VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
MEDIA ADVISORY February 4, 2005
For immediate release
14TH ANNUAL WOMEN= S MEMORIAL MARCH
MONDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2005
A DAY OF ROSES AND REMEMBRANCE FOR THE WOMEN WHO HAVE TRAGICALLY DIED AND HOPE FOR THE WOMEN WHO ARE STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR IN THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE.
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The Women= s Memorial March is held on Valentine= s Day, February 14th to commemorate the women in the Downtown Eastside who die each year due to violence, not just physical violence but the violence of HIV/AIDS, homelessness, poverty, addictions, and lack of medical care.
The women= s lives and deaths are swept aside because of where these women lived, what they do for money, or who they were. These women are not nameless, they are not faceless, they are human beings deserving more than what they got.
It is important that the SEVENTY TWO WOMEN of this community are not forgotten but remembered, honoured and loved for who they were: Mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, grandmothers, and friends. It is important that public pressure continue on the authorities that are investigating the disappearances and the connection of alleged murderer William Pickton of these women, so that they do not remain a hidden and ignored segment of society.
The Women= s Memorial March begins at Carnegie Centre at Main & Hastings at 1:00 PM. A community of friends and family members led by women will move together through the streets of the Downtown Eastside, stopping at the sites where women have died, to leave a rose in remembrance, an offering of tobacco, prayers and do a cleansing ceremony for healing.
ITINERARY 14TH ANNUAL WOMEN= S MEMORIAL MARCH
Monday February 14, 2005
12:00 PM Speakers, Carnegie Centre Theatre
1:00 PM March begins with a circle at Main & Hastings
2:00 PM Speakers outside the Police Station
2:30 PM Healing Circle at Oppenheimer Park, Candles of Remembrance
3:00 PM Feast at the Japanese Language School 475 Alexander St.
For more information please contact: Marlene at (604) 665-3005
Updated: January 01, 2007