On Thursday, February 14, 2013, Berkshire County will join with activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
Organizers all across Berkshire County are planning February 14 events to strike, dance, and RISE, demanding an end at last to violence against women. At Miss Halls the students are learning the One Billion Rising Break the Chain dance and at 1:30pm will perform the dance together as a community. At 4pm Sisters for Peace, Scruti and Walking our Talk will be leading a flash mob in front of Scruti on Railroad Street in Great Barrington, which will hopefully work its way to Stockbridge and end up at the 6pm ONE BILLION RISING 10x10 Upstreet Dance Party Upstairs at Spice Dragon in Pittsfield, MA organized by Elizabeth Freeman Center, HAVEN:Human/Animal Violence Education Network and WAM Theatre. See detailed schedule of events for Flash Mob and Dance Party below.
"When you watch the ONE BILLION RISING video, in three short minutes you see the painful, common acts of violence women experience all over the world, and then you are swept with the passion and determination of women rising to act against it, even within the face of it. Think about it, one in three women in this world are beaten and raped, and our community is not immune", says dance party organizer Nina Molin, MD. "It has to stop and we all must participate."
To see a current list of events go to: http://www.facebook.com/WesternMaRising/events and click on Western MA Rising @ Berkshires or go to onebillionrising.org and click on 'find a rising near you'. To add a new event to Berkshire County Risings email firstname.lastname@example.org
ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution.
For more information go to onebillionrising.org.