One night in 1975, a group of Philadelphia women took to the streets. Lit by candles they marched through their neighborhoods. They were responding to statements made by Philadelphia Police stating that if women wanted to stay safe at night, and avoid gender-based violence, they would just “stay home.”
Angered and hurt by this statement these women decided to “take back the night,” showing support to their fellow women who were survivors of gender-based violence and resistance to the authorities who did not place their safety first.
New Orleans Take Back the Night has been held in the Loyola University ‘horseshoe” for 26 years. Together with Tulane University, Dillard University, University of New Orleans, Holy Cross University and other community partners, we gather, reflect and support not only women but ALL PEOPLE who are affected by sexual, physical and other violence.
If you would like to get involved and participate in Taking Back the Night please join us at our planning meetings! The next planning meeting is scheduled for September 28, 2017, at 5:30 pm at Dillard University’s library. Come plan, support, resist, and Take Back the Night.
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