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2nd annual march and rally raises awareness about violence in the community
Bethlehem, Pa., March 20, 2007— On Tuesday, March 20th, Moravian College will sponsor their second annual “Take Back the Night” march and rally on Moravian College’s two campuses. The march will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, in back of Main Hall near the Benigna Statue. Marchers will carry with them both posters and figures from the Silent Witness program, a program designed to honor women whose lives have been lost to domestic violence. The procession will travel north on Main Street to the Main Street Campus, where the rally will assemble at 12 noon around the Peace Pole, located outside of the HUB. The rain site will be Prosser Auditorium... The march and rally will include a speakers Heidi Markow, founder of the Beginning Over foundation, Carol Moeller, an assistant professor in the Philosophy Department at the College, and Sharon Brown, Director of Institutional Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Moravian College. The rally will also feature student speakers and performances.
Take Back the Night is an international effort with roots in the 1970s. Women around the world began marches with names like “Take Back the Night” and “Reclaim the Night” to protest excessive violence against women on public streets after dark. The first march in the United States occurred in 1978 in San Francisco. Take Back the Night marches have intensified efforts to denounce violence against all people—men, women, and children. Moravian College’s march and rally are dedicated to fighting violence against all people.
In order to highlight the event, Moravian’s Clothesline Project will return to the College’s campus beginning Monday, March 19. The focus of the project is to encourage the survivors of abuse, as well as family and friends of abuse victims to decorate t-shirts to document and express their feelings and experiences. The shirts are hung on a clothesline in a public area to raise consciousness about the tragedy of violence for all people. The Clothesline Project began in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1990 and has since expanded to include 41 states and 5 countries, including Tanzania. T-shirts created by the Moravian College community will be on display in the Haupert Union Building Pavilion.
Prosser Auditorium is located in the college’s Haupert Union Building (HUB) at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets in Bethlehem. The HUB is located between Locust Street and Elizabeth Avenue in Bethlehem.
Founded in 2005 in memory of Robin Shaffer, a local victim of domestic violence homicide, the Beginning Over Foundation is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization whose mission is to raise awareness about intimate partner violence through educational programs at schools, colleges, and public venues. For more information, contact Heidi Markow at 610-392-3837 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Take Back the Night event, contact: Dr. Stacey Zaremba (Women’s Studies), (610) 861-1563; Laura Gordon (Office of Student Life), (610) 861-1505; or Beth McGuire (Student Life), (610) 861-7789.