The Transformative Power of Spoken Word: “Right/Write to Heal” New York Joins Abolition Night in Portland, Maine

Published: 6 July 2023

In a powerful display of solidarity and creative expression, participants from Right/Write to Heal New York traveled to Portland, Maine, to participate in the second annual “Abolition Night” at the STRAND THEATRE in Rockland, Maine. The Right/Write to Heal Initiative is a joint project of the Columbia Center for Justice…

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Published: 13 February 2023

V25: CELEBRATION, PROVOCATION, LIBERATION:  V-Day Commemorates Twenty-Five Years of Global, Grassroots Activism, the Release of New Audioplay VOICES, & New Memoir Reckoning by Founder V (formerly Eve Ensler) After twenty-five years, V-Day reflects on its legacy of organizing to end violence against women, girls and the planet; supporting grassroots anti-violence…

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PRESS RELEASE – One Billion Rising 2023 Announced: RISE For Freedom, Create the New Culture

Published: 25 November 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: media(at) One Billion Rising 2023 Announced: RISE For Freedom, Create the New Culture Activists around the World will RISE FOR FREEDOM – Freedom from Patriarchy, Capitalism, Impunity, Poverty, Oppression, Division, Exploitation, Shame, Control, Individualism, Greed, Violence This is the Year to Create the New Culture 25…

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“FREEHER CONFERENCE – DETROIT” Dispatches from Beyond Incarceration by Roz

Published: 8 November 2022 The 5th annual FreeHer conference brought together formerly incarcerated women and directly affected people. Activists, advocates, experts, policymakers, and supporters from across the country came to connect and share ideas and resources to work collectively toward ending the incarceration of women and girls and creating systems to empower themselves…

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What’s Happening With Bail Reform in New York

Published: 1 April 2022

I had the opportunity to go to the New York state capitol in Albany three times in March with Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) to urge lawmakers not to sign onto Governor Hochul’s plan to push back bail reform. It is appalling that she wants to implement the passage…

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The World is RISING!

Published: 13 February 2022

The world is RISING! As we write, activists are connecting in a deep, purposeful, political, transformative, empowering, and hopeful way through 2022’s powerful, bold and fearless artistic risings. They are leading communities and of the communities, as together we RISE for the Bodies of All Women, Girls, and the Earth….

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Published: 12 February 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: media (at) Events to Take Place Globally from February to April, Highlighting the Parallel Between the Exploitation of Women’s Bodies and the Destruction of the Earth Living in a Woman’s Body, Special Issue of The Guardian curated by V (formerly Eve Ensler), to Feature Poems,…

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Southern Maine Women’s Reentry Center

Published: 3 December 2021

New $10 Million Women’s Re-entry Center Opens in Maine» After three years of parole supervision, New York State finally discharged me. As a free woman, my excitement brewed for my first visit to  Maine. Cheryl Wilkins and Yolanda-Peterkin Johnson accompanied me. We wanted to connect with the women in our…

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The Closing of Rosie’s

Published: 3 December 2021

On October 13, 2021, several organizations came together to protest closing the death camp; closing this death chamber has been a long-standing issue for advocates of criminal justice reform and abolitionists throughout New York State for decades. The crumbling infrastructure, the infestation of rodents,  inhumane living conditions, the onset of…

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One Billion Rising 2022 – Create a Rising in your Community/College

Published: 22 November 2021

TAKE ACTION, RISE. Created by the ONE BILLION RISING coordinators, our 2022 call is to connect both in a deeper, more purposeful, political, transformative and yet also empowering, hopeful way. And to make this coming year a truly radical, bold, fearless escalation of artistic risings. Please apply full Covid safety…

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