A trio of marches originating on the Cornell and Ithaca College campuses and on Ithaca's northside will converge on Downtown Ithaca's Dewitt Park for the annual Take Back the Night rally this Friday night. The evening will begin with music and informational tables downtown, and the rally will begin in Dewitt Park at about 7pm.
A past Take Back the Night rally on the Commons. 14850 Photo.The event is organized locally by the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County, a domestic and sexual violence service agency founded in 1977 that provides 24-hour hotline, counseling, advocacy, education, and shelter services for women, children, and men in the community. Worldwide, the movement dates back about four decades to protests and marches in San Francisco and Philadelphia in the early '70s.
Geared toward promoting a safe environment, standing up against domestic violence and assault violence, and speaking up in support of survivors, the rally will feature speakers, poetry, music, informational announcements, and then a candlelight vigil. Organizers will be selling t-shirts to help cover event expenses.
A community march will leave GIAC, at the corner of Court and Albany Streets, at 6:45pm, an Ithaca College march will leave the ball sculpture atop Textor Hall at 6:15pm, and a Cornell University march will leave Ho Plaza between Willard Straight Hall and the Cornell Store at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to join the marches, which will converge downtown at Dewitt Park, but should make sure to be at the above gathering spots well before the planned departure time.
Anyone who needs assistance from the Advocacy Center may call their 24-hour hotline at 607-277-5000 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.