Join the hundreds of men in Central Illinois who want to build a local men's voice against domestic abuse and sexual assault.
COME TO THE FINAL PLANNING MEETING:
August 27, 2007
7:00 to 8:00 PM
Family & Community Resource Center - 509 W Washington St., Bloomington
COME TO THE LABOR DAY PARADE RALLY:
Saturday, September 1, 2007
2:00 PM (Set-up at 1:00 PM)
Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church - 801 West Market, Bloomington, IL
We will make signs, decorate the float, sing, eat and get energized for the parade on Monday.
EVENT DAY: Monday, September 3, 2007
Bloomington-Normal Labor Day Parade
9:00 AM line-up on Front Street with the CIMADA group
Parade ends at Miller Park
IN THE NEWS:
Marching Against Violence
Story Updated: Sep 3, 2007 at 8:30 PM CDT
By Stacey Morgan
Central Illinoisans are celebrating the unofficial end to the summer with a number of traditional activities – grilling out, camping, and of course, Labor Day Parades.
Many were scheduled around the region Monday, including this one in Bloomington.
School bands, Workers Unions, and other organizations paraded down the streets, putting on small performances and handing out candy for the kids.
One of the marching organizations was laboring in the name of a worldly cause.
"Real Men Don't Hit"
"Real Men Don't Hit"
Central Illinois Men against Domestic Abuse are marching as one voice.
The hope is to send out a simple message for a complex problem.
"Domestic Abuse isn't just about hitting, though that is a big part. It's emotional, it's verbal, and we realize women abuse men too. But we just want to get it out there that it's just not right," said Belinda Kennedy, a participant.
Women and men of all ages were stepping together to share the severity of the issue.
"Every 7 seconds a woman is abused. It's an epidemic," said Steve Heldstab, Co-Chair CIMADA,
March organizers say the group's presence at the Labor Day parade shows unity against a non discriminatory issue.
"It's not cultural, it's not racial, it's worldly. There are people being abused all over the world," said Rev. Frank McSwain, Sr.
Carrying signs in multiple languages, this group met crowd approval at every turn.
A crowd that statistically includes witnesses to some type of domestic abuse.
Marchers hope to empower the voice of victims and abusers.
"We want the abuser to know you don't have to live like that. You don't have to do it. We can help if you allow us the opportunity," said Rev. McSwain.
An opportunity this group is willing to labor for on Labor Day.
"Nah nah nah nah, real men, don't hit."
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