The University of Montana Women’s Resource Center will host the annual Take Back the Night march, which begins at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Grizzly Bear statue on the UM campus and ends with a rally and reception at 6 p.m. in Caras Park. The event is free and open to the public.
Missoula Take Back the Night is part of a worldwide effort to reclaim the streets in protest of interpersonal violence in our communities.
The march will begin with a silent candlelight vigil recognizing the survivors of interpersonal violence. Candles, signs, march route maps and chants will be provided. Organizers encourage participants to bring their own signs.
The Caras Park event will feature speeches from Jamie Merifield, Missoula Police Department detective; Eilis O’Herlily, Student Assault Resource Center coordinator; and Megan Fitzpatrick, community member and survivor of sexual and domestic violence. SARC advocates also will be standing by to speak with anyone who wishes.
The event will include music from DJ Adelaide; refreshments donated by Black Coffee Roasting Company, Le Petit Outre, Tipu’s Chai, Good Food Store and Costco; and art stations where participants are welcome create expressive paintings and drawings.