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Take Back the Night 2006
by josh sonnenfeld
On Thursday, May 18, students at UC Santa Cruz held the annual Take Back the Night. Starting with a rally at 6:30pm in Baytree Plaza, there were speakers and live performance addressing issues such as prison violence, sterilization, borderline violence, and institutionalized patriarchy. After marching through the colleges on East side of campus, the march stopped outside the College 9/10 Multi-Purpose Room for performances by UCSC's Slam Poets Team, before making their way through the rest of the colleges. Finally ending up at Oakes, students ate food while listening to testimonials about gender-based violence.
Take Back the Night has been organized at UC Santa Cruz since 1983 - two years after the event was started in San Francisco. Traditionally an empowerment space for women-only, this year's event, contraversially, was open to all genders.
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