Sacramento’s 40th Annual Take Back the Night Rally & March

40 years of resisting sexual, gender-based, and ALL forms of violence through community-led action.

Sacramento’s 40th Annual Take Back the Night Rally & March

Second Saturday, October 12, 2018
Start: 6:00pm | March: 8:30pm (final timeframe TBD)
Sacramento Native American Health Center
2020 J Street, Sacramento, 95814
GET INVOLVED!

Sacramento’s 40th Annual Take Back the Night Rally & March will take place on Second Saturday, October 12th at the Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC). The event will include a Resource Fair with more than 40 community organizations; a Rally featuring diverse, mission-driven leaders, speakers, performers and survivors; and a March through Midtown in protest of the many ways that violence and oppression continue to impact our lives. ​

The Annual Rally & March is FREE and open to all ages and gender identities, and includes an annual community project (2018 project pictured), activities for kids, and encourages allies to be active in resisting sexual, gender-based, and all forms of violence.

Take Back the Night events have been held annually in Sacramento since 1979 as part of an international feminist tradition of rallies and marches organized around the world for more than 40 years.

Come out, bring your friends and family for an incredible night of activism, energy, and commitment to end sexual, gender-based, and ALL forms of violence!

40th Anniversary Activities & Events:

  • 8/31 – 9/2 | Chalk it Up  Sacramento
  • September 3 | 40 Days of Activism
  • September 6 | Konsensual Karaoke II
  • September | Film Screening: I am Evidence

​Meet Violeta Gonzalez, 40th Anniversary Rally & March Chair

Why do you Take Back the Night (TBTN)?

I take back the night to provide a space for survivors and allies to connect and empower. I take back the night for myself and those who feel powerless, afraid, or confused about how to heal and find justice.

I grew up in a household and culture that did not value women – we were “there to serve”, to be quiet. I want to make sure that my young nieces know that it’s never okay for someone to disrespect or dismiss you because of your gender, race/ethnicity, how you present your body, or express your sexuality. I take back the night for my mom, who was silenced and dismissed and believed it was just the way things were.

I am proud to be a part of the legacy of Sacramento’s Take Back the Night. I am humbled to work alongside the committed activists who work tirelessly on this and so many other social change movements. I take back the night because I will not stay quiet, and although there have been some gains in the last 40 years, it feels like it’s always two steps forward and three steps back. That’s why I take back the night.

I invite anyone who wants to be part of this movement to join the organizing committee – your community needs you!!!

Sacramento’s 39th Annual Rally and March

MEDIA ADVISORY – IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Event on Saturday October 13, 2018
CONTACT: Anita Ross, Sacramento TBTN Organizer, [email protected]
Sacramento’s 39th Annual Rally and March to end sexual, gender-based, and all forms of violence. 
#WeMarchTogether #BelieveSurvivors
Over 500 expected to gather.
Sacramento, CA (October 11, 2018) – On Second Saturday, October 13, 2018 Sacramento’s 39th Annual Take Back the Night Rally and March will take place at the Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc. (2020 J Street, Sacramento) from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. This event is aimed at empowering our community to resist and end sexual, gender-based, and all forms of violence through community-led action.
Keyko Torres, a board member of the Sacramento Take Back the Night organization, says “From Weinstein to Kavanaugh, from #MeToo to #TimesUp, the fight against gender-based violence and sexual assault is being highlighted in the media and has become the forefront of our conversations. With so many survivors coming forward and out of the shadows, Take Back the Night is very important, as it connects us to our local resources, provides a safe space, and says “We believe you, we believe survivors.”
While the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to SCOTUS is extremely disappointing to so many, the one silver lining is that more survivors of sexual violence are speaking up and coming together to bring about change. One of the event organizers, Anita Ross, recently emceed a candlelight vigil for survivors at the state capitol, and says “The most eye-opening moment of the night was when I asked how many of us were a part of the MeToo movement and it looked like at least 80% of the crowd had their hands up.”  Speaking up is part of the healing process for a survivor and so the fight for resisting and ending sexual violence will only get stronger.
This year’s event will feature powerful community leaders, activists, performers and survivors who are ready to send a strong message that survivors will not go quietly.
The Sacramento Take Back the Night event features three major components: A resource fair, featuring over 35 community organizations, a rally and a march.  The rally will open with a Miwok Blessing and speakers include:
  • Anita Ross, Emcee: Women for Equality
  • Elaine Whitefeather:  A Community For Peace
  • Ebony Ava Harper: California Endowment
  • Marissa Barrera: Activist
  • Eddie Carmona: PICO California
  • Jameer Sale: PSL
  • Desiree Rojas: Sacramento Labor Council For Latin American Advancement
  • Maggy Krell: Planned Parenthood
Performers include:
  • Danzantes: Folklórico Dance
  • Kate Livoni:  Folk Music
  • Niki Jones: Spoken Word
  • Blyue Rose Dance Project: Dance
  • Tanya Faison & Brrazey Liberty: Music & Spoken Word
  • Fenix Drum: Music & Dance
  • Spacewalker:  Folk/Soul/Synth Music
What:  Sacramento’s 39th Annual Take Back the Night Rally & March
When: October 13th, 2018
Start Time: 5:30pm | March through Midtown: 8:30pm
Where: Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc. (2020 J Street, Sacramento)

A project of the Northern California Association for Women Take Back the Night