Southern Oregon University's Women's Resource Center plans a candlelight vigil through Ashland tonight to carry a message of safety and respect for everyone.

Southern Oregon University's Women's Resource Center plans a candlelight vigil through Ashland tonight to carry a message of safety and respect for everyone.

The annual Take Back the Night vigil developed from the women's movement of the 1970s and focuses on supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and ending such violence.

Student organizers hope to amplify the event's "strong message about safety and respect for all in our community," said Deltra Ferguson, the center's coordinator.

Organizers said the message was especially timely and important in the wake of the emergence of an active neo-Nazi group in Phoenix.

Vigil participants will gather at 7:30 p.m. at the Stevenson Union courtyard on the Ashland campus, then stream downtown to the Plaza for the vigil.

"We want to state clearly that our valley is safe for all," Ferguson said.

— Staff reports