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Valentine’s Day: Artists and activists to rally and RISE

New York, NY - On Tuesday, February 14, women and men throughout the US and in 200 countries worldwide will come together and RISE to end violence against all women and girls (cis, transgender and gender non-conforming) as part of V-Day’s massive annual One Billion Rising campaign, including a just-announced rally - “Artistic Uprising – A Call for Revolutionary Love” – to take place in NYC’s  Washington Square Park.

The rally will feature performances and speeches by esteemed, high profile artists and activists, including Staceyann Chin, Michael Cunningham, Lea DeLaria, Eve Ensler, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Donna Auston, Amy León, R. Emery Bright, and more.

The event is being called in a response to the current racist, misogynist, xenophobic political climate where the rights of women, refugees, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQIAGNC people, African Americans, the indigenous, and the poor are at serious risk.

The rally will be a collective experience. Audience members will be invited on stage to rant as part of the Where We Meet artist collective, called the Ranting Box.

This high-profile group will gather, resist, RISE, and dance, connecting directly to the global One Billion Rising campaign, which will be happening in full force across the planet, broadcast en masse across all social media channels.  

What happens in NYC will be broadcast immediately throughout the world via Facebook Live, Twitter, Instagram, and more, joining the hundreds of thousands of ONE BILLION RISING activists harnessing radical forms of artistic, creative and political resistance through rallies, protests and events.

The actions will connect individuals, networks, and organizations that are organizing to hold our governments and other patriarchal institutions accountable. 

One Billion Rising Activists declared February 14th a "Day of Revolutionary Love, Day of RISING,” putting out a call for solidarity amongst movements:  

"We declare our love for all who are in harm’s way, including refugees, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQI people, Black people, the indigenous, the poor, and women and girls at risk of violence.

We vow to see you as our brothers and sisters and fight by your side…We join forces and stand together with the millions of people across the planet who are rising to end violence against and girls and resist racist patriarchy.

To protect women who are most often the most vulnerable within marginalized communities.

We take part in it to honor our mothers whose bodies and beings and blood carved the path we are walking on. We are rising - we are dancing - to find the new language of these times – built on a deeper education, radical listening, humility and empathy."

Activists will RISE against the neo fascist, racist patriarchy taking hold in governments throughout the world, against bigotry, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, anti-immigration, nativism, white nationalism, climate change denial, imperialist and capitalist aggressions, misogyny and hate.

From Standing Rock to financial deregulation to the “Muslim Ban", activists will demand the new regime’s agenda be dismantled. A particular focus will be on women’s rights. With a "Predator in Chief” at the helm of the White House that is fueled by rape culture, a war on women is being waged.  

About One Billion Rising:

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.

The campaign, launched by V-Day on Valentine's Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.

With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February through 8 March, thousands of Risings take place in hundreds of countries across the world and within local communities – to show the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors of various forms of violence face.

Over the last four years, as One Billion Rising has grown and the local campaigns deepened, it has also brought in economic violence and the violence of poverty, racial violence, gender violence, violence caused by corruption, occupation and aggression, violence caused by environmental disasters, climate change and environmental plunder, violence impacting women in the context of state sponsored wars, militarization, and the worsening internal and international displacement of millions of people, and violence created by capitalist greed, among so many others.

This year, One Billion Rising Revolution is giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand an end to violence in all forms. In mid-November, OBR issued the updated call to action for activists worldwide to RISE Against Racist Patriarchy.  Visit http://www.onebillionrising.org/.