Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to announce downtown rally against domestic violence

by Manju Alexander | Feb 12, 2013

Rawlings to announce downtown rally against domestic violence with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith

by Robert Wilonsky
February 11, 2013
The Dallas Morning News - City Hall Blog

Tomorrow morning Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will start making good on his promise “to change the male culture,” per his remarks at a city hall press conference last month dealing with Dallas’ spike in domestic violence.

A press conference has been scheduled for Tuesday during which Rawlings, Dallas Police Chief David Brown and city council members will be joined by former Dallas Cowboys Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith and current Cowboy Brandon Carr, among other local celebrities. The topic, according to this afternoon’s media alert: “Announcement of advocacy campaign and rally against domestic violence.” This is the event to which Brad Watson referred last week, when he said Bishop T.D. Jakes and WFAA-Channel 8 sports anchor Dale Hansen would also participate, in the hopes of drawing more than 10,000 to the rally.

Paula Blackmon, the mayor’s chief of staff, says the event will more than likely take place at the Klyde Warren Park: “That’s the direction we’re heading,” she says. The date of the event will be announced tomorrow.

“And it will be a multi-generational event,” says Blackmon, “meaning we want grandfathers, fathers and sons.”

But, she cautions: “It’s not just a rally,” because rallies alone don’t end domestic violence.

“It’s a movement,” she says. “You’ll see tomorrow.”

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