ONE BILLION RISING: 

Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School

LELAND AND GRAY JOINS GLOBAL CAMPAIGN - ONE BILLION RISING  - TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

Amanda DeBisschop

February 14, 2013 to be V-Day’s Largest Day of Action Ever

Townshend, VT - On February 14, 2013, at 12:40 pm, the Leland and Gray community 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 1 in 3 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 February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, Leland and Gray 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.

 

CLEA (Civic Leadership Education and Action), a student activist group at Leland and Gray, has organized the school's participation in ONE BILLION RISING. CLEA students worked with the Brattleboro Women's Freedom Center to gather information related to violence against women and details about local women's resources; they presented this to the student body on Wednesday, February 6. CLEA students invited their peers and teachers to join them in a flash mob on February 14, to express solidarity with ONE BILLION RISING and highlight the importance of ending violence against women.

The flash mob will take place in Leland and Gray's activity room during high school lunch. Students and teachers will rise and dance to the campaign's theme song, "Break the Chain," constructively interrupt the normal lunch-time routine, and demonstrate their commitment to ending violence against women and girls. This CLEA action is part of a larger effort Leland and Gray has made in recent months to raise awareness around issues of social justice on both a local and a global scale.  

CLEA will organize a bake sale at Leland and Gray during the month of February as an extension of the One Billion Rising effort. All proceeds from the sale will be matched by CLEA and donated to the Brattleboro Women's Freedom Center.

“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Ensler. “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. When we come together on February 14, 2013 to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.”

Leland and Gray is now a voice in that global chorus.

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About One Billion Rising

One in three women on the planet is raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is ONE BILLION WOMEN violated. One billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends. On 14th February 2013, V-Day's 15th Anniversary, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men to dance across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers and our solidarity across borders. Join V-Day and ONE BILLION RISING today and SAY NO to violence against women and girls. To sign up and learn more, visit www.onebillionrising.org

About V-Day

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologuesand other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, reopened shelters, and funded over 14,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements including Worth Magazine's 100 Best Charities, Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, one of the Top-Rated organizations on Philanthropedia/Guidestar and Great Nonprofits. V-Day's newest campaign is ONE BILLION RISING which will culminate on 021413 with a global action worldwide. www.vday.org

To learn more about V-Day Leland and Gray call (802) 365 0054 or e-mail Amanda DeBisschop at adebisschop@lelandandgray.org.  To learn more about V‑Day and spot Leland and Gray on the global map, visit www.vday.org