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Veteran Empowerment Team USA – Olympia, Washington

United States > Olympia > Capital Rotunda > 2015-02-14 > 11:30

About The Event

Our V-Day #VETRising will be held at the Capital Rotunda, in Olympia. Directions: I-5 to exit 105, follow signs to state capital. After round about be in left lane. At light, cross Capital Way and take the street on the right up to the capital building and find parking. Go up the steps into the Legislative/Capital Dome Building and inside up the steps to the rotunda where you will see us. The Veterans For Peace, Olympia chapter, will be there in support of us and will have signs and video record the event. Please email Elizabeth at [email protected], or Sarah at [email protected], for more information. This will be a flash mob event. Please learn the following chorography created by Debbie Allen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwv16dtUvYM. You don't have to be a dancer to join the flash mob and it certainly doesn't have to be perfect. The end result will look something similar to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WufjSyE_rK8 We will be performing this dance on the Rotunda and overflow on to the different levels if need be. There are a lot of stairs. If you are comfortable doing the dance on the stairs, please be careful! If you are a dancer and/or dance instructor, Elizabeth could certainly put you to good use. Please contact her. You can put your own "flavor" to this dance. Practice sessions will be held at a variety of locations between Kent and Tacoma between Feb 10th and 13th depending on how many folks are interested in getting together to practice and space availability. Please contact Elizabeth. We will Dance, Drum, RISE for revolution, in unison, with women and men veterans in all 50 states, and Washington, D.C. We invite women, men, dancers and drummers, civilian, active duty, guard, reserve, enlisted, officer, veteran, Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard to join us in our plight. Four dance classes will be held at various locations throughout this city between February 1 and February 14, 2015. In addition, each participant will submit their names for "A Black Rose" which will be ceremoniously presented to key public figures in Washington, on V-Day. And finally, each participant will be offered the opportunity to sign a letter, appealing to our Congress, to exact real reforms surrounding military justice, as a part of the 26,000 Letter Project. The number 26,000 signifying the approximate number of victims of these crimes, reported through anonymous surveys, during 2012 alone. Please join us in our Facebook Group One Billion Rising V Day 2015 For Military Sexual Assault, where you can volunteer to host an event in your city, and meet with other veterans and military who are participating in one of our more than 50 affiliate events. Your support is appreciated!

About The Organization

Veteran Empowerment Team USA

"Uniting defenders to stop military rape, sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence through real reform."

VET USA believes veterans are people who have gone above and beyond, and deserve adept consideration, after defending this nation. We aim to bring out of the shadows, women and men, victims of rape, sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence, while serving in our armed forces. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard, servicewomen, especially, struggle to self identify for the honorable service they rendered protecting this nation.

This should not be. Together, we can create change.

We are a team of national advocates, with proven track records for helping to bring about military sexual trauma policy reform, and reforms regarding military and veteran civil rights, in general.

Our desire is to share the healing power raising voices for change has brought to our lives, and to those we love.

About The Organizer

Elizabeth Bissett/Sarah Blum

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