Police Chief Gary MacNamara will lead a march through downtown on Saturday morning, April 27, to focus attention on domestic violence and sexual assault. And organizers are looking for 1,000 men to join him.
The "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" march is organized by the Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County. The nonprofit provides free, confidential, services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault who live in Fairfield and five other communities.
Marchers may download pledge sheets at the center's website and collect donations to benefit the center.
"What better way to get the word out that violence against women must stop than to have a huge group of men show their support by walking down the center of town," MacNamara said in a news release issued by the Center for Women and Families. "Yes, we'll stop traffic. But if we are able to stop just one act of violence against women, we are taking steps in the right direction. Women and children are encouraged to join in as well."
Women and children may march as well, the center said.
The walk will begin at the downtown train station and end at Town Hall Green, where a program is planned, according to the news release. It will include speakers, information booths, food and music.
In addition to McNamara, speakers will include police chiefs in the five other communities served by the center: Bridgeport, Easton , Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull
On the day of the march, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot on the westbound (to New York) side of the downtown train station. The march will proceed from the lot left on Mill Plain Road, left on Post Road, right on Old Post Road, then left where Old Post Road turns, and on to town hall.
For pledge sheets or more information, visit www.cwfefc.org