Cambridge Joins One Billion Rising: The Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls


2/12/2013

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On Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, hundreds of people of all ages from the Cambridge community will join with activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, an interactive global action to express outrage, demand change, speak out, dance and RISE UP to end violence against women and girls. Everyone is invited to participate in this free, outdoor community event starting at 2:45 p.m. at Joan Lorenz Park in front of Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway. The gathering will feature free food, dance, music, and an open mic speak out.   

"The intention is to send a peaceful and creative message that we have to interrupt business as usual to recognize the inescapable violence that has become so normal in our society and around the globe," says Dr. Barbara Hamm, director of the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Health Alliance, a coordinating partner.   

"We want everyone who possibly can to leave their classrooms, workplaces and homes for a little while to join in solidarity with people everywhere who are saying 'no more' to violence and abuse and actively seeking alternatives," says Risa Mednick, executive director of Transition House, a domestic violence prevention and services agency and one of the coordinating groups. "Since last October, Cambridge community members have been exploring new ways to address domestic violence through the 21 Days of Questions 365 Days of Action campaign and this event builds on that momentum for change," Mednick added.

ONE BILLION RISING CAMBRIDGE is free and EVERYONE is encouraged to attend. The ONE BILLION RISING CAMBRIDGE coordinating team includes: The Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women, the Cambridge Mayor's Office, the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Health Alliance, Rozann Kraus, Transition House, Students of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin Modern Dance Company, Sisters on the Runway-CRLS, Deborah Mason School of Dance and Violence Transformed.

Other events will happening in different venues all day and evening including at Red Line T Stations, Universities, community organizations and churches. For more information about this event, visit: http://www.onebillionrising.org/page/event/search_simple

For more information about ONE BILLION RISING, visit: http://www.onebillionrising.org/pages/about-one-billion-rising

 

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