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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Apr 6, 2006    #065
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green
816-235-1601

UMKC Leads Community March and Rally Against Violence

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) Women’s Center is hosting a series of events as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, culminating with the 2006 Take Back the Night march and rally. Anti-violence events are sponsored by colleges and communities across the country during April to educate and promote a better understanding of violence and its prevention.

Scheduled events include:
• Spoken Word Event, Friday, April 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Planet Cafe. 3535 Broadway. Come speak, listen, and be inspired by others’ spoken words on the impact of violence and being a survivor.
• The Clothesline Project, April 10-12, Women’s Center. The Clothesline Project is a visual display of T-shirts designed by survivors of violence and their supporters in an effort to break the silence and educate the public about issues of violence in our community.
• Personal Safety Class, Monday, April 10, 7:00 p.m., Women’s Center. Taught by Officer Ashley Case of the UMKC Police Department, this session will give participants practical, empowering information on being safe and keeping others safe.
• Short Film Screening on Global Violence Against Women, Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m., Women’s Center. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion and poster-making for the march.
• Take Back the Night March and Rally, Wednesday, April 12. Meet at 6:30p.m., march at 7:00 p.m. Participants will meet at the UMKC Women’s Center, 52nd and Rockhill Road, for the kickoff. The march will culminate in a rally at J.C. Nichols Fountain on The Country Club Plaza at 7:30 p.m. The rally will feature local activists, musicians, and spokespersons of organizations speaking out against violence in the Kansas City community.

Take Back the Night began in England as a protest against the danger women encountered in the streets at night. The first Take Back the Night in the United States was held in San Francisco in 1978.

All are welcome to participate in this series of events, as it is designed to not only unite women and those who most often face violence on in the community, but their supporters as well. All events are free and no RSVP is required. For more information on individual or organization participation, contact the UMKC Women’s Center at (816) 235-6175 or visit the Women’s Center web site at www.umkc.edu/womenc.

The Women’s Center, through its focus on women, will enrich the educational quality of life for all people connected with UMKC. The Women’s Center is located at 5120 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).

 

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