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For Immediate Release

Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790

CEDAR CREST COLLEGE HOSTS PROGRAM TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Allentown, PA (March 31, 2009)—Fight Out Against Injustice Week is coming up April 15-22, and in observance, Cedar Crest College will hold a host of activities culminating with “Take Back the Night” on Wednesday, April 22, beginning at 7 p.m. “Take Back the Night” is a nationally recognized event that promotes awareness of violence against women.

The evening, which is free and open to the public, will kick off with a live performance by folk singer, Ellis, in the Tompkins College Center Bistro. Immediately following the conclusion of the music performance at 8 p.m., students and other participants will commence a candle-lit march around campus to protest violence against women. The march will conclude on the steps of Blaney Hall, where participants will have the opportunity to speak out against physical and sexual violence against women, including personal stories that have impacted them.

Thereafter, keynote speaker Morgan Metzger will address the crowd and speak about her efforts to overcome a sexual assault she experienced in high school. After dropping out of school and turning to drugs, Metzger was gradually able to turn her life around. As a result of her experience, she has coached residents of a battered women’s shelter for quite some time. The program will conclude with a closing musical performance by Ellis on the steps of Blaney Hall.

The event will be staffed by members of the Women's Alliance for Health and Wellness, Out There, Sisters Inc., and The International Students Organization. Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley will attend the event and provide information pertaining to victim's resources in the Lehigh Valley.

For information on “Take Back the Night” call 610.606.4666, ext. 4650.

There are many other activities for students and the public at Cedar Crest during Fight Out Against Injustice Week (see schedule below).

 

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Fight Out Against Injustice Week Schedule 2009/Cedar Crest College

 

Wednesday, April 15

Fight Out Against Injustice Quilt Construction sponsored by Cedar Crest College Art Society

Decorate a quilt patch in honor of Fight Out Against Injustice Week.

Tompkins College Center Bistro, during lunch and dinner.

 

Thursday, April 16

Interactive Martial Arts Demo from Kobushi Martial Arts, sponsored by Otaku’s Anonymous

Learn the art of Kobushi at this hands-on demonstration.

Tompkins College Center Terrace, 1:30 p.m.

 

Documentary: “Trouble the Waters” - sponsored by Black Awareness Student Union

A close up look at a New Orleans family and their experience during Hurricane Katrina.

Alumnae Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m.

 

Friday, April 17

Day of Silence, Sponsored by Out There

Members of Out There, Cedar Crest College’s Alliance for the support of LGBT individuals, will not speak today in protests of injustices against the LGBT community. The group will feature a display providing more information on Day of Silence.

Display in Tompkins College Center Bistro during lunch and dinner.

 

Monday, April 20

Trash Talk, sponsored by Women’s Alliance

The trash talk program allows individuals to write down something negative (i.e. “trash talk”) and to throw it out. This is to symbolize the elimination of biased or hurtful language from everyday communication.

Tompkins College Center Bistro during lunch.

 

Tuesday, April 21

Women’s Self-Defense Workshop by Leading Edge Martial Arts, sponsored by Diversity Programs

Lees Hall Gym, 4:30 p.m.

Participants register via email by Monday April 20 to kmurray@cedarcrest.edu

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day Wall, sponsored by Hillel

Hillel will construct a wall including the names of many who were lost in the Holocaust.

Tompkins College Center Bistro all day.

 

Wednesday, April 22

An Empty Place at the Table, sponsored by Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley

A table will be set in the dining hall, but one place setting will be missing. This is to symbolize victims of domestic violence.

Display in the dining hall during lunch and dinner.

 

Participants are welcome to check out the Fight Out Against Injustice Week display case, located on the

third floor of the Tompkins College Center.

 

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