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Governor Parnell to Lead Valdez Choose Respect Rally


170 Communities to Hold Choose Respect Events

March 20, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell will lead the Valdez Choose Respect rally on Thursday, March 27, beginning at 11:45 a.m. at the Eagles Hall. The governor has challenged Alaskans to end Alaska’s epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“Alaskans have suffered in silence for too long,” Governor Parnell said. “By promoting the value of respect in our communities and homes, we are empowering more Alaskans to speak out against sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence in Alaska. Together, we are making a difference and creating a culture of respect to bring about safer Alaska homes and stronger families.”


Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz and the governor’s Senior Rural Affairs Advisor John Moller will lead a rally from the Delaney Park Strip (9th Avenue and F Street) to Town Square Park.

Where: Delaney Park Strip, 9th Avenue and F Street

When: March 27, Noon


Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Terry Vrabec will join others and lead a rally at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall.

Where: Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall, 109 Clay Street

When: March 27, Noon


Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell will lead a march from the Capitol Building to Marine Park.

Where: Capitol Building, 120 4th Street

When: March 27, Noon                    

Across Alaska

Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell will lead events in Wasilla.

Administration Commissioner Curtis Thayer will lead events in Sitka.

Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt will lead events in Kotzebue.

Education and Early Development Commissioner Mike Hanley will lead events in Haines.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Larry Hartig will lead events in Seward.

Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Streur will lead events in Kodiak.

Attorney General Michael Geraghty will lead events in Tanana.

Brig. Gen. Leon “Mike” Bridges, commander of the Alaska Army National Guard, will lead events in Bethel.

Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash will lead events in Kenai.

Public Safety Commissioner Gary Folger will lead events in Old Harbor.

More information on Choose Respect events across Alaska is available at: chooserespect.alaska.gov

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