JEERS to the Center for Women's Concerns at Plattsburgh State for being so inflexible that their high-profile Take Back the Night march, which has always brought their message out into the community, took place only on campus this year. The center had approached the Plattsburgh Common Council about holding its annual march to draw attention to violence against women. They wanted the 200 to 300 participants to walk down Broad Street and other city streets and back to campus to signify a woman's right to walk safely at night. But city councilors rejected that idea, saying it was unsafe for the participants to walk in the street. The march could take place on the sidewalks only, councilors said. Organizers were, we think, justifiably upset about the sidewalk restriction, since they had walked in the street in past years without incident. The Press-Republican took the center's side in an editorial, suggesting that the city figure out a way to allow a street march, with police escort, since "taking to the streets" is an important part of the message. City Councilor James Calnon stepped up with a compromise proposal: He would propose allowing a walk in the street, as long as it wasn't Broad Street; he said the major, four-lane road would be too dangerous for a late-night walk. Did the Center for Women's Concerns agree to this adjustment, which would have keep the march on the streets and out in the community? No, instead, they came off as pouting, saying that "to march under the new conditions set by the council would have betrayed our sisters around the world." We think their lack of flexibility betrayed their sisters by restricting Take Back The Night to an on-campus event that reached fewer people. They stifled their own message and came across as strident and unyielding. Their disappointing reaction doesn't bode well for future prospects for getting the march back onto the streets, where we firmly believe it belongs.
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Cheers and Jeers: April 7, 2014
JEERS to drivers who splash pedestrians; CHEERS to the Air Force for environmental cleanup on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.
Cheers and Jeers: March 31, 2014
CHEERS to Amy Bonn for her efforts with the Snowball series. JEERS to people who don't pick up after their dogs.
Cheers and Jeers: March 24, 2014
Motorists, joggers and walkers get jeered while Dozer Day creators and the Plattsburgh Public Library get accolades.
- Cheers and Jeers: March 17, 2014 CHEERS to all the people who pitch in to try to save neglected animals. CHEERS to clubs and organizations who submit calendar items to the Press-Republican with complete information.
Cheers and Jeers: March 10, 2014
CHEERS to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Susan Schrader and local public-works and highway crews.
Cheers and Jeers: March 3, 2014
CHEERS to Cumberland 12 employee Lauren Trombley for an act of kindness. JEERS to municipalities that don't stay up to date putting meeting minutes online.
- Cheers and Jeers: Feb. 24, 2014 Cheers to local sports announcing legend Ducky Drake; Cheers to Plattsburgh State hockey standout Sydney Aveson.
Cheers and Jeers: Feb. 17, 2014
CHEERS to Wellness Center employees Dylan Riley and Ted Santaniello for helping a local woman.
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