Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Students and community activists from Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, the University of Massachusetts and the surrounding communities will join thousands of other activists around the country on Thursday, Oct. 18, and on Friday, Oct. 19 for a series of events to discuss the national and international issues affecting reproductive rights and sexual freedom.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, a “National Young Women’s Day of Action,” sponsored by the National Abortion Rights Action League, there will be a march at 5:30 p.m. starting from the Haigis Mall at the University to the Amherst Town Common. From 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. there will be a Flame-to-Fire Vigil to honor all women who have experienced violence. (In case of bad weather, this vigil will take place at the Octagon of Amherst College.)
On Friday, Oct. 19, beginning at 8 p.m., there will be a gallery show and an open-mike event at the upper Robert Crown Center of Hampshire College. This event will include displays by local artists, music, poetry and other artistic endeavors. Also at the gallery, local and national feminist and human rights organizations will make information available. Organizers say that the goal of these events is to create a safe space for all women, especially young women, to become more educated about tangible issues that affect their lives, and have their voices heard regarding these important matters.
For more information contact Min Kim, the Five-College organizer for the Massachusetts National Abortion Rights Action League (MassNARAL) at 413/542-4286.