It’s Time to Take Back the Night!
The 33rd annual Sacramento Women Take Back the Night (WTBN) Rally and March will be held on October 13, 2012 in Midtown Sacramento at the Sacramento Native American Health Center parking lot (2020 J Street). The purpose of this FREE event is to take action against domestic violence and sexual assault, celebrate women and girls, and support survivors.
The evening will include: a resource fair with representatives from Sacramento’s violence prevention community; a rally including musical entertainment, dynamic community speakers, a survivor speak-out; and the Take Back the Night march through the Midtown area.
- 5:30pm: Resource Fair (over 25 local organizations present)
- 6pm-8pm: Rally on event stage
- 8pm: Take Back the Night March
Kids are welcome! Activities for children will be provided by Art Beast.
Speakers include: Maryanne Henke of Sacramento Women Take Back the Night, Jodi Hicks of the California Medical Association, Rico Ozaki of My Sister’s House, Mandy Taylor of the WEAVE Speaker’s Bureau.
And awesome performances by: local band Der Spazm, self-defense instructor Midge Marino, Get Your Feet Wet Productions, Omi Mahina, spoken word artist Jovi Radtke, Step 1 Dance and Fitness, and Sacramento Taiko Dan.
In 2011, the 32nd annual Sacramento WTBN Rally and March engaged over 500 attendees with over 150 people participating in the march. This year’s WTBN Rally and March will again draw a significant crowd during the busy Second Saturday evening. Sacramento WTBN is well-known in the Sacramento anti-violence community with a history of organizing successful rallies and events.
Background on WTBN
WTBN events have been held in Sacramento since 1979. The event is organized entirely by volunteers, with active participation from many community-based organizations. The march is the highlight of the evening when women walk through the night and reclaim the streets, which for many years have been sources of fear and violence. A crucial aspect of WTBN is the safe space it provides for survivors of domestic and sexual violence to come forward with testimonials. The Sacramento event also provides activities for children and encourages men to become actively involved in the fight against violence. Take Back the Night is an empowering event that brings survivors, supporters, activists, and community leaders together in a call to end violence against women.
Sacramento WTBN is an entirely volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. As an organization, Sacramento WTBN is active year-round as a grass-roots organizer of and participant in awareness-building events. For two years, Sacramento WTBN has organized V-Day Sacramento, a community production of “The Vagina Monologues” that occurs in the spring. Since 2011, V-Day Sacramento has raised over $31,000, which went to support organizations that work to end violence against women and girls.
By day, guest blogger Nicola Hil works for the California State Treasurer’s Office as an analyst at the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee. Outside of the office, she is proud to serve as Board President of the entirely volunteer-run Sacramento Women Take Back the Night and to promote awareness of women’s rights issues.