We continue rising with the FREE legal clinic to help survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault this Saturday, March 1st 12:00-1:30pm at Hastings College of the Law, 198 McAllister Street (at Hyde Street), at the Louis B. Mayer Lounge on the first floor.
Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin translators available! The Justice & Diversity Center, the San Francisco DA's office, and the Department of the Status of Women put together the first ever free legal clinic for survivors. Volunteer attorneys will be on hand to give advice on family, immigration, housing, employment and other issues.
Filipino Women, Survivors, and Allies to Rise, Release, and Dance to Fight Violence Against Women and Demand Justice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, GABRIELA-USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
On February 14th, 2014 GABRIELA-USA will join One Billion Rising (OBR), a global call for women survivors of violence and those who love them, to gather safely in public spaces to demand justice. We recognize that we cannot end the various forms of violence against women, including gender violence, poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, without addressing that they are rooted in a global imperialist and patriarchal system. GABRIELA-USA, along with partner organizations and individuals, will be rising for justice on V-DAY in cities across the U.S. including Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, Portland and Washington DC, and are calling on all Filipinos and solidarity allies to join in our actions.
In its second year of participation in OBR, GABRIELA-USA is highlighting survivors of human and labor trafficking, as well as migrant workers. Its newest chapter, launched in Washington D.C. this past October 2013, majority of the 50+ members are survivors of human trafficking. These trafficked teachers were recruited by an agency that promised high-salaried jobs with benefits, housing and transportation. Upon arriving to the U.S., the teachers were regularly threatened with deportation, kept under constant surveillance, control, and manipulation. It is under these slave-like conditions, that these women worked in order to survive.
“The Aquino Administration praises Overseas Filipino Workers as the modern heroes of today, but does not want to be accountable to them when abused, exploited, or taken advantage of abroad,” said Jo Quiambao, Co-Chairperson of GABRIELA D.C. “We will educate, organize, and mobilize our women to fight for their rights and demand that this type of violence stops in our community. The GABRIELA chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area is also working closely with teachers recruited by the same agency, and the GABRIELA chapter in New York continues to work with the women of the Florida 15, who have already filed human trafficking cases with the Department of Justice, and still in search for their trafficker, Jojo Villanueva.
Tina Shauf, National Campaigns Officer, says “The Aquino Administration is actually the biggest human trafficker of Filipinos abroad, with its Labor Export Program. We demand an end to the trafficking and exploitation of our people! We call on the Filipino community and our allies to support all trafficking survivors engaged in legal cases, both in the Philippines and the U.S.”
On February 14th GABRIELA-USA calls on the Philippine government to respond to the issues of trafficking of all Filipino people, and to address the root causes of migration, poverty and underdevelopment in the Philippines. The fight to end violence against women is the fight against an imperialist system that inherently imposes violence on women. Join us in major activities across the country, in a global dance-protest to demand justice for all survivors and victims of human and labor trafficking, and forced migration!
NOYNOY AQUINO: THE BIGGEST HUMAN TRAFFICKER OF FILIPINOS!
END THE LABOR EXPORT POLICY OF THE PHILIPPINES! NO TO IMPERIALIST TRADE POLICIES!
JUSTICE FOR ALL VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ALL MIGRANT WORKERS! OUR PEOPLE ARE NOT FOR SALE!Read more
MEDIA ALERT: Apl.de.Ap of The Black Eyed Peas joins Mayor Ed Lee, District Attorney Gascon, Women Leaders and Activists, on the Steps of SF City Hall
CONTACT: Melissa Sandgren, Melissa@Vday.org, 415-312-2976
SAN FRANCISCO IS RISING FOR JUSTICE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH
AS PART OF "ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE" CAMPAIGN
APL.DE.AP OF THE BLACK EYED PEAS JOINS MAYOR ED LEE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY GASCON, WOMEN LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS, ON THE STEPS OF CITY HALL
Activists Will Rise and Dance From Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco City Hall
On Friday, February 14, San Francisco joins the global "One Billion Rising For Justice" campaign taking place in 184 countries (and growing) to demand justice and an end to violence against women and girls.
Last February 14, ONE BILLION RISING was the biggest mass action in human history when people in 207 countries came together to dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Tens of thousands of events took place produced by activists on the ground and the campaign took over media and social media worldwide for 48 hours, trending in 7 countries - 4 times in the US and UK alone. WATCH the award winning short film ONE BILLION RISING that just premiered at Sundance (featuring footage from San Francisco and hundreds of risings).
In 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice will build upon the energy and momentum that was created in 2013. This year's campaign is a call to women, men, and youth around the world to gather on February 14, 2014 outside places where they are entitled to justice.
In the Bay area, over a dozen One Billion Rising for Justice events are being planned by activists; for a full listing, see: http://bit.ly/1klMHFQ
The day will culminate at San Francisco City Hall as the community of activists and artists come together and DANCE for JUSTICE!
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, District Attorney George Gascón, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Domestic Violence Consortium and advocacy groups, Commission of the Status of Women and President Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, Filipina Women's Network CEO Marily Mondejar, V-Day Executive Director Susan Swan, Domestic Violence Consortium Executive Director Beverly Upton and others
apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas Spinning, DJ Silvia spinning, Flash Mobs with Gabriela and Dancing Without Borders, Oshaku, Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts Taiko Drummers, and more
Friday, February 14
Gather early at 3:30PM, first 250 people to arrive receive a red One Billion Rising umbrella
San Francisco City Hall, Steps, 1 Doctor Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Wear something red or the OBR shirt available at the V-Day/FWN Booth for a small donation
Over 65 Bay Area community partners have signed on to support the event with more being added each day.
For more information, visit:
Download the One Billion Rising for Justice flyer to forward to your friends.Read more
District Attorney George Gascón speaks at an event for One Billion Rising for Justice.
(Photo: MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER)
San Francisco city leaders and community partners announced support for One Billion Rising for Justice global campaign at a press conference on February 5. From sfexaminer.com:
“So long as [gender violence] continues, we have to stand up and say we will not tolerate this violence,” District Attorney George Gascón said at a news conference in the Hall of Justice. “Last year, we had an incredible event with thousands of people and this year we expect to double that amount.”
"[W]e have a lot of work to do,” said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who on Tuesday introduced a resolution reaffirming The City’s commitment to the justice campaign and declaring Feb. 14 as One Billion Rising for Justice Day.
ONE BILLION RISING [9 minutes, 10 seconds] is directed by Eve Ensler and Tony Stroebel, with activists in 207 countries, and is produced by Eve and V-Day.
On 19 January 2014, the official One Billion Rising 2013 documentary short premiered at Sundance, the preeminent film festival founded by One Billion Rising supporter, Robert Redford!
JOIN US – IMAGINE ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING AND SPEAKING OUT FOR JUSTICE AND DEMANDING AN END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 4 PM – 6 PM at San Francisco City Hall
Arrive early at 3:30pm to share your vision for justice for women and girls .
- Mayor Edwin M. Lee
- District Attorney George Gascón
- Board of Supervisors President David Chiu
- Commission on the Status of Women President Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez
- Filipina Women’s Network CEO Marily Mondejar
- V-Day Executive Director Susan Celia Swan
- Domestic Violence Consortium and advocacy groups
- apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas
- DJ Silvia spinning
- Flashmobs dancing
- Dancing without Borders
- Ruth Asawa, SF School of the Arts Taiko drummers
- Special Guests (TBA)
JOIN US! RISE, RELEASE, DANCE!
This is non-smoking event.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón speaks (L), while Marily Mondejar, president of the Filipina Women’s Network, and David Chiu, president of the Board of Supervisors, look on, at a press conference at San Francisco City Hall on Feb. 5, 2013, for "One Billion Rising," a global awareness event on Feb. 14 that demands an end to violence against women. (Lear Zhou/The Epoch Times)
"San Francisco Supports ‘One Billion Rising’ to End Domestic Violence" (The Epoch Times)
“On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors voted to mark Feb. 14 “One Billion Rising Day.” At a press conference prior to the board meeting, several city officials spoke in support of the event, including Board President David Chiu.
I will dance for every victim and survivor of social violence in San Francisco and to raise awareness that every woman and girl can live free of fear and violence, said Marily Mondejar, president, Filipina Women’s Network.
The event is organized by V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls, founded by playwright Eve Ensler 15 years ago.
“San Francisco will rise along with the global community to say: Enough, this violence against women must end now,” said Susan Celia Swan, executive director of V-Day. She called the event a “global social action.”
Awesome introduction by Heather Knight in City Insider blog (SFGate.com):
Take heed, San Franciscans. Anybody walking in or around City Hall on the afternoon of Valentine’s Day risks the sure-to-be awkward sight of seeing our city officials dancing. There’s even talk of a flash mob.
The district attorney is getting ready to dance
(Credit: The Chronicle)
More media coverage:
From SFAppeal.com: DA Gascon: "Real men do not abuse women"
SF Board of Supervisors declares Valentine's Day in San Francisco this year as "One Billion Rising Day"
"SF supes back anti-domestic violence group's Valentine’s Day event" from KTVU.com
At a news conference Tuesday morning, District Attorney George Gascon highlighted the campaign's statistic that worldwide one in three women is beaten or raped during her lifetime. "I have no patience for this," he said.
We have a TV/web ad! Please share with your networks and local stations!
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"Of the many things I've choreographed in my life this might be the most important. This is part of of a huge, international worldwide initiative for women of all races, creeds, religions, and colors, to come together in unity with one voice in solidarity against the violence towards women." - Debbie Allen
Now you can learn the choreography to the ONE BILLION RISING dance anthem BREAK THE CHAIN directly from dance ICON and award winning choreographer Debbie Allen!
Watch another dance video from the senior class at the Brooklyn High School of the Arts at www.OneBillionRising.org.
You can also learn the lyrics to "Break the Chain" and sing along!Read more
Written and produced by legendary music dynamo Tena Clark, with music by Tena Clark and Tim Heintz, Break The Chain features an impressive cast of V-Girl activists and New York-based singers: Liz Byrne, Shelea Frazier, Ashley Juedy, Dana Kluczyk, Jenny Mollett, Jenna Brooke Scannelli, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, Naomi Walley, and Caitlin Witty.
The song moves us beyond words, and now you can move with it! Dance ICON, and award winning choreographer Debbie Allen has choreographed a dance just for ONE BILLION RISING. The music video features Allen with the over 80 teen V-Girls and singers bringing their radical RISING energy to locations across NYC.
"Dance is dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive, contagious, it breaks the rules.
It can happen anywhere, anytime, with anyone and everyone, and it's free.
Dancing insists we take up space, we go there together in community.
Dance joins us and pushes us to go further and that is why it's at the center of ONE BILLION RISING.
With infectious music and lyrics from Tena Clark, amazing vocals by a talented group of V-Girls,
and Debbie Allen’s bold choreography, Break The Chain is the anthem that will call up one billion to rise.”
- Eve Ensler
Produced by Eve Ensler and V-Day, the video was directed and shot by South African filmmaker Tony Stroebel, who also co-directed and shot the ONE BILLION RISING short film.
Learn the lyrics to Break the Chain and sing along!Read more
TRIGGER WARNING: violence, abuse.
A film by Eve Ensler and Tony Stroebel. Also viewable and downloadable on vimeo.
One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women - and men - dancing is a revolution. Join ONE BILLION RISING! Join the San Francisco Rising Now.