New York Latinas Against Domestic Violence, the family of Gladys Ricart and the families of many other victims, the 2011 Brides’ March Organizing Committee, and countless domestic violence survivors and advocates at the 11th Annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk, on Monday, September 26, 2011.
This annual event began in 2001 to remember Gladys Ricart who on September 26, 1999 was murdered by her abusive former boyfriend on the day she was to marry her fiancé. The Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk, also known as the Brides’ March, mourns and memorializes the many other victims whose lives have been taken as a result of domestic violence related incidents, and serves to raises awareness of the seriousness and horrors of family violence.
If you or someone you know has been touched by family violence, or you denounce this antisocial behavior and crime, join us on Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Fort Washington Heights Presbyterian Church, 21 Wadsworth Avenue, and corner of West 174th Street in Washington Heights, New York. Gathering begins at 8:00am. The Invocation Ceremony will take place at 9am. The approximate 7mile walk begins at 10am sharp. The 11th Annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk will walk through Washington Heights, the Bronx and Harlem, and will end at Saint Cecilia Church, 106 Street between Lexington and Park Avenues in East Harlem, NY, at approximately 2pm. The Closing/Benediction Ceremony will begin at 3pm and concludes at approximately 4pm.
Please visit the March Route webpage - www.BridesMarch.com
schedule of the day’s event. Also review the March Disclosure page for important information to participants.
We encourage women to wear wedding dresses or All white. Please visit our Wedding Dress webpage for the symbolism of marching in wedding dresses. Men who denounce domestic violence are welcomed to join the March and are asked to dress in All Black representing mourning for those who have lost their lives to this crime. A limited number of Official Brides’ March T-Shirts—white for women and black for men—will be on sale the morning of the event at the Church for $10.
For additional information contact Grace Perez, Brides’ March Coordinator, at 914-213-0316 or at BridesMarch@aol.com