Update on Risings in the USA

Published: 8 January 2018 > V-Day > USA

Risings across the US are utilizing art and activism to advocate for the rights of all women and girls. Here are a few highlights of US Risings.

OBR NEW YORK
“SHAKTI – THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE OF DIVINE ENERGY”
December 10, 2017

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A program to raise awareness on violence against women, through dance. Observation of World Human Rights Day . Benefitting Project Shakti for the underprivileged students of Shibaranjani (Kolkata, India)

Organized by SHIBARANJANI.  Shibaranjani is an Indian classical dance organization founded in 1984 by Guru Dipanwita Roy, an eminent Odissi exponent and a disciple of the great Guru Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra. Based in India & USA, Shibaranjani promotes the diverse cultural heritage of India through various events, including performances, lecture-demonstrations and workshops.

Under Project SHAKTI, which in Sankrit means “strength,” Shibaranjani also encourages talented disabled and underprivileged students by supporting their dance education, nutrition, healthcare and general well-being, and providing them prestigious platforms to showcase their talents.

 

OBR CHARLOTTESVILLE
February 13, 2018

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A night of bringing awareness to the issue of violence against women. There will be family friendly activities for everyone, as well as dancing and crafts.

Organized by: PLANNED PARENTHOOD, THE WOMEN’S INITIATIVE, SHELTER FOR HELP IN EMERGENCY, AND SARA (SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE AGENCY)

 

OBR DENVER
February 18, 2018

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One Billion Rising Denver 2018 event will begin at 11am with a drum circle on Denver’s 16th Street Mall, followed by a flash mob to Break the Chain. There will  then be a march to the state Capitol where they will have a rally. One Billion Rising Denver is unapologetically intersectional, anti-racist, and fully inclusive.

 

OBR BROOKLYN
“WILD WOMAN DANCE REVEL-UTION: RISE WITH LOVE”
February 20, 2018

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About the Event:
“Rise up with the sun and unleash your wild heart. Free yourself from the fear and hate in the world.  Say Yes to love. Free your body and dance.  Wild Woman, Nature herself is calling you to rise and unleash her feminine power in you. She is calling women to be “wild awake.” It is time for your hearts, bellies, wombs, bodies, senses and feelings to wake up. She is calling us all…men, women, humans to wake up to our natural wild state of love. We are all connected. We are a wild forest of hearts. Come together and let our hearts beat as one. Come dance to awaken yourself and the whole world to love. “You are the revel-ution.” Undulate, inhale. Stretch, exhale. Dance, revel, speak with your whole being. Free your voice. Free your fire. Unleash your wildness. Come dance with me.” -Wild Woman Wild Woman Sun Rise 6:00 -7:00 Live percussion Led by Wild Woman Healer Kiana Love. Harness the power of the sun to rise up. Awaken your feminine healing power with a wild, love your body temple, chakracize journey. Stretch, root, heal. Welcome the sun with a healing fire ritual to purify and energize your heart. Free Your Body Dance Soundbath:7:00-11:00 DJ Chela Feel the beat of your heart and realign with nature. Listen, honor and move your body. Set it free. Awaken your wild healing power and let it flow through your dance into the world. Let’s be wild. ***This is open to all who are commited to the empowerment and healing of women and the feminine. Wild Beats: Listen, groove to wild global beats by DJ Chela, percussion led by Rene Renata Bergan, healing sound and make music too. Our hearts, our song and organic beats. Bring shakers, drums and the miraculous drum of your heart. Let’s be wild. Awaken to the wild rhythm of life already in you. Art: Artist Janet Morgan brings her wild and colorful paintings of humans, gods and goddesses and our sacred earth.

Organized by BE WILD WOMAN: Be Wild Woman is a women’s healing center that empowers women to realign with nature in order to feel at home in their bodies.

Be Wild Woman offers healing programs and community events that connect, inspire, teach and support women to align with nature and reclaim their wild feminine power. We offer women healing tools and spiritual support to reclaim their innate, sacred, creativity, healing and power via the wild woman archetype.

 

OBR MERRIMACK COLLEGE, NORTH ANDOVER
February 16, 2018

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The Vagina Monologues will be held February 16th and 17th at 6:00pm @ Merrimack College as a part of the 1 Billion Rising Revolution.

 

 

OBR TAHOE
February 3, 2018

About the event: “RISE FOR THE REVOLUTION FLASHMOB DANCE & DRUM – – – We specifically choose to dance the day before the Super Bowl to raise awareness about the large number of human trafficking that occurs during the game.”

 

OBR SANTA PAULA, CA
February 3, 2018

5th Annual event in Santa Paula! The event will be in Spanish with English translation. One Billion Rising! Solidarity! What does One Billion look like? We are calling on our community to harness their power and imagination to rise to revolutionize how women and girls are treated and join people around the world in making the world a better place! Join us! One Billion Women sharing their stories, dancing and speaking out for justice, learning about resources available in our community, experience Healing Arts, and demanding an end to gender-based violence.

Organized by SANTA PAULA ONE BILLION RISING COMMITTEE: A collaborative of community members, non-profits and clergy committed to ending violence in our community and the world.

 

OBR OAKLAND
“JOURNEY TO BELONGING”
February 14, 2018

For the 5th community performance ritual dedicated to ending violence against women and girls, Bay Area Rising presents an evening of deepening connections, raising collective consciousness, and healing generational and personal wounds with art, spirituality, and activism. In conjunction with One Billion Rising Solidarity Against the Exploitation of Women, they contribute their Oakland flavor with drum, dance, spoken word, and healing. Their events are participatory experiences that will leave you uplifted, inspired, and determined to make a difference for women and girls locally and internationally.

Organized by BAY AREA RISING: a volunteer organization dedicated to ending violence against women, girls, and their communities through art, spirit, and activism.

 

OBR LOGAN
“RESISTING AND RISING CONCERT BENEFIT”
February 2, 2018

Local bands joining together to raise funds for SAAVI and CAPSA, local organizations for battered, sexually exploited, and other women in need.

Organized by ACCESS AND DIVERSITY CENTER which supports intersectional feminism, diversity in sexuality, gender identity, nationality, all backgrounds and provides education to Utah State University’s students and Logan City community regarding acceptance, love, and how to be an ally and create safety for all.

 

OBR SANTA FE
“SANTA FE RISING IN SOLIDARITY”
February 14, 2018

OBR Santa Fe goes deeper by asking “What does ‘solidarity’ look like to us?” They are hosting their annual flash-mob along with an art installation to celebrate and honor the bravery of survivors and give voice to the atrocities people are facing in their community of Santa Fe, NM.

 

OBR TEHAMA
“RISE UP TEHAMA”
February 14, 2018

Rise Up in Solidarity in Tehama County where they will dance and rise in support of their LOVE = RESPECT program.

 

OBR DICKSON COUNTRY, Dickson High School
“DICKSON COUNTY PRESENTS THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”
February 14, 2018

Volunteers will perform the Vagina Monologues for peers and adults to promote awareness of rape and to promote women’s rights.

 

OBR SUMMERVILLE
“1 BILLION RISING AT DEL WEBB SUMMERVILLE SC.”
February 14, 2018

Organized by:
Cane Bay Players – A small group of seniors who do plays at Del Webb – all over 65 years old. The community includes 1200 homes of seniors

Alpha Delta Women’s Club at Del Webb – A group dedicated to the promotion of continuing education and to altruistic activities that make a positive difference in the world community

South of Broadway Theater – A local equity theater who also work with children teaching them to act and design, sing and dance, improv scenes and create characters.

 

OBR ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
“Presents The Vagina Monologues”
February 15, 2018

Organized by STAR: Comprehensive Rape Crisis Intervention and Prevention Center

 

OBR PORTLAND
February 14, 2018

A gathering of likeminded people in the Portland region to stand for what they believe in.

 

OBR TAOS, NEW MEXICO
“WE VALUE THE SACREDNESS OF ALL LIFE”
October 18, 2017

“We believe that all community members, children, women and men of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos have the right to live in a violence free environment. Peacekeepers, through the collaborative efforts of the Eight Northern Pueblos, is committed to the safety of the victims and their children.”

Organized by ENIPC, INC. PEACEKEEPERS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM

 

OBR CANON CITY
“ONE BILLION RISING DANCING ON THE BRIDGE”
February 17, 2018

This will be Zonta Club of the Royal Gorge Region’s 4th year hosting a One Billion Rising event at the Royal Gorge Bridge. They plan to start gathering at 1pm with a goal of dancing on the bridge at 2pm.

 

OBR LONGMONT, COLORADO
February 18, 2018

Rise and Come dance a fun and easy Flash Mob in Solidarity to Empower Women and Girls! Men Rising are welcome too!

 

OBR ERIE, COLORADO
“WE RISE WITH THE 1 BILLION RISING”
February 14, 2018

Damsel in Defense Women calling all women to action to rise against violence suffered by women and children globally.

 

OBR LONGMEADOW
“Presentation of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”
February 22, 2018

 

OBR DELAWARE
“IMATTER WERISE”
February 14, 2018

Women from various communities gather to collectively stand against sexism, racism and oppression will dance in unity to the One Billion Rising song.

Organized by IMATTER INC which provides various creative avenues to educate empower and equip communities to thrive. Our vast services include but are not limited to: Empowerment Life Skill Workshops for adults and youth, 1:1 Mentorship Programs, and Radikal Kreations. Radikal Kreations consist of Radikal Publications, IMatter Magazine and Radikal Reelz Tv.

 

OBR ENGLEWOOD
“V20 RISE ENGLEWOOD”
February 19, 2018

A Festival, including: 1) Readings of A memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer 2) Dance performance of Break The Chain 3) A few musical performances by women’s groups 4) Information tables for local women’s shelters

 

OBR ORLANDO
February 13, 2018

The University of Central Florida is proudly hosting One Billion Rising. In the heart of the Orlando campus at the Student Union, students, faculty, and staff will hear testimonies from survivors, listen to guest speakers, discover the power of spoken word, dance to rise up, and sign the pledge that UCF does not stand for violence on campus.

Organized by UCF VICTIM SERVICES: They provide free, comprehensive victim advocacy services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus who have been impacted by crime, violence, or abuse.
They offer support, crisis intervention, options, information, referrals, practical assistance, and educational programs. They inform clients of their options and potential outcomes and empower them to make the best decision for themselves.

 

OBR NORTH CHARLESTON
“V-DAY IN THE SOUTH”
February 11, 2018

Organized by South of Broadway Theater – A local equity theater who also work with children teaching them to act and design, sing and dance, improv scenes and create characters.

 

OBR KENTUCKY
“VOICES HEARD: KENTUCKY”
February 24, 2018

Voices HEaRd: Kentucky (Feb 23-25) is a community event supporting The Girl Project, based in Lexington, KY. The event is a weekend of performances from artists of all ages, mediums, backgrounds. The pieces in the performances will raise awareness concerning issues of violence against women as well as the many issues and challenges women face in today’s society. In addition to the mainstage performance, Voices HEaRd will feature a spoken word night, acoustic music, a community workshop, documentary screening, and a panel brunch discussion on gender equity. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Girl Project as well as Step by Step, an organization committed to helping single mothers in the Lexington, KY area.

Organized by THE GIRL PROJECT – a unique arts-meets-activism program designed to inspire, educate and empower girls of all ages to challenge the misrepresentation of girls and women in American media culture through performing arts education.

 

OBR WESTCHESTER
“1 BILLION RISING AT SANDY’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS”
February 12, 2018

A gathering for all those who want to stand, rise, and dance in solidarity with all women across the planet who are victims of exploitation.

Organized by SANDY’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS – a local health food store that has been serving their community for over 33 year. They are passionate about people and making sure that everyone comes to rise together… as one. The owner of Sandy’s has been involved with One Billion Rising since 2012 and hopes to make this year the biggest event yet!

 

OBR OAK LAWN
“BREAK THE SILENCE”
February 11, 2018

A musical highlighting domestic abuse during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Organized by ST. GERMAINE CHURCH Catholic parish.

 

OBR CHICAGO
February 11, 2018

Chicago Dance Therapy will RISE, RESIST and, UNITE to support and honor the ONE BILLION RISING initiative. They will dance as a community to create a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Organized by CHICAGO DANCE THERAPY – the premier dance therapy and counseling practice serving Chicago and its suburbs. Chicago Dance Therapy works with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging them to take charge of their mental health by embracing their own mind-body connection and by using movement as a means of natural expression, communication, and health.

 

OBR SIOUX FALLS
“ACTS: THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”
February 14, 2018

A production of The Vagina Monologues to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Organized by the AUGUSTANA COLLABORATIVE THEATRICAL SOCIETY

 

OBR SIMMONS COLLEGE, BOSTON
“SIMMONS VAGINA MONOLOGUES”
February 17, 2018

 

OBR REGISC COLLEGE, WESTON
“REGIS COLLEGE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”
February 16 and 17, 2018

The second annual showing of The Vagina Monologues

 

OBR ITHACA COLLEGE
“IC SECOND STAGE PRESENTS: EVE ENSLER’S ‘THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”
February 18, 2018

In support of the Tompkins County Advocacy Center – the annual presentation of The Vagina Monologues

 

OBR LAREDO
February 10, 2018

Organized by SCAN SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES AND INFORMATION (SASI) PROGRAM. The program is based on the concept that every sexual assault survivor has the right to support and advocacy services. The SASI Program is designed to provide trauma-informed, victim-centered, confidential services to sexually assaulted individuals of all ages regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, or disability free of charge.