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Open Letter to Friends in Campus Organizations

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 24 - March 21, 1996

Womanspace (the Women's Undergraduate Network), the Women's Month Planning Committee, and other sponsoring organizations invite your group's participation in the seventh annual "Take Back the Night" Rally and March to be held Wednesday, March 27, during Women's Month 1996 at Virginia Tech.

The purpose of the candlelight march is to bring together members of the campus and community to protest violence towards 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.

Women, men, and children are encouraged to march, either as individuals or as part of a group. Percussion instruments are welcome. 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." The march route is accessible for disabled persons.

The march will be preceded by a rally with speakers and musicians from both the campus and local community. 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., followed by the march at 8 p.m. Participants will return to the Drillfield for a closing celebration. (The rain location is Squires Colonial Hall.)

Sponsoring organizations include Womanspace, the Black Female Coalition, Dean of Students Office, Graduate Student Assembly, League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, MAPs, Montgomery County NOW, Panhellenic Council, Planned Parenthood, Residence Hall Federation, SAVES, Virginia Tech Campus Ministers Association, Women's Center, Women's Network, Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley, Women's Studies Program, and YMCA at Virginia Tech.

Please consider marching. For more information or to add your organization to the list of groups marching in Take Back the Night, call me at 951-2013 or 1-8041. Organizations which are participating will be announced during the rally. We hope to see you at "Take Back the Night."

Susan Anderson,

Department of Mathematics