Wednesday, February 8, 2017

One Billion Rising Revolution

One Billion Rising…really…one billion?  That’s right, 1 in 3 (or one billion) women and girls across the globe will be beaten or raped in their lifetime. 

So now one billion rise up each year and stand against the violence! The One Billion Rising campaign began in 2013 as a worldwide creative dance protest with Eve Enzler (creator of the Vagina Monologues) at the helm.  Although the campaign has morphed into various events worldwide, North Tahoe’s One Billion Rising has held true to its roots by gathering in downtown Truckee and dancing in solidarity to end violence against women.  

For the past 3 years, hundreds of men, women and children have showed up to participate by joining in the flash mob, holding signs, cheering and supporting their community! The excuses you don’t know how to dance or don’t know this specific dance don’t fly around here.  If you care about the safety of your world, your community, your friends, your family, then come to the Truckee Train Depot at 3:30pm sharp Tuesday, February 14th! Dancing is encouraged, but optional, and you can learn the dance ahead of time at Inner Rhythms dance studio on February 12th, or online.  

Dancing in unison can be visually, individually, spiritually and organizationally empowering, but don’t let two left feet get in your way of connecting with your community and taking action!  Take 10 minutes out of your Valentine’s Day and be part of something bigger, something happening all around the world on the same day, something that shows you care about ending violence.  Take a step toward making a difference in the world, and be one of the One Billion Rising!

Trisha Baird
Prevention Program Manager
Tahoe SAFE Alliance  

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