WPCNJ Congratulates the 2023 Passion * Power * Progress Award Honorees
WPCNJ Co-hosts Intimate Partner Violence Seminar
Intimate Partner Violence Symposium: Education, Art, and Advocacy
New Brunswick, NJ – The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) along with the WPC Rutgers University Student chapter, has partnered with Remember the Women Institute to host a dynamic program – Intimate Partner Violence: Education, Art, and Advocacy. The event is being held on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 5:30 PM at the Red Lion, Student Center. 126 College Avenue, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
A distinguished panel of experts discussing the issue includes: Gloria Bachmann, MD, Co-Director, Women's Health Institute, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Juana Hutchinson-Colas, MD, Co-Director, Women's Health Institute, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; John Mapes, father of Simeonette Mapes (victim); Aryn Quinn, founder of WeCare; and Lily Sanders, author of Truth to Triumph. Joan Dean will moderate.
The program will include an artistic response by Cat Del Buono, a display of clothing and informational posters about two victims, and a video performance of All Databases are Incomplete written by Cynthia L. Cooper and performed by professional actor Lisa Pelikan.
There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Kindly visit https://www.wpcnj.org/calendar to register to attend in person. Please note: this is a hybrid event. The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kcOmsrzosHNJw0cdoauXdGDQd82B9s1ek
WOMEN'S POLITICAL CAUCUS OF NJ EXPRESSES OUTRAGE OVER U.S. REP. CHRIS SMITH CO-SPONSORING A NATIONWIDE ABORTION BAN
Official NWPC Statement on SCOTUS Decision
National Women’s Political Caucus Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court Decision
(Washington, DC – June 24, 2022 ) The National Women’s Political Caucus is sickened by the Supreme Court’s gut wrenching decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. We will not stand by and watch as women are stripped of their rights.
“Some say countless women in this country will die because of this decision. But we will count every single one of them. Their deaths will be laid at the feet of The Supreme Court and the religious right” said NWPC President, Donna Lent.
While we are uncertain of what will happen in the days to come, the expectation is that this will not be the last decision impacting basic human rights. The National Women’s Political Caucus will stay vigilant and prepared to fight. It will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose. The National Women’s Political Caucus will continue to recruit, train, elect, and support pro-choice women running for all levels of government and for women’s access to safe, legal abortion everywhere.
WPCNJ PAC to Honor Noreen Giblin
Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey PAC
Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award
A native of New Jersey, Noreen previously served as Cabinet Secretary to the Governor and as Chief Counsel at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. At NJBPU, Noreen worked on advancing Governor Murphy’s clean energy agenda, including the 2019 Energy Master Plan, the Offshore Wind inaugural solicitation, the establishment of the State’s first community solar program, and the transition of the state’s solar market.
Additionally, she has also served as Counsel at Gibbons P.C. representing businesses on legislative affairs, public policy, and government affairs matters.
During the Corzine Administration, Noreen served as Chief of Staff at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and as the Chief Advisor to the President of the Board. In this role, Noreen oversaw the day-to-day management of the Board, including core operational, financial, and human resources initiatives.
Noreen formerly served as Director of Executive Office Operations for Governor Corzine and, before that, as State Director to United States Senator Frank Lautenberg, where she oversaw the staff and operations throughout New Jersey. She also served as Deputy Director of the Authorities Unit during the administration of Governor James McGreevey.
Giblin received her B.A. from Villanova University and J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is married and has a 7 year old son.
Noreen Giblin serves as Deputy Chief Counsel and Director of the Authorities Unit for Governor Phil Murphy.
WPCNJ PAC to Honor Asw. Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey PAC
Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Former Assemblywoman, 37th Legislative District
Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005 and has served for nine terms until 2022 representing the 37th Legislative District. Throughout her time in the General Assembly, Ms. Vainieri Huttle has served as the Chair of the Assembly Aging and Senior Services, the Assembly Human Services, and the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committees. In 2015, she was named Deputy Speaker of the General Assembly. She also served on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders (now known as the Board of County Commissioners) from 2001-2007 and was board chairwoman from 2003-2005.
Ms. Vainieri Huttle has sponsored several landmark laws including the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act, the Stephen Komninos’ Law, and the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act. She has also led efforts to reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and has been at the forefront of promoting LGBTQ rights.
Ms. Vainieri Huttle was an ex officio member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was one of the General Assembly representatives on the New Jersey-Israel Commission. In 2003, she helped establish the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood. Since 2012, Ms. Vainieri Huttle had been running the District 37 Young Women’s Leadership Program aimed at introducing high school students in her district to government and public service.
Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle attended Rider University and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a B.A. in English. Since 1981, she has served as president and director of Vainieri Funeral Home, a family-owned business in North Bergen.
Valerie Vainieri Huttle resides in Englewood with her husband, Former Mayor Frank Huttle III and has two daughters, Alexandra and Francesca, as well as one grandson, Jackson.