Make that One Billion and 34,500 Rising.
The City of West Hollywood (population 34,500) will for the first time celebrate the 15th Anniversary of V-Day with the help of legendary actress, writer, political activist, fitness guru and former fashion model Jane Fonda.
Together with West Hollywood city officials, Ms. Fonda will kick-off One Billion Rising and the 15th Anniversary of V-Day on Thursday, February 14, 2013 starting at 10 a.m. at the Sal Guarriello Memorial Park in West Hollywood (intersection of Holloway Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard). As a part of One Billion Rising, dancers from Flash Mob America will perform a special One Billion Rising performance choreographed by the iconic dancer, actress and choreographer Debbie Allen. (Those interested in participating in the performance can learn the dance at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 14th at Sal Guarriello Memorial Park or online at www.onebillionrising.org)
In addition to the legendary Jane Fonda, who is a V-Day Board Member, speakers at the City of West Hollywood’s One Billion Rising event will include West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Abbe Land; and Lindsey Horvath, Outreach Coordinator for V-Day/One Billion Rising and others.
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery. One Billion Rising is a single-day global action, consisting primarily of dance strikes, which will occur on Tuesday, February 14, 2013. Every 2013 V-Day event will promote One Billion Rising.
“This is such a critical and powerful campaign – I hope that you will join me for this kickoff event to rise and dance for the 1 BILLION women who are victims of violence and rape,” said West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Abbe Land. “Rise with us to show the world that West Hollywood respects the rights and dignity of every woman and girl to break the chain of violence,” continued Mayor Pro Tempore Land.
MENding Monologues will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers. Inspired by Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues, this 90-minute show explores gender violence issues from a male perspective and empowers men and women to become advocates for global change. Using first-person monologues and hard-hitting slam poetry, MENding Monologues will encourage audience members to make tangible changes. The performance will be followed by a next-day Writing Workshop on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the West Hollywood Park Auditorium. The Writing Workshop will be conducted by MENding Monologues actors.
For more information and to RSVP to the City of West Hollwood’s One Billion Rising event, please call (323) 848-6460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru. She has won two Academy Awards, an Emmy Awardand received several other movie awards and nominations during more than 50 years as an actress. After 15 years of retirement, she returned to film in 2005 with Monster-in-Law, followed by Georgia Rule two years later. She also produced and starred in over 20 exercise videos released between 1982 and 1995, and once again in 2010.