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Break the chain of violence – Rise, Release, Dance!

     
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Last year on Valentine’s Day, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to the violence against women and girls. Today, women and men everywhere are called on to rise, release, dance and demand justice for women and girls around the world.

Pink has joined One Billion Rising to end violence with her own ‘Break the Chain’ dance video.

“I have never liked bullies of any kind,” Pink said in a statement. “Whether it’s someone picking on the ‘fat’ kid, the ‘retarded’ kid, the ‘short’ kid, the ‘black’ kid, the ‘Asian’ kid, the ‘gay’ kid, the ‘girl’, cause she ‘hits like a girl’ or is the ‘weaker sex’…You name it. Different ‘reasons’, same ‘bully’. The bully is the problem. The bully needs a hug, a lesson, enlightenment. The bully is the one that really feels inferior, so he/she picks on someone else to make that person feel inferior too.

“When I read about this organization, how people get together of their own free will and dance, use their bodies, to express their rage- outrage- around the injustice that women feel all over the world, every day- I was inspired. I am a woman. I know women. I have sisters, strong and less strong, small and less small, Asian and black, gay and straight, Indian and Native American… We are all equally deserving of respect and personal space. I will fight for that right for all of us.

“And we come together to do so on our stage, with our brothers and menfolk- where we express our freedom every night. And that freedom inspires others to be free. We hope this video helps. And we hope for that one day when all women and girls are able to have respect, and personal space, and to be able to express themselves in whatever way THEY feel is right for them.”

One Billion Rising for Justice is campaign that demands justice and an end to violence against women and girls. It is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.  It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.

You can join the movement and dance for justice! Watch this video to learn the “Break the Chain” Choreography by Debbie Allen.

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Melody Harstine Foster

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