in his children’s private suite at his Mar-a-Lago Florida estate, she said.
But “my whole time working for that company, I just didn’t feel good about what I was promoting and I didn’t feel good about him as a person or a leader,” she said.
Days after Trump was elected President, Chung began chatting with a few other women in Wyckoff.
“We were just saying, ‘What just happened? What does this mean? What is going to change in our lives and in politics with the issues that we care about?’” she said.
The women had a lot to say and they thought others might too. So they formed a group and called it Women for Progress. About 35 women attended the first meeting in Chung’s home. A couple months later, the group has grown to about 250 members and Chung has decided to make it a non-profit.
According to the organization’s website, its goal is “to bring awareness through education, volunteering and financial assistance to the defense of women’s health issues, gun violence prevention, environmental protection, electing women to local and regional government offices, LGBTQ rights and other progressive causes.”
Chung said the group includes lawyers, doctors, teachers and a Ph. D. “We’ve got these incredible women on our team, and everybody is really ready to take action,” she said.
The organization’s first event is a peaceful rally to promote tolerance, acceptance and equality. It is slated to take place the day after Trump takes office — this Saturday, Jan. 21, from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., in front of Wyckoff’s town hall, 340 Franklin Ave. Many participants are coming from surrounding towns like Waldwick, Ramsey and Mahwah, Chung said.
The event is a “Sister March” to the Women’s March on Washington that is drawing thousands of people to Washington, D.C. on the same day. Following the Wyckoff event, some folks will be caravanning to New York City to participate in the Women’s March on NYC.
Chung said the rally in Wyckoff is not designed to be an anti-Trump rally, but a “pro-peace rally and anti-hate rally.”
“My message to everyone has been: There is no place for hate in Wyckoff. There is no place for hate in Bergen County. There really should be no place for hate in this world,” she said.
To learn more about Women for Progress, click HERE .