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April 16, 1999

Anti-Violence Rally to be Held at UW-River Falls

On April 29, UW-River Falls will participate in the Take Back the Night international rally and march featuring keynote speaker Elena Featherston.

Featherston is known as a lecturer, workshop leader, writer, cultural critic, and filmmaker and has lectured throughout the United States and Europe on social theory since 1982. She has addressed issues such as sexism, racism, reproductive rights, women's spirituality, multicultural democracy, heterosexism, women's rights, gender violence, and multicultural alliance-building.

Through the years, Featherston has taken an active role in the fight for human rights.

She has worked with the Green Party and the ISD in Germany to end neo-facist violence, coordinated the "Children Having Children" Conference in conjunction with the National Council of Negro Women to address the fundamentals of teen pregnancy, devised diversity training materials for battered women's shelters, and taught journal writing techniques as a form of narrative healing. She has also appeared on radio and television in the U.S. and abroad.

Along with Featherston's presentation, other events will take place in the Hagestad Student Center Mall. The tentative schedule of events includes:

4 p.m.- RallyMusic by Diane Wegner and the Benejesurits; performance by the UW-RF Dance Theatre; kids activities.

5:30 p.m.- Keynote speaker Elena Featherston.

6:30 p.m.- Open microphone for survivors of violence to speak out.

8 p.m.- March through UW-RF campus and the city of River Falls.

8:45 p.m.- Post-march entertainment by Diane Wegner and the Benejesurits.

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