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Keri Brenner: Breaking the chain

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I was sad to hear this week that Nevada County will not put on a “One Billion Rising” event on Valentine’s Day as we did last year. (See http://www.theunion.com for coverage).

Last year, I had another commitment and couldn’t make it to the Safeway parking lot in downtown Grass Valley where all the action took place.

But I did learn the “Break the Chain” dance anyway — a song and dance so infectious and inspiring that it has been translated and performed by women all over the world for the last three years that the “One Billion Rising” campaign has taken place.



I spent almost two hours one night this week watching videos of red-clad women in Monrovia and India and Germany doing the same dance, to the same song. I was awestruck.

I even re-learned the dance — which is uplifting, even while done in one’s PJs in one’s living room.




Since Valentine’s Day is Sunday this year, I could have made it to the event — except that it was cancelled, so as not to conflict with the daylong Mardi Gras celebration in Nevada City.

Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day and “One Billion Rising” — all on the same weekend, some on the same day. Who says you can’t have too much of a good thing?

Really, most of my disappointment is about not having a chance to perform the “Break the Chain” dance in public, along with scores of other women. “Break the Chain” refers to eradicating long-held misogynist persecution, mutilation, abuse, disenfranchisement and trafficking of women and girls.

It’s a song and dance that is remarkable for what it isn’t — morbid.

Even though “One Billion Rising” is a movement to end violence toward women, the song and dance are joyful — about affirming life, freedom, strength and the sacredness of our female bodies.

May this issue of Prospector also be life-affirming to you and offer countless ways to play and party this weekend.

And may you have an utterly divine and joyful Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Mardi Gras or — if you go out of town — “One Billion Rising” celebration.

As for me, I’ll be dancing anyway to “Break the Chain.”


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