On Sunday, February 14th, Lawrence, Massachusetts rises again! Facilitated by Elizabeth Delgado and V-Day Lawrence, Warriors are invited to join the 1 Billion Rising Revolution in response to global violence against women.
One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. According to One Billion Rising, “1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.” To bring attention to this crisis, Eve Ensler of The Vagina Monologues and V-Day rose on Valentine’s Day 2012 with the One Billion Rising campaign and V-Day Lawrence has participated (http://www.onebillionrising.org/events/one-billion-rising-lawrence/) in this global stand annually since.
V-Day Lawrence “is an organized response against violence toward women. V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely. V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now. V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities. V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork for new educational, protective, and legislative endeavors throughout the world. V-Day is a process: We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops.” V-Day Lawrence itself has raised almost $45,000 towards these causes and continues to educate the community on the realities of violence through art & activism.
The Revolution itself has risen “coming together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.” In 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice focused on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence. For the third year of the campaign, One Billion Rising’s global coordinators chose the theme of “Revolution” as an escalation of the demand for justice, and to build upon the massive efforts of communities worldwide that also looked at the roots and causes of violence as part of their call for justice. On (or around) 14 February 2015, millions of activists in over 200 countries gathered to Rise for REVOLUTION, to change the paradigm, demand accountability, justice and systematic CHANGE. In 2016, the theme of Revolution continues with a call to focus on marginalized women and to bring national and international focus to their issues; to bring in new artistic energy; to amplify Revolution as a call for system change to end violence against women and girls.
This is not a celebration, if not rather a demonstration against violence and in support of victims worldwide. One Billion Rising Lawrence will begin at 3:00 p.m. with the traditional flash-mob dance to the event’s anthem, Break the Chain, as choreographed by the legendary Debbie Allen at The Claddagh Pub, 399 Canal Street, Lawrence followed by performances by dancers, poets and musicians at 60 Island Street, Lawrence, in a space dedicated primarily to survivors who will share their stories and triumphs from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. We will be joining efforts across the world uniting in honor of our Global Sisters in need and encourage you to join us, Sisters and Brothers, from where you stand. Rise, Dance, Disrupt!
A true act of LOVE this Valentine’s Day.
Liza Zayas is a lover of writing and dancing and celebrates both as a singer and songwriter performing as Luna del Flor. You can hear her collaborative sounds and experience life through her storytelling. She invites you to dance. Her poetry seeks to initiate dialogue by intentionally expressing consequences of love, lust, ego and self-respect