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One Billion Rising for Justice Rally- Break the Chain of Violence towards Women!

United States > Portland, ME > Monument Square, Portland, ME 04101 > 2014-02-14 > 12:00

About The Event

RISE! RELEASE! DANCE! Join us this Valentines' Day to stand in unity, both women and men, against violence towards women! One in three women will experience violence in their lifetime. Maine, although considered the safest state in the nation for our low violent crime rate, is among the top in the nation for violence towards women---THIS TREND MUST STOP!!! So please gather your friends and family and help us break this chain! We will rally at 12pm in Monument Square, march, and then have an empowering event at Constellation Gallery (511 Congress Street) to follow with performances from women in our community. If you would like a performance spot, please message Whitley Marshall ([email protected]). To show unity, please dress in shades of red or pink. Thank you for helping rebuild our society!

About The Organization

Green Initiatives Education Fund

Our Vision

A sustainable and just future for all living things in Maine.

Our Mission

Green Initiatives realizes that the rights of all are inextricably tied to the health of our ecological systems. Green Initiatives will work until all people share equally in the resources afforded to us by our society and environment, and participate equally in the decision-making processes that distribute these resources. We promote ecological wisdom and social justice through education and direct action. We unite diverse communities, neighborhood by neighborhood, to expand civic participation and save our eco-systems.

Our Values

A just society is necessary to maintain a healthy environment, and a healthy environment is essential for a just society to exist. Dominance and control work in conflict with these balances. Participation and equality are necessary to tackle the problems that threaten the health of our ecological systems.

About The Organizer

Whitley Marshall

Whitley Marshall is an artist, dancer, vocalist, activist and community organizer in Portland, ME. She has worked full time for the American Red Cross since 2005, currently serving as a Divisional Instructor of Whole Blood Collections for the North East Division, and is the President and Co-Founder of the Green Initiatives Education Fund. Whitley has served the community in various capacities outside of her full-time work as well. She works per-diem at Preble Street Teen Center, is a visual artist who largely paints with acrylics and creates button jewelry, performs and teaches Rwandan and Middle Eastern Dance, and will soon be opening an art and dance studio, Pine Street Studios, in her home. In all of her work, her mission is to promote unity, peace, and healing throughout the world.

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