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One Billion Rising
CONNECTICUT ROSE! Feb. 14, 2013
We rose in Hartford! Thank you to everyone who rose up, spoke out, and danced as part of One Billion Rising. The energy was palpable, the dancing was incredible, and the speakers were powerful. This was truly a historic event.
This is what it looks like when over 200 people rise together and demand change.
One Billion Rising corresponds to the 15th anniversary of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls sparked by Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues. Events were planned in over 200 countries around the world, and in Hartford, we rose with an event at the state Legislative Office Building.
The event opened with CONNSACS advocate Leah Prescott-Burgess giving a powerful reading of Eve Ensler’s monologue, Rising. After the reading, the Judy Dworin Performance Project led dancers in a flash mob on in the Legislative Office Building atrium.
CONNSACS’ Executive Director, Laura Cordes, shared remarks about the urgent need to end violence against women and girls. She then kicked off a press conference at which and Governor Dannel P. Malloy issued a proclamation declaring February 14, 2013, One Billion Rising Day in Connecticut.
Other powerful speakers included First Lady Cathy Malloy, Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams, Jr., Representative Mae Flexer, PCSW Executive Director Teresa Younger, CCADV Executive Director Karen Jarmoc, and Judy Dworin.
Many other lawmakers came to show their support, including: Senator Andrea Stillman, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Attorney General George Jepsen, Representative Linda Gentile, Representative Betsy Ritter, Representative John Hampton, Representative Cathy Abercrombie, House Majority Leader Joseph Aresimowicz, Representative Gerald Fox, Representative Gary Holder-Winfield, Representative Noreen Kokoruda, and Representative Daniel Rovero.
Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to rise and dance.
A big thank you to our OBR Connecticut partners - the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, the Judy Dworin Performance Project, the Trinity College Women and Gender Action Center, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England – who helped pull the day together. Thank you.
WHY WE ARE RISING: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.
Because 1 in 11 Connecticut women have survived rape and nearly 1 in 5 Connecticut girls have been victims of sexual assault.
Because 20 – 25% of women in the U.S. will experience completed or attempted rape during their college career.
Because last year the State of Connecticut reimbursed hospitals for over 1,500 sexual assault forensic exams.
Because last year Connecticut’s domestic violence programs served over 57,000 victims.
Because in 2010, 1,017 women were killed by their intimate partner in the United States. That’s more than 3 women killed per day.
Because last year, nearly 2,400 women and children stayed in Connecticut domestic violence shelters because they were in serious physical danger.
See below for event ideas for your town, workplace, or school. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share your event information here.
Trinity College will be presenting The Vagina Monologues at 7pm in Washington Room, Mather Hall on Thursday, February 14. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for non-students. All proceeds will benefit Interval House, a domestic violence shelter in Hartford. A free One Billion Rising dance party will follow the play from 8:30pm - 11:30pm in Washington Room.
The YWCA of New Britain will be rising and dancing on February 14 at 4:30pm in the New Britain YWCA Tumbling Room. Please wear black and red or black and pink. Dance practices will be held on Wednesday, February 6 at 11:30pm in Goss Lounge at the New Britain YWCA and Tuesday, February 11 at 1:30pm in the New Britain YWCA Tumbling Room. To practice the dance on your own, please visit: http://vimeo.com/57719767
Women and Families Center will be rising with Southern Connecticut State University at 12pm in the Adanti Student Center Plaza. Click here for more details.
Think SAFE Project. Connecticut College
The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education will be hosting a flash mob at Latham Park in Stamford at 12:30pm on February 14. Click here for more details.
The Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern CT will be partnering with Fit Club, 25 Meadow St., Willimantic, CT 06226 on Thursday, February 14 from 5:30-6:30pm to walk, dance, and rise up! For more information, call Jennifer: (860) 456 – 2789
Check back here for more details about these events.
JOIN US. PLAN AN EVENT IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
ORGANIZE A "Break The Chain" Flash Mob: "Break The Chain," the One Billion Rising dance anthem, will be used in flash mobs all over the world! The Judy Dworin Performance Project has created an instructional video that you can use in your community!
READ Eve Ensler's Newest Monologue "Rising": Eve has just written a new piece which she composed during her recent travels in India, amidst the incredible uprising there. We envision this monologue as a beautiful addition to your event to motivate the participants to dance. DOWNLOAD "Rising" by Eve Ensler>
MAKE The One Billion Rising Pledge: One Billion Rising is the beginning of the new world ignited by a new energy. It is not the end of our struggle but the escalation of it. We are suggesting that everyone who rises makes a pledge to do one thing in the next year to end violence against women. Spread the word at your event and have all of your participants make the pledge! We believe a billion people will rise. Imagine a billion activated pledges. The One Billion Rising Pledge >
WEAR Red & Black: We're encouraging all RISERS to wear red and black in solidarity with our fellow One Billion Rising activists throughout the world, and those women and girls who could not be here to STRIKE, DANCE, and RISE with us.
A Moment of Solidarity: Choose a time during the day to take a moment, join together with your colleagues, fellow students, family members, and friends, and leave your workplaces, schools, and homes and be together as one. With the earth beneath you raise your hand in the air if you can for one minute. Stop everything, look around, and know you are a part of a worldwide movement of 1 billion people standing together in solidarity to end violence against women and girls.
"I'm rising to stop violence against women" Round 2' stickers template. Click here for PDF. Click here for word file. For use with "Avery print to the edge round lables" #22807 -available at most office supply stores
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