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Global V-Day Events: Dancing for an End to Violence

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V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, announced the final escalation of its year-long "One Billion Rising" campaign, according to's press release. On Thursday, February 14, women and men around the world  "will come together in the largest day of mass action ever to stop violence against women and girls, to express their outrage, and to strike, dance and RISE to support an end to violence against women once and for all."

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"February 14, 2013 will change the world not because it is a day of magic, although there are indeed mystical elements surrounding this campaign. It will change the world because the preparation for it and organizing for it has already created an energetic wind or wave igniting existing efforts to end violence against women and create new ones," said V-Day Founder and award winning playwright Eve Ensler. "It has brought together coalitions of groups and individuals that have never worked together before; brought in all kinds of new people and groups and associations and masses of men who are not aware of the issue but are now working on it; brought violence against women, through our numbers and efforts to the center of the discussion.

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On February 14, we are rising together because it is in our connectedness, in our stomping feet and uncontrollable hips that the path and energy will be created to bring in a new world. We will galvanize the will and the passion of everyone rising around the world to create change."

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Events are being live streamed throughout the entire worldwide event at

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13,000 organizations in 206 countries around the world are participating.

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2:14 A Moment of Solidarity 
Those who wish to participate are invited to take a moment at 2:14pm (14:14) in local time zones to join together with colleagues, family members, and friends, "and leave your workplaces, schools, and homes to be together as one.  With the earth beneath you raise your hand in the air if you can for one minute. Stop everything, look around, and know you are a part of a worldwide movement of millions of people all standing together in solidarity to end violence against women and girls."

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Worldwide Events
20,000 women and men in Ahmedabad, India will hold a public dance.
In Soweto, South Africa,  teen girls will lead a flash mob for thousands on the famed Vilakazi Street.
In addition to events planned on all 7000 islands of the Philippines, the mayor's office in Quezon City will close 15 blocks for a 24 hour long dance concert and rally.
There will be a dance rally on the steps of Parliament in London.
The United Nations will observe One Billion Rising at UN Headquarters in New York City

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National Flash Mob Events
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DC, 17th & K Sts, 12 noon.
Philadelphia, PA, 1720 Mount Vernon St, 10 am
NYC, Columbus Circle, 59th St and Central Park West, 12:30 pm
NYC, Times Square, 2 pm (hosted by MTV)
Santa Monica, CA , 2901 Ocean Park Blvd, 9 am
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School San Francisco, 8 am
University of Utah - J Willard Marriott Library (Salt Lake City, UT) 1 pm
L.I.V.E (Latinas Inspiring Vision and Excellence) flash mob  at American Airlines Center (Dallas, TX). 6:30 pm
Santa Monica, CA, Third Street Promenade, 4:30 pm

Stunning San Francisco flash mob video - do not miss this gem:

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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