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New York City Declares Today One Billion Rising for Justice Day

02/14/2014

MEDIA ALERT

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Contact: Cathryn Swan #646.713.7281

Susan Celia Swan #917.865.6603

NEW YORK CITY DECLARES TODAY ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE DAY

FIRST LADY OF NEW YORK CITY, CHIRLANE MCCRAY, DELIVERS OFFICIAL PROCLAMATION TO EVE ENSLER AT “JUSTICE IS CARE: SAY SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL” EVENT IN THE BRONX

WHO:
The First Lady of New York City delivered official proclamation to Award-winning playwright and V-Day Founder, Eve Enslerdeclaring February 14, 2014 One Billion Rising for Justice Day.  Award-winning playwright and V-Day founder Eve Ensler, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence Rose Pierre-Louis and Tatiana Graves, founder Bronx-based Project Bully Free Zone, spoke about domestic violence, homelessness and issues most affecting women in New York City.

WHAT:
Justice is Care: Say Something Beautiful was a free two hour event organized by Project Bully Free Zone, the Bronx Borough President’s Office and V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls founded by Ensler. The event is part of the global One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, with events happening simultaneously on this day in  200 countries.

More information on One Billion Rising for Justice:
One Billion Rising for Justice is a project of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls founded by Tony award-winning playwright Eve Ensler. One Billion Rising for Justice events are now planned in 200 countries worldwide on February 14th, 2014.

The campaign builds upon the energy and momentum that was created on February 14, 2013 when one billion activists in 207 countries and territories came together to rise, strike, and dance, in the biggest mass action in human history, to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

Overview of New York City One Billion Rising for Justice events: 

More information at: http://onebillionrising.org/nyc

DANCE FOR JUSTICE ON VALENTINE’S DAY; ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE EVENTS BRING LOVE ACROSS NYC’s 5 BOROUGHS ON FEBRUARY 14TH, EVENTS DAY & NIGHT

NEW YORK CITY JOINS WORLDWIDE ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE EVENTS IN 189 COUNTRIES TO DEMAND JUSTICE AND END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS 

New York, N.Y. -  In 2013, on February 14th, across the five boroughs, ONE BILLION RISING events rocked New York City. In 2014, again on February 14th, the groundbreaking campaign to end violence against women and girls continues with the theme: ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE.  New York City has never seen anything like it!

From “JustLove” in Manhattan featuring Dr. Christiane Northrup, Danielle LaPorte, Gabrielle Bernstein, Eve Ensler and more, a disco-themed dance party in the Bronx, Central Park’s One Billion Hearts March at Bethesda Fountain, midtown dance workshop including free therapy and hotline services, march from Brooklyn Bridge to the Supreme Court, high schools “rising,” flash mobs, and more -- Valentine’s Day in New York City this year is taking on a new meaning!

More information on NYC events (list in formation):

Outline of One Billion Rising for Justice Events NYC, February 14th, 2014:

Manhattan:

All Day Event 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. JUSTLOVE
The Grand Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street
Featuring: Maya Azucena; Gabrielle Bernstein; Eve Ensler; Rha Goddess; Dr. Hyun Kyung; Danielle LaPorte; Patricia Moreno; Dr. Christiane Northrup, and Meggan Watterson.   JustLove will be a day-long event providing women and girls with the space to come together to listen, learn, be heard, supported, and held Through the guidance of top professional healers, we will release our stories and move towards a place of love and justice.

8 p.m. – 11 p.m. RISE NYC
Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street
Maya Azucena, BatalaNYC, Natasha Blank, Rosario Dawson, Eve Ensler; Ramya Ramana, DJ Beverly Bond… and more participate in RISE NYC, a dance party celebration to end the One Billion Rising for Justice activities in NYC. Last years RISE NYC event welcomed 2,500 people from all five boroughs for a night of dance, music, and guest speakers and performers.)

11 a.m. THE OPEN CULTURAL MARKET, JUSTICE IS IDENTITY
122w St. Nicholas Ave, Manhattan At The Harriet Tubman Statue in Harlem
The Speaking Wombs organization is inviting women to come together in freedom of releasing their true selves, sharing their cultural identity with each other and the world. Whatever that looks like -- rocking your natural hair, expressing your original state of being, wearing your cultural clothes, singing your childhood songs, telling cultural stories, the list goes on.

2 p.m. ONE BILLION HEARTS MARCH IN CENTRAL PARK
Meet at Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain (mid-Park)
March from Bethesda Fountain to Columbus Circle, concluding around 4 p.m.

4:30 p.m. EMPOWERING DANCE
500 Eighth Avenue, 12th Floor
4-hour dance workshop with NYC's top teachers and choreographers. Proceeds from the classes will be donated to CAMBA's Rape Crisis Center, a non-profit that offers free therapy, hotline services, and group therapy support to survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

5:30 p.m. ENUF IS ENUF PERFORMANCE
La Guardia High School
High school women of La Guardia, PCS, and PPAS in New York City will be performing monologues and testimonies in defiance against rape culture and slut shaming. There will be a live-feed of their #haveyouever and #questionofthemonth campaigns which encourages open dialogue and sharing in an effort to bring as many voices and identities into the conversation.

7 p.m. ONE BILLION HEARTS PARTY
79 St Mark's Place
Dance Party and Fundraiser featuring super fun valentine’s day-themed activities, tons of dancing, a few hot cupids and cupidettes, raffles with awesome prizes, and of course the chance to rise for justice with someone new!

Bronx:

11 a.m.-1 p.m. JUSTICE IS CARE: SAY SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL
Fordham University, Collins Auditorium, 441 E. Fordham Road, 2nd floor
Presented by Project Bully Free Zone, The Bronx Borough President’s Office, and V-Day, "Justice is Care: Say Something Beautiful" is a free two-hour event focusing on the issues most impacting women and children in the Bronx today. The event will provide a platform for women, and those who love them, to come together in solidarity, break the silence and release their stories through art, dance, video, ritual, song, spoken word, and testimonies.

8 p.m. 1 BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE @BAAD!
2474 Westchester Avenue
Bronx Academy fun disco-themed dance party.

Brooklyn:

10:45 a.m. BROOKLYN INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RISING
49 Flatbush Ave. Extension
The entire Brooklyn International High School, with 350 students, will be rising together! Workshops will focus on raising awareness about issues of injustice and the entire student body will Rise together and dance the One Billion Rising “Break the Chain” Dance flashmob.

12 p.m. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE MARCH OVER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE TO THE SUPREME COURT!

March Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn, walking over to the Supreme Court on 360 Adams Street for a nonviolent, peaceful demonstration.

High Schools in New York City will be Rising!:

Brooklyn International High School
Workshops will incorporate the “Respect for All” week theme to encourage students to rise for justice.  Students will fill out and post peace signs and their image of what justice looks like.

Long Island City High School
Workshops in all social studies/history classes. Students will be knitting/crocheting garments to donate.

John Adams High School
Screen printing party to create t-shirts for the school to wear the shirts on February 14th honoring One Billion Rising for Justice.

Other activities:

Other events and activities will include: indoor mixed media locations where independent artists will create/show/contribute art for One Billion Rising as well as a choreographed pre-planned public performance location involving dancing and music. Snaking will connect arts events and connect NYC starting at the outer ends of each subway line and migrating into Manhattan to convene. In addition, an art walk/dance will take place throughout the city, murals in Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn, street art throughout the five boroughs, a poster campaign highlighting statistic of violence against women and celebrating the local activists who are working to end it, subway take-overs, protests, marches, and much more!

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About V-Day

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

One Billion Rising web site: http://onebillionrising.org
NYC: http://onebillionrising.org/nyc