Executive Director of Communications
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, October 27, 2005
11:30 am Press conference
12:15 pm Silent march
QUEENS COLLEGE STUDENTS AND ASSEMBLYMAN JIMMY MENG TO MARCH
SILENTLY ON OCT. 27 TO RAISE AWARENESS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
FLUSHING, N.Y., October 20, 2005 – Defining community in the broadest way, Queens College in conjunction with Assemblyman Jimmy K. Meng (D-Flushing) will hold a Domestic Violence Awareness Day on Thursday, October 27. “Walk With Me,” a silent march by students, faculty, staff, and the office of Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, will take place outside Frese Hall on the campus quad beginning at 12:15 pm, directly following an 11:30 am press conference in the Student Union lobby. Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera (D-Bronx) originated the “Walk With Me” initiative, with simultaneous walks taking place on college campuses across New York State.
“Promoting awareness about domestic violence in and around the Queens community is a task we take seriously,” says Queens College President James Muyskens. “Providing our students with a superior education cannot be limited to academics alone. We must educate them to be thoughtful and concerned citizens as well.”
“‘Walk With Me’ is a statewide initiative that should remind everyone that domestic violence is a reality that many face every day,” says Assemblyman Meng. “By bringing awareness of this issue to young adults and the rest of the community, I hope that everyone will come together to support the victims of domestic violence and end the cycle of abuse. I want to thank Queens College for co-sponsoring this event.” For questions related to Assemblyman Meng’s involvement with this event, please contact Sandra Ung, his chief of staff, at (718) 939-0195 (Ungs@assembly.state.ny.us).
Elected officials joining with the College and Assemblyman Meng to lend their support at the Oct. 27 event include State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, (D-Flushing), Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), and an aide to Councilman David I. Weprin, (D-Hollis).
Joseph Bernstein, Queens College Student Association President; Giovannah Philippeaux, vice president of the Queens College Women’s Center, a student organization, and representatives from Sanctuary for Families, the New York Asian Women’s Center, Queens Legal Services Corporation, Queens Legal Aid Society and Garden of Hope will also speak at the press conference.
For directions to Queens College, please visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php
According to a report issued by the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, over 25% of women in the United States experience abuse at some point in their lives, and one-third of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence-related injuries were attacked by someone close to them.
Student volunteers will be present to accept donations of inactive cell phones for Hopeline, a Verizon Wireless initiative that reprograms old cell phones for use by domestic violence victims.
This event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Peer Advisor Support Club, the Queens College Women’s Center, the Queens College Health Services and the Student Association.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please call the New York City Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 621-HOPE (4673), TDD (800) 810-7444 or dial 311 for assistance.