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Author: V-Day

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org)   With the pandemic’s devastating effects on the prison communities and the world, this year has been tough on all of us. August 12th, 2021, was a day criminal justice advocates set aside to remember the life of Valerie Gaiter, my co-defendant. Val never received the proper medical evaluation and attention that could have saved her life. She also was never granted clemency. A group of formerly incarcerated women, men, and several assembly members came together for Val Gaiter: Chris Burdick, Carmen De La Rosa, Julian Salazar, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Harvey Epstein, Taylor Darling Latrice Walker, David Weprin, and Assembly Deputy Majority...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) As a global women’s movement of grassroots activists, we have stood with the women of Afghanistan for 20 years against this ill thought-out war that was never in support of the Afghan women, and this exit proves that. One Billion Rising condemns the anti-democratic Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. We condemn the United States, who after 20 years of military occupation and endless war, have withdrawn the last US forces with seemingly no thought to the lives of the women, girls, and people of Afghanistan, their security, or their future, already damaged in the years of war. What has this war...

City of Joy is a revolutionary leadership center for women survivors of gender violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, co-founded by Christine Schuler Deschryver (City of Joy Director and Director of V-Day Congo), Dr. Denis Mukwege (Nobel Laureate and Founder of the Panzi Hospital), and V (formerly Eve Ensler, Founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising, playwright and activist). Eighty seven women graduated from 19th class at City of Joy on 29 June. Some of the staff from the Panzi Foundation participated in the graduation. Prince Dadju, a French musician born from Congolese parents, visited. Through his Give Back Charity,...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) One Billion Rising stands in solidarity with the people of Eswatini in their call for Eswatini Leaders/ Government to engage in dialogue and not to deprive people their rights to freedom of expression. Shared from Eswatini activists: “There have been ongoing unrest and protests happening in Eswatini following the government barring the people of Eswatini the right to freedom of expression and unleash the police/military to intimidate and torture civilians. Eswatini is a land locked country in Southern Africa which is ruled by King Mswati 111 an absolute monarchy. We call for the King of Eswatini and the Government to stop...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) As an advisory board member of Donna Hylton’s A Little Piece of Light, I was invited to attend the organization’s trip to touch base with their California partners. A Little Piece of Light is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower and facilitate healing for women, girls, and gender-fluid individuals who are directly impacted by trauma and involvement in the criminal justice system. Our flight was on time and we all settled in for the 6-hour trip. We were fully vaccinated and excited to be traveling again. We arrived, and LaVell Baylor, Deputy Director for Freedom4Youth, was there...

The first PRIDE was not a parade, but a protest. The fight for justice continues in 2021, as police brutality disproportionately affects Black communities and systemic injustices continue to put Black transgender women and other Black LGBTQ+ people at risk of facing police violence. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 2021 has become the worst year in recent history for anti-LGBTQ legislation sweeping across state legislatures in the United States. These bills vary from banning transgender girls from participating in sports to banning LGBTQ+ people from serving on school boards to making it a felony to provide transgender youth with...

The Nigerian Government has the power to completely suppress freedom of speech by arresting and jailing journalists, activist and protesters, as well as by also controlling the internet. As a global community, we call on the Nigerian Government led by President Mohammed Buhari to end his dictatorship and lift the ban on Twitter in Nigeria. We call on him to withdraw the threat to prosecute people using Twitter, as there is no stipulation in the Nigerian law to this effect. The Nigerian government officially put an indefinite ban on Twitter on 5 June 2021, restricting it from operating in Nigeria. This came...

Donna Hylton is a Jamaican-American author and criminal justice activist. She founded, A Little Piece of Light, the non-profit, which bears the same name as her book, both created out of her lived experience of 27 years of incarceration. Ms. Hylton pulled off a fantastic event in the community of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Since her release, she has been a staunch advocate for the rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, cis, trans, and those who hold fluid identities. Her work and dedication to this cause have led her to speak at the Women’s March in 2017, the Democratic National...

25 May is our Founder V's (formerly Eve Ensler) birthday. This birthday please support the NEW Artist Solidarity Fund for individual artists who are courageously rising with their plays, poems, paintings, novels, music in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, fascism, oppression and occupation and violence in places like Palestine and Myanmar where they are most needed. We need their voices now more than ever. We need their energy, inspiration, vision and magic. And they need our support more than ever so that we have ways of making meaning out of the chaos and struggle that defines these days.   Your donation...

The rapid spread of coronavirus across the globe has revealed what has always been a glaring truth for so many of the essential workers who are the backbone of our society: inequity. From the people who pick our food to the people who deliver our packages, it is the working class and poor who are most vulnerable to the virus and the economic disaster that COVID-19 has laid bare. So often these frontline workers are women. Many of them are activists, young leaders, and women who are part of our movement. In response to these increasing needs, V-Day launched the RISING...