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LUPE PAC wants Latina on Weinberg’s ad hoc committee

Panel investigating misogyny in Trenton

By Nikita Biryukov, January 02 2020 12:57 pm

Latinas United for Political Empowerment PAC sent Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg the names of four Latina women they believe could be added to the Senator’s new ad hoc committee on misogyny and sexual harassment in New Jersey politics.

“While the ongoing coverage of the #MeToo movement has touched upon the topic of the diversity of the women victimized by sexual harassment and assault, women of color are still underrepresented in this coverage,” LUPE PAC president Laura Matos said. “It has been shown over the past three decades that women of color have vastly different experiences in terms of sexual harassment and assault.”

Weinberg has invited veteran lobbyist Jeannine LaRue, political operative Julie Roginsky and Patricia Teffenhart, executive director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Senate Majority Counsel Alison Accettola and Senate Minority Executive Director Christine Shipley to serve on the panel, whose membership will be finalized later this week.

Matos’ letter asks Weinberg to consider adding NJ Bar Association president Evelyn Padin, attorney Margarita Echevarria, Princeton Public Affairs Group partner Sonia Delgado or New Jersey Casino Redevelopment Authority deputy executive director Rosa Farias to the panel.

“We applaud your development of an ad-hoc committee to begin this important conversation as it relates to government and politics in our state,” Matos said. “Those publicly named thus far to this committee clearly have much to offer the conversation, but we want to ensure Latinas are also represented in this group.”

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