Cameron PRIDE sponsors Harvey Milk March for Hope

Cameron PRIDE, a student organization that welcomes community participation, will host the first Harvey Milk March for Hope on Friday, April 15 in observance of the National Day of Silence®. Participants in the march will gather at 6 p.m. at the corner of Gore Blvd. and University Drive; the march will step-off at 6:03 p.m. and end at Bentley Gardens. A short program is planned, including the reading of the Harvey Milk Speech for Hope, followed by a brief candlelight vigil. The event is open to the public. Parking is available in the Howell Hall parking lot.

In 1978, Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. Just 10 months after being sworn in, he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by another public official. Following the assassination, San Francisco residents held a candlelight vigil. Cameron PRIDE is hosting its own vigil to honor Milk’s idea of what America can become.

The National Day of Silence® is an initiative of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, an organization that seeks to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in schools. The focus of the Day of Silence is specific to ending bullying and harassment, particularly physical violence and verbal threats.

Cameron PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity, and Equality) is a student organization that strives to promote these values to help further the education of tolerance and how oppression of minorities affects us all.

For more information, contact Jenn Castricone, Faculty Advisor, at 581-2236 or jcastricone@cameron.edu.

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March 29, 2011

PR# 11-061