One Billion Rising for Justice: London

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A friend of mine, Stacey Isaac is helping to coordinate the One Billion Rising for Justice: London event happening on Feb 14th. The event aims to demand justice for women and girls who experience violence all over the world. I’m going to be there – anyone joining me?

Below is the text Stacey sent me with loads more information and links:

I am a coordinator for One Billion Rising for Justice: London and I would like to invite you to join us at 12:30pm on the 14th of February 2014 at Trafalgar Square, to RISE, RELEASE and DANCE for justice for women.

We are joining with activists around the world to build upon the energy and momentum that was created on the 14th of February 2013 when one billion people in 207 countries and territories came together to rise, strike, and dance, in the biggest mass action in human history, to demand an end to violence against women and girls. You can watch a trailer for a short film documenting the amazing risings all over the world here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YS8NIBc-z0. This year, we will focus on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and ending the rampant impunity that prevails globally. Without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy, we cannot end violence against women. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces. 

One Billion Rising for Justice is a call to women, men, and youth around the world to gather safely on 14 February 2014 outside places where they are entitled to justice – court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.

On the 14th of February 2014, we are gathering in Trafalgar Square, one of the most popular, recognisable, historically rich and vibrant open spaces in the heart of London. It will begin with 30 minutes of short talks by leaders/representatives of grassroots women’s and community organisations as well as politicians, including Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, Shadow Minister for Business Stella Creasy and Baroness Helena Kennedy. This will be followed by 30 minutes of music with live drumming, ending with the entire crowd dancing to ‘Break the Chain’ written by Tena Clark and Tim Heinz, with choreography by Debbie Allen. You can view the video here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL5N8rSy4CU

It is our hope that you share our aims, and would like to help us achieve these. We would like to invite you to Rise with us, to share your stories and to dance!

“Dancing insists we take up space, and though it has no set direction, we go there together. Dance is dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive, and contagious and it breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere, at anytime, with anyone and everyone, and it’s free. Dance joins us and pushes us to go further and that is why it’s at the centre of One Billion Rising,” said Eve Ensler, V-Day Founder and Artistic Director.

The impact of a thousand-strong crowd dancing as one will be enormous and will send out our message loud and clear, that we will no longer tolerate violence against women and that we want it to end. We want justice. Now.

Please get in touch with me at stassles@hotmail.co.uk. I look forward to hearing from you very soon.

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