Yesterday, I went to Take Back the Night at my university. This was my fourth Take Back the Night! The event included a march throughout campus, an opportunity for survivors to speak out about their experiences with sexual assault, a glow stick vigil, and many opportunities for education about sexual assault and the resources available on my campus.
Sadly I don’t have any pictures from my first Take Back the Night in 2013
The crowd at Take Back the Night 2016 in Oxford, MS.
The chancellor of the University of Mississippi and I at Take Back the Night 2017 in Oxford, MS
Executive members (past and present) of Rebels Against Sexual Assault at Take Back the Night 2018 in Oxford, MS
It is empowering to march down the streets chanting:
Shatter the Silence! / Stop the Violence!
People Unite! / Take Back the Night!
What do we want? / Justice. / When do we want it? / Now!
The people united / will never be divided.
We have the power. / We have the right. / We are here / to Take Back The Night.
I won’t be shamed. / I won’t be blamed.
Take Back My Life. / Take Back The Night.
This year I participated in the speak out portion of Take Back the Night. This can be difficult, but it was definitely worth it.
You can read what I said below:
To share the message of environmental advocacy and helping others, I need to connect with people all over this great Earth! I think one way to connect with people all over the world is to learn other languages.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
This is why I hate the misconception that everyone should learn English and native English-speakers should not learn a second/foreign language! Learning the native language of others can teach you a lot about the culture and history of the people who speak the language. It also allows others to open up in ways they might not in English.
When it comes to language learning, reading books about grammar and memorizing vocabulary can only get you so far! I have decided to start posting on another wordpress blog I have created. I will hopefully start posting daily in one of my target languages.
I will be primarily focusing on German and Mandarin Chinese because I will hopefully be both in Germany and China within the next year studying abroad.
I have taken German for four years now and it has been almost four years since I last formally studied Chinese. I bet you can guess that my German is much better than my Chinese! In Chinese I am not very good at writing and have primarily focused on speaking so feedback will be beyond helpful! Then, in German I have only ever written about academic subjects like literature and history so I am practicing sounding like a person instead of a textbook so I am definitely hoping for feedback on my German as well!
Some of my friends who are also interested in language learning like Marissa will be joining me there too!
If you’re interested in checking it out, it is bonantagulo.wordpress.com 🙂 And don’t worry, I will still be posting on this blog as well! I try to have well-formulated ideas before posting here, so the frequency of this blog will still stay well below daily. Nevertheless, I do check it frequently so feel free to get in contact with me!