MANCHESTER -- On Friday, Feb. 14, from 1 - 2 p.m. in the downstairs event space of The Mark Skinner Library the community is invited to come and join the rising and dance for justice as part of the One Billion Rising event.

This event is a continuation of the inspiration that Eve Ensler brought to the community when she appeared at Maple Street School on Jan. 29 sponsored by Northshire Bookstore. In 2013, One Billion Rising was the biggest mass action in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering UN statistic that one in three 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 1 billion women and girls.

On Feb. 14, 2013, people across the world came together to strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Over 10,000 events took place on the ground and the campaign took over media and social media worldwide for 48 hours, trending in seven countries -- four times in the US alone. The wildly successful grassroots campaign was covered widely by media in all corners of world including The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and many more.

Please watch the extraordinary short film of people throughout the world dancing at www.onebillionrising.org and see how many other events in Vermont and throughout the world the organization will be joining with.


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Those who may not be able to go to Mark Skinner Library are encouraged to set aside some time that day to dance with others wherever they can. "Dancing insists we take up space, and though it has no set direction, we go there together," said Ensler. "Dance is dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive, and contagious, and it breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at anytime, with anyone and everyone, and it's free. Dance joins us and pushes us to go further and that is why it is at the center of One Billion Rising."

Those who want to bring a drum or a musical instrument may do so. People are encouraged to wear red and black as the emblem colors of the event if possible.