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Around the World, A 'Billion Rise' to Fight Violence Against Women and Girls

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"Leveraging V-Day, activists on all continents dance and celebrate the power of women to stand up and speak out."

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Yulan Lawson (156)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 1:45 pm
Excellent, thanks for sharing. It' s got to stop.

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 2:02 pm
"This is my Body
My Body's Holy"
I CRIED when I saw the video!

Right now this moment while I'm writing here, "One Billion Rising" is having a public dance at Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center, in Bellevue, outside of Seattle. "Participants will join activists, writers, celebrities, and women and men across the world to voice their wish to end violence against women."

I seriously considered going; but, it is a longish bus ride, and I might not get back in time for the Thursday Women in Black vigil I regularly go to. If there is a similar "One Billion Rising" dance and celebration in Seattle, I did not know of it.

While most people reading this - and I hope SEEING THE VIDEO! - will not have heard about this until maybe "too late" to go, at least THIS year - I think we need to all remember it for NEXT year, and following years. If such a dance/celebration is not being held in your community, then ORGANIZE ONE!

As you can see from the GLOBAL videos, {most of which I haven't watched yet!}, women in MANY MANY COUNTRIES where oppression has not received much notice before - child marriage, domestic violence, incest, rape, etc. - are participating, and RAISING EVERYONE'S CONSCIOUSNESS. Including that of many men, who HONESTLY did not know the extent of Women's oppression, pain and suffering! Because before, NOBODY TALKED ABOUT IT.
This is a good way to RECONFIGURE VALENTINE'S DAY; a stupid, waa-aa-aaay over-commercialized holiday anyway. I think that Care2 should GET BEHIND THIS AND PROMOTE IT NEXT YEAR.
In both Care2's "Take Action"; and in their e-cards.
I think it is VERY APPROPRIATE that WOMEN WORLDWIDE TAKE OVER "Valentine's Day", a day when most people, let's face it, most people are NOT caring Care2 members - most people are pressured and encouraged to buy SLAVE CHOCOLATES.
VAGINA DAY NOT VALENTINE'S DAY! It sounds SO much better!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another old Labor Song {not on the video}:
"The Rising of the Women
Is the Rising of us All."

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (290)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 3:04 pm
you never see men doing this say we want violence to stop against us

Brian M. (202)
Friday February 15, 2013, 8:35 am
Thanks BMutiny, for your words of wisdom. I agree, this is something that Care2, other social networking sites, and the media in general should get behind, promote, and energize the people, women and men, to take a stand against violence.

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Friday February 15, 2013, 1:22 pm
This year, this action had sortof the nature of a "Flash Mob" dance and assembly.

It turned out, there WAS such an action in Seattle, where I live, and I DID happen to hear about it, and go. We DID do the dance, just like in the Video! [At my age, 76, I just sortof FAKED IT!]
There were also actions all over Washington State, in Kent, Bellevue, Issaquah, and many other smaller communities - those were just the ones I heard of.
I don't watch TV News any more - but there were the TV cameras there!
There was powerful poetry recited by a member of Seattle's Somalian community, about the Violence Somali women are subjected to - and, besides the "Flash Mob" Choreographed Group Dancing, there were also dance Performances by several Ethnic groups, including Haida Native Women {and men} from Alaska, Belly Dancers of several ethnicities, Bollywood-type dancers - and a performance that I would swear included female transsexuals - which as far as I'm concerned, are "legitimate" Females like any other!!! {And certainly the targets of Violence directed against them for what they are, their gender expression.} Also the singing satirical group, the Raging Grannies, was there - that some Americans and Canadians are probably familiar with.
All this performance apparently put together at "a moment's notice"!

NEXT year, if PLANNED, it won't have that spontaneous "Flash Mob" quality. DEFINITELY it should be a YEARLY event; it ought to, in my opinion, TAKE OVER from that obsolete, commercialized "Valentine's Day Hallmark Card Day"; and CARE2 SHOULD GET BEHIND IT 101%!!!
[Contact Care2 and tell them! I shouldn't be the only one to do so!]
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