Saturday, May 30, 2009

Duluth residents “Take Back the Night.”

Captions: Far left: rally supporters at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial (photo by Scott Yeazle) Center People march on First Street. (Photo by Scott Yeazle) RIght: Supporters of non-violence hold up signs. (Photo by Lisa Kane)

By Kimberly Dansereau
Hundreds of people took to the streets of the Hillside and downtown in April. Women, children and men of all ages, ethnic, social and economical backgrounds gathered to show their support of Duluth’s annual Take Back the Night event. The march and rally is in protest against sexual violence.

Marchers, volunteers, performers and speakers gathered at the Washington Center and enjoyed a wonderful meal provided by area vendors. Dancers and musicians performed in the gymnasium and Mayor Don Ness spoke on behalf of the city against sexual violence. He also spoke as a husband and a father of a young daughter. Booths were set up in the hallways by many organizations to inform and to provide help for those who were in need of some.

The march started at the Washington Center on Third Street went down First Street along Lake Avenue and Superior Street, making a stop at the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial where a moment of silence was observed before marchers headed back to the Washington Center. Protesters held signs that read “No more violence,” and “No means no.” The crowd also chanted more slogans including “What do we want? Safe Streets. When do we want it? Now.”