TO THE EDITOR
Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 24 - March 19, 1998
Open Letter to Friends in Campus and Community Organizations
Womanspace (the Women's Undergraduate Network), the Women's Month Planning Committee, and other sponsoring organizations invite your group's participation in the ninth annual Take Back the Night Rally and March to be held Thursday, March 26, during Women's Month.
The purpose of the candlelight march--an annual tradition on many campuses across the nation--is to bring together members of the campus and community to protest violence against women and to promote awareness of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors which perpetuate this violence. Organizers encourage everyone to take an active role in changing our society--a society in which women have reason to fear being out at night alone.
Your organization has an excellent opportunity to share your collective voice during the rally and march. Women, men, and children are encouraged to march, either as individuals or as part of a group. Participants are asked to bring candles or flashlights, and organizations are invited to bring signs or a group banner in support of Take Back the Night.
Participants will gather on the Drillfield in front of Burruss Hall between 7 and 7:30 p.m. The rally will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature speakers and musicians from both the campus and local community. The march, which is handicapped-accessible, will step off at 8 p.m. Participants will return to the Drillfield for a closing celebration. (The rain location is the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center auditorium.)
Sponsoring organizations include Amnesty International, the Black Female Coalition, Cooper House, Dean of Students Office, Graduate Student Assembly, Montgomery County NOW, Residential and Dining Programs, SAVES, Virginia Tech Campus Ministers Association, Womanspace, Women's Center at Virginia Tech, Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley, and YMCA at Virginia Tech.
If your organization decides to participate as a group and would like to have its name announced at the march or would like more information, please call Susan Anderson at 951-2013 or 1-8041; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for registering to march as a group is March 20. We look forward to protesting violence against women with you. Together we will Take Back the Night!
Susan Anderson, Rhya Marohn, and Megan Meconi co-coordinators, Take Back the Night Committee