Strike - dance - rise! On Valentine's DayTuesday, February 12, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
When V-Day started 15 years ago, the founders had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of V-Day activists in audiences and on stages across the world have come together to demand an end to violence against women and girls.
V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.
In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place, produced by volunteer activists; educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls both locally and globally.
In 2013, Sault Ste. Marie will be one of the thousands of events around the world channeling their creative energy into making a difference as part of the V-Day Campaign.
A world in which one billion women experience violence is unacceptable.
The time has come to get active, get over it and stand together to demand an end to the violence.
February 14, 2013, marks V-Day’s 15th anniversary, when one billion women and the men and children who love them will abandon business as usual; interrupt their routines; and join together across the planet.
We challenge each one of you to join us at One Billion Rising Sault Ste. Marie and mobilize your friends, your families, your colleagues, to rise up on this day to speak out, to dance, to march, to send a clear message to the world that violence against women must end, and to usher in a new era.
Part of what makes One Billion Rising so special is the opportunity it offers to local businesses – to participate in this global movement, to celebrate and honour the women and children in your life and community, to be part of a collective voice; a voice that refuses to be ignored; a voice that says no to violence against women and children.
At our One Billion Rising event locally, we will be joined by Jus' Chillin' and The Margins, who have so graciously donated their time and talent to help us make this a success.
We will also be fulfilling some of the requirements of V-Day, which is to play their One Billion Rising video as well as their "anthem."
We will have some of our fundraising initiatives available for purchase, such as our homemade cookbooks, tickets for the You Are Here preview performance taking place at the Sault Theatre Workshop on February 19, 2013, and many other great items.
We will be donating the profits from our event to our own local organizations.
Since we hope to donate as much as possible to these organizations, we need our community to come together; join us at our event; support our fundraising initiatives; and spread the word!
We would love it if you would join us at some point throughout the evening to show your support for the women of our wonderful city and across the world.
Our event is set to begin at approximately 4 p.m. and run through until approximately 10 p.m.
What Is One Billion Rising?
One Billion Rising is named such because one in three women on the planet will have some form of violence inflicted upon her in her lifetime.
Taking this number worldwide, it equals more than one billion women!
One Billion Rising is a promise that on February 14, 2013, we will rise up with millions of women and men around the world to say, “Enough! The violence ends now!”
One Billion Rising will make the earth move by uniting us through dance across every country.
One Billion Rising is a global call to action.
We will gather throughout the world.
One Billion Rising is communal.
We will dance together in defiance of the injustices we and our mothers, sisters, lovers and friends have suffered.
One Billion Rising is a celebration.
We will dance, we will raise our voices, and we will leave our offices, our homes and our daily routines behind as we join in a powerful act of refusal to let violence continue.
One Billion Rising will be taking place across 199 countries!!
One Billion Rising - join us!
Strike - dance - rise!
One Billion Rising Sault Ste. Marie
February 14, 2013 - 4 p.m. … Until The Violence Stops!
Sault Theatre Workshop, 121 Pittsburgh Avenue