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The 11th Annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk will take place on Monday, September 26, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of women, men and youth are expected to participate in the march which marks the anniversary death of Gladys Ricart and the countless other victims of domestic violence.
Ms. Ricart was murdered by her former abusive boyfriend on September 26, 1999, the day she was to marry her fiancé.
The first Memorial walk, which took place in 2001 was inspired by Josie Ashton, a Dominican woman from Florida who was greatly affected by the murder, the media's handling of the incident, and the community's response. Ashton quit her job and spent three months walking from New Jersey to Miami in her wedding dress to draw attention to the impact of domestic violence on our families and communities.
The 11th Annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk will begin in Washington Heights, cross over into the Bronx, go through Harlem, and wind up in East Harlem (El Barrio).
Marchers will begin gathering at 8 a.m. at the Fort Washington Heights Presbyterian Church, 21 Wadsworth Avenue, and corner of West 174th Street in Manhattan. The march is approximately 7 miles long.
Additional details regarding the route and other march related information will be posted at www.BridesMarch.com.
Women are encouraged to wear wedding dresses or "all white" clothing. Please visit our Wedding Dress webpage for the symbolism of marching in a wedding dress. Men who denounce domestic violence are welcomed to join the March, and are asked to dress in black representing mourning for those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.
Donations of Wedding Gowns are Needed. Please visit the Wedding Dress webpage for donation information. For additional information contact Grace Perez, Brides' March Coordinator, at 914-213-0316 or at BridesMarch@aol.com
The March in New York has inspired organizers in other cities to hold their own marches. Marches have been held in Lawrence, Massachusetts; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Yonkers, New York; Washington, DC and Miami, Florida.