January 17, 2017

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman to Host Interfaith Unity and Reflection Vigil in District on Inauguration Day

Today, Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman announced that she will host an interfaith unity & reflection vigil on Friday, January 20 in lieu of her attendance at the Presidential inauguration ceremonies.

“The constituents of the New Jersey’s Twelfth District are a cross section of the many groups and millions of Americans that this incoming Administration has turned its back on. Our nation is founded on democracy and inclusion that unfortunately our president-elect refuses to represent. I can think of no more important place to be than supporting my constituents and renewing my energy to fight for their freedoms,” said Watson Coleman.

The interfaith unity and reflection vigil will take place at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, NJ and is open to the public. Watson Coleman will be joined by faith leaders, community activists and residents of the surrounding communities. Watson Coleman made this announcement while participating in ‘United Communities’, a Town Hall hosted by the Islamic Society of Central Jersey. Watson Coleman was joined on the panel by members of the state legislature and the South Brunswick Chief of Police.

"This is not a decision I take lightly. The peaceful transition of power is a defining characteristic of our democracy. Inaugurations should serve as a celebration of the best of our nation-- a symbol of unity and strength. Unfortunately, it is increasingly clear that President-elect Trump is not just unfit for office, but his actions and promises threaten the very democracy for which we are supposed to gather to celebrate. I simply cannot in good conscious participate."

On Saturday, January 21, Watson Coleman will participate in the Women’s March on New Jersey in Trenton.