On Thursday, February 14th, 2013, community members in Traverse City are rising up and joining the revolution for One Billion Rising. We will gather at the Grand Traverse Mall in Traverse City in the space between the Taco Bell and Sbarro at 5:30 pm sharp. This will be a flash mob--there will be no check in, just be in this area at this time and be prepared to dance! You will not be alone. We are going to dance our demands into action; together we will make our voices heard.
The movements in the One Billion Rising dance have been choreographed by world renowned choreographer, Debbie Allen, and reflect dance styles of various cultures around the world. The One Billion Rising dance is powerful, meaningful and accessible to people of all skill levels; anyone and everyone is encouraged to join this collective movement.
There are two official dance practices scheduled for the community to come and learn the One Billion Rising dance. We are encouraging people to come to at least one of the two practices if they are able.
One Billion Rising Dance Practices (only one recommended)
Dance practices will be held in the Oleson Center on NMC’s main campus
Wednesday, January 30th from 7:00-9:00 pm
Thursday, February 7th from 7:00-9:00 pm
In addition to these practices we are encouraging every person we can who organizes groups of people (support groups, dance, yoga, zumba, roller derby, high school leadership, student groups, church groups, professors, etc.), to take the initiative to teach their group this dance. If we have multiple small groups throughout this community learning this routine and organizing within their own spheres of influence, then we can all get together on V-Day and be a part of this FIRST EVER, WORLD WIDE movement to END violence towards women.
On 14 February 2013, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls.
On 14 February 2014*, we are escalating our efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to RISE, RELEASE, DANCE, and demand JUSTICE!
ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, 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. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.
Our stories have been buried, denied, erased, altered, and minimized by patriarchal systems that allow impunity to reign. Justice begins when we speak, release, and acknowledge the truth in solidarity and community. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is an invitation to break free from confinement, obligation, shame, guilt, grief, pain, humiliation, rage, and bondage.
The campaign is a recognition that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces.
It is a call to bring on revolutionary justice.
Begin to imagine what Rising for Justice looks like for you, your community, your city, your country.