Juneau’s Choose Respect march starts on the steps of the Capitol Building Thursday at noon.
Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell leads the march. Other speakers include Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Director Lauree Morton, Sen. Peter Micciche and Rep. Benjamin Nageak.
“People should come out for the march to provide courage for past victims to be able to step out and speak out about this and to also bring light to the issues and that we band together as Alaskans,” says event coordinator Jessy Post.
From the Capitol Building, the march continues on Main Street and ends in Marine Park. Last year, more than 200 people participated in Juneau’s march.
Gov. Sean Parnell started the Choose Respect campaign in 2009 to help end domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell will lead Valdez’s Choose Respect march on Thursday.
Marches are taking place in about 160 communities across the state.
- "A lot of ice experts, including myself, thought we were headed for a record year minimum," said Hajo Eicken, a professor at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
- Despite rainy weather, the luxury cruise liner Crystal Serenity arrived in Nome on schedule, Sunday morning. About a thousand people poured out of the floating hotel and emptied into the town of Nome for a full day of scheduled activities and events, including the formal commemoration held at the Nome Mini Convention Center.
- Kenai Peninsula Assembly Vice President Brent Johnson plans to introduce an ordinance at the meeting Tuesday, August 23, that would replace the invocation or prayer said at the beginning of meetings with a moment of silence.