​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!!!