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Queens College Community to March in Silent Solidarity with Victims of Domestic Violence
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
phyllis.cohen-stevens@qc.cuny.edu
(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
maria.matteo@qc.cuny.edu
(718) 997-5593

Media Advisory for Wednesday, October 15, 2008:

11 am Press Conference; Silent March immediately following
12 noon Ringing of the bells in the Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower

QUEENS COLLEGE COMMUNITY TO MARCH IN SILENT SOLIDARITY
WITH VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

—Survivors of Domestic Abuse Will Relate Their Stories—

WHAT: “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 with personal messages and statements by students and domestic violence victims - will be hung on a clothesline that will span the front of Frese Hall. s
WHERE: Press Conference: Frese Hall, first floor reception area
Silent march around the campus quad will follow
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY
For directions, go to http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php
WHO: 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; Student Association President Adjani Papillon; NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky; Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer; Assemblywoman Ellen Young; NYC Council Member James Gennaro; NYC Council Member John Liu.

BACKGROUND: 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. Nearly three out of four of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic abuse. (Lieberman Research Inc., Tracking Survey 2006.) The Queens College event is sponsored by the Offices of the President, VP for Institutional Advancement; VP for Student Affairs; United People; Peer Program; College Counseling and Resource Center; Student Association; Committee for Disabled Students; Health Services; Political Science Club; and Women and Work.


 
 

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