Take Back The Night

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It is sexual assault awareness month and organizations from around the Iowa City community came together to show their support. Daily Iowan TV Reporter Noah Goudie was there to bring us the story.

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That’s the sounds you could hear Tuesday evening as students, community members, and therapy dogs all came out to show support at the annual Take Back The Night rally in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

SOT – Linda Stewart Kroon / Director, WRAC

“Take Back The Night marches originated in the 1970s originally in our country and they were apart of the battered womens movement. It was sort of the beginning of activism around domestic violence and sexual assault.”

This event has since continued at the University of Iowa being held every year in the spring to bring awareness to the campus.

SOT – Jessica Owens / UI Student

“It’s a problem on our campus and also in our communities so I think that its really important especially as we are coming to the end of sexual assault activism month to really sort of remember that.”

Stand up – Noah Goudie / @Noah_Goudie

“The Take Back The Night event gave University of Iowa students and the community a chance to voice their opinion on sexual assault.”

This event began with a march around the Downtown Iowa City area and then led into people taking their turns standing up to the microphone to tell their stories or someone elses story that has been affected by Sexual Assault.

SOT – Madison Hoffman / UI Student

“If a survivor wants to get up and talk or if someone wants to get up and talk about an experience that they have had with sexual violence its an open venue to do so.”

Everyone in attendance kept saying that the fight against sexual assault is a group effort and that those victims are not alone in their time of need.

SOT – Linda Stewart Kroon / Director, WRAC

“Ultimately the solution to the problem is that it is going to need all of us. I think that it is just one of those things that is compelling. There is no need for this violence to be happening and we can stop it.”

The group plans to continue the Take Back The Night event for years to come all in the effort to combat Sexual Assault. Reporting from the Pentacrest in Downtown Iowa City, Noah Goudie, Daily Iowan TV.

COGS Protest

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A protest formed on the Old Capitol Steps Tuesday afternoon and the group that organized it was the College of Graduate Students at the University of Iowa. Since November of 2016, the graduate students have been in talks with the University over their contracts. Daily Iowan TV Reporter Noah Goudie was at the protest to find out more.

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A recently passed law in the Iowa legislature took away some collective bargaining rights for teaching unions in the state of Iowa, and those that had their rights taken away have expressed concerns moving forward. The graduate student union known as COGS took to the pentacrest Tuesday to protest the collective bargaining bill and have their voices heard.

SOT – Landon Ekland / President, COGS Union

“If the graduate workers continue to be left out of the conversation over their benefits then we are going to stand up and fight back. That’s what you saw here today was us mobilizing to stand up and fight.”

Standup – Noah Goudie/ @NoahGoudieNews

“Following the graduate students protest on the Old Capitol steps they moved to Jessup Hall where they tried to speak with President Harreld about the cuts to their contracts. When they arrived, they were surprised to find that two other University officials were there to hear their concerns.”

After arriving at President Harreld’s office, the graduate students did not get the answers they were looking for and left empty handed.

SOT – Bailey Kelley / Vice President, COGS Union

“Well, we wanted to have a conversation with the administration because their saying that they have our best interest in mind. That they want to work with us. That they want to have conversations with graduate student on this campus. Then why would they not want to have a conversation with its workers?”

The Graduate student union says that they are not going to give up their battle for their rights that they feel have been taken away from them. Reporting from the pentacrest in Downtown Iowa City, Noah Goudie, Daily Iowan TV.