Circus Momentus Rises with Oakland!

ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.

ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY

ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION

On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, 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 across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.

ONE BILLION RISING IS:

A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being

- from the One Billion Rising website

On February 14th, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day or V-Day, two of the Owner/Founders of Circus Momentus, Fallon Burner & Vernon Coffey, rose up with the Oakland community and with communities all around the world in a global strike to end violence against women.  The Bay Area Hooper and entertainer Revolva, being one of the main organizers for the event, approached Fallon to teach the group of flash-mobbers their choreography for the event after their first 2 dance captains had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.  The 2nd backed out the morning of the first flash mob rehearsal, leaving Revolva and Fallon with only 2 & 1/2 hours to learn the choreography, come up with a plan to teach it, and gather all the necessary technical materials to make it happen.  With a loaned wireless headset and speaker from Circus Van Champ, Fallon taught the choreography first to Revolva and Vern, then they all headed to Lake Merritt to meet up with the group.

 

It was an amazing and inspiring rehearsal.  We were all misty eyed when everyone’s fingers shot up into the air in unison, and we ended the dance together.  In fact, some eyes were misty during the ending choreography every time we ran it (*guilty*).  Two more rehearsals were held after that initial one, and each time we gathered more people, more spirit, more audience to hear the message.  Kids stopped by and danced with us for a while, which was totally inspirational – they were so into it, and well behaved – captivated by the energy that was being created in the moment there.

The event itself on February 14, 2013 was truly magical.  I applaud each and every woman and man who was involved in making that strike happen, and here’s to keeping the message going!

Video from the flashmob at the event, in front of Oakland City Hall, in the Frank Ogawa Plaza:

 

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