Northampton holds second Bride’s March Friday to combat domestic violence
This Friday women in white dresses will take to the streets of Northampton for a second year with the aim of raising awareness about domestic violence.
The Bride’s March, which is sponsored by Safe Passage, a Northampton organization that supports victims of domestic violence, will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Marchers are asked to gather in Pulaski Park on Main Street at 3 p.m., where the event’s organizers, activists and Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz will speak.
Bride’s Marches are held in cities across the country in September and October to raise awareness and honor the victims of domestic violence. The first Bride’s March was held in New York City in 2001 in memory of Gladys Ricart, who was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend on the day of her wedding.
Safe Passage organized the first Bride’s March in Northampton in 2010. The 2012 march is the second Bride’s March the organization has organized.
Karen Lopez, who works for Safe Passage and coordinated the march, said that this year’s event will honor victims of domestic violence who were killed since the march in 2010.
Lopez said the first Northampton march had close to 100 participants, and she expects at least that many marchers this year. “It’s extremely important for us to raise awareness because every day a women is battered,” said Lopez. “Every day a woman is killed at the hands of a predator.”
Lopez said that it is good to have such a visible event because it lets victims of domestic violence “know that they’re not alone.”
Women who participate are asked to wear white and men who participate are asked to wear black or black armbands.
— DYLAN PEERS McCOY
The day of the march was corrected on Oct. 10.