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PINK Releases New Video in Support of Global ONE BILLION RISING for Justice Campaign
Susan Celia Swan, Cathryn Swanfirstname.lastname@example.org/917-865-6603 or 646-713-7281
PINK RELEASES NEW VIDEO IN SUPPORT OF GLOBAL ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN
AS PART OF GLOBAL "ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE" CAMPAIGN, PINK AND HER DANCERS RELEASE NEW VIDEO SHOWCASING THEM DANCING TO ACTIVIST ANTHEM "BREAK THE CHAIN"
Internationally Acclaimed & Award Winning Singer/Songwriter PINK Joins Activists in 186 Countries on 14 February 2014 with the Release of Video & Personal Statement
February 12, 2014 – Internationally acclaimed, award winning singer/songwriter Pink, along with her Truth About Love World Tour dancers and crew, join activists in over 186 countries (and growing) in the "One Billion Rising For Justice" campaign to demand justice and an end to violence against women and girls.
Pink has just released a video featuring her tour crew dancing to the One Billion Rising anthem "Break The Chain" written and produced by Tena Clark, and featuring choreography by award winning choreographer Debbie Allen.
Says Pink, "I have never liked bullies of any kind. Whether it's someone picking on the "fat" kid, the "retarded" kid, the "short" kid, the "black" kid, the "Asian" kid, the "gay" kid, the "girl", cause she "hits like a girl" or is the "weaker sex"...You name it. Different "reasons", same "bully". The bully is the problem. The bully needs a hug, a lesson, enlightenment. The bully is the one that really feels inferior, so he/she picks on someone else to make that person feel inferior too. When I read about this organization, how people get together of their own free will and dance, use their bodies, to express their rage- outrage- around the injustice that women feel all over the world, every day- I was inspired. I am a woman. I know women. I have sisters, strong and less strong, small and less small, Asian and black, gay and straight, Indian and Native American... We are all equally deserving of respect and personal space. I will fight for that right for all of us. And we come together to do so on our stage, with our brothers and menfolk- where we express our freedom every night. And that freedom inspires others to be free. We hope this video helps. And we hope for that one day when all women and girls are able to have respect, and personal space, and to be able to express themselves in whatever way THEY feel is right for them."
Last February 14, 2013, ONE BILLION RISING was the biggest mass action in human history when people in 207 countries came together to dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Tens of thousands of events took place produced by activists on the ground and the campaign took over media and social media worldwide for 48 hours, trending in 7 countries – 4 times in the US and UK alone.
As a result, laws were drafted and passed, women were empowered in places of disempowerment and grassroots networks of women sprung up worldwide. Marsha Lopez, a V-Day activist since 2001, stated, "the most important result of One Billion Rising in Guatemala was the creation of a law for the criminalization of perpetrators who impregnate girls under 14 years old. The law also includes penalties for forced marriage of girls under 18."
In 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice will build upon the energy and momentum that was created in 2013. This year's campaign is a call to women, men, and youth around the world to gather on Friday, February 14, 2014 outside places where they are entitled to justice– court houses, 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.
The campaign is a recognition that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces.
The call to RISE for Justice has received resounding response from activists in over 186 countries on six continents, including the newest additions Albania, Benin, Bolivia, Georgia, Jamaica, Lesotho, Luxembourg and Slovenia.
The 2014 One Billion Rising events kicked off with the world premiere of a new short film entitled ONE BILLION RISING at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on 19 January. The short film, directed by Eve and Tony Stroebel and shot by amateur and professional cinematographers, features footage from activists in 207 countries and showcases the radical awakening of body and consciousness that took place in 2013. The film already won its first recognition and an award from the nonprofit Women in Film.
To get involved with V-Day and ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE:
- SIGN UP at www.onebillionrising.org
- LIKE US on Facebook at Facebook.com/vday
- FOLLOW on Twitter @VDay and #rise4justice
- RECEIVE text message updates, text BILLION to 50555 (US only)
- REGISTER your event on the One Billion Rising For Justice map
- SHARE "What Justice Looks Like" to you, via video, words, song, art, poetry...
- READ blog content from Global Coordinators and activists
- WATCH the new One Billion Rising For Justice short film
- MEET Global Coordinators
For more information, visit http://www.onebillionrising.org.
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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. The V-Day movement has raised over $100 million; 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 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, and Iraq. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is, one of the Top-Rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar. V-Day's most recent global campaign, ONE BILLION RISING, galvanized over one billion women and men on a global day of action towards ending violence against women and girls. www.vday.org