The State of Alaska designated today for Choose Respect rally and march. Noon was the set time for the communities throughout the state to hold events bringing awareness regarding domestic violence and abuse and to promote services that are available to victims.
In Petersburg quite a group formed outside of Trading Union. The morning had consisted of showers with occasional heavy downpours, but that did not seem to discourage people from gathering. With the city police cruiser leading and the police chief and the state trooper in Petersburg right behind holding a banner, the rest of those gathered together walked down Main Street toward City Hall and into the council chambers. Quite a number of High School students took time away from their lunch period to participate.
Inside the chambers, four individuals spoke briefly on domestic violence: a representative from the governor’s office, Mayor Al Dwyer, Police Chief Jim Agner, and a representative from Working Against Violence for Everyone (W.A.V.E.).