Event in Washington, DC tomorrow October 24th:
I hope you can join me and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health at this important march and vigil on Friday evening, October 24th. Each year a coalition of Latino community based organizations in DC unite to host this event in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Because of the recent turn of events, building anti-immigrant sentiment and ceaseless raids on our community, the message of this year’s march is even more political. We are highlighting the fact that there are many forms of violence against women in our community, including institutional violence. The immigration policies and practices of late are a form of violence against immigrant women. We need to speak out and make clear that we will not stand for this.
The theme for this year’s march highlights this fact:
Las inmigrantes también tenemos derecho a un mundo sin violencia
Immigrant women also have the right to a world without violence
I hope you can join me and NLIRH at this important event. If you want to march with us, meet at 5:30 at the park at the intersection of 16th St and Harvard St NW (near Mt.Pleasant, Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan). We will be marching to Columbia Heights, and the vigil and rally will be held in front of the Target complex. You can join us there around 6:30 for speakers (including testimonies from survivors of domestic violence) and discussion followed by a candlelight vigil running until about 8pm.