This Friday 14th February is not just Valentine’s Day it is also One Billion Rising day!  The global call for women – and men – to dance to demand an end to violence against women and girls.  Following the success of last year’s event in Oxford, Dana Mills is organising this year’s Flashmob in Gloucester Green, see below for her call out with information about how you can join in this wonderfully positive event and lend your support to this major campaign. 

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.

THE OXFORD EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN GLOUCESTER GREEN ON 14th February 2014 AT 13:00. WE WILL BE PERFORMING THE GLOBAL FLASH MOB BREAK THE CHAIN AND THEN HAVE A FEMINIST STREET PARTY. PLEASE COME TO SHOW SUPPORT. WE WILL BE GIVING OUT FLOWERS AND FLYERS SO YOU CAN TAKE PART IN WHICHEVER WAY YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH.

Rehearsals for the flash mob will take place today 10.2.14 and Thursday 13.2.14 at 19:00 at Mansfield College.  Or  teach yourself the choreography using this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRU1xmBwUeA

Facebook event is here https://www.facebook.com/OneBillionRisingOxfordRising?fref=ts
Twitter account is here https://twitter.com/OxfordRising
Please don’t hesitate to  contact me if you have any questions. I hope to see you on the 14.2 at 13:00

RISE. RELEASE. DANCE.

Dana

You can read Jane Connelly’s account of last year’s event here
Please pass this information on to other friends and colleagues.

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