On Feb. 14 at The Center for the Arts and downtown Grass Valley, the Nevada County Coalition of One Billion Rising will join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. On Feb. 14, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, women of Nevada County will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
The free local event will kick off with a Rise-Up Procession at 5:30 p.m. (meet up at downtown Grass Valley Safeway at 5:15 p.m.) and will move towards The Center for the Arts. Unifying the community in a global dance down the street, as Jazzercise Grass Valley and Rhythms Fitness teaches hundreds of women Debbie Allen’s choreographed dance Break the Chain.
“This is an incredible opportunity to empower women in our community and bring together the organizations and men who support them,” said Elisa Parker of See Jane Do, who is one of the half dozen organizers of this event. “The Nevada County Coalition of One Billion Rising is honored to be part of such an important event and movement and join forces with Eve Ensler. It’s vital that we rise together to end violence against women and girls. The time is now.”
The V-Day celebration continues at The Center for The Arts including a reception at 6 p.m., main stage performances including dance, music and spoken word at 7 p.m. and a dance party with DJ Moss from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Food from Horn of the Bull Taqueria and In the Kitchen will be available, as well as wine, beverages, snacks and sweets.
In preparation for the celebration, dance instruction is offered free to the public at Jazzercise Grass Valley, 126 S. Auburn St. at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 8, 9:45 a.m. Feb. 10 and 6:45 p.m. Feb. 11.
The Nevada County Coalition of One Billion Rising organizers consists of See Jane Do, DVSAC, SAVVY, The Center for the Arts, Jazzercise Grass Valley, Women Against the War on Women and Citizens for Choice with support from Women of Worth, Gather the Women and Rhythms Fitness.
All-ages artists, dancers, singers and spoken word artists who would like to audition or learn the anthem, contact www.onebillionrisingnevadacounty.org or 530-615-7268.