Denver, it’s time to RISE again
One Billion Rising 2017
It’s time once again to RISE in Denver and around the world. In 2012, the U.N. released a staggering statistic: 1 in 3 women is beaten or raped during her lifetime. This amounts to over one billion women and girls on this planet. Organized to address this statistic, One Billion Rising has become the largest mass action movement to end violence against women in history.
The initial call to action was launched on Valentine’s Day, 2012. On February 14th of the following year, women and men across the world came together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer. In international unity, activists demanded an end to targeted violence against women. Over the past few years, this event has gained powerful traction. Last Valentines Day, millions of people in over 200 countries gathered to rise for revolution.
It’s time to RISE in Denver
One Billion Rising has a strong dance component. Dance companies throughout the state learn and teach a single, unified choreography, created by renowned artist Debbie Allen, in solidarity with our sisters across the planet. Anyone who wishes to learn the choreography is invited to join a flash mob at the Denver Pavilions and at the rally. This flash mob will be filmed and uploaded to the international One Billion Rising website. Participants, including survivors of rape and abuse, will then dance and march to Civic Center Park where we will hold a rally and call to action.
Learn the dance at home with Caitlin’s tutorial and break down of “Break the Chain”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scUFYfFX1Zw&t=13s
Our message at the rally
* Stand in solidarity against the exploitation of women
* Amplify the voices of marginalized women and bring national and international focus to their issues
* Bring new artistic energy to create this possibility
* Raise other issues that have not been as visible
* Amplify REVOLUTION as a call for system change
* Platform voices that have not been heard within local campaigns
* Call on people to RISE FOR OTHERS
* Call upon people of privilege to RISE with those who are marginalized
* Create synergy and connection
* Remain INCLUSIVE, INTERSECTIONAL and COMPREHENSIVE to keep connecting the BODY with REVOLUTION
* Rise for change and equality
STAND IN SOLIDARITY! Join us!
One Billion Rising 2017
When: Saturday, February 18th, 2017 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Where: Flash Mob at the 16th St. Mall outside the Denver Pavilions at 11:00 AM Rally & Flash Mob at Civic Center Park for the rally at 12:00 PM (On the south side near 14th and Bannock in the Greek Amphitheater)
Learn the dance and share with your friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scUFYfFX1Zw&t=13s