Posted: Aug. 28, 2003
GOES UP IN LIGHTS IN TIMES SQUARE
WASHINGTON -- During rush
hour Friday evening, U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. will receive a
unique honor: Biden's name will be up in lights, run across
electronic boards around Times Square in New York City and on
Lifetime Television, acknowledging his decades-long work to end
domestic violence and sexual assault.
The salute is part of a joint
effort by the New York City Mayor's Office and Lifetime Television
for Women to acknowledge individuals and organizations that speak
out against violence in the home. Every week, from April 25, 2003
through April 16, 2004, the group will use special signs and tickers
around Times Square to recognize the efforts of two individuals
selected for their leadership on the issue.
This week, the Pennsylvania
Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource
Center will use their spots to honor Senator Biden and Tillie Black
Bear, an advocate from the Rosebud Sioux Indian Tribe who opened the
first shelter for Native American women.
Biden and Black Bear's names
will be put up in lights and run in spots throughout Times Square
and on Lifetime Television between 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on
Friday, August 29, 2003. In addition, at 7:30 p.m. that evening,
the NASDAQ screen will run the following salute: "PCAR/NSVR salutes
Sen. Joseph Biden for working to stop violence against women."
"This is quite an honor,"
said Senator Biden. "I am flattered and humbled to have been
selected for this tribute. Over the years, we've been able to
change the way people view domestic violence and sexual assault.
We've made tremendous strides in how we, as a nation deal with this
type of violence. But there is still much, much more work to be
done. Hopefully, these short, but very visible, spots will remind
folks that though we've come far, we've still got a ways to go."
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