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1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

This year we are rising for REVOLUTION. Join us!

Saturday February 14th, 2015! We will be starting at the 16th St. Mall for a freestyle drum circle, and flashmob of Debbie Allen’s Break the Chain Choreography. All drummers and dancers are welcome here! Meet on the 16th St Mall at Glenarm, near the H&M to drum and dance at 12:45pm, our music will come on over the Denver Pavilions sounds system, when you hear it, jump in for the dance!! We will then be marching to the Capitol for a Rally featuring speakers, poets, non-profit and sponsor tables with a plethora of information and resources, we will close with another round of dancing to a few songs, and come together again with The Break the Chain choreography!

Renowned local poet and activist LadySpeech Sankofa will once again grace the stage.

Local nonprofits whose mission directly or indirectly supports raising awareness of and ending violence against women are invited to table and speak briefly at the event. Please contact Beth Leyba at onebillionrisingdenver@nullgmail.com or Erin Prince at zaheerahdancer@nullgmail.com, if you are interested.