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Democratic State Committee Executive Director Saily Avelenda.

Saily Avelenda: Don’t politicize #MeToo

“It destroys the credibility women have fought to establish.”

By Nikita Biryukov, January 17 2020 1:51 pm

A progressive leader who ran Democratic State Chairman John Currie’s re-election campaign warned against politicizing the #MeToo movement Friday.

“If you weaponize #MeToo through politics, you are serving the patriarchy. You are not serving women. You are not serving victims,” Saily Avelenda said on Twitter. “You are serving the same men that create these environments.”

Earlier Friday, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and State Sen. Kristin Corrado, who served as co-chair and vice chair of a select committee investigating the hiring of a former Gov. Phil Murphy staffer who was accused of sexual assault, penned an op-ed slamming the governor for what they claimed was a skin-deep commitment to combating sexual harassment and misogyny in Trenton.

“I’ve been sitting on this one a long time. I believe women. I believe toxic male environments need to be dismantled and destroyed. I believe we need more women in office and in power,” Avelenda said. “I also want to take politics out of #MeToo. Because that only serves to help the toxic men that create and perpetuate these environments. Because it destroys the credibility women have fought to establish.”

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