One Billion Rising Washington Square Park Dance Flash Mob 2.14.13

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One Billion Rising is a global call for women and the men to rise and dance and make a stand against violence.

The idea is the brainchild of playwright and V-Day founder Eve Ensler, the One Billion Rising campaign was launched one year ago, leading up to this February 14th, V-Day’s 15th Anniversary. Now, there are events scheduled on 2.14 in 202 countries.

On February 14, New York City will be part of a global movement for change 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. It is also perhaps the largest social action ever. Large events are happening in London, Atlanta, Johannesberg, Congo, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco, and so much more. 202 countries across the globe are taking part in One Billion Rising.

Nowhere is more happening than in NYC! “Rising” events will be happening all over the city, in Central Park, on the Brooklyn Bridge, Harlem, Hammerstein Ballroom, Prospect Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square, high schools across the five boroughs, Mount Sinai, the Brooklyn YWCA, and so much more is currently being planned by people organizing events everywhere.

**Washington Square Park will be where the “Break The Chain” (the One Billion Rising anthem) song and dance will be performed in a flash mob style at 2:14 p.m.**

Other exciting happenings:

MTV and Amnesty International are jointly walking out of their workplaces at 2 p.m. in Times Square.

The casts of “Wicked” and “The Lion King” on Broadway will be dancing at the end of their performances on Feb 14th in solidarity with One Billion Rising.

You can see a map of where events in New York City are happening here.

ONE BILLION RISING is 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. Featuring flash mobs and a dance sequence choreographed by legendary dancer Debbie Allen (“Fame,” “So You Think You Can Dance”), the campaign invites women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up, and break the chain of violence.

(To find worldwide events, go to and search “Find a Rising.”)

In addition, people will be walking out of their schools, workplaces, and homes at 2:14 p.m. in solidarity with One Billion Rising to strike, dance and rise – demanding an end to violence against women and girls.

February 14th marks the 15th Anniversary of when V-Day was founded by award-winning playwright Eve Ensler (a New Yorker!) with the goal of ending violence against women and girls.

To date, activists, writers, movie stars, politicians, musicians, thousands of organizations have signed on as supporters; celebrities who are “rising” include: Actors and V-Day board members Jane Fonda, Rosario Dawson, Donna Karan, Thandie Newton, Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington along with Yoko Ono, Jessica Alba, BETTY, Connie Britton, Kate Clinton, Glenn Close, Francesca Eastwood, Frances Fisher, Anne Hathaway, Bianca Jagger, Jennifer Lawrence, Dylan McDermott, Kathy Najimy, Robert Redford, KaDee Strickland, Marisa Tomei, Lily Tomlin, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Zoe Kravitz,and more, are activating their networks.

Unions and organizations signed on include the AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International, Domestic Workers Alliance, and so many more! 13,000 organizations and groups have signed on around the globe.

Join us!

Washington Sq Park * Thursday, February 14th, 2013 * NYC Rising!

“Break The Chain” Dance Flash Mob

1:30 p.m. Meet Garibaldi Plaza Stage
2:14 p.m. Dance! (between Fountain & Arch)


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Note: We want people there whether you’ve learned the dance or not! To cheer us on and to ‘rise’ in solidarity.


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