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Queens College Community to March on October 28 in Silent Solidarity With Victims of Domestic Violence; On Oct. 29, Verizon Wireless and CUNY to Launch First UHopeLine Partnership in NYS to Benefit Domestic Violence

—Survivors of Domestic Abuse Will Relate Their Stories at October 28 March;

Queens College Becomes One of Eight City University of New York (CUNY) Colleges

to Participate in Verizon Wireless Program—


Oct. 28: “Walk With Me,” a silent march by students, faculty, and staff carrying anti-domestic violence posters in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Day in NYS. Queens College Vice President for Student Affairs Joseph Bertolino will introduce elected officials who will address this issue and programs and legislation to combat domestic violence in New York. Survivors of domestic violence will recount their struggles to rebuild their shattered lives. T-shirts decorated by students and domestic violence victims with personal messages and statements will be hung on a clothesline that will span the front of Frese Hall.

Oct 29: The first New York State UHopeLine Program will be launched by CUNY, Queens College and Verizon Wireless officials, together with the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Queens College will become one of eight CUNY permanent collection sites for wireless devices and accessories in any condition, from any provider. Proceeds from the refurbished and recycled items benefit local domestic violence survivors and advocacy groups working to end domestic violence. Verizon Wireless will also make a $1,000 donation to benefit women’s education and safety programs at the college.


Oct. 28: Press Conference: Student Union Lobby
Silent march around the campus quad will follow
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY

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Oct. 29: Queens College Quad, in front of Frese Hall


Oct. 28 Speakers will include QC Special Services for Students with Disabilities Director Mirian Detres-Hickey; Carmella Marrone, Executive Director of Women and Work, a QC job-training program that helps women in financial or emotional hardship re-enter the workforce; domestic violence survivors and members of Women and Work. Invited elected officials, including a representative from

Queensborough President Helen Marshall’s office, NYC Councilmember Jim gennaro, NYC Councilmember John Liu, NYS Assemblywoman Grace Meng, and NYS Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer.

Oct. 29: Yolanda Jimenez, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic
Violence; Joseph Bertolino, Vice President for Student Affairs, Queens College; Jennifer Jarvis, Executive Director of the Student Union, Queens College; Carmella Marrone, Executive Director, Women and Work, Queens College; Ruth Frisz, Associate
Professor of Student Personnel and Coordinator, Peer Program, Queens College; Eileen Lambert, Associate Director, Human Resources, Verizon Wireless.



The NYS Assembly-sponsored initiative of silent walks that take place simultaneously on college campuses statewide each October and the Clothesline Project were begun to bring attention to domestic violence. According to statistics compiled by the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, approximately 42 family-related homicides have already occurred this year. Police responded to 234,988 domestic violence incidents in 2008, which averages to just over 600 incidents per day.

The “Walk With Me” event is sponsored by the Queens College Counseling and Resource Center; Office of the President; Office of the Vice President of Institutional Advancement; Office of the Assistant Vice President for Communications; Committee for Disabled Students; Health Service Center; Peer Program; Student Association; Student Life; Womanist Organization, and Women and Work.


Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue. For more information on the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, visit


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