Since V-Day first began, many new and long term activists have begun to stage their own works reflecting the voices in their communities. If you would like to foreground new voices in the conversation around ending violence against all women (cisgender and transgender), those who hold fluid identities, nonbinary people, girls and the Earth, we encourage you to do so by curating RAISE THE VIBRATION, stories from your community and creating a new artistic evening. It’s a wonderful way to invite local writers, activists and artists to participate.
Throughout V-Day’s history, activists have used this platform to shed light on the connection between gender-based violence and political instability, armed conflict, xenophobia, unsafe working conditions, transphobia, homophobia, and racism. Raise the Vibration can cover a range of topics—gender and sexuality, identity, the changing socio-political climate, any issue specific to the community at hand.
This event can be done to raise consciousness and funds in the 2021 season for the deserving beneficiaries you have supported in the past through productions of The Vagina Monologues.
We are in the midst of a rising tide of right wing nationalism, white supremacy, fascism, tyranny, hatred of and fear of immigrants, misogyny, femicide, homophobia, transphobia, corporate greed and climate destruction. We cannot beat fascists, rapists, climate deniers and plunderers on their terms. We will never be that cruel, discompassionate, greedy, or murderous. We cannot let ourselves be changed by or sunk in their cynicism, hatred, divisions and destruction.
What we can do is remember we are the many and we can RAISE THE VIBRATION through Action, Art, Connection, Imagination and Love.
That is why we do theater, music, art, poetry, dance.
That is why we stand in the face of injustice and are just.
That is why call out the systems that create insane inequality and we give more.
That is why we open the borders of our heart when the state builds walls, detention centers and refugee camps.
That is why we reach out to include everyone in our circle of rising as the state creates further and further divisions between us.
That is why we devote ourselves to developing trust and solidarity because this bond, once secure becomes our wings.
That is why we move our bodies so that the freedom and energy we shake loose becomes a new energy bringing in a new future.
That is why we see, cherish, nurture, respect and protect our Mother Earth as we are not separate from her. Her life is our life.
Together, we RISE to free all women (cisgender and transgender), those who hold fluid identities, nonbinary people, girls and the Earth from sexual, physical, racial, economic, political, socio-cultural, ideological and climate crisis violence. We RISE to end rape, battery, incest, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, sexual slavery and trafficking, child marriage, femicide, sexual, gender and reproductive oppression, violence towards LGBTQIA+ communities. We RISE to end capitalism, colonization, racism, imperialism, climate catastrophe and war.
V-Day Sacramento 2020
Raise the Vibration
We are asking you to imagine how you will raise the vibration.
Will you drum?
Will you dance?
Will you make posters?
Will you make art?
Will you create poetry?
Will you wail?
Create an artistic piece that is no more than 90 minutes long and without an intermission. It can consist of songs, chants, dances, drumming, monologues, etc.
In the V-Spot library after your event is approved, you will find a few of our artistic offerings from previous seasons, Beyond Incarceration Blogs by Roslyn Smith, The Man Prayer by V (formerly Eve Ensler), and the A cappella arrangement of “Like A Woman” by Ryan Amador.
Every Raise the Vibration production should commence with the Overview (above) by V (formerly Eve Ensler) and end with one or both of the following pieces, My Revolution Lives in this Body, and Raise the Vibration video by Deborah Anderson, narrated by Thandie Newton.