On Thursday, February 14, 2nd Chance, Inc. will join with activists around Alabama and the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
As part of the event, from 10 a.m. - noon, JSU community members and anti-violence advocates will speak at the amphitheatre at Jacksonville State University. There will be dancing, monologues and music. Members of JSU faculty, student groups (JSU Social Work Club and Women’s Issues Support and Empowerment (WISE)) and local policy makers will participate.
This will be followed by an event in Anniston from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. There, area community members, activists, feminists and anti-violence advocates will also share their experiences at the Anniston Yoga Studio, 905 Noble Street, along with Laura Hutchinson, Pastor of the First Christian Church of Anniston. Again, there will be dancing, monologues, and music.
Jenniffer Saldaña Whyte of JW Fitness Crew will lead Zumba at both locations.
ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten, disfigured or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS violated. One billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends violated. On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, 2nd Chance will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, academics, Tribal leaders, politicians and women and men across the globe to express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women and girls.
“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Eve Ensler, founder of the V-Day movement. “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. When we come together on February 14, 2013 to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.”
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place, produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, reopened shelters, and funded over 14,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements including Worth Magazine's 100 Best Charities, Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, one of the Top-Rated organizations on Philanthropedia/Guidestar and Great Nonprofits. V-Day's newest campaign is ONE BILLION RISING which will culminate on 021413 with a global action worldwide.
To learn more about V‑Day Northeast Alabama, call 256-236-7381 or e-mail the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the One Billion Rising NEAL Facebook page. To learn more about V‑Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org