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"THAT KINDNESS" -A NEW THEATRICAL OFFERING IN SUPPORT OF CALIFORNIA NURSES ASSOCIATION & NURSES EVERYWHERE Over the past two months, V (formerly Eve Ensler) has been listening to the stories and experiences of frontline nurses. With the help of Alixa Garcia, Morley, James Lecesne, and National Nurses United, V presents THAT KINDNESS, From and For the Nurses of America, a new theatrical offering in support of California Nurses Association and nurses everywhere. The performance will feature your favorite actors depicting nurses’ struggles and triumphs during the pandemic. This evening will honor, celebrate and lift up the voice of the registered nurse. Featuring: Ed Blunt, Connie Britton, Rosario...

These are challenging times for essential service workers, workers of color, and womxn-identifying workers and mothers especially. We write today to ask for your support for these frontline workers. Tipped service workers, including servers, bartenders, delivery workers, and more, are starting a series of monthly strikes this coming Monday, August 31, demanding a full minimum wage with tips on top, at a time when tips are down 50-75%. These workers’ subminimum wages have caused a horrific experience for them during this pandemic, as has also been the case for so many other essential workers in other sectors. At Monday’s rally, we...

Welcome to City of Joy! The new class of young women is now arriving in Bukavu at the City of Joy. The City of Joy is a revolutionary leadership center for women survivors of gender violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a place where women turn their pain into power, a place that restores women’s sense of agency over their lives as they learn real, practical life skills to feed their futures, and connects them to the global V-Day movement, one billion strong. From the return of warmth and joy into women’s lives, to a reconnection to their...

We are thrilled to share the news that One Billion Rising Coordinator Rada Boric has been elected to the Croatian parliament! Rada is a member of the New Left party in Croatia and the We Can coalition, a Croatian platform of local green and progressive movements that formed a progressive political party and won seven seats in Sunday's parliamentary election. "We showed in the span of a month and a half what courage means - that's what we brought to the table from activism. We also showed what creativity and respect for people and talking to them can do," stated Rada...

JOY! City of Joy Celebrates 17th Graduating Class, Graduating 1472 Women To Date With gratitude to Christine Schuler Deschryver and the entire team in Bukavu, DRC! The 17th Women’s Leadership Training Session at the City of Joy is a very special session. It is a session in which residents have not only been transformed by the ingredients of therapy and leadership but have also gained missionary knowledge. For six months, 89 residents of the City of Joy received training in psycho-therapeutic care that helped them heal their trauma caused by the atrocities they had survived. The six months that these women spent with their sisters...

This Friday, 19 June is Juneteenth - the 135th anniversary of the day the news of emancipation reached the last group of slaves in Texas, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1 January 1863. (Juneteenth is also know as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day). Join V-Day, One Billion Rising and City of Joy as we RISE and proclaim Black Lives Matter this weekend of national days of action anchored by the Movement for Black Lives. Events are being scheduled throughout the United States in the streets and online. While this day is sacred for Black Americans every year, this year it takes on...

"We are a society that has been structured from top to bottom by race. You don’t get beyond that by deciding not to talk about it anymore. It will always come back; it will always reassert itself over and over again." – Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw I was released from prison in October of 2018 and have been home now for a year and eight months. I remember counting the years and days of my confinement with a heavy heart, now I count my days of freedom with pleasure and gratitude. We measure time in many different ways but for me these...

Photo: @liderescampesinas; @nationalnurses "In this time of the Great Transition where we move from transaction to connection, from dying for profit to living for people and the earth, a major ingredient of this transformation will be seeing and honoring and valuing and protecting those who make our lives possible." – V 25 May is our Founder V’s (formerly Eve Ensler) 67th birthday. To celebrate this day and to honor our commitment to frontline women, donate to the Rising in the Time of Corona Emergency Fund. The rapid spread of coronavirus across the globe has revealed what has always been a glaring truth for so many...

The Covid-19 virus has in a short time blown open and revealed the destructive veins of neo-liberal capitalist racist patriarchy. With each day, we see that the majority of people who are dying are those who have been historically exploited, oppressed and marginalized by poverty, racism, xenophobia. The virus is revealing the violent, broken, greed and growth systems that we have been both tolerating and forced to live with for far too long. As we rise in global solidarity to meet this moment, we now MUST ASK ourselves; "what is essential", "who is essential", "what would it mean to live with just...

Photo Credit: @stinknormale_superhelden Today, V-Day wishes all a Happy Mother's Day. As we reflect upon and honor the women who have given us life – whether that is through birth, chosen family, or adoption – we express our deepest gratitude and celebrate these mothers today and every day. We give thanks for our most essential mother – Mother Earth – and we honor essential mothers everywhere. We honor caretakers on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic who are risking their lives as essential workers while still mothering, helping, holding, healing, caring, and loving. SUPPORT THE V-DAY MOTHER'S DAY FUND FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN V-Day...